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March 28, 2017
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Samsung to bring refurbished Note7s to market
Samsung to offer refurbished Note7s
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Samsung has announced plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note7 phones. The company also intends to sell many components in the Note7 devices, including camera modules and chips, and recover such metals as copper, silver and nickel.
Reuters (3/28) 
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Disney reportedly not onboard with premium video-on-demand service
Disney will not be among the studios that offer theatrical releases for home viewing through a premium video-on-demand service, sources say. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is making headway on releasing films 17 days after they hit theaters, studio CEO Kevin Tsujihara says.
FierceCable (3/27) 
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From Blue Chips to Startups
TV recommendations startup acquired by Spotify
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Music streaming service Spotify says it has acquired MightyTV, a startup that developed an app that makes suggestions to viewers about what TV shows and movies to watch. Spotify said the company's technology will help it target specific groups for advertising.
Bloomberg (3/27) 
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Elon Musk venture to pursue direct brain-computer links
Elon Musk venture pursue direct brain-computer links
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The ultimate computer interface involving the direct downloading of thoughts from the brain is the goal of entrepreneur Elon Musk's reported newest company, Neuralink, sources say. The company is looking to hire leading experts in the field, which envisions tiny implanted brain electrodes.
Reuters (3/27),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/27) 
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Nokia: Malware sees record-breaking increase in 2016
Malware saw a record-breaking increase last year, with smartphone infections jumping almost 400% and internet of things devices becoming a growing concern, Nokia's Threat Intelligence Report said. Smartphones made up 85% of infected mobile devices, with Android phones accounting for 81% of attacks, the report found.
TechRepublic (3/27) 
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Verizon to test Ultra HD with SES
Verizon has joined the roster of video providers testing 4K TV technology under a partnership with SES to deliver Ultra HD content to Fios TV on the vendor's prepackaged dedicated satellite platform. SES has been conducting 4K trials with multichannel TV providers since June.
Multichannel News (3/27) 
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Retail Trends
Wal-Mart announces new technology roles
Wal-Mart has announced the promotions of three key employees as it looks to expand its digital footprint and offer more mobile options. The company is elevating Fiona Tan to senior vice president of US consumer technology, Jae Evans to vice president of global technical engineering and operations, and Jaya Kolhatkar to senior vice president of global data and analytics platform.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/27) 
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Association News
Call for products: CTA media tours to promote emerging technology
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is hitting the road to share some of this year's biggest tech products. This spring, CTA tech experts will visit national and local morning shows, news broadcasts, radio stations and daily newspapers to tell consumers about what trends are dominating the market. CTA will also be hosting in-person tech demos for major social media influencers and bloggers. If you would like your product to be featured on the various tours, please submit your product by this Friday, March 31.
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Digital Patriots Dinner is next week!
On April 4, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ will honor government leaders who champion innovation in technology at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. This year's Digital Patriots honorees are Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas. For more details about the Digital Patriots Dinner, visit
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Virtual Reality Summit, May 9 to 11, at San Francisco Marriott Marquis
CTA's Virtual Reality Summit will take place May 9 to 11 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. It will feature two full days of virtual reality demonstrations, industry panels and content focused on the latest trends in virtual reality, as well as networking opportunities and working group meetings addressing technical challenges facing the industry. Topics include Future of Gaming and VR, VR Content Development Panel, VR Hardware, and Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Differences. CTA's Market Research Department will share the results of a recent study on virtual reality during their session CTA Market Research Report -- VR. Register today!
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