The Breakfast Briefing: 4.4.2014

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Letterman to sign off next year
David Letterman, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV after three decades on the air, will step down as host of the Late Show next year. Speculation about his replacement - Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris? - has already begun.

Nest takes smoke detector off shelves due to safety concerns
Nest is halting sales of its Protect smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector after finding it could be unintentionally turned off. It is also disabling a feature on devices that are already installed. Google bought Nest for $3.2 billion earlier this year.

White House cries foul on faux Obama-Ortiz selfie
White House spokesperson Jay Carney hinted Thursday that the federal government may take legal action against Samsung after Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took a selfie with President Barack Obama that was actually a promotional stunt. Carney declined to say whether the Obama administration has asked Samsung to stop using the photo for commercial purposes.

GM calls on political, agency veteran to craft crisis message
General Motors has retained Clinton White House and Hill+Knowlton Strategies veteran Jeff Eller as it continues to respond to the public outcry over its decade of delays in recalling Chevrolet Cobalts with malfunctioning ignition switches. Eller worked with Firestone during its crisis recall of millions of tires more than a decade ago.

Eich’s 11-day road from CEO to ex-CEO
The Verge profiled Brendan Eich’s 11-day journey from newly named Mozilla CEO to his resignation from the role over his position against gay marriage rights. Eich stepped down on Thursday after protests from the Mozilla community and its board members over his support of Proposition 8, which had banned gay marriage in California.

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