Google Pixel shacks up with Verizon. Will it work? (The 3:59, Ep. 118)

We also chat about Amazon's newest Prime perk and a confusing ad campaign for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

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Exclusive phone offers, for the most part, have gone the way of the VCR.

Yet Google decided to bring its new Pixel phone exclusively to Verizon in the US. We examine the major reasons Google opted to make that move and debate whether it will work. (You can, by the way, also buy the phone unlocked through Google.)

Also on the show, we touch on Amazon's new Prime Reading benefit and an ad shop's casting call for current and former Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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