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Snap had its first down day in its young history as a public company. Shares fell more than 12 percent yesterday to $23.77, below their $24 opening price. The dip appears to be tied to a number of poor analyst ratings, including five “sell” ratings. — [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
David Letterman and his amazing beard appeared in an excellent Q&A for this week’s New York Magazine. There is a lot of Trump in this one: “He can lie about anything from the time he wakes up to what he has for lunch and he’s still the president. I don’t get that.” — [David Marchese / Vulture]
Recode’s Kara Swisher is hosting a live podcast taping with HBO’s “Veep” cast members at SXSW in Austin next Monday, March 13, and it’s open to the public. That’s in addition to other Recode events at SXSW, including Peter Kafka’s live Recode Media interview with Glenn Beck. — [Recode]
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