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September 24, 2019, 1:00 AM

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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook to acquire CTRL-Labs, which develops non-invasive neural interfaces for computing, like a bracelet; sources: size of deal is between $500M and $1B  —  - CTRL-Labs is said to fetch $500 million to $1 billion  — Facebook may one day pair the technology with AR or VR glasses
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Play Pass unveiled as a $4.99/mo. subscription for access to 350+ unlocked Android apps and games that are free of ads and IAPs; first year to be $2/mo.  —  No ads, no in-app purchases.  $1.99 introductory price  —  Today, Google is launching a new service called “Google Play Pass …
Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Kik says it is officially shutting down its messaging app and will reduce its headcount to 19 people, amid its heated legal battle with the SEC  —  The Kik app is officially shutting down.  The company will reduce its headcount to 19 people, and will focus solely on converting Kin users into Kin buyers …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon is developing Alexa-enabled wireless earbuds with an accelerometer that monitors things like calories burned and the pace and distance of runs  —  - Amazon is working on wireless earbuds that can track things like the distance run, calories burned, and pace of running, CNBC has learned.
Popular Information:
Facebook page with 1.1M followers called “I Love America” is one of many Ukrainian-run pages now pushing pro-Trump propaganda and recycling 2016-era IRA memes  —  The “I Love America” Facebook page boasts 1.1 million fans, with viral content that reaches more Facebook users …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Code deployment toolmaker Chef says it will not renew an ICE contract, after an ex-employee deleted his open-source code in protest leading to customer downtime  —  Last week, a former employee deleted open-source code he wrote for a tool called Chef in protest over an ICE contract.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it is expanding its policies to explicitly prohibit financial scams on the platform and details the kind of scams it's banning  —  Twitter today says it's expanding its policies to prohibit financial scams on its platform — something you'd think would have already been banned …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon debuts a feature called Show and Tell, which helps blind and low vision customers with an Echo Show smart display identify common household pantry goods  —  As part of a continued mission to make its Alexa intelligent assistant more accessible for everyone, Amazon today introduced …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Disney's Bob Iger says he pulled the plug on Disney buying Twitter at the last minute because the nastiness on the platform is “extraordinary”  —  Hollywood's nicest C.E.O. on the great family dramas of Hollywood — and why he, too, is disturbed by Twitter.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Samsung says Galaxy Fold will go on sale in the US on September 27 for $1,980 and will be available at AT&T, Best Buy, and Samsung stores  —  Months after it failed to launch, the Galaxy Fold is finally arriving in the United States later this week.  Unfortunately, the Galaxy Fold US launch …
New York Times:
China's social credit system extends to businesses, with 33M recently rated; some US firms were warned ratings may be affected by their stances, like on Taiwan  —  Beijing hopes its social credit system will use vast troves of data to quickly punish companies accused of wrongdoing.
Joe Fedewa / XDA Developers:
Samsung Galaxy S10 gets the Galaxy Note 10's camera features like AR Doodle and DeX for PC support with an update  —  Some companies can be stingy with what new features they bring to older devices.  Samsung is generally good about this, launching devices with features that eventually trickle down to the rest of the lineup.
CNBC:
Apple says it will assemble the new Mac Pro in Austin, TX, after it received federal product exclusions enabling it to import some parts without paying tariffs  —  - Apple will manufacture the new version of its Mac Pro desktop computer in Austin, Texas, the company announced on Monday.

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