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September 24, 2019, 11:55 AM

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BBC:
EU court rules that Google does not have to apply “right to be forgotten” globally  —  Europe's top court has ruled that Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally.  —  It means that firm only needs to remove references to articles and other material …
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
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 …
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
How massively popular short-video app TikTok holds our attention, using AI to churn through a deluge of images and sounds to deliver the best bite-size content  —  On the popular short-video app, young people are churning through images and sounds at warp speed, repurposing reality into ironic, bite-size content.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft is creating a new Data Dignity initiative in an attempt to help users control their own personal data, possibly to the point of buying and selling it  —  Microsoft is staffing up a new Data Dignity team in its CTO's office which could help users to control their own personal data …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Xiaomi announces Mi 9 Pro 5G with Snapdragon 855+, 8 or 12GB RAM, 6.5-inch 1080p OLED display, and support for 30W fast wireless charging, starting at ~$520  —  Full charge in 69 minutes, no wires required  —  Xiaomi has announced the Mi 9 Pro 5G, a new variant of its generally very good Mi 9 …
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Fiddler raises $10.2M Series A, co-led by Lightspeed and Lux Capital, for AI that explains its reasoning, which it aims to launch next year  —  Explainable AI, which refers to techniques that attempt to bring transparency to traditionally opaque AI models and their predictions, is a burgeoning subfield of machine learning research.
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.
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:
Tulip, which is building a no-code app development platform for manufacturers, raises $39.5M Series B led by machine tools manufacturer DMG MORI  —  Tulip, a software developer building a no-code app development platform tailored to manufacturers, today revealed that it's raised $39.5 million …
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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.

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