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September 24, 2019, 1:10 PM

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BBC:
EU's top 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 …
Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Kik says it is shutting down its messaging app and will reduce its headcount to 19 people, amid its heated legal battle with the SEC over its ICO  —  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 …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook buys CTRL-Labs, which makes a bracelet that measures neuron activity to detect movements the user is thinking about; sources: size of deal is $500M-$1B  —  - CTRL-Labs is said to fetch $500 million to $1 billion  — Facebook may one day pair the technology with AR or VR glasses
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Source: WeWork's co-founder, Adam Neumann, is stepping down as CEO after a lengthy board call today, will be nonexecutive chairman of the We Company  —  WeWork's co-founder, Adam Neumann, is stepping down as chief executive of the embattled shared office space business …
More: Vox
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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Built-in Google Assistant is no longer exclusive to “Made by Google” Chrome OS devices, begins rolling out to more Chromebooks  —  Google Assistant first debuted on the Pixelbook in 2017 and later came to the Pixel Slate last year.  The smart assistant is now coming to non-Made by Google Chromebooks starting today.
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
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.
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Q&A with Huawei CEO Richard Yu about shipping Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro without Play Store apps, its plans for luring developers to Huawei App Gallery, and more  —  As the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer, the growth of Huawei over the last decade has been immense.
Thanks:@anandtech
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.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Acquia, a cloud CMS provider for the open source Drupal project, gets acquired by Vista Equity Partners in a deal valued at $1B  —  Vista Equity Partners, which likes to purchase undervalued tech companies and turn them around for a hefty profit, has purchased web content management …
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 …
More: TechCrunch
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.

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