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September 24, 2019, 7:15 PM

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann is resigning as CEO, will be nonexecutive chairman of We Co.; source: his voting shares will be reduced in power from 10:1 to 3:1  —  - WeWork CEO Adam Neumann will step down but retain his seat as nonexecutive chairman, the company says.
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 …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Comscore settles with SEC on charges the firm and its ex-CEO made false statements, engaging in a fraudulent scheme to overstate revenue by ~$50M from 2014-2016  —  Media analytics firm is accused of overstating revenue by $50 million, making false statements about performance
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Amazon launches Amazon Care, a virtual primary care clinic with an option for nurses to visit employees in the home, as a pilot for employees in Seattle  —  - Amazon just launched Amazon Care, a virtual primary care clinic with an option for nurses to visit employees in the home.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple says a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS may grant “full access” to third-party keyboards by mistake, says it's working on a fix  —  Apple is warning users of an iOS bug involving third-party keyboards.  —  In a brief advisory posted Tuesday, the tech giant said the bug impacts …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it doesn't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content, generally assuming it is newsworthy, even if it violates Facebook policies  —  Facebook confirms it won't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content if it's newsworthy even if it violates the site's hatespeech rules or other policies.
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 …
CBS Pittsburgh:
Google contract workers in Pittsburgh, employed by IT services provider HCL, vote to join the United Steelworkers union in a 49 vs 24 vote  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - About 80 contracted Google employees voted to join the United Steelworkers union.  —  The workers voted in favor of unionization …
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 …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
What to expect from Amazon's hardware event tomorrow: new Echo devices, Alexa-powered earbuds, updates to the Fire TV and Fire tablet lines, more  —  New Echo devices?  New Fire TV things?  We'll find out  —  Amazon is hosting an event in Seattle on Wednesday, September 25th …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon announces the Voice Interoperability Initiative to improve voice assistant compatibility, with 30+ companies on board but not Google, Apple, and Samsung  —  A day ahead of its annual fall hardware event, Amazon is making a big partnership announcement: it has created …
David Priest / CNET:
Early look at Amazon's $50 screen-less Echo Auto: doesn't offer step-by-step driving directions but has voice commands for music, checking traffic, and calls  —  I love the idea of a voice assistant in my car: Hands-free calling, music requests, directions — it seems like everything would become easier and safer.
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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 …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Snapchat extends its skippable ads limit to three minutes from ten seconds; non-skippable six-second ads within shows now let users swipe up for related actions  —  At Advertising Week, company makes adjustments to its commercial formats  —  Snapchat is relaxing its time constraints for ads …
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 …

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