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September 24, 2019, 1:55 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 …
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
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 …
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.
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  —  - The executive has been under pressure since WeWork released its S-1, amid concerns about its corporate governance and valuation.
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
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 …
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 …

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