The European Court of Justice has ruled that the right to be forgotten – which requires search engine providers to de-list sensitive information about an individual at their request – only applies within Europe (BBC News). The case is a major victory for Google, which geo-fences EU search results to follow the law but was fined by French data regulator CNIL over results still visible in the rest of the world. Now, the ECJ has confirmed that Google is in the right and that search engine results need only be removed in Europe; it has also tightened the criteria for removal.
Coworking space rental firm WeWork has shed its controversial CEO Adam Neumann, who will step down to the role of non-executive chairman (The Register). Neumann’s erratic behaviour and reported financial mismanagement has attracted significant and unflattering press attention as The We Company struggled to prepare for its initial public offering.
Facebook will allow politicians to post lies, misinformation and hate speech if it’s newsworthy, head of global policy and communication Nick Clegg has said in a speech (TechCrunch). Clegg, himself a former deputy Prime Minister of the UK, explained that politicians were exempted from the company’s third-party fact-checking programme because Facebook doesn’t feel that it should “referee political debates and prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny.”
On Friday, a draft research paper erroneously uploaded to Nasa’s website accidentally tipped the world off that Google had reached a quantum computing milestone: quantum supremacy (WIRED). It details how Google researchers used a quantum processor called Sycamore containing 53 functioning qubits to solve a random sampling problem that would have taken the world’s best supercomputers 10,000 years to work out. It took Sycamore just three minutes and 20 seconds.
Microsoft will begin public tests of its Project xCloud game streaming service in October and you can sign up to participate if you live in the United States, United Kingdom or South Korea (Ars Technica). You’ll need an Android 6 or above smartphone with Bluetooth 4.0 support, a Microsoft account and a wireless Xbox One controller – a test app will analyse your Wi-Fi or mobile broadband connection for suitability. Only limited numbers of testers will be involved initially, playing titles including Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Killer Instinct, and Sea of Thieves.
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