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9 great reads from CNET this week

How to help animals threatened by Australia's fires, a sampling of all the new plant-based meat alternatives, and five key takeaways from CES 2020.

So, yeah, CNET was pretty much all about CES this week, as should be the case -- it's the world's biggest tech show after all, and there was a lot to cover in terms of future products and trends. But non-Vegas news kept us busy too.

Facebook, for example, doubled down on letting politicians lie in campaign ads, just as red flags were raised before Congress about how deepfakes and other manipulated videos are putting the integrity of elections at risk. Oh, and President Donald Trump, facing growing scrutiny over his use of US military power in the Middle East, tweeted that Twitter posts will serve as notification to Congress if the US strikes against Iran.

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss:

The 5 most important things that happened at CES 2020

From high-tech food to folding computers to upgrading your health to a prototype city of the future, these trends mattered.

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Australia's fires have killed over a billion animals. Here's how to help

Some of the most heart-wrenching images from the bushfires involve injured koalas, kangaroos and more. But there are ways humans can help.

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Here's the real reason Samsung's Note 10 Lite matters. And it isn't the headphone jack

With the new Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Samsung shifts its best phone from expensive luxury to everyday affordable.

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Angela Lang/CNET

How a snoring robot Labrador puppy stole my whole heart

Tombot's animatronic dog Jennie is designed for seniors but loved by all.

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Angela Lang/CNET

This plant-based bacon, fried chicken and shrimp will fool any meat eater

Several companies share their meat alternatives on the CNET stage at CES. And we're quite impressed.

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Sex tech wants to break down the barriers to pleasure

Sex tech has its foot in the door, but it's only the beginning.

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Sarah Tew/CNET

Facial recognition creeps into everything at CES 2020

The trade show offers a glimpse of what the future could look like if facial recognition is everywhere.

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Samsung's Neon, explained: Just what exactly are these 'artificial humans'?

Never mind weather reports and playlists -- Neon promises to keep your secrets, teach you yoga and help you find a great restaurant. But can the AI deliver?

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Sarah Tew/CNET

Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant try making themselves the talk of CES 2020

Which company came out on top?

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