9 great reads from CNET this week

Apple battles Epic over app store rules, LG bows out of the phone business, young women speak up about the harassment they've faced, and more.

CNET News staff
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The definitive device of the last two decades has been the mobile phone. It's hard now to imagine life without one. Phone makers and phone fads have come and gone, and competition has always been intense.

We're seeing those rivalries play out in different ways. Smartphones have thrived as game platforms, for both fun and profit, and that's taken a nasty turn in the legal sparring between iPhone maker Apple and Fortnite developer Epic Games. Meanwhile, LG -- which for a moment way back when got the drop on Apple -- has acknowledged that it's just not up for the rigors of the phone business anymore.

Tales of those twists and turns are among the in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don't want to miss:

Apple says Epic's Fortnite lawsuit is a marketing stunt to revive 'flagging interest' in the game

In dueling court filings, Apple details Epic's "Project Liberty" media strategy, while Epic argues the App Store forces up prices.

Fortnite, banned, on a phone screen
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LG once out-iPhoned the iPhone. Now it's exiting the phone business entirely

Despite a history of bold innovations, LG could never make a significant dent in the handset business.

LG Wing phone
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Teen girls seek out safe spaces online in their own #MeToo movement

Young women are turning to social media in search of nonjudgmental places to speak honestly about sexual violence in their daily lives.

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My COVID-19 dreams aren't just weird, they're keeping me up all night

If you're sleeping worse and dreaming about the pandemic, you're not alone. And they've got a name for it: coronasomnia.

COVID-19 dreams
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NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity: What you need to know before its first flight

NASA engineers will attempt the first flight on Mars in just a few days time -- and it could change space exploration forever.


Twitter, Facebook and others are failing to stop anti-Asian hate

More than a year after the coronavirus pandemic hit, Asian Americans are still facing hate on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

People hold up signs at a Stop Asian Hate rally in Chicago on March 27.
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Amazon union defeated, pushes for an election redo: What you need to know

Here's how a major union vote went at Amazon, what unionizing could mean for customers and what was up with that Twitter rant.

Amazone warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama
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What a teen's fake death can teach us about the internet, 20 years on

In 2001, the "death" of a young blogger rocked her community. New podcast Pseudocide unearths internet history to see what we can learn from that today.

PC, monitor and keyboard, circa 2001
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Oculus Rift review, revisited: The dream's real now

Commentary: Looking back at 2016 from 2021, and the VR headset that kicked off a whole universe of possibilities.

Using the Oculus Rift in 2015
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