Is the Pixel better than the iPhone? (The 3:59, Ep. 181)

We discuss the inside story of the Google Pixel, debate the merits of Verizon buying Yahoo and ask if anyone uses eBay anymore.

Ben Fox Rubin Former senior reporter
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
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  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
Ben Fox Rubin
Roger Cheng

Google sweated the small stuff for the Pixel, its first homemade phone.

We dive into some of the design and aesthetic decisions the search giant made to create the device, including its slight wedge shape to get rid of a camera bump and its unadulterated Android software.

Also on today's show, we talk about Verizon's bid for Yahoo, which now may include a lower sales price, and CNET's interview with eBay CEO Devin Wenig, which touches on Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, artificial intelligence and the future of retail stores.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

Check out the extended shows on YouTube.



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