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9 great reads from CNET this week

Controversy engulfs the Robinhood app, Sony shifts us toward the future of photography and a wood pellet grill shows off its smarts. Plus: an exclusive conversation with Mark Zuckerberg.

Remember the GameStop stock trading frenzy from earlier this year? One of the key players in that saga was the stock trading app Robinhood, and that notoriety earned Robinhood's CEO a moment on the hot seat in a congressional hearing. At issue was how the app works -- and specifically, whether its business model has the best interests of its users in mind.

As Robinhood edges closer to its own debut on the stock market, the scrutiny continues. CNET's Rich Nieva took an in-depth look at the company, the app and the common concern that Robinhood users aren't quite clear about what's going on or what they're really getting themselves into.

That's just one of 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:

Robinhood's no-fee model has real costs: 'That is what scares me'

As the trading app inches closer to its IPO, concerns surface again over how the service could harm consumers.

Illustration for Robinhood personal finance story
Robert Rodriguez/CNET

Sony ditches DSLRs, moving the camera industry beyond film-era designs

Commentary: The future of higher-end photography is mirrorless.

Sony A7R IV mirrorless camera
Sony

I swapped out my gas grill for a wood pellet grill, and this is what happened

Thinking about buying a wood-fired smart grill with Wi-Fi? Here are some things to consider based on my experience switching from a gas grill.

Traeger Ironwood 650 and Weber Genesis grills
David Carnoy/CNET

Mark Zuckerberg explains where VR goes next

Exclusive: Facebook's CEO talks about what the next headset could bring, how fitness plays into the picture and whether there will be kid accounts for VR anytime soon.

Mark Zuckerberg VR illustration
Brett Pearce/CNET

Homework gap: The digital divide crisis that's leaving millions of kids behind

US schools are going back to in-person learning, but the so-called homework gap will persist.

Illustration for homework gap story
Robert Rodriguez/CNET

Facebook's oversight board made the right call on Trump. Now it's Zuckerberg's turn

Commentary: The social media company's inconsistent approach to its policies created an untenable situation. The oversight board is pushing for a fix.

Illustration showing Donald Trump at a lectern with the Facebook logo on it
James Martin/CNET

Disney's real-life lightsaber looks incredible. Here's how it could work

The realistic Star Wars weapon will be part of Disney's new Galactic Starcruiser hotel at Disney World opening in 2022.

Rey lightsaber Disney
Disney

Airlines rush to put parked airplanes back in the sky

As the COVID-19 travel slump ends, the airline with the world's largest fleet is preparing its aircraft to carry passengers again. It can take 1,000 hours of work per plane.

A Boeing 787 outside a hangar at American's Tulsa base.
American Airlines

Yahoo Answers is dead, but the internet never forgets

What Yahoo Answers was supposed to be, what it became and what remains.

Yahoo logo on a laptop screen
Angela Lang/CNET
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