9 great reads from CNET this week

We bump up against Trump's wall, scarf down some lab-grown chicken nuggets, and ask ourselves if the new iPad Mini sparks joy.

CNET News staff
2 min read

Yes, we're all waiting to see just what Apple has up its sleeve for Monday, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The past week deserves a look back. Google said its new streaming service heralds "the future of gaming." Disney finalized its takeover of Fox, creating a Hollywood monster to go after Netflix. And politicos wrestled with technology, as Cali's governor spoke of a "techlash" and Republicans and Dems both talked up proposed net neutrality legislation. But that's far from all. Here are some of our best stories from the week that was.

Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative

President Trump says a physical wall needs to be the main line of defense in the south. But a visit to several border towns in Texas shows that isn't necessarily the case.

James Martin/CNET

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

Authorities call facial recognition a valuable tool. Civil liberties groups say it's dangerous.

James Martin/CNET

Review: iPad Mini is back and Apple's 2019 update offers new mojo for small tablets

There are a lot of iPads now, but can the smallest one spark a little joy?

Angela Lang/CNET

Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice

When you think video games, soon it'll be Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation, Nintendo's Switch, PCs and... Google's Stadia?

James Martin/CNET

How the New Zealand mosque shooting was designed to go viral

The terrorist attack was inextricably tied to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Aucklanders Gather At Al-Madinah School To Remember Victims Of Christchurch Mosque Attack
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The new 'AirPods 2' are really AirPods 1.5

Commentary: Apple's just-announced refreshed AirPods are an upgrade over the originals, but some hoped-for additions are missing.

Sarah Tew/CNET

How the internet has changed surviving with HIV

In the era of #DeleteFacebook, the social network is proving to be a lifeline for HIV-positive people.

Claire Reilly/CNET

Lab-grown meat: Taste-testing chicken of the future

Where's the beef? Actually, it's a chicken nugget.

John Kim/CNET

What AncestryDNA taught me about DNA, privacy and the complex world of genetic testing

After spitting in a tube, I learned where my DNA comes from and where my personal data might go.

Ian Knighton/CNET