9 great reads from CNET this week

We learn how deepfakes may ruin the world, wonder if we're feeding too much intimate data to AI systems and see how a test of Verizon's 5G almost made a CNET editor cry.

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There was lots of talk of milestones this week: Gmail turned 15. Verizon launched its 5G network. Avengers: Endgame smashed a ticket sales record going back 19 years.

And CNET writers marked the week with so many great stories, it was hard to pick.

A music nerd's last stand: You'll pry my CDs out of my cold dead hands

In this chaotic world we live in, CNET's Erin Carson seeks order in the form of a tremendously large CD collection.

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Why Amazon's Virginia headquarters project will survive

Yes, Virginia, there is an HQ2. Never mind the beating Amazon took with its failed effort in New York.

Crystal City - Arlington, VA
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Date night checklist: Dinner, movie... virtual reality?

Thanks to VR, how we spend our evenings out could soon change dramatically.

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Testing Verizon's new 5G network almost made me weep

Verizon claims incredible 5G speeds on its brand-new network. That's not what happened for me.

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Deepfakes may ruin the world. And they can come for you, too

But -- bright side! -- videos with your face on somebody else's body usually aren't as tantalizing to bad guys as, say, creating political chaos.

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Google Inbox was the Gmail we desperately needed -- but now it's dead

Fifteen years ago, the new email service showed everyone Google was more than just a search company.

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I fell in love with Apple AirPods, then they fell down the drain

This must be how Chewie felt when Han died.

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Amazon, Google, AI and us: Are we too close for comfort?

Beyond facial recognition, we're giving smart devices and platforms our intimate biometric details.

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Burger King made a meat-free Impossible Whopper and it tasted like real burger

I ate Burger King's new Impossible Whopper, made of plant "meat." Here's how it went.