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9 great reads from CNET this week

Why you still need to be careful about misinformation on social media, what will happen when NASA tries to land on asteroid Bennu and how Mario Kart Live turned one 4-year-old into a terrifying monster.

It was Apple's turn in the spotlight again this week, showing off its latest crop of iPhones at a virtual event on Tuesday. Speed is the main selling point: The iPhone 12 family -- which includes four devices -- is Apple's first to come with superfast 5G cellular connectivity. And for the first time in three years, the new phones have an updated design with flatter sides. They also have a stronger display, an updated chip and improved camera capabilities. 

New products aside, tech news this week was all about social networks and how they're dealing with misinformation and even hacked materials, particularly in the run-up to the presidential election

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss: 

Facebook, Twitter are fighting fake news. Why you still need to be careful

Is it fact? Or is it fiction?

Angela Lang/CNET

iPhone 12's MagSafe is the sleeper feature that's a bigger deal than you think

Commentary: The fast-charging feature that snaps into place opens up the possibility for an array of wild new attachments.


From Apollo to Artemis: The woman putting boots back on the moon

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson has worked on countless rocket launches, but as NASA's Artemis launch director, she's finally helping to put the first woman on the moon.

Kim Shiflett/NASA

iPhone 12's price tag could be more important for Apple's success than ever

Apple's next-generation iPhones are facing challenges far beyond Samsung, Motorola and Google.


NASA's Osiris-Rex about to land on asteroid Bennu: Here's what will happen

In a first for the space agency, the van-size spacecraft will try to swipe space souvenirs to bring home to Earth. But it might not be easy.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Facebook, Twitter will have their hands full with misinformation during election week

If you thought the social networks' handling of a New York Post story on Joe Biden and his son Hunter was chaotic, Election Day could be worse.

Image by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET

California expects big, big turnout for November election

In an interview for CNET's Now What series, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla tells Connie Guglielmo how to make sure your vote is counted.


Mario Kart Live turned my son into a terrifying monster

The things I have seen I cannot unsee.

Mark Serrels

iPhone 12 has 5G. But do we even need it?

Despite what Apple says, the biggest reason to buy a 5G phone right now is FOMO -- and future-proofing.

Tim Cook Apple 5G