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CNET reporters Roger Cheng and Ben Fox Rubin tackle the top tech stories of the day. Don't mind their awkwardness.

CNET reporters Roger Cheng and Ben Fox Rubin tackle the top tech stories of the day. Don't mind their awkwardness.
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CNET reporters Roger Cheng and Ben Fox Rubin tackle the top tech stories of the day. Don't mind their awkwardness.

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Would you use Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency? (The 3:59, Ep. 573)

6/18/2019
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Plus, Palm's tiny phone is a surprise hit with kids. https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-aims-to-shake-up-finance-with-its-libra-cryptocurrency/https://www.cnet.com/news/palms-head-scratching-tiny-now-unlocked-phone-may-find-a-niche-with-kids/

Duration:00:05:50

How to get your Instagram account back from hackers (The 3:59, Ep. 572)

6/17/2019
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Also, the next game you play could go on forever, plus how veterans are using smart homes. https://www.cnet.com/news/instagram-is-making-it-easier-to-get-your-account-back-from-hackers/https://www.cnet.com/news/the-next-game-you-play-may-never-end/ https://www.cnet.com/news/a-smart-home-suited-for-a-wounded-veteran-assistive-technology/

Duration:00:04:28

Google’s Pixel 4 gets a really, really early tease (The 3:59, Ep. 571)

6/13/2019
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We talk Pixel 4, altered videos and social networks and a crazy $1,200 smart oven hood.

Duration:00:04:09

T-Mobile and Sprint's mega merger hits another stumbling block (The 3:59, Ep. 570)

6/12/2019
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We break down the fate of the two carriers and offer an update on Nintendo from E3.

Duration:00:04:47

Can tech giants like Facebook and Google really be broken up? (The 3:59, Ep. 569)

6/11/2019
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We examine the heightened scrutiny over tech giants and look at the one-year anniversary of the net neutrality laws getting struck down.

Duration:00:04:31

Our E3 breakdown: Microsoft's Project Scarlett looks crazy powerful (The 3:59, Ep. 568)

6/10/2019
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Also, Keanu Reeves at E3 and Amazon drones. -E3 rundownhttps://www.cnet.com/news/new-xbox-project-scarlett-8k-120-fps-ssd-coming-in-2020-microsoft-says-e3-2019/https://www.cnet.com/news/keanu-reeves-to-star-in-cyberpunk-2077-release-date-april-2020/ -Amazon robotshttps://www.cnet.com/news/amazons-scout-delivery-robots-cute-friendly-and-intentionally-boring/ -Amazon quiet droneshttps://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-reveals-its-newest-prime-air-drone-design/

Duration:00:04:21

The FCC's looking to kill off robocalls for good (The 3:59, Ep. 567)

6/6/2019
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Also, our hands-on impressions from the Mac Pro, and a preview of Google Stadia ahead of E3. https://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-makes-economic-case-for-shutting-down-illegal-robocalls/https://www.cnet.com/news/the-new-mac-pro-makes-its-debut-at-wwdc-2019-starts-at-5999-available-fall-2019-apple/ https://www.cnet.com/news/e3-2019-how-to-watch-google-stadia-connect-conference-live/

Duration:00:05:25

Amazon's Ring cameras are building out surveillance for police (The 3:59, Ep. 566)

6/5/2019
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Also, an interview with PlayStation's new CEO and how Amazon's voice assistant is getting smarter. https://www.cnet.com/features/amazons-helping-police-build-a-surveillance-network-with-ring-doorbells/ https://www.cnet.com/news/sonys-playstation-ceo-wants-a-seamless-transition-to-its-next-generation-console/ https://www.cnet.com/news/amazons-voice-assistant-will-get-smarter-these-new-alexa-prize-teams-will-help/

Duration:00:04:34

Apple's WWDC brought dark mode, $6,000 cheese graters -- and antitrust threats (The 3:59, Ep. 565)

6/4/2019
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We talk about all the big announcements from WWDC and how antitrust news stole some of Apple's thunder. WWDC links: https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-wwdc-2019-ios-13-dark-mode-mac-pro-macos-10-15-and-everything-apple-just-announced/https://www.cnet.com/how-to/dark-mode-in-ios-13-everything-we-know-about-apples-new-feature-for-iphones/https://www.cnet.com/news/the-new-mac-pro-makes-its-debut-at-wwdc-2019-starts-at-5999-available-fall-2019-apple/ Antitrust links:...

Duration:00:04:32

Huawei against the world (The 3:59, Ep. 564)

5/23/2019
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The No. 2 smartphone maker is under fire in the US and may run into trouble in the UK as well. https://www.cnet.com/news/huawei-ban-full-timeline-on-how-and-why-its-phones-were-banned-security/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-23/amazon-is-working-on-a-wearable-device-that-reads-human-emotionshttps://www.cnet.com/news/shareholder-efforts-to-curb-amazon-facial-recognition-tech-falls-short/https://www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/playdate-handheld-gaming-device-coming-in-2020/

Duration:00:04:47

Apple is fixing its busted MacBook keyboards for free -- and maybe for good? (The 3:59, Ep. 563)

5/22/2019
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Plus Qualcomm's monopoly may be at an end and Oculus unleashes its Quest VR headset. https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-redesigns-keyboard-in-new-macbook-pro-update-and-promises-quick-repairs-on-sticky-keys/https://www.cnet.com/news/qualcomm-is-a-monopoly-and-must-renegotiate-deals-judge-rules/https://www.cnet.com/reviews/oculus-quest-review/https://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-oculus-quest-heralds-vrs-next-gen-but-will-we-buy-in/

Duration:00:05:26

Backlash grows for police use of facial recognition (The 3:59, Ep. 562)

5/16/2019
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Plus, no, Facebook isn't listening to your conversations. https://www.cnet.com/news/san-francisco-becomes-first-city-to-bar-police-from-using-facial-recognition/https://www.cnet.com/news/police-are-using-flawed-data-in-facial-recognition-searches-study-finds/https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-isnt-secretly-listening-in-on-your-phone-conversations-really/https://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-ad-targeting-has-created-a-creepy-image-problem-it-cant-shake/

Duration:00:05:09

The OnePlus 7 Pro reveals a notch-free future (The 3:59, Ep. 561)

5/15/2019
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Chatting with Shara Tibken on the new flagship phone, Apple and all things mobile. https://www.cnet.com/news/oneplus-7-pro-bets-on-pop-up-camera-notch-free-display-to-justify-premium-price/https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-iphone-sales-drop-but-services-and-wearables-offer-a-boost/https://www.cnet.com/news/qualcomm-will-pocket-4-5b-to-4-7b-from-apple-settlement-in-q3/

Duration:00:05:07

Disney is going to take over Hulu. Now what? (The 3:59, Ep. 560)

5/14/2019
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Also, we could have the first city to ban facial recognition, and why you should patch WhatsApp ASAP. https://www.cnet.com/news/san-francisco-tuesday-could-become-first-city-to-ban-facial-recognition-technology/ https://www.cnet.com/news/whatsapp-vulnerability-reportedly-allowed-spyware-attack/ https://www.cnet.com/news/disney-to-take-over-hulu-outright-positioning-it-as-sister-service-to-disney-plus/

Duration:00:04:22

The drumbeat to break up Facebook gets louder (The 3:59, Ep. 559)

5/13/2019
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Plus, CNET had a chat with Google's ad chief. https://www.cnet.com/news/can-facebook-be-broken-up-what-you-need-to-know/ https://www.cnet.com/features/googles-head-of-ads-pushes-privacy-to-gain-back-frayed-trust-prabhakar-raghavan/ https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-owners-can-sue-apple-over-app-store-supreme-court-says/

Duration:00:05:01

What exactly does Amazon do with your Echo data? (The 3:59, Ep. 558)

5/9/2019
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We look at what happens to the recordings from your Echo, talk about Google Assistant-powered smart headsets and run through what may get sacrificed for the Texas border wall. https://www.cnet.com/news/google-assistant-powered-earbuds-get-ready-for-a-flood-of-new-models/https://www.cnet.com/news/border-wall-now-under-construction-could-kill-off-birds-ocelots-and-a-church/ https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-alexa-transcripts-live-on-even-after-you-delete-voice-records/

Duration:00:04:45

Google I/O: We break down the highlights and lowlights (The 3:59, Ep. 557)

5/8/2019
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From Google Assistant to the budget Pixel 3A, here's everything the search giant...

Duration:00:04:36

From Android Q to new Pixels: Our Google I/O preview (The 3:59, Ep. 556)

5/7/2019
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We also talk about a new Amazon Go store that takes cash, and moar 5G. https://www.cnet.com/news/at-google-io-sundar-pichai-talks-assistant-android-q-amid-scandals/https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-gos-first-ny-store-is-also-the-first-to-accept-cash/https://www.cnet.com/news/us-consumers-are-willing-to-pay-a-lot-more-for-5g-ericsson-study-shows/

Duration:00:04:38

Amazon, weighing pregnancy against productivity, fired 7 expectant mothers (The 3:59, Ep. 555)

5/6/2019
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Plus VR came to creepy life at the Tribeca Film Fest and Microsoft doesn't want us shout "Cortana!" anymore. https://www.cnet.com/features/amazon-fired-these-7-pregnant-workers-then-came-the-lawsuits/https://www.cnet.com/news/tribeca-film-fests-vr-mascot-was-a-creepy-living-doll/ https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-at-its-build-2019-conference-wants-us-to-have-conversations-with-our-computers/

Duration:00:05:09

Game of Thrones images too dark? We can help *MILD SPOILERS* (The 3:59, Ep. 554)

5/2/2019
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TV guru David Katzmaier offers insights on the Battle of Winterfell and dark TV viewing. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/game-of-thrones-last-night-was-terribly-dark-how-to-adjust-that/

Duration:00:05:11