9 great reads from CNET this week

You might have gone on vacation this week, but tech didn’t. Apple nabbed Intel’s modem business in a $1 billion bet on 5G wireless. Facebook got hit with a record $5 billion fine for losing control of our data. The Justice Department approved T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint. And Samsung announced a September time frame for relaunching its foldable phone, which faltered out of the gate last spring due to problems like screen breakages.

In the shadows of the headlines were these great stories you don’t want to miss: 

Craig Newmark is a self-proclaimed nerd and reformed jerk. Now he’s putting money behind his politics.


A scientific outpost, a graveyard, a stepping stone to Mars: It all starts with the moon.


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Samsung’s foldable phone isn’t the only new device that’s been delayed.


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The company is out to control every aspect of its products — including how it’ll connect to 5G networks.


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Critics give the deal a thumbs-down.


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The Brave browser focuses on stopping websites from tracking you.


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Humans have really cranked the heat up.


Smog fills the LA skyline.


Sprint gets its sweet release after T-Mobile’s takeover is cleared.

Sprint Posts First Quarterly Net Profit In Three Years

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Premiering on HBO this week, Share is a brutally timely parable for the #metoo era and the Instagram generation.