9 great reads from CNET this week

So, Google managed to rake it in last quarter despite recent data and privacy scandals. And Apple released a phone update to fix the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug. But the news thunder was stolen this week by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who dropped a bombshell Thursday afternoon alleging the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him with nude photos.

Here’s your chance to catch up on the week’s news.

In an exclusive interview, a top Google exec says the company’s AI could one day recognize your moods and pick up conversations where you left off.

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The Refrigerdating app helps you find a date based on what’s in your fridge.    

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The Amazon founder’s public persona has done quite the 180. His tell-all is seen as a public relations “masterstroke.”

Amazon CEO And Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos  Speaks At Air Force Association Air, Space And Cyber Conference

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We could use the genetic-engineering tool to combat invasive species and diseases. Should we?

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Google’s trick to more rapidly and cheaply deploy its super-speedy Google Fiber project has hit a wall. 

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The Amazon CEO says he’s being blackmailed over nudes. But do I want to see tech tycoon d*ck pics? No thank you, Mr. Pecker.

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Homeowners could start protecting their property with Sunflower Lab drones in 2020.

The Sunflower Labs "bee" drone has a main camera to peer at your property. It points inward from your property boundary to avoid concerns from neighbors that you're snooping.

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Sex Education? Nope. House of Cards? No thanks. Russian Doll? Maybe I’ll add it to my list and literally never watch it.

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The grass-cutting robot is designed to autonomously trim your turf. iRobot says it’ll be as smart and as easy to use as a Roomba.

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NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.

Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.

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