9 great reads from CNET this week


School’s back in session and we’re still fighting a major health pandemic — a combination that shines even more light on the internet haves and have-nots. CNET explored the problem this week from many perspectives, even from a remote school district in Alaska.

Meanwhile, TikTok’s CEO resigned as the company sued the Trump administration over its US ban, the fitness tracking space got a new entrant, and election security officials said they’ve found no evidence of any coordinated fraud with mail-in ballots.

Here are the week’s stories you don’t want to miss.

Labor activists are targeted in a social media campaign as gig economy companies spend millions to prevent workers from becoming employees.


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The digital divide means millions of American children don’t have broadband connections at home, even as their schools hold virtual classes.


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A district in the Aleutian Islands has built a wide area mesh network to enable virtual learning — skirting the need for internet access in students’ homes.


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Everyone who isn’t Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Snap seems to want a piece of TikTok.


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The government is funding basic research in AI, too.

Google quantum computer

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Commentary: I love Android phones, but Android tablets stink as an investment.


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Exclusive: The new Fitbit smartwatch has a sensor that actually checks your skin to see how stressed out you are.


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Spoiler-free: Nolan’s new one races to beat the clock and the coronavirus, but it’s not his best.


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5G is here, but if you want to make the most of it, you’ll need to have the right plan.


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