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CNET, formerly Computer Network, is an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally. Founded in 1994 by Halsey Minor and Shelby Bonnie, it was the flagship brand of CNET Networks and became a brand of CBS Interactive through CNET Networks' acquisition in 2008. CNET originally produced content for radio and television in addition to its website and now uses new media distribution methods through its Internet television network, CNET Video, and its podcast and blog networks.


Report: TikTok may be censoring Hong Kong protests

According to an article in the Washington Post, the social media app TikTok may be censoring information on the platform about the Hong Kong protests. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM..
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Report: Popular period-tracking apps share data with third parties

A new report from the U.K.-based advocacy group Privacy International finds some period-tracking apps may be sharing private health information before users are even given a chance to agree to the..
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Samsung takes on Huawei with Galaxy Note 10 [Video]Samsung takes on Huawei with Galaxy Note 10

Samsung unveils a new version of the Galaxy Note smartphone with fast 5G network connection and improved camera features, hoping the premium model helps it revive slumping profit and widen the gap with..

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Samsung unveils new Note and first foldable phone [Video]Samsung unveils new Note and first foldable phone

Samsung unveiled a new version of the Galaxy Note smartphone on Wednesday (August 7) with fast 5G network connection and improved camera features, hoping the premium model helps it revive slumping..

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Dan Patterson

Senior Producer, CNET and CBS News
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Dan Patterson on trying to quit Google

Googling has become a verb, and Google services have become an everyday part of our lives. Dan Patterson, a senior producer for CNET and CBS News, personally tried going without Google. He joined CBSN..
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Tech giants meet with government agencies to talk 2020 election security

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter met with national security officials Thursday to discuss cybersecurity ahead of the 2020 presidential election. CNET senior producer Dan..
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Google pays record fine for YouTube's violation of children's privacy

Google has agreed to pay a record $170 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission and New York state stemming from YouTube's violation of children's privacy. The company also agreed to make changes..
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How cities and businesses are dealing with a rise in ransomware attacks

U.S. officials are reportedly concerned about a ransomware attack against the 2020 election. CNet senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss how cities and towns across the..
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8chan users looking for new platforms

Members of online message board 8chan are looking for new platforms after it was shut down earlier this month. One of them is Discord, a web and mobile application used for gaming. CNET senior producer..
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Ransomware attack hits government computers in over 20 Texas towns

Government computers in 22 Texas towns were targeted in a ransomware attack. Days after the coordinated attack, many of the local governments weren't able to get back online. CNET senior producer Dan..
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Gun sellers use loophole on Facebook Marketplace

Guns are being bought and sold online through a loophole in Facebook Marketplace. Secondhand gun sellers often post misleading listings for gun accessories at a marked-up price, in order to get around..
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Facebook and Twitter suspend accounts linked to Chinese propaganda campaign

Facebook and Twitter have suspended hundreds of accounts they say were funded by China to spread disinformation against protesters in Hong Kong. CNET executive editor Roger Cheng joined CBSN with more.
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Proposed laws could change how consumers get smartphones repaired

Twenty states are considering so-called "Right to Repair" bills. The Federal Trade Commission is asking for public comments on whether people should be able to get their electronics fixed by a third..
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Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio

A new report says that Facebook paid outside contractors to transcribe users' personal audio clips without their knowledge. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN with the latest.
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Violent crackdown on Hong Kong protests amid concerns about mass surveillance

Amid a violent crackdown on protests in Hong Kong, experts are raising concerns about technology reportedly being used by the Chinese government to monitor demonstrations. CBS News foreign..
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Jeffrey Epstein's accusers weigh legal options after his death

After the death of alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, legal questions are focusing on his possible co-conspirators. Also, how much did Twitter play a role in spreading conspiracy theories about..
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Facebook shuts down suspected Saudi propaganda campaign

Facebook confirms it has taken steps to shut down a propaganda campaign orchestrated by people linked to the Saudi government. The company says it has removed more than 350 fake accounts that published..
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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Plus

Samsung has unveiled its newest Galaxy Note phones. CNET senior managing editor Dan Ackerman brought the Galaxy Note 10 Plus to "CBSN AM" to show off some of its features.
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Controversial web forum 8chan experiences outages after El Paso shooting

The online forum 8chan is experiencing outages after several companies pulled their infrastructure support. A hate-filled manifesto, allegedly linked to the El Paso shooting suspect, was posted on its..
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Online forum 8chan taken offline following El Paso shooting

Online forum 8chan was taken offline Sunday. This comes after the suspected El Paso gunman allegedly posted an anti-immigrant, racist screed on the site just minutes before opening fire on a Walmart..
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Mass shootings spark discussions on the dark corners of the internet

Social media is increasingly playing a role in mass shootings around the world and in their aftermath. Many recent attacks have been tied to conversations that are playing out in the dark corners of..
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Pennsylvania 16-year-old wins Fortnite World Cup

Pennsylvania 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf won the $3 million first-place prize in the Fortnite World Cup finals. CNET senior managing editor Dan Ackerman joins CBSN to discuss the explosion of..
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Republicans block election cybersecurity bills

Just days after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned the House Intelligence Committee about the ongoing threat of hacking in the 2020 election, Democrats urged the passage of two cybersecurity..
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Lawmakers call for investigation into viral FaceApp

Senator Chuck Schumer has called for the FBI to investigate the Russian-owned FaceApp for potential privacy or security risks. CBS News' Lisa Mateo reports on the viral app, and CNET senior producer..
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Virtual reality offers new experience to readers

Fewer Americans are reading for leisure these days, and book sales continue to decline. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson spoke to "Zodiac" trilogy author Romina Russell about her push to use virtual..
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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google execs testify on Capitol Hill

Leaders from Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon all took turns publicly defending their companies during an antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill. They said their platforms all rely on a vibrant social..
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Facebook questioned over cryptocurrency plans

Facebook officials were on Captiol Hill for a hearing on the company's plan for a cryptocurrency called Libra. The social network has faced scrutiny over the years for issues with data security, and..
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Analyzing the impact of Trump's Twitter rant on extremists online

The Anti-Defamation League says President Trump's Twitter rant telling some Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from is being praised by white supremacists and extremists..
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Facebook fined $5 billion for mishandling users' data

Regulators at the FTC have slapped Facebook with a record fine, but some lawmakers are criticizing the nearly $5 billion penalty as a drop in the bucket. CNET editor-at-large Ian Sherr joins CBSN with..
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Prime Day protests: Amazon workers fight for better working conditions and pay

On Amazon's biggest-ever shopping event, employees in the U.S. and Europe are speaking out against unsafe working conditions in warehouses. Separately, immigration advocates are also speaking out..
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President Trump hosts White House meeting on social media

President Trump is hosting what's billed as a social media summit at the White House today, but executives from Facebook or Twitter weren't invited. CBS News' Nikole Killion and CNET senior producer..
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Traditional social media sites left out of summit at White House

The White House is holding a social media summit, but companies like Facebook and Twitter did not receive an invite. Instead, conservative organizations were extended a welcome. CNET senior producer..
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How long does Amazon Alexa keep your data?

Amazon recently admitted to recording and archiving voice data from its Alexa app. As it turns out, the company actually retains users' voice recordings and transcripts until the customer chooses to..
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The technology behind altered or manipulated video

CNET senior producer Dan Patterson showed the process of creating a deepfake and how they can now be made for next to nothing.
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"Angry gaming" videos bring in big money

YouTube's algorithm is driven by clicks, but the types of videos driving those clicks could be detrimental. CNET editor at large Ian Sherr looked at "angry gaming" videos where uploaders post content..
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Bipartisan Senators propose "Dashboard" Act to put a price on user data

A bipartisan team of senators has proposed new legislation that could put a price on user data. The "Dashboard" Act would require Big Tech to tell consumers how much of their data is being collected..
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CBS employees volunteer to get hacked

CBS News investigative reporter Graham Kates and CNET senior producer Dan Patterson voluntarily got hacked by a social engineer in the name of research. What she found was highly sensitive information...
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How Facebook's Libra will differ from other cryptocurrencies

Facebook announced plans this week to launch Libra, a global digital currency. With backing from PayPal, Uber, Visa, and Mastercard, Libra would allow users without bank accounts or credit cards to..
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Google pledges $1 billion to combat Bay Area housing crisis

Silicon Valley companies face blame for the high costs of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now tech giant Google has pledged $1 billion to help ease the growing housing crisis in the area. CNET..
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China's state media spreads false information about Hong Kong protests

In Hong Kong, protests against a controversial extradition bill continue, but China is looking to downplay the unrest. According to BuzzFeed News, Chinese state media has published a series of stories..
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The challenge of detecting "deepfakes" ahead of 2020 election

High-tech manipulated videos called deepfakes are spreading online and could threaten presidential candidates ahead of the 2020 elections. So far, tech companies have done little to stop the spread of..
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Lawmakers hear from tech experts about deepfake technology

The House Intelligence Committee is examining the threats deepfakes could pose to national security, the U.S. election system and even corporate America. Lawmakers heard from tech experts who say there..
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Congressional investigation into big tech companies focus on effect digital platforms have on journalism

Lawmakers launched their investigation into big tech companies. As CBS News' Natalie Brand reports, Congress held its first hearing Tuesday which focused on the effect that digital platforms have on..
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Feds investigating major tech companies for antitrust violations

The federal government is set to look into four major tech companies for potential antitrust violations. The Federal Trade Commission will investigate Amazon and Facebook while the Department of..
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"Deepfakes" are becoming a dangerous reality

As we get closer to the 2020 presidential election, campaigns are struggling to handle the threat of "deepfakes" posted online. Using artificial intelligence, highly altered or fabricated video footage..
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Apple unveils next-generation upgrades at 2019 WWDC

Apple is holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, to announce new features and updates, including the next generation of its iOS operating system. CNET..
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New social media app Parler a haven for users kicked off traditional platforms

A new Twitter-like social media platform is gaining popularity among far-right users. Parler currently hosts about 100,00 users, but members of Trump's campaign are suggesting the president consider..
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Privacy advocates criticize Amazon "Rekognition"

Amazon rejected two proposals at its annual shareholders meeting that would regulate its "Rekognition" software. The meeting came as lawmakers in Washington blasted facial recognition technology for..
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Instagram influencers' information exposed

An unprotected online database exposed the contact information for millions of "high-profile" celebrities and influencers. TechCrunch reports the database belonged to a social influence marketing firm..
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U.S. struggles to defend against 2020 election cyberthreats

A new report says the U.S. is still struggling to defend against cyberthreats targeting political elections. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN with a look at the report and what it means..
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PrivacyWatch: Phones of WhatsApp users hacked using missed calls glitch

A flaw in WhatsApp allowed hackers to infiltrate users' phones. Several activist lawyers and journalists were reportedly targeted. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joied CBSN to explain the severity..
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