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New California law requires police to get warrants for online data
Backed by many tech firms and the ACLU, the privacy law hits the books but doesn't apply to federal law enforcement authorities.

Ravens recognise cheaters, give them the cold shoulder
Ravens have demonstrated a behaviour previously only observed in primates: Recognising and punishing selfish fellows.

Microsoft's surprise laptop, better signal in pubs and the top tech brands in CNET UK podcast 452
Microsoft's Surface Book packs an alarmingly cool bendy-straw hinge, and Waterstones is taking Kindles off its shelves. All this and more in this week's CNET UK podcast.

The fascinating stories of the X-Wing extras who were never stars, but were in Star Wars
A long time ago, in a film studio far, far away, a ragtag alliance of unknown extras donned alien masks to shoot a low-budget sci-fi movie. New documentary "Elstree 1976" tells their stories -- CNET met its director, Jon Spira.

iPhone 6S, 6S Plus to hit more than 50 new countries this month
The new iPhone lineup is rushing to many more markets around the world, starting Friday and continuing throughout October.

David Tennant's Kilgrave taunts Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' in new Netflix trailer
Detective Jessica Jones has her share of secrets, and David Tennant's character Kilgrave knows them all.

F-U-N-D-E-D: How texts and mobile apps are letting you feel like a boss
Looking for someone to serve you? No matter where you live, there's probably a startup just waiting to become your virtual butler.

Don't hold your breath for another Facebook phone
Facebook's head of messaging says the company "probably" won't make its own phone again after the first one failed to gain consumer interest.

How do elephants keep cancer at bay?
The majestic elephant is unusually resistant to cancer, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for decades. The answer may lie in its genes.

Uber hit with lawsuit over alleged sexual assaults
The ride-hailing company is being sued after two women allege they were sexually assaulted by Uber drivers. The plaintiffs say Uber needs to do more to keep passengers safe.

Apple Mac sales down, but the broader PC market is even worse off
Apple is selling fewer MacBooks and iMacs, according to analyst IDC, but declining PC sales across the board means the company actually occupies a larger slice of the market.

The 404 Show 1,633: New York Comic-Con, BTTF month, Microsoft event, has Apple Music failed? (podcast)
Today Russ and Jeff quickly wrap up the hot mess that is New York Comic-Con, debate the commercialized celebration of Back to the Future, run through Microsoft's impressive event and decide whether or not Apple Music has failed (so far).

Crave giveaway: Novo, for smart volume control on the go
Hear ye, hear ye! Win a little clip-on device that automatically adjusts the volume of your mobile device based on ambient noise.

Privacy-concerned Apple deletes apps from App Store
The Californian tech giant has removed several apps from its App Store that install root certificates, which potentially allow hackers to view private user information.

​Visual music: The graphic novel roots of 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
For all its explosive energy, "Mad Max: Fury Road" found its genesis on the page as something quite different. The film's director George Miller tells how the road warrior journeyed from graphic novel to celluloid, and what lies beneath the bluster.

Stephen Hawking says we should be more frightened of capitalism than robots
In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, the physicist expresses more concern about economic inequality than about artificial intelligence.

Doctors' app scares people from their screens -- for their own good
Technically Incorrect: A group of Belgian optometrists say that you need to regularly avert your eyes from the screen. So they create an app that regularly sends you disturbing images.

I had my brain scanned by a computer and all I got was this lousy T-shirt
Clothing brand Uniqlo has a new feature: a brain-wave-reading device that will pick a T-shirt based on your mood. But does it work? CNET's Nic Healey decided to investigate.

Animals return to Chernobyl, thrive without humans
The former nuclear power plant, deemed too radioactive for human habitation, is now teeming with a healthy animal population, a long-term study finds.

Lyft partners with Shell, Hertz, Stripe to provide perks for drivers
The ride-hailing company aims to lure more drivers by giving discounts on gas and car rentals.

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