Google’s $399 iPhone Killer, A Bold CIA Privacy Move, and More News


Google unveiled a $399 phone, the CIA is making friends with anonymity, and we’ve got some kids tips to boot. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Google announced some new phones

At Google’s I/O conference today, the company delivered announcements on everything from inclusion promises to a new Nest hub. But the most significant news was probably the Google Pixel 3A and 3XL. Starting at $399, the Pixel 3A could bring in a whole new market of consumers who want premium phones complete with features like a nice camera, a good battery life, and Google Assistant but don’t have $1,000 to burn.

The CIA has set up shop on … Tor?

The anonymity service Tor has probably been more painful than helpful to the CIA in the past, but now the agency is taking up a public presence there. They will be setting up an “onion service,” a dedicated but separate version of the agency’s website so that individuals can browse it anonymously. Or, you know, anonymously give history-altering tips.

Cocktail Conversation

As any parent knows, children have an insatiable curiosity. But as they get older and become conditioned through schooling, that tends to fade away and be replaced by a desire to get good grades. New technology is only making that problem more pernicious, so Esther Wojcicki, mother of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, has some tips on how to teach your kids to be independent thinkers.

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