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All eyes (and tweets) were on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote and hearings this week. Still, the tech industry managed to provide plenty of important news.

Catch up quick: The big news was the Facebook network breach, but other important developments got less attention. The major tech and telecom companies met with the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday; Google's CEO will testify before the House on bias accusations; kids are already outsmarting parental iPhone time limits on iOS 12; and a report says a voting machine used in half of U.S. is vulnerable to attack.

Major tech and telecom companies met with the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday

Why it matters: Companies including Google, Apple and AT&T expressed reservations about particularly strong steps lawmakers could take to ensure user data privacy. The companies are drawing lines in the sand for lawmakers who are under pressure to produce something, thanks to new privacy rules in Europe and a California privacy law that will go into effect in 2020.

Google CEO will testify before House on bias accusations

Why it matters: Google came under fire from members of both parties and from Google employees for not sending a top executive to join Twitter and Facebook at a recent Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Though Google CEO Sundar Pichai adamantly denies bias in the algorithm, he agreed to answer questions some time after the midterm elections.

Kids are already outsmarting parental iPhone time limits on iOS 12

Why it matters: Yes, children are good at finding loopholes. But the flaw also leads back to the original argument for implementing time limits — it won't work unless users are actually willing to cut back on screen time.

Report: voting machine used in half of U.S. is vulnerable to attack

Why it matters: Election security has been a high-priority concern over the last two years, especially as we head to the midterms. Still, according to a new report, a voting machine used in more than half of the states is vulnerable, and "senior intelligence officials have described Russian efforts to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections as deep, real and ongoing," per the Wall Street Journal.

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Roger Marshall wins Republican Senate nomination in Kansas primary

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Rep. Roger Marshall won the Kansas Republican Senate primary on Tuesday evening, beating former Secretary of State Kris Kobach and a slew of other candidates, AP reports.

Why it matters: Following GOP Sen. Pat Roberts' retirement announcement, some Republicans worry that if Kobach won the primary it would endanger the party's chances of keeping the seat and maintaining a majority in the Senate.

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Primary races to watch in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington

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Primary elections on Tuesday in fives states see crowded fields of both Republicans and Democrats hoping to make the ballot in 2020.

What to watch: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is "fighting for her political life" in a tight primary race against Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who Tlaib beat by 900 votes in 2018, The New York Times writes. Senate Republicans are also watching the primary race in Kansas to see who could replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8:30 p.m. ET: 18,448,084 — Total deaths: 698,023 — Total recoveries — 11,048,174Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8:30 p.m. ET: 4,765,170 — Total deaths: 156,668 — Total recoveries: 1,528,979 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. States: New York City health commissioner resigns in protest of De Blasio's coronavirus response — Local governments go to war over schools.
  4. Public health: 59% of Americans support nationwide 2-week stay-at-home order in NPR poll.
  5. Politics: Trump's national security adviser returns to work after coronavirus recovery Republicans push to expand small business loan program.
  6. Sports: Indy 500 to be held without fansRafael Nadal opts out of U.S. Open.