Technology

Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — When the Chula Vista police receive a 911 call, they can dispatch a flying drone with the press of button. On a recent afternoon, from a launchpad on the roof of the Chula Vista Police Department, they sent a drone across the city to a crowded parking lot where a young […]

Technology

As Deadline Lapses, Trump Administration Continues TikTok Talks

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will allow a Friday deadline for TikTok’s Chinese parent company to sell the viral video app to lapse, said a person with knowledge of the decision. But the government will not enforce an executive order demanding the sale, the person said, giving more time to reach a deal that would […]

Miami

A StartUp Brings Together Online Students in a COVID-Safe Campus Resort in Texas

IBL News | New York Three Princeton University grads–in the picture below–have created a university-like environment at a resort in Texas. Students will take online classes with the colleges they are enrolled in while staying in a COVID-safe environment. It costs a $10,000 minimum for housing and meal packages. So far, it has received over 1,500 […]

Education

Flaws in Census Count Imperil Trump Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants

With counting operations all but ground to a halt in the spring, the administration asked Congress in April to extend the legal deadline for delivering reapportionment totals to April 2021, rather than Dec. 31. But in July, Mr. Trump abruptly reversed course, ordering that the Dec. 31 deadline be met. That forced Census Bureau experts […]

Movies

Chadwick Boseman, hero for the ages, is getting a posthumous MTV award

Chadwick Boseman is an award winner, even in death. The late “Black Panther” star will be given the MTV’s Hero for the Ages honor Sunday during the “MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time” special. Boseman, who played the iconic Marvel superhero, will be presented with the posthumous award by his “Avengers: Endgame” […]

Technology

What Went Viral This Week

Here at Daily Distortions, we try to debunk false and misleading information that has gone viral. We also want to give you a sense of how popular that misinformation is, in the context of what is being discussed on social media. With the help of NewsWhip, a firm that compiles social media performance data, we […]

Economy

Jobs report shows stalling economy, Trump and Congress must act

President-elect Joe Biden said Friday’s underwhelming jobs report foreshadows a “dark winter” that demands “urgent action” from President Donald Trump and Congress, as Covid spreads out of control across the U.S. and Americans face benefit cuts if Congress does not pass stimulus legislation. Biden, in a statement issued by his office, said the latest report […]

Movies

‘I’m Your Woman’ review: Rachel Brosnahan redefines the moll

When we first meet Jean (Rachel Brosnahan), she seems the very picture of a mobster’s trophy wife: beautiful, sullen, entitled, expendable. She’s lounging in her backyard in a leafy Pennsylvania suburb, smoking, nursing a drink and trying to rip off the tag still clinging to the fur-fringed gown she’s wearing. It’s the ’70s, as you […]

Technology

Why ‘Wonder Woman’ at Home Matters

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. If this is the moment when entertainment changes forever, it won’t only be because streaming won. It will also be because total control is irresistible. Warner Bros., the Hollywood powerhouse whose films include the “Wonder Woman” and […]

Education

Reopening Schools Before a Children’s Vaccine

This is the Coronavirus Schools Briefing, a guide to the seismic changes in U.S. education that are taking place during the pandemic. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox. What’s next: kids’ vaccines The first coronavirus vaccines for adults are nearly here, but children’s vaccines will take a lot longer. Pfizer and […]