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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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E.U. Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sex Abuse

“The grooming of children for sexual purposes is always about a child on the verge of or in the midst of abuse,” said John Shehan, a vice president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. federal clearinghouse that works with technology companies and law enforcement agencies around the world. As of […]

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Warner Bros. Says All 2021 Films Will Stream on HBO Max Right Away

It was a framed as a singular event, and theater owners, desperate to fill screens with appealing content, happily agreed to it. “Given that atypical circumstances call for atypical economic relationships between studios and theaters, and atypical windows and releasing strategies, AMC is fully onboard for Warner Brothers’ announcement today,” Adam Aron, chief executive of […]

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Google Researcher Says She Was Fired Over Paper Highlighting Bias in A.I.

A well-respected Google researcher said she was fired by the company after criticizing its approach to minority hiring and the biases built into today’s artificial intelligence systems. Timnit Gebru, who was a co-leader of Google’s Ethical A.I. team, said in a tweet on Wednesday evening that she was fired because of an email she had […]

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Warner Bros. Says All 2021 Films Will Be Streamed Right Away

It was a framed as a singular event, and theater owners, desperate to fill screens with appealing content, happily agreed to it. “Given that atypical circumstances call for atypical economic relationships between studios and theaters, and atypical windows and releasing strategies, AMC is fully onboard for Warner Brothers’ announcement today,” Adam Aron, chief executive of […]

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Justice Dept. Suit Says Facebook Discriminates Against U.S. Workers

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Facebook for hiring discrimination against U.S. workers, in the Trump administration’s latest action against large tech companies. In the complaint, the department’s civil rights division said Facebook “refused to recruit, consider or hire qualified and available U.S. workers” for more than 2,600 positions, […]

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Think local about the digital divide

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. A rooftop in the Bronx may point a way to a better internet in the United States. On a recent Monday, workers bolted an internet antenna — a flat, rectangular-shaped box fitted onto a metal pole — […]