USA TODAY Network debuts first VR news show

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Thrill seekers go "highlining" in the Arizona desert on the USA TODAY Network "VRtually There" 360 show. LOS ANGELES -- USA TODAY Network debuts a first-of-its kind weekly virtual reality news show Thursday, inviting viewers to take in a 360-degree view of a hot-air balloon festival in New Mexico and to watch high-liners above Arizona's canyons. Called "VRtually There" and co-produced with YouTube, the show's initial content is targeted towards action, along the lines of what's been shown on the USA TODAY YouTube channel in 360, including flying with the Blue Angels and getting into the pit during the Indianapolis 500 race. Ex-National Geographic producer David Hamlin will serve as executive producer. "VRtually" will be available on USA TODAY's mobile app, as well as its VR Stories app, and YouTube, which has exclusivity for the first sixty days from each episode's release.


Jennifer Lopez Donates $1M For Hurricane Relief To Puerto Rico

International Business Times

Jennifer Lopez returned to New York City on Sunday to attend a press conference with the city's governor, Andrew Cuomo. In the intimate gathering, Lopez announced that she will be donating $1 million from the proceeds of her Las Vegas shows to help those who were affected by the two massive hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, according to Entertainment Weekly. The 48-year-old singer made her donation public via a live-streamed post on her Twitter account. Lopez shared the good news to everyone in both Spanish and English languages. "Alex and I, who are both New Yorkers, are utilizing all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts," she said.


Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News

WIRED

Beyoncé has unleashed Homecoming, a doc that covers her legendary performance from Coachella last year, and we are here for it. Our writer describes the Netflix special as "a once-in-a-lifetime performance by one of the world's greatest living artists that our hyperconnected world allows everyone to celebrate together." A Lyft subsidiary had to pull its e-bikes from New York, Washington, and San Francisco after riders reported injuries from unexpectedly strong front brakes. Helvetica, the most popular font on earth, is getting a facelift. The new version, called Helvetica Now, updates all 40,000 characters to reflect the demands of the 21st century.


Jennifer Lopez sued by photo agency for copyright infringement for sharing picture with Alex Rodriguez

FOX News

Jennifer Lopez has been hit with a $150,000 lawsuit by the Splash News and Picture Agency for copyright infringement over a photo of herself and fiancé Alex Rodriguez that was allegedly posted to her Instagram account two years ago. The suit, filed in US District Court for the Central District of California on Saturday, charges that the "Jenny from the Block" singer did not have permission to post the agency's image, which showed her holding hands with A-Rod while out for breakfast in New York City in 2017. The suit claims that Splash "never licensed the photograph to [Lopez]." Alex Rodriguez, left, and Jennifer Lopez arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) "Nevertheless, Lopez used it without authorization or permission from [Splash] to do so," the lawsuit states. "Specifically, Lopez or someone acting on her behalf copied the photograph and distributed it on Instagram, via the @jlo account, on a story posted November 7, 2017," the suit reads.


Tom Wolfe, Novelist and New Journalism Pioneer, Has Died at 87

Slate

Writer Tom Wolfe died Monday in a New York City hospital at 87 years old. He was a journalist and novelist renowned for his lyrical nonfiction writing, whiz-bang sentences, and sartorial flair. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Wolfe moved to New York in 1962 when he began work as a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune. Wolfe's most notable works include 1968's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, about Ken Kesey and his LSD-loving Merry Pranksters, his 1979 nonfiction epic about the space program, The Right Stuff, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning 1983 film of the same name, and his 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, which was adapted into a Brian De Palma film that was notably less successful. Wolfe was a major influence on the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and '70s, which appropriated novelistic literary techniques into non-fiction writing, as well as a New York fashion icon thanks to his Mark Twain-esque white suits.