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Tesla improved the software for its Model 3's antilock braking system, according to Consumer Reports, improving the car's braking distance by 19 feet after using an over-the-air update.

Why it matters: This improvement led to the Model 3 getting the magazine's endorsement, after CR refused to give its recommendation last week thanks to the vehicle's long stopping distance. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at CR, said: "I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update.”

But, but, but: The Model 3 isn't totally out of the woods just yet. CR reports that testers "had other areas of concern as well," including the car's "uncomfortable rear seat," wind noise," "unique controls," and more. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CR a fix to for those problems was underway.

What comes next: CR says it is "renting another Model 3 from Tesla," and will "report back on what we find."

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U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

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The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

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President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.