The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday August 10)

August 10, 2017

Here are the stories making headlines today.

North Korea ups rhetoric following President Trump’s threat of ‘fire and fury’

A statement issued by state-run media KCNA Wednesday ratcheted up the tension by saying that North Korea would “turn the US mainland into the theater of a nuclear war” if it were to uncover any sign of an impending US attack.

Kenya opposition claims election hacking

The election commission’s website showed that with 97% of stations reporting, Kenyatta was leading with 54.32% of the votes to Odinga’s 44.8%. Eight candidates were in the running for the presidency but no other challengers have received more than 0.3% of votes.

Donald Trump is WAY more obsessed with cable TV than you even think

“The W.H. is functioning perfectly, focused on HealthCare, Tax Cuts/Reform & many other things,” he tweeted last month. “I have very little time for watching T.V.” That is, of course, not true. Trump is obsessed with cable TV news.

Neymar’s debut for PSG could be delayed

Neymar’s debut for French club Paris Saint-Germain could face further delay as French football authorities are still awaiting clearance for him to play for the Parisian club following his world record $263 million move from Barcelona last week.

Airbnb removes users tied to white nationalists’ rally

The “Unite the Right” rally is planned for Saturday in front of the statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee at a Charlottesville park. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described the event as one that could be “the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.”

Disney to pull content from Netflix

The company said Tuesday that it will end its partnership with the streaming service in 2019. Disney also announced it will launch its own streaming services, and plans to acquire a majority stake in BAMTech, a major streaming and marketing service.

South African President Zuma survives attempt to oust him

A motion of no-confidence in Zuma was defeated by 198 votes to 177. Even though the ballot was held in secret, the opposition was not able to persuade enough members of Zuma’s ruling African National Congress to side with them. Members of the ANC sang in celebration even before the result was formally announced.

Kenya election: ‘Dangerous limbo’ ahead of official result – BBC News

It’s a dangerous time in Kenya. From the preliminary presidential election results posted online, it appears that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won a convincing victory. But opposition leader Raila Odinga has cried foul, and presented documents he says are evidence the election was “a fraud”.

Kenya election 2017: Odinga disputes ‘fake’ results – BBC News

Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has rejected early results indicating a strong lead for his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta. Mr Odinga told journalists the details were “fake”, because the authorities had failed to present documents verifying the results. Electoral officials say that with 91% of results in Mr Kenyatta is leading with about 54.5%, to Mr Odinga’s 44.6%.

Zimbabwe to build $1bn Robert Gabriel Mugabe university – BBC News

Zimbabwe is to build a $1bn (£770m) university dedicated to the man accused of leading his country to the brink of economic collapse, Robert Mugabe. Jonathan Moyo, minister of tertiary education, told reporters it was a fitting tribute to the 93-year-old president’s “commitment to education and his exemplary leadership”.

‘A lack of toilets led me to choose surgery’ – BBC News

Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike had to wet herself on a train journey, last year, because the disabled toilet was out of order. Now, she hears from others facing similar problems. Marni Smyth has spinal muscular atrophy, and has used a power chair since she was three.

The secret supplier to the world’s top designers – BBC News

The town of Ubrique in southern Spain is beautiful but remote. It doesn’t have an airport or a train station and even buses are irregular. Its position, nestled at the bottom of a valley surrounded by big hills, means the easiest way to get there is by car.

Google repeatedly shut downs questions on sexism-and that’s a problem

Software engineer Erica Baker ignited a firestorm inside Google two years ago when she and coworkers listed their salaries in a spreadsheet. The sampling appeared to show that there were differences potentially based on gender and ethnicity. A firestorm, again, is occurring inside Google.

Latest rumor claims iPhone 8 won’t be late after all

After a recent slew of rumors pointing to this or that iPhone 8 feature being problematic, one would think that there’s no way Apple’s next flagship will come on time (which would be sometime in September). But now a new note from often-accurate analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, obtained by AppleInsider , claims that Apple’s latest and greatest phone won’t be late after all.

Facebook cracks down on sketchy bait and switch ads

Facebook is taking aim at scammers who use bait-and-switch tricks to sneak sketchy ads past its inspectors. Hackers have long been able to bypass the social network’s rules against ads for things like diet pills, pornography, and gambling through a practice called “cloaking.”

Instagram just launched live video chat – and everyone else can watch

Instagram is far from still photos anymore. The app released a feature Tuesday where users can start a live video and then invite someone else to join in on-camera. The live video appears in a split-screen mode, with the original creator of the video on top and the guest on the bottom.

BBC accidentally airs a very NSFW scene in the background of the nightly news

Have you always wondered what other BBC people do in the background during a BBC News live broadcast? Well, we might have an answer, and it’s very NSFW. Last night, one member of the BBC newsroom was caught watching a very steamy sex scene during the News at 10, right behind oblivious presenter Sophie Raworth.

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