The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday January 5)

January 5, 2018

Here are links to select stories on the internet today.

Inside Trump’s two days of fury

The anger continued until midday Wednesday as Trump helped draft his blistering break-up letter to former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who offered a scathing attack on Trump and his family’s handling of the Russia investigation.

2017. 2018. New year, same roller coaster

A new tell-all book that lifts the lid on the rancorous West Wing reveals a spectacle of clashing egos, betrayal and revenge, laced with Russia intrigue, sending President Donald Trump into a rage.

The 10 most amazing lines in the new Trump book

Journalist Michael Wolff’s new book documenting the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency isn’t out until next week, but the excerpts we got on Wednesday have already had a major impact — leading the President to torch former senior strategist Steve Bannon.

Bomb cyclone blasts East Coast, threatens hurricane-force winds

Parts of New England will be covered by 12 inches of snow. And by week’s end, Boston and part of New Hampshire will be colder than Mars. The bomb cyclone, which happened overnight, occurs when a cyclone has a significant and rapid drop in atmospheric pressure over a short period of time.

Michael Wolff’s Trump book hits #1 on Amazon, publisher speeds up rollout plan

Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” will be released next Tuesday, but some journalists have already snagged copies. That’s why the first official excerpt from the book was released on Wednesday. A second excerpt will come out on Thursday, and Wolff will be interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show on Friday.

Eating fish improves kids’ IQ scores, sleep

Studies have shown a connection between omega-3s — essential fatty acids found in many types of fish, including salmon, sardines and tuna — and improved intelligence and better sleep. For the new study, more than 500 Chinese children between the ages of 9 and 11 answered how often they’d had fish in the previous month, with options ranging from “never” to “at least once per week.”

What is ripple? Here’s why everyone’s talking about the cryptocurrency

In recent weeks, ripple’s value has spiked, making it the second most valuable digital currency and bringing it newfound attention. The relatively obscure cryptocurrency, also known as XRP, is now worth about $2.60 with a market cap of more than $100 billion, according to Coinmarketcap. In early December, it was trading at just 25 cents.

Trump lawyers threaten ex-aide Bannon

US President Donald Trump’s lawyers have written to his former strategist Steve Bannon, saying he has violated a non-disclosure agreement. The cease-and-desist notice accuses Mr Bannon of defaming the president in speaking to author Michael Wolff. Mr Wolff’s forthcoming tell-all book describes the president as being unprepared for the job.

Intel working with rivals to fix flaw

Chip-maker Intel has said it is working with other major tech firms to fix flaws that could allow hackers to steal personal data from computer systems. The issue was originally linked to a flaw in Intel’s chips, but the firm said this was “incorrect”.

Ethiopia ‘to free political prisoners’

In a surprise move, Ethiopia’s prime minister has announced the release of political prisoners and the closure of a notorious detention centre, allegedly used as a torture chamber. Hailemariam Desalegn told a press conference the move was designed to allow political dialogue. But it is unclear exactly who will be released – or when it will take place.

‘Twice as many die’ in Africa after surgery

Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation than the global average, researchers say. But they say the most worrying revelation was just how few Africans have access to elective surgery – surgery that is scheduled in advance.

Infant’s DNA tells of ‘first Americans’

The 11,500-year-old remains of an infant girl from Alaska have shed new light on the peopling of the Americas. Genetic analysis of the child, allied to other data, indicates she belonged to a previously unknown, ancient group.

How Logan Paul’s Suicide Video Explains The Chain Reaction Economy Of YouTube

On Monday, a vlogger uploaded footage to YouTube of what appeared to be the blurred body of a dead man. I don’t mean Logan Paul. Paul is the Vine star turned internet sensation who on Sunday had uploaded the original footage of the body, which he and his video crew had discovered inside Japan’s so-called suicide forest amid their own nervous cackles and bizarre wisecracks.

Republicans Laugh Off Trump’s Nuclear Taunting Of North Korea

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s tweet taunting North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un over the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal raised alarms on Wednesday about the prospect of the nation stumbling into catastrophic war with a young, unpredictable ruler whose actions and decision-making are not fully understood by America’s intelligence community.

Messages Projected On Twitter HQ After Trump’s North Korea Tweets

A group of activists began broadcasting messages on Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters Tuesday evening, calling on the site to ban President Donald Trump just hours after he threatened North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the size of his “nuclear button.”

Ellen DeGeneres Ridicules Eric Trump Over His Weird Conspiracy Theory About Her

Ellen DeGeneres says Eric Trump’s suggestion she may be part of the “deep state” working to undermine his father’s administration is “the craziest thing.” In a clip shared online Wednesday night, the talk show host humorously addressed this tweet that President Donald Trump’s second son posted the previous evening: Shocking…

Philip Morris Says It’s ‘Trying To Give Up Cigarettes’ In 2018

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International took out full-page ads in several British newspapers this week proclaiming the company’s 2018 New Year’s resolution as “trying to give up cigarettes.” “Our ambition is to stop selling cigarettes in the UK,” the ad says, according to a screenshot from Business Insider.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai suspiciously cancels his CES 2018 visit

CES, the tech industry’s largest annual trade show, begins next week (Jan. 9-12), but the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will not be attending. Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES, announced today that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has canceled his appearance one week before the show.

This is how Google Calendar will look from now on – whether you like it or not

On Wednesday, Google announced that the new Google Calendar look will now become the permanent interface – whether you like it or not. Don’t worry – the design is essentially the same as the calendar you’ve seen for the last few years. Most everyone will be auto-updated on either Jan.

Happy 9th birthday, Bitcoin!

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Exactly nine years ago, on Jan. 3, 2009, the first block in Bitcoin’s blockchain was mined.

Dating site ad banned for claiming that its algorithms work better than fate

Dating’s a numbers game. But, one dating site’s assertion that it applies a “scientifically-proven matching system” has resulted in the banning of an ad on the London Underground for making misleading claims. Per the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) ruling, a billboard ad for dating website eHarmony featured the headline, “Step aside, fate.

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