The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday February 15)

February 15, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

End of the superjumbo: Airbus is giving up on the A380

Airbus will stop making the A380, pulling the plug on its iconic superjumbo jet that once promised to revolutionize commercial air travel but failed to deliver on outsized expectations.

Group with ISIS ties claims responsibility for attack on Nigerian governor’s convoy

A terror group with links to ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a motorcade carrying a Nigerian state governor.

Prince Philip will not face charges over car crash

Britain’s Prince Philip will not face any charges over the car crash in which the 97-year-old’s Land Rover flipped onto its side, the Crown Prosecution Service announced Thursday.

As questions linger around Jeff Bezos’ explosive suggestions, identity of tabloid leaker is confirmed

The brother of the woman with whom Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was in a relationship was the person who tipped off the National Enquirer to their relationship, two people with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

Huawei is crushing Apple in China, and the US is partly to blame

Huawei smartphones are red hot in China even though the country’s overall market for the devices is shrinking.

Trump inaugural chief asked about Khashoggi murder, jokes and then defends Saudis

Tom Barrack, a key donor and friend of President Donald Trump attempted to justify the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi Tuesday, arguing that the US does not have the moral authority to criticize Saudi Arabia due to its own record of “atrocities.”

Will smash hit ‘The Wandering Earth’ change China’s film industry?

Millions of moviegoers watched breathlessly over the Lunar New Year week as Beijing and Shanghai were destroyed for the first time in modern Chinese film history.

Adut Akech: ‘The word family has evolved’

This fashion month, model Adut Akech is CNN Style’s 10th guest editor. She’s commissioned a series of features around the theme of family.

Kenyan policeman sentenced to death

Kenya’s High Court has sentenced a senior policeman to death for the murder of a detainee – one of two cases resulting in rare officer convictions. In a separate case, five senior police officers were found responsible for the death of a six-month-old baby hit over the head by riot police.

Gareth Bale: La Liga ask for Real Madrid forward to be sanctioned for gesture

La Liga have asked the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to sanction Gareth Bale for a “provocative gesture” as he celebrated scoring in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Atletico Madrid. The Welshman made an arm gesture after scoring his side’s third goal and his 100th for the club in the 74th minute.

Sweden recalls China envoy over ‘deal’

Sweden has recalled its ambassador to China over her involvement in a bizarre meeting involving the daughter of a detained Swedish-Chinese bookseller. The ambassador, Anna Lindstedt, left Beijing on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Swedish foreign ministry said.

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho and staff paid £19.6m pay-off after sacking

Manchester United paid Jose Mourinho and his staff £19.6m in compensation following his sacking in December. United revealed the figures in their second quarter financial results. Mourinho was sacked after a run of poor results, culminating in a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool, that left them 11 points off fourth place in the Premier League.

JP Morgan creates crypto-currency

US investment bank JP Morgan has created a crypto-currency to help settle payments between clients in its wholesale payments business. JPM Coin is the first digital currency to be backed by a major US bank. The crypto-currency, which runs on blockchain technology, has been used successfully to move money between the bank and a client account.

Google outlines $13bn US investment

Google plans to spend more than $13bn (£10.1bn) this year, as it builds data centres and offices across the US. The search giant promoted its plans in a blog post on Wednesday, saying the investments would spur the creation of more than 10,000 construction jobs.

Miley Cyrus tweets hilariously NSFW Valentine’s greeting to husband Liam Hemsworth

Valentine’s day can get very lovey-dovey, bordering on sickeningly sweet, very quickly. Miley Cyrus’ Valentine’s greeting to hubby Liam Hemsworth this year is not that. It’s the exact opposite, in fact. Cyrus tweeted a pretty hilarious and definitely NSFW meme at Hemsworth.

Reddit 2018 transparency report details government data requests

Turn over the front page of the internet, and you’re liable to discover that it’s not just Reddit users interested in what’s going on behind the scenes. The company released its annual transparency report on Feb. 13, offering both a detailed look at data-disclosure requests from governments around the world and content removal numbers from Reddit admins.

Pirated iOS apps are being distributed through Apple’s enterprise developer program

Some of the most popular iOS apps are being pirated using Apple’s very own developer program. According to a report by Reuters , software pirates are obtaining official Apple enterprise developer certificates in order to distribute hacked versions of iOS apps such as Pokemon Go, Angry Birds, Minecraft, and Spotify.

Man slips on his icy driveway and goes for a wild ride

A man slips on ice and slides down his entire driveway.

Intrusive car monitoring system detects passengers’ age, gender

Your friend’s car is checking you out. No, really. Israeli AI company Eyesight Technologies released CabinSense on Thursday, just in time to scan and analyze your Valentine’s Day date. The software is an occupancy monitoring system, which takes similar tech from its distraction detection system, but moves the focus from the driver to the passengers.

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