The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday February 19)

February 19, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

UK lawmakers: Facebook ‘intentionally and knowingly’ violated data privacy laws

UK lawmakers have accused Facebook of violating data privacy and competition laws in a report on social media disinformation that also says CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed “contempt” toward parliament by not appearing before them.

Former Cambridge Analytica director cooperated with special counsel subpoena

A former director of Cambridge Analytica, who visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after the 2016 US presidential election, was subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and cooperated, according to her lawyer.

Labour MPs resign over party’s handling of Brexit, anti-Semitism

Seven members of Britain’s opposition Labour party resigned on Monday, citing what they described as institutional anti-Semitism, racism and the party’s “betrayal” on Brexit.

Saudi crown prince builds ties with Asian powers in an effort to improve image

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has signed agreements worth $20 billion with Pakistan at the start of an Asian tour widely seen as an attempt to bolster ties and improve the kingdom’s image after a troubling year.

Japan’s Abe refuses to deny that he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refused to deny that he nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in helping to ease tensions with North Korea.

UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree

The United Kingdom could undermine an American-led campaign to keep Chinese tech company Huawei out of super-fast 5G mobile networks around the world.

Man discovers 30 year old Apple computer still in working order

A New York professor has Gen Xers reminiscing about their childhood after he posted images of his decades old Apple lle computer on Twitter Saturday night.

NBA to start African basketball league with 12 teams across the continent

The NBA is launching a professional basketball league in Africa that will feature 12 teams from several countries across the continent. The league will debut next year, and will be referred to as the Basketball Africa League.

Nigeria’s leader threatens vote riggers

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he has ordered the police and military to be “ruthless” with vote-riggers, following the last-minute postponement of the general election. Critics said his comments condoned “jungle justice”. The incumbent president also called the electoral commission incompetent and ordered an investigation into why the vote was delayed.

Why the lights keep going out in South Africa

South African homes, offices and businesses have endured a week of daily power cuts, designed to prevent a total collapse of the overstretched electricity grid. The use of scheduled blackouts, or load shedding, is not new in the country – but the latest round has been the most disruptive yet, sparking a public outcry.

Manchester United: Saudi Arabia prince Mohammed Bin Salman denies takeover bid

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s media minister has denied reports linking him with a £3.8bn takeover of Manchester United. Rumours of his interest resurfaced over the weekend, although reports suggest the Glazers are not looking to sell. United’s American owners bought the club for £790m in May 2005.

The extraordinary unfolding homes

“It transforms the utility of buildings,” says David Martyn of Ten Fold Engineering, speaking about the firm’s self-deploying home design. These amazing buildings can unfold and fold themselves, transforming from a box-like container into a building eight or 10 times their original size.

How To Write A Sext That Doesn’t Suck

Sexting: It’s the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter if you’re Jeff Bezos and worth $135 billion, when horniness calls, you have to send that thirst text. The Amazon CEO recently exposed The National Enquirer when he was threatened with the publication of intimate photos of Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez in the wake of his divorce.

Alec Baldwin: Trump’s ‘SNL’ Attack May Be ‘A Threat To My Safety’

Alec Baldwin hit back at President Donald Trump ‘s rage-tweet “Saturday Night Live” attack, asking whether the president’s “ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE” smear constitutes “a threat to my safety and that of my family.” The actor known for portraying Trump on the comedy show raised the question Sunday night.

Blame YouTube For The Rise In Flat Earth Believers

A new study shows that is at least partly responsible for the rise in flat- , citing the plethora of misinformation on the video-sharing platform as one of the biggest reasons why people are rejecting scientific fact in favor of conspiracy theories.

Kim Kardashian Says North West Isn’t Dating 7-Year-Old Rapper

What do you get a child who has everything? Not a boyfriend, if you’re Kim Kardashian. While America’s most extra family has a historically maximalist approach to parenting (see: throwing lavish birthday parties on the regular, going to Jerusalem for a baptism, rocking a $12,500 Fendi baby stroller on a morning stroll, etc.), Kardashian has drawn the line at her 5-year-old daughter North’s dating life.

New Apple rumor is every fan’s dream come true

Apple will launch a ton of new gear this year, a new report claims. And some of it has been on our wish list for a long, long time. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, known for his accurate predictions, has laid out Apple’s hardware plans for the year in a huge note (via MacRumors), and they include a fresh size for the MacBook Pro, new iPads, and a huge, lust-worthy new monitor.

Miley Cyrus tweets the funniest moment from her and Liam Hemsworth’s wedding

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have been married for nearly two months now. But Cyrus is nowhere near done blessing our feeds with romantic (and hilarious) content from the couple’s wedding. On Twitter, Cyrus shared a photo from the ceremony of herself, her mom Tish Cyrus, and her wedding bouquet.

Michael B. Jordan needed therapy after ‘Black Panther’

The 31-year-old actor admits it was tough playing supervillain Erik Killmonger in the Marvel smash hit.

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