The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday February 20)

February 20, 2019

Today’s biggest headlines.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei: The US ‘cannot crush us’

Huawei’s founder is striking a defiant tone in the face of American attempts to curb the Chinese tech giant’s international reach and prosecute his daughter.

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.

Honda is closing its only British factory, wiping out 3,500 jobs

Honda has just dealt the United Kingdom’s auto industry a huge blow.

16 states file lawsuit to stop Trump’s national emergency declaration

Sixteen states on Monday evening filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

Vatican admits to secret rules for children of priests: NYT

The Vatican has revealed that it maintains secret guidelines for priests who father children despite their vows of celibacy, according to a report in the New York Times.

Airlines will add new gender options for non-binary passengers

US (CNN) – airline passengers who don’t identify as “male” or “female” will soon have more gender options to choose when booking tickets. The new gender options to be added include “unspecified” and “undisclosed.” Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade group, made the announcement that A4A and International Air Transport Association members recently approved a new international standard for non-binary passengers effective June 1.

Super snow moon, 2019’s biggest supermoon, lights up the sky

February’s full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest supermoon of the year.

Israel shoots for the moon with privately funded spacecraft

SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit is aiming to make Israel the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon. It will launch a spacecraft from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Thursday on board a Falcon 9 rocket.

Pakistan warns India against attacking

Pakistan has warned it will retaliate if India takes military action against it after a militant attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television to call on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved.

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea manager ‘done’ after FA Cup exit – Chris Sutton

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will be sacked before their next game, ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton said after their FA Cup defeat by Manchester United. Fans booed the Italian’s substitutions during the fifth-round match, and joined in when United supporters sang “you’re getting sacked in the morning”. “This is Maurizio Sarri’s last game at Chelsea.

Africa Live: SA seafood restaurant ‘is world’s best’

A Niger national who was expelled from Israel has been stuck at the international airport in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, since November after his home country refused to take him back. “I have been staying here at the airport under very bad conditions because there’s nothing, nothing at all,” 24-year-old Eissa Muhamad told the BBC.

Virgin of the Rocks: A subversive message hidden by Da Vinci

Some paintings are as mysterious as they are famous. Gazing at them is like diving into a deep dark sea. You never know what unsuspecting pearl your eyes might prise loose from their secretive lips – what key you might find that can unlock their power.

Netflix axes Jessica Jones and The Punisher

Online streaming service Netflix has officially cancelled its remaining Marvel shows, Jessica Jones and The Punisher. The shows were the only two series from the TV arm of comic book giant Marvel left on Netflix. Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage have all been cancelled over the past few months.

Netflix’s ‘Friends From College’ won’t be back for a third season

Another Netflix series has bitten the dust. Friends From College won’t be returning for a third season, the show’s co-creator Nicholas Stoller revealed on Twitter. “Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!” he said. A Netflix spokesperson later confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the show would not return, a month after the second season premiered on the streaming service.

Lightsaber dueling is now an official sport in France

Good news, Jedi. France’s fencing federation has recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, the Associated Press reports. Now you can channel your inner Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, or Qui-Gon Jinn (lol just kidding) with a French Fencing Federation judge watching you.

Netflix cancels ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’

Marvel’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones are getting axed. Don’t freak out, Jessica Jones fans – the third season of the show will still be streamed. But the relationship between Netflix and Marvel looks like it’s over. The two struck a deal in 2013 that involved four series based on Marvel characters, as well as The Defenders.

Google will stop websites from blocking Incognito mode

Google is about to close a loophole that many companies used to track how people were browsing their website in Chrome. According to 9to5Google , Google is aware of a trick that web developers have been exploiting which enables them to detect if a user is visiting a website in Chrome’s Incognito mode.

UK cybersecurity center isn’t too afraid of Huawei, report says

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has assessed the dangers of using Huawei’s 5G equipment, and it found that it’s not such a big deal, Financial Times reported Sunday. The cybersecurity centre’s findings have not yet been made public, but FT claims that it found “ways to limit the risks” from using Huawei’s equipment in 5G networks.

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