The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday March 22)

March 22, 2019

These are today’s top stories.

By blaming lawmakers for ‘blocking Brexit,’ May risks violence and loses even more allies

Theresa May’s attendance at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday was supposed to be the final appearance of a British Prime Minister in the European club before Brexit took place next week.

Can China have soft power and heavy censorship?

Beijing-based film director Huang Han has had one of the worst weeks of his life, courtesy of the Chinese government’s strict censors.

Hundreds of South Korean hotel guests were secretly filmed and live-streamed online

More than 1,600 South Koreans have been secretly filmed in hotel rooms and similar accommodation and their actions live-streamed online for paying customers, police said Wednesday.

Trump’s acting defense secretary under ethics probe over Boeing ties

An investigation has been launched to determine whether acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan violated ethics rules by promoting products made by his former employer, Boeing, while serving in his current role at the Pentagon, the Defense Department’s inspector general announced Wednesday.

Drinking very hot tea almost doubles risk of cancer, new study says

Many people start their day with a cup of tea. But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study.

World’s happiest country for 2019 revealed

(CNN) – Finland has a lot to celebrate. It’s followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland and The Netherlands. The World Happiness Report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20, the date that the United Nations has declared to be the International Day of Happiness.

Peloton sued over use of songs in workout videos

Peloton is being sued for alleged copyright infringement related to the use of certain songs in its workout videos.

Why do so many Egyptian statues have broken noses?

This article was published in partnership with Artsy, the global platform for discovering and collecting art. The original article can be seen here. The most common question that curator Edward Bleiberg fields from visitors to the Brooklyn Museum’s Egyptian art galleries is a straightforward but salient one: Why are the statues’ noses broken?

Boeing unveils its brand new 777X airplane

(CNN) – The longest passenger jetliner in the world just made its debut. On March 13, the very first Boeing 777X was presented to company employees, inside the airframer’s main wide-body manufacturing facility in Everett, Washington. Boeing had planned to unveil the jetliner on Wednesday, but delayed the debut following the crash of its aircraft in Ethiopia.

Africa Live: Google apologises for Ghanaian cedi mistake

That’s all from BBC Africa Live for now. You can keep up-to-date with what’s happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website. A reminder of our wise words: And we leave you with this photo from Angola’s capital Luanda: We’ve been hearing eye-witness accounts of what it was like after Cyclone Idai hit Beira in Mozambique.

Top Scores

“The coin noise in Mario – I don’t think it’s collecting the coin itself that’s satisfying, it’s the sound it makes that makes some little dopamine detonator go off in your head.” – Charlie Brooker Sound can be key to gaming success both for the game creators and the players.

Paul Pogba: Real Madrid a dream club but I’m happy at Man Utd, says midfielder

Paul Pogba has described Real Madrid as “a dream club for every player” but says he is happy at Manchester United. The midfielder, 26, has praised caretaker-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but says Real represent “a dream for every kid, for every football player”. “It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.

US aircraft ‘killed Somali civilians’

Amnesty International says US air strikes have been killing civilians in Somalia, in a possible violation of international humanitarian law. The rights group said it had recorded 14 civilian deaths in five recent air strikes on territory held by jihadist al-Shabab militants.

Decoding the bias that makes us spend and not save

Just weeks before a break to Ireland with her husband, Visage Vijay is deciding whether to make a big purchase during her holiday. She’s mulling over whether she’s willing to part with $3,000 for her first Chanel handbag, after seeing friends and celebrities with it on Instagram.

Trump: ‘I Didn’t Get Thank You’ For Approving John McCain’s Funeral Arrangements

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on John McCain on Wednesday, complaining to a crowd in Lima, Ohio, that he was not thanked for approving the senator’s state funeral arrangements. Trump was giving a speech focused on the economy at a military tank plant in Lima when he launched into a lengthy criticism of the late war hero.

Olivia Munn Slams Ex-Warner Bros. CEO For Indifference To Sexual Misconduct

Olivia Munn has spoken out against former Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who stepped down from his role amid a sexual misconduct scandal. The actress, who in 2017 accused Hollywood producer Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct, called out the executive Monday on Twitter, saying he fostered a culture that did not take sexual misconduct seriously.

Twitter Users Make Drastic Improvements To Trump’s ‘ISIS Map’ With Photoshop

Donald Trump is claiming that Islamic State will be eradicated by Wednesday evening, and he’s got the maps to prove it. During a press conference, Trump said ISIS will be “gone by tonight” and, as proof, he held up two maps that he said showed how ISIS presence in Syria and throughout the Middle East has declined since he was elected in 2016, according to Politico.

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 trailer makes it clear: We’ve entered the teen years

Everyone grows up, even the Stranger Things kids. The first proper trailer for Season 3 of Netflix’s hit series – which launches on July 4! – is here, and it’s drenched in neon tones, so much bad fashion, and raging hormones.

Google hit with $1.7 billion fine for anticompetitive ad practices

The EU is making Google pay for its anti-competitive practices. On Wednesday, the European Commission ordered Google to pay a huge €1.49 billion antitrust fine (roughly $1.7 billion USD) for “abusive practices in online advertising.”

Enormous, weird fish washes up on an Australian beach. So, what is it?

This is certainly one very fishy encounter. Two fishers stumbled across quite the surprise when they found a sunfish which had washed onto the beach at Coorong National Park in South Australia. The photos, taken by Linette Grzelak, were posted on Facebook by National Parks South Australia on Tuesday, and boy, it’s a weird looking fish.

Website secretly livestreamed 1,600 unwitting hotel guests for paying members

No, you’re not being paranoid. Four individuals have been arrested for a scheme allegedly involving spy cams in 42 motel rooms across South Korea and the livestreaming of up to 1,600 unwitting guests. The intended audience, however, was much larger than just those four – a website broadcast the videos to its over 4,000 members, at least some of whom paid for access.

Volvo will be able to watch you drive and pull over if you seem distracted

Eyes off the road? As soon as next year, Volvo’s cars will be able to pull over automatically – thanks to cameras that watch you as you drive. Earlier this month, the Swedish company announced its future cars will have a max speed limit of 112 mph .

Theranos screwed up legit blood test innovations for everybody

Theranos is dead. But will the dream of a device that can analyze multiple health factors from a small amount of blood be buried along with it? What Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was proposing, as outlined in the popular HBO documentary about her ill-fated, fraudulent company that aired this week, was scientifically impossible.

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