The Top Stories on the Internet Today

April 4, 2019

Here are the web’s biggest stories today.

‘Fake news’ law raises fresh questions over Singapore’s status as tech and media hub

A new bill in Singapore would give the government sweeping powers to crack down on so-called “fake news” and hit Facebook and other social media companies with big fines if they don’t comply with censorship orders.

US President Trump says he called Xi Jinping the ‘king’ of China

US President Donald Trump said he called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “king” during a state visit to Beijing in 2017 and that the Communist Party leader appeared to appreciate the remark.

‘Barbaric to the core’: Brunei brings in gay sex stoning law

Brunei is enacting strict new Islamic laws that make gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death, despite fierce global condemnation.

Federal prosecutors say woman illegally entered Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club

Federal prosecutors filed charges Monday against a woman carrying Chinese passports whom they allege illegally entered President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in late March.

Air Force again stops delivery of Boeing refueling plane over debris found onboard

For the second time in two months, the US Air Force has stopped accepting deliveries of new Boeing KC-46 tanker and refueling aircraft after debris was again found in some of the planes coming off the production line.

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman will appear in court to face college admissions charges

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among a group of 11 wealthy parents expected in federal court on Wednesday as part of the college admissions scam.

Khashoggi’s children could get as much as $70 million over his killing

The Saudi government could pay the children of Jamal Khashoggi up to $70 million in compensation for his killing, a source told CNN.

World’s deepest pool to open in Poland

(CNN) – How low can you go? When the world’s deepest pool opens in Poland later this year, complete with underwater caves and overhangs, you’ll be able to go as low as 45 meters (148 feet).

Borussia Dortmund to make $1.1 million donation to Holocaust memorial museum

Borussia Dortmund, one of Germany’s leading football clubs, has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting anti-Semitism by donating one million euros ($1.1 million) to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem.

Brunei punishes gay sex with death

Brunei is introducing strict new Islamic laws that make gay sex an offence punishable by stoning to death. The new measures, that come into force on Wednesday, also cover a range of other crimes including punishment for theft by amputation. The move has sparked international condemnation.

Algeria’s President Bouteflika ‘resigns’

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is resigning after weeks of mass protests, state media report. Mr Bouteflika, who had been in power for 20 years, had already dropped plans to seek a fifth term as opposition to his rule grew. The powerful Algerian army had called for the 82-year-old to be declared incapable of carrying out his duties.

Embattled Trudeau expels ‘whistleblowers’

Canada’s prime minister has kicked two MPs from his party’s caucus after they accused him of meddling in a criminal case involving an influential company. Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott had already resigned from PM Justin Trudeau’s cabinet citing their concerns over the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Was Walt Disney really cryogenically frozen? – BBC Reel

The myth of Walt Disney’s frozen head, hidden somewhere in Disneyland, came to be one of Hollywood’s most widely believed urban myths but could there be any truth in it? Animation by Calum Youngson

WhatsApp launches India fake news ‘tipline’

India has entered full election mode: voting is due to begin on 11 April, with the final ballot cast more than five weeks later on 19 May. Every day, the BBC will be bringing you all the latest updates on the twists and turns of the world’s largest democracy.

Meghan Markle finally has an Instagram again, sort of

This is NOT a drill, folks! Meghan Markle, boat neck icon, is back on Instagram! Sort of. Once an avid poster, the Duchess of Sussex deleted her personal social media accounts a little more than a year ago.

‘Joker’ just unveiled its first teaser at CinemaCon, and the hype is real

Like so many comic book movies, Todd Phillips’ Joker has been shrouded in mystery. But at CinemaCon Tuesday, we were finally allowed a peek behind the curtain – and what we saw might surprise you. Phillips, on stage to introduce the first teaser trailer, acknowledged the rumor and speculation that’s surrounded his project.

When it comes to self-driving cars, Beijing and Silicon Valley aren’t so different

Beijing looks a lot like Silicon Valley – at least when it comes to autonomous vehicles. The first-ever report on autonomous vehicle testing in Beijing was released last week, and seven of the eight companies included are also on the road in California.

YouTube employees who warned about ‘toxic’ video problems were ignored

Over the past couple of years, YouTube has taken steps to tackle one of the company’s biggest challenges: the rise of toxic content on the platform. Just recently, the company addressed misinformation with products like information cards , which fact check certain video search results.

Microsoft partners with BMW to build car systems in ‘smart factories’

BMW has big plans for its iNext electric and fully autonomous vehicle, but making the car will require a streamlined, coordinated, and automated manufacturing system – something Microsoft wants to help them build. On Tuesday, BMW and Microsoft announced a partnership to launch a new open-sourced industrial manufacturing platform called the Open Manufacturing Platform, or OMP.

Dude shows off world record collection of 20,139 video games that took 8 days to count

Antonio Monteiro set a Guinness World Record in February for his enormous collection of 20,139 video games. Now, he’s finally showing them off.

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