The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday April 19)

April 19, 2019

Here are today’s big stories.

Democrats outraged as Trump team shapes Mueller report rollout

America has been waiting two years to hear from Robert Mueller.

A goddess inspired a Taiwanese billionaire to follow Trump’s example

Taiwan’s richest man whose company is best known for building iPhones in China has thrown his hat into the island’s upcoming Presidential race.

North Korea tests ‘tactical’ weapon, report says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected and directed a “new tactical guided weapons firing test” Wednesday, according to a report from the country’s state media.

Scientists have detected the earliest Big Bang molecule in space

When the universe formed during the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, the chemical reactions of the aftermath formed the first molecules. Those first molecules were crucial in helping form everything we know, but they’re also absent.

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is breaking for some early users

First there was Bendgate. Now there is … Foldgate?

Couple rescued from Australia outback after writing ‘help’ in mud

An Australian couple who spent a freezing, sleepless night in a crocodile-ridden area have been rescued after scratching “help” in large letters into a riverbank.

Workers questioned as Notre Dame fire investigation ramps up

As emergency crews continue to pick through the charred remains of Notre Dame cathedral’s ancient wooden beams, which turned the world-famous site into a tinderbox, focus has turned to the investigation into how the blaze started.

150 people feared missing after passenger boat sinks in Congo

Up to 150 people are feared missing after a passenger boat sank on Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Africa Live: Fossils of giant mammal in Kenya found

Search and rescue operations are under way in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo where at least 150 people are reported missing after a boat accident on Monday on Lake Kivu. Local fishermen are using motor-powered canoes to conduct the search.

At least 28 dead in Madeira bus crash

At least 28 people have died after a bus carrying German tourists plunged off a road and overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Another 22 were injured in the accident near the town of Caniço, according to national news agency Lusa.

HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at a Tennessee hospital, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The amazing survival powers of Notre-Dame – BBC Reel

Following the massive fire which has destroyed the steeple and much of the roof of Notre-Dame in Paris, historian Troy Feay describes how the 850-year-old cathedral has stood the test of time from the French Revolution to World War Two.

Africa Live: Brothers of Sudan’s ousted president ‘detained’

Search and rescue operations are under way in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo where at least 150 people are reported missing after a boat accident on Monday on Lake Kivu. Local fishermen are using motor-powered canoes to conduct the search.

Pinterest valued at $10bn ahead of float

Pinterest, the online scrapbook company, has priced its shares at the top end of its range as it becomes the latest “unicorn” to make its stock market debut. It will start selling its shares at $19 (£14.50) each, giving the loss-making firm a market value of $10bn.

Samsung’s foldable phones haven’t even shipped yet and are already breaking

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was meant to usher in a new era. Assuming we’re talking about the era of epic fucking PR disasters, it just very well may have succeeded. The $1,980 smartphone finally landed in the hands of tech journalists this week, ahead of it’s official April 26 sale date, and was met with decidedly lukewarm reviews.

‘Game of Thrones’ sneak peek images offer early glimpse into tense next chapter

Let’s get to theorizing, Thrones fans. Ahead of Sunday, HBO has released 14 new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 2. From Jaime facing the music to a mysterious strategy session, this sneak peek doesn’t reveal anything particularly unexpected – but in Westeros, where there’s a detail, there’s a theory.

Thieves reportedly used car-sharing app to steal 100 cars in Chicago

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Nicolas Cage would be proud. The car-sharing company Car2Go has temporarily suspended operations in Chicago following the reported theft of 100 cars off its platform.

Facebook accidentally scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users

Facebook has been embroiled in another password-related mess. As reported by Business Insider, the social media giant inadvertently uploaded the email contacts of 1.5 million users who had just signed up to the network.

Microsoft refused to sell facial recognition tech to law enforcement

The company leading the charge on protecting civil rights from technological abuse is… Microsoft?! Microsoft President Brad Smith delivered some surprisingly principled news about his company while speaking at Stanford University on Tuesday. Recently, Smith said that Microsoft declined to sell its facial recognition technology to both a California law enforcement agency and an unnamed capital city because of human rights concerns, according to Reuters.

Study says dogs carry fewer germs than bearded men

A research team in Switzerland recently measured bacteria from the facial hair of men and compared it to the necks of canines.

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