The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday May 17)

May 17, 2019

As we end this week, here’s a selection of the biggest headlines across the world.

Could your family live on 600 liters of water for 10 days?

Hundreds of empty plastic jugs wait in rows on the cracked, dry, dusty earth. Hovering expectantly nearby, the residents of Vasant Kunj slum in South Delhi, one of the city’s largest and poorest, stand waiting for a government water tanker to arrive.

Trump throws more fuel on Europe’s Huawei nightmare

US President Donald Trump’s newest executive order has escalated his administration’s campaign against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, raising pressure on European allies.

Trump issues order to ban foreign telecom gear that poses security risk

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday barring US firms from using telecom gear from sources the administration deems national security threats.

State Department orders non-emergency employees to leave Iraq amid Iran tensions

The State Department ordered Wednesday the departure of non-emergency US government employees from Iraq amid increasing tensions with Iran and warned US citizens not to travel to the country, citing a “high risk for violence and kidnapping.”

Chinese mission uncovers secrets on the far side of the moon

China’s Chang’e-4 mission, the first to land on the far side of the moon, is shedding light on one of the moon’s biggest mysteries, according to a new study.

Jeff Koons’ $91M ‘Rabbit’ sculpture sets new auction record

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN A playful rabbit sculpture by Jeff Koons has become the most expensive work by a living artist ever to sell at auction. The American artist’s “Rabbit,” a stainless steel figure measuring just over 3 feet tall, sold for more than $91 million Wednesday evening at Christie’s in New York, smashing auction estimates.

ITV cancels Jeremy Kyle Show ‘for good’ after guest’s death

A British TV company has canceled a daytime talk show known for its tabloid style and rowdy confrontations after a guest died shortly after taping an episode.

Elon Musk hits back against lawsuit by caver he called a ‘pedo guy’

Elon Musk has hit back against a defamation lawsuit by a British caver he called a “pedo,” or pedophile, during a public feud around last year’s dramatic rescue of a trapped youth soccer team in Thailand.

SpaceX will launch its first 60 satellites to deliver internet from space

SpaceX wants to beam cheap broadband internet all over the planet. It’s about to take a big step toward making that a reality.

Africa Live: Zimbabwe ‘paid white farmers $64m’

MTN Nigeria, a subsidiary of Africa’s largest telecommunications company MTN Group, will start trading shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday. The South African company says this is the first step to increasing local ownership. MTN Nigeria will list by introduction, meaning its current shares will be listed on the exchange without an additional public sale.

Biscuit heiress apologies for Nazi comments

The heiress of a German biscuit company has apologised for saying the firm “did nothing wrong” in its use of forced labour during Nazi rule. Verena Bahlsen, 25, had been accused of being “oblivious to history” and the company had distanced itself from her comments. But after the backlash she admitted her remarks were inappropriate.

Tesla to update software after car fires

Tesla has said it is updating the battery software in some of its models following two recent incidents where cars caught fire. The electric carmaker said it would soon begin rolling out the software update on Model S and Model X vehicles.

Pilots ‘raised Boeing safety fears’ in 2018

American Airlines pilots confronted Boeing about potential safety issues in its 737 Max planes in a meeting last November, US media are reporting. They urged swift action after the first deadly 737 Max crash off Indonesia in October, according to audio obtained by CBS and the New York Times.

Trump-branded properties ‘underperforming’

US President Donald Trump’s Miami golf resort and Manhattan skyscraper, jewels in the crown of his property empire, are in decline, say US media. The Trump National Doral Miami has reported a steep drop in income since 2015, according to the Washington Post.

Is it the end for high heels?

In January 2014 the late Karl Lagerfeld held a Chanel haute couture show set in the fictional ‘Cambon Club’. Led by Cara Delevingne, models wafted down the grand sweeping staircase to the sounds of a string orchestra, each wearing bejewelled gossamer, tweed or organza creations. So far, so haute couture.

Facebook, Google, Twitter join forces to fight online extremism

Some of the largest tech companies in the world have signed on to a new agreement to fight terrorism and violent extremism on their platforms, following the attack on a Christchurch mosque that was live streamed on Facebook.

The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel has begun filming

‘Game of Thrones’ is set to come to an end, but the prequel, starring Naomi Watts, is officially under way.

YouTuber James Charles loses 3 million subscribers amid scandal

This is more than just YouTube drama.

Fox’s new ‘evil Alexa’ miniseries proves the Golden Age of TV is dead

Well, it was nice while it lasted. For a while there, we really had something, didn’t we? What with Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and even the more recent additions of Black Mirror and Star Trek: Discovery , it was starting to look like the Golden Age of TV was here to stay.

Mystery dick symbols spotted in parks using Google Earth

Everyone loves a good Google Earth easter egg, especially when they’re dick-shaped. First spotted by Reddit user u/adrianmtb and reported by publisher Broadsheet , a collection of phallic symbols have appeared on three parks in the northeast of Melbourne, Australia. Three penis-shaped glyphs were flagged as visible at T W Blake Park in the suburb of Preston.

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