The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday May 23)

May 23, 2019

A look at today’s top stories.

A look inside Huawei, China’s tech giant

The Chinese company Huawei is one of the giants of the tech industry. It’s the world’s largest provider of telecommunications equipment, a leader in next-generation 5G technology, and last year it passed Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone seller in the world. But to many, especially in the West, there’s still an air of mystery around it.

The Congress-White House fight pauses for Pelosi and Trump to meet

Everything in Washington comes down to this: It’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vs. President Donald Trump.

Japan wants you to say its leader’s name correctly: Abe Shinzo

Japan has a polite request for the world: Stop saying our names wrong.

US intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

US F-22 stealth jets intercepted four Russian bombers and two Russian Su-35 fighter jets off the coast of Alaska on Monday, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command.

North Korea derides US presidential candidate Joe Biden as a ‘fool of low IQ’

North Korean state media has launched a stinging attack on the former United States vice president and current presidential candidate, Joe Biden, mocking him as a “fool of low IQ.”

Ex-WWE star Ashley Massaro’s brain could be donated to research

Ashley Massaro, ex-WWE star and “Survivor” contestant, might have her brain donated to science. Massaro’s lawyer said she wanted her brain donated to research to see if there are signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

French widow sues Boeing for $276 million over Ethiopian Airlines crash

A French widow has filed a lawsuit against US aircraft manufacturer Boeing for $276 million in damages over the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 in March, which killed all 157 people on board — including her husband.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan absence from showpiece final shames UEFA – Arsenal and Chelsea should boycott the Europa League final

Nine days before their season-defining Europa League final clash with rivals Chelsea in Baku, Arsenal’s preparations suffered a not insignificant setback.

Finding the ship lost for more than 300 years – BBC Reel

The Vasa set sail in 1628 and sank after two hours. The former Swedish military vessel would lay buried under the sea until 1961, when it was found and was brought to the surface.

China’s top airlines demand Boeing payouts

China’s three biggest airlines are demanding compensation from Boeing over its grounded 737 Max fleet. Air China, China Southern and China Eastern have filed claims for payouts, according to state media reports. China’s regulator was the first to ground the fleet in the wake of two deadly crashes involving the US-made aircraft.

‘Do you know what an REO is?’ ‘An Oreo?’

One is a real estate term. The other is a cookie. US Housing Secretary Ben Carson got them mixed up.

Amazon set for facial recognition revolt

Opposition to Amazon’s sale of its facial recognition technology to US police forces is set to come to a head at its annual general meeting on Wednesday. Shareholders will vote twice on the matter. First, over whether the company should stop offering its Rekognition system to government agencies.

How Disney found its new Aladdin

You might think the lead character in Aladdin is… well, Aladdin. But not according to the end credits of Disney’s new live-action remake. Unlike the animated 1992 original, the genie is the first name seen in the new cast list – which is understandable given that Will Smith is the biggest name in the project by some distance.

Google stored some users’ passwords in plain text for years

Google has revealed it had left some business users’ passwords exposed in plain text. In a blog post on Tuesday, the tech giant said it had discovered the issue in Google’s popular enterprise product, G Suite, back in January.

Tesla hires the ‘absolute unit’ meme guy to run its social media

Tesla has reportedly hired Adam Koszary, the man responsible for the “absolute unit” meme, as its new social media manager. Koszary, who used to work as the program manager for the Museum of English Rural Life, is known for tweeting a photo of a large ram from the museum’s account in April 2018.

Kit Harington, Sophie Turner respond to critics of ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

‘Game of Thrones’ actors Kit Harington and Sophie Turner are responding to criticism on the HBO show’s ending.

Here’s the best reaction to Robert F. Smith paying off the student debt at Morehouse

Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker at Morehouse College, revealed Sunday that he would pay student loan debt in full for the school’s entire graduating class. This was huge news for grads, many of whom were leaving school with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt.

Bronn from ‘Game of Thrones’ is now a cryptocurrency advisor

Spoilers for the finale of Game of Thrones follow. Westeros apparently has quite the financially forward-thinking Master of Coin on its new small council! On Game of Thrones, actor Jerome Flynn played mercenary-turned-nobleman Ser Bronn of the Blackwater, whose only true north was gettin’ that money.

Every Facebook insider who has turned against the company

Some of the people who were once Facebook’s most powerful executives and allies are publicly breaking up with the social network. When Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes dropped a New York Times op-ed calling for the breakup of Facebook, it prompted a terse response from the company.

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer is finally here

Ahead of its Cannes Film Festival premiere, we have our first full-length trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio plays unhinged TV star Rick Dalton who is trying to make it big in the movies with his sidekick-slash-stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).

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