The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday May 1)

May 1, 2019

A look at today’s big headlines.

Emperor Akihito becomes first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years

Japan’s Emperor Akihito formally abdicated Tuesday during a historic ceremony in Tokyo, becoming the country’s first monarch to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne in two centuries.

New video claims to show ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

For the first time in five years, ISIS has released what it says is a new video message from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

University of Cambridge to look into how it benefited from slavery

Academics at the University of Cambridge will spend two years investigating its links to slavery during Britain’s colonial era, and how it may have benefited.

Boeing CEO says 737 Max was designed properly and pilots did not ‘completely’ follow procedure

Boeing’s CEO on Monday said the safety systems on its 737 Max jets were properly designed, but he added that the airline is working to make them safer following two recent deadly crashes.

Samsung operating profit plunges to lowest level since Galaxy Note 7 fiasco

Samsung reported a 60% plunge in operating proft for the first quarter, as the South Korean technology company grapples with the delayed launch of its troubled Galaxy Fold phone and waning demand for its memory chips.

Trump team sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to keep them from turning over financial records to Congress

President Donald Trump; his children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka; and his business are suing two banks to block them from turning over financial records to congressional committees that have issued subpoenas for the information. It’s the second attempt in court that Trump has made this month to thwart the Democratic-led House of Representatives from investigating his financial history.

Indonesia plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta

Indonesia plans to move its capital city from Jakarta, according to the country’s planning minister.

Whistleblowers: Drug company bribed doctors to boost sales

Two whistleblowers at a pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the largest drug price increases in US history said the company bribed doctors and their staffs to increase sales, according to newly unsealed documents in federal court.

Trump goes after Biden – and against advisers’ advice

President Donald Trump appeared unnerved as Joe Biden secured the endorsement of the top firefighters’ union, issuing Monday morning a string of four tweets targeting the Democratic presidential candidate and union leaders.

A capsule tricks your stomach into feeling full; could it treat obesity?

A new weight loss capsule has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration to help adults who are either overweight or obese shed some pounds, when used along with diet and exercise, according to the biotechnology company Gelesis, which developed the product.

In pictures: Cyclone Kenneth aftermath

Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on Thursday with winds of 220km/h (140mph). It is predicted the weather system will dump twice as much rainfall as Cyclone Idai, which left more than 900 dead across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last month. Pemba, regional capital of Cabo Delgado state, has experienced more than 2m (6.5ft) of rain, turning roads into rivers.

Deputy attorney general tells Trump he quits

Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general who oversaw the special counsel inquiry into President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, has resigned. Mr Rosenstein, who had a fraught working relationship with Mr Trump, will step down on 11 May in a departure that had been expected for months.

The Australian company that banned work on Wednesdays

On Wednesdays, while most of her friends are at work, Tiffany Schrauwen is on the tennis court, practising her backhand. The Melbourne project manager has a lesson all to herself at 09:00, and it can’t be bad for her game. Schrauwen isn’t slacking off.

Game of Thrones The Battle of Winterfell review: three stars

Warning: contains spoilers about episode 3 of series 8. It is fitting, really, that The Battle of Winterfell should air in the opening weekend of Avengers: Endgame – a film that feels like the finale of a decade-long TV series.

KPMG fined £6m over ‘improper’ audit

KPMG has been fined £6m, “severely reprimanded” and told to undertake an internal review over the way it audited an insurance company. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said it related to the 2008 and 2009 audits of Syndicate 218, a firm based at the Lloyds of London market.

Maisie Williams responds to THAT huge ‘Game of Thrones’ moment with the perfect Instagram video

Warning: Contains ice-shattering spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 3. All men must die. We know this. But we also know that it’s possible – if you’re well equipped with some ninja fighting skills and a pointy dagger – to delay the inevitable for a little bit.

Elon Musk and Vitalik Buterin are chatting about Ethereum and it’s fascinating

It’s no surprise that Tesla & SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is interested in crypto – he’s tweeted about it several times in the past. But now, Musk has directly (and publicly, on Twitter) asked Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin to explain his vision of the cryptocurrency’s future, and it’s turning into an interesting discussion.

Who is the next big villain after ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame . Thanos is dead. Like, really dead. But if the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were hoping that the end of Thanos would be the end of all their problems, they need to read some more comic books. There’s always another enemy.

The ‘Game of Thrones’ hotline of your dreams is back to answer the big questions

Do you have a metric tonne of questions about Game of Thrones? Don’t spend every waking hour pondering, staring into the ether like Bran Stark, call the hotline. In April, Jimmy Kimmel kindly rounded up the cast of HBO’s big time series, currently rampaging through your emotions in its final, eighth season, to answer the big questions.

No one noticed, but Uber and Lyft stopped accepting new NYC drivers

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. New wannabe Lyft and Uber drivers are out of luck in New York City. Both ride-hailing apps stopped taking on new drivers in the past month.

Chinese ride-hailing company buys Times Square billboards to shame Tesla

A popular Chinese ride-hailing company that only offers high-end electric vehicles is fed up with Tesla. IUnicorn, also known as Shenma Zhuanche, expressed its annoyance with the electric carmaker last week when it revealed Times Square billboards that were directed at Tesla – all of which publicly shame the company for delivering faulty vehicles.

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