The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday May 15)

May 15, 2019

Here are today’s biggest headlines from across the world.

Trump vs. Xi in the China trade war: It’s personal

Neither Donald Trump nor Xi Jinping can afford to blink.

Fact checking Trump’s Buy America strategy of avoiding tariffs

In attempting to justify his decision to raise tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports into the US, President Donald Trump has suggested that paying the tariffs is a voluntary decision by US consumers and businesses, and that the best way to avoid them is not to buy Chinese-made products.

Chinese media calls for ‘people’s war’ as US trade war heats up

China will survive its trade war with the United States, state media insists, as it mounts a fierce new propaganda campaign against US “greed.”

WhatsApp flags vulnerability to sophisticated voice call attack

WhatsApp has revealed a vulnerability in its system that could have allowed hackers access to its users’ phones, with a London-based human rights lawyer possibly among the targets.

Actress Felicity Huffman cries as she pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Huffman pleaded guilty Monday to paying $15,000 to a fake charity that facilitated cheating when her daughter took the SATs.

Tiger Woods hit with lawsuit after employee dies in car crash

The family of a Florida man who purportedly was drunk when he crashed his car is suing Tiger Woods, his girlfriend and his restaurant company, saying they should have prevented the man from drinking too much and driving to his death.

Gay dating app Grindr is the latest victim of US-China tensions

The United States doesn’t trust a Chinese company to own gay dating app Grindr and will force it to sell by 2020, as tensions spike between Washington and Beijing over trade and national security.

Chinese cargo plane arrives in Venezuela

A Chinese cargo plane arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Monday, the Venezuelan Ministry of Communication has told CNN.

For $3.5 million, James Bond’s Aston Martin can be yours, battering rams included

If Goldfinger’s henchman Oddjob is coming after you, Aston Martin has just the car you need. It will cost you $3.5 million, though.

WhatsApp discovers surveillance attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users, and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber actor”.

Five die in clashes at Sudan protest

At least four Sudanese protesters and a member of the security forces have died in clashes in the capital, Khartoum. They were killed in gunfire at a sit-in outside military HQ where demonstrators are demanding full civilian government. Protesters said soldiers were responsible, but the army blamed it on “unidentified elements”.

UK jobless rate falls to lowest since mid-70s

Britain’s unemployment rate in the first three months of the year has fallen to 3.8%, a rate that it has not been lower than since late 1974. The Office for National Statistics said unemployment rates had been falling for the past five years.

Deepest-ever sub dive finds plastic waste

An American explorer has found plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive. Victor Vescovo descended nearly 11km (seven miles) to the deepest place in the ocean – the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. He spent four hours exploring the bottom of the trench in his submersible, built to withstand the immense pressure of the deep.

Android pioneer HTC stages China retreat

HTC is pulling its smartphones from two of China’s largest online marketplaces, raising concerns about the brand’s future. The firm was the first to sell an Android handset in 2008. But it has seen its global share of the smartphone market drop from a peak of 10.7% in 2011 to 0.05% today, according to market research firm IDC.

Varys isn’t the ‘Game of Thrones’ MVP we need, but he’s the one we surely deserve

Oh, Varys. You saw it all coming. In truth, you’d seen it all before. But your warnings went unheeded and then, well, you know the rest. Dragonfire to the face. It’s abundantly clear in the penultimate Game of Thrones episode why no one has ever been truly safe on this show.

‘Game of Thrones’ featured a cameo from NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers

Warning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5. We can likely add one more body to the death count from last night’s thrilling, fiery episode of Game of Thrones: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Sunday night after the episode aired, Rodgers confirmed his cameo on Instagram, sharing a photo of him in costume.

HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ documentary trailer goes behind the scenes of the epic final season

Game of Thrones may be almost over, but HBO is gearing up for one final ride for fans of its massive hit show.

Cleganebowl was a bright spot in a dismal ‘Game of Thrones’ season

Spolier alert: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 5. Cleganebowl finally happened, and unlike a lot of other moments in the final season of Game of Thrones thus far, this one was satisfying.

Grown Men Banned From ‘Fortnite’

It’s almost too addictive.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Don't Miss