The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday June 28)

June 28, 2019

Here are today’s top headlines.

At the G20, Trump will see failure everywhere he looks

This weekend’s G20 in Japan will be about as much fun for US President Donald Trump as bathing with a scouring pad. Even a man who enjoys confrontation as much as Trump can’t be too excited at the failure that awaits him in Osaka.

Big Tech has a lot to lose in the Trump-Xi Jinping talks

The planned Trump-Xi meeting at G20 could have meaningful implications for tech companies, whose businesses have been disrupted by the dispute.

Trump claims Japan ‘doesn’t have to help’ if US is attacked

President Donald Trump again lamented what he views as an unequal military alliance Wednesday, claiming that if the US is attacked, Japan “doesn’t have to help us at all” and “can watch it on the Sony television.”

Officer stopped with 39kg of cocaine on Brazil G20 trip

A Brazilian Air Force officer traveling with President Jair Bolsonaro’s G20 contingent was arrested late Tuesday, after he was caught with 39 kilograms (roughly 86 lbs) of cocaine.

It’s so hot in Spain that manure self-ignited, sparking a 10,000-acre wildfire

Firefighters in Spain are battling a major wildfire that probably started after a heap of manure self-ignited amid the intense European heat wave.

Madagascar stadium stampede kills 16 during celebrations

A stampede at a stadium during Madagascar’s independence day celebrations killed 16 people and left 101 people injured, an official told CNN.

Air India flight in emergency landing at London Stansted after bomb threat

Air India said one of its planes landed at London Stansted Airport on Thursday following a bomb threat.

Nike pulls products in China after designer sparks social media outrage

Nike has stopped selling some products in China after a fashion designer’s support for protests in Hong Kong sparked a social media backlash.

Joao Felix: Benfica considers $143M offer for teen star

Portuguese star Joao Felix could become the second most expensive teenager in football history as his club Benfica considers a lucrative $143 million (€126 million) offer from Atletico Madrid.

Impossible made fake meat a hot commodity. Now it could be a victim of its own success

Impossible Burgers are so popular, their maker can barely keep up with demand. Here’s how the company plans to compete against Beyond Meat, as well as food giants like Nestle, Tyson and Perdue.

Jamal Khashoggi warned Moroccan journalist before his arrest, says wife

Exclusive: Wife of jailed Taoufik Bouachrine says murdered Saudi critic knew her husband was in danger

A young family left El Salvador for a better life. Their tragedy focused the immigration crisis

A mother mourns her son and granddaughter, who drowned crossing the Rio Grande, ‘I feel a huge emptiness’ Warning: graphic image

What a waist: why the corset has made a regrettable return

On the red carpet, on Instagram, even in Mothercare – corsets are everywhere. What is behind the disturbing trend for ‘waist training’?

Tunisia shaken by suicide bombings and illness of president

Beji Caid Essebsi is in critical condition in hospital, while a police officer was killed in attacks

Hackers steal $4.2 million from cryptocurrency exchange Bitrue

Singaporean cryptocurrency exchange Bitrue has been hacked, with the perps making off with roughly $4.2 million worth of cryptocoins XRP and ADA. The incident happened at 1 a.m. GMT+8 on June 27, with the hacker exploiting a vulnerability in the company’s “Risk Control team’s 2nd review process to access the personal funds of about 90 Bitrue users,” the company said on Twitter.

Record-breaking heat wave cooks Europe

The heat has arrived. As predicted, a potent heat wave settled over Europe this week, bringing abnormally high June temperatures to vast swathes of France, Spain, Germany and beyond – home to hundreds of millions. Already, the highest ever recorded June temperatures have toppled in Germany, France, and Poland, reaching into the triple digits on Wednesday.

Reddit quarantines the main Donald Trump subreddit for inciting violence

After years of calls to ban the community r/The_Donald, Reddit is cracking down on the infamous subreddit by quarantining it, a feature that was revamped in 2018. The quarantine comes after Reddit observed “repeated rule-breaking behavior” and an “over-reliance on Reddit admins to manage users and remove posts” that violated content policies.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is ‘evaluating’ deepfake policy

Facebook may soon have new rules for “deepfakes.” That’s according to Mark Zuckerberg, who said Wednesday that the company is currently discussing specific policies that would police deepfakes, a term that refers to videos that have been realistically manipulated using artificial intelligence.

Bitcoin has quadrupled in value in six months

Thought that the days of cryptocurrency bubble are behind you? Think again. On Tuesday, the price of Bitcoin hit a new yearly high of $12,867 per coin according to CoinMarketCap, and that’s after crushing the psychological $10,000 barrier just days ago.

Instagram just put ads in one of its last ad-free places

We knew this day would come. On Tuesday, Instagram announced that it will begin using the Explore tab as a way to show ads to users. The ads won’t show up in the main grid. Instead, once a user clicks on a post from Explore, Instagram will serve ads in the discovery feed users scroll through from that post.

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