The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Monday June 24)

June 24, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

US retaliated against Iranian spy group’s cyberstrike

US Cyber Command launched a retaliatory cyberstrike last week against an Iranian spy group, according to a US official and a former US intelligence official familiar with the matter.

Two Fox News hosts question Trump’s comments about Iran: ‘This just doesn’t add up’

Fox News hosts Chris Wallace and Shep Smith challenged President Donald Trump’s comments about when and why he decided to call off a strike against Iran.

Boris Johnson under pressure to explain police incident

Boris Johnson, the front-runner in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, was facing mounting calls Sunday to fully explain an incident in which police attended an alleged altercation at the London home he shares with his girlfriend.

White House proposing $50 billion package to boost Palestinian economy — if there is peace

The White House is proposing a $50 billion package designed to boost the Palestinian economy, presenting a vision of regional prosperity that remains contingent on an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, administration officials said.

Ethiopia PM says army chief of staff attacked

Ethiopia’s army chief of staff, General Seare Mekonnen, has been attacked, the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a national television address early Sunday.

Man arrested after hidden camera found in James Bond studio toilets

A man was arrested Friday after the camera was found in the women’s toilets at Pinewood Studios, where the next James Bond film is being filmed.

Kim Jong Un received ‘personal letter’ from Trump, says North Korean state media

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a “personal letter” from US President Donald Trump, according to North Korean state news agency KCNA.

Trump responds to accusation of ’90s sexual assault

President Donald Trump on Saturday responded to allegations of sexual assault after magazine advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleged he had attacked her at a New York luxury department store in the late 1990s.

Ethiopia army chief shot amid unrest

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the country’s defence chief of staff has been shot following unrest in the northern Amhara region. Appearing on TV dressed in military fatigues, Mr Abiy also said several officials had been killed in an attack in the Amhara regional capital Bahir Dar.

Militants killed while attacking Kenya police base

Three suspected al-Shabab militants have been killed after they attacked a police camp in Kenya’s eastern County of Garissa, close to the border with Somalia, police say. Other fighters were repulsed by security officers, a statement said. At least eight Kenyan police officers were killed in an al-Shabab bomb attack last week in north-eastern Wajir County.

Istanbul back to polls in mayoral election re-run

Istanbul residents are returning to the polls to elect a mayor after an opposition candidate’s surprise victory in March was annulled. Ekrem Imamoglu won by 13,000 votes, prompting allegations of irregularities from Turkey’s ruling AK party. Mr Imamoglu has vowed to “battle for democracy” and polls he is likely to beat former prime minister Binali Yildirim for a second time.

Women’s World Cup: Fifa has ‘major decisions’ to make on VAR, says Phil Neville

Fifa has “major decisions to make” on video assistant referees after the Women’s World Cup, says England manager Phil Neville. After dominating the group stages, VAR controversy continued to take centre stage in Germany’s last-16 victory over Nigeria and Norway’s penalty shootout win against Australia on Saturday.

Cannabis market set for further expansion

Big companies are scrambling to grab a share of the $150bn (£119bn) global cannabis market, eyeing products as diverse as beer and dog treats. That’s according to a report by Standard & Poor’s which predicts further expansion as legal cannabis becomes acceptable.

Slack: Why is this money-loser worth $20bn?

Another tech start-up made a blockbuster debut on the US stock market last week, with shares in Slack ending the week more than 40% higher. That values the Silicon Valley-based business at $20bn, not bad for a messaging app that was only publicly released in 2014 and has never turned a profit.

Netflix might get picture-in-picture on desktop

Attention power users: Netflix is testing a new feature that’ll allow you to watch videos without disrupting your work. According to Engadget, the streaming video service is testing a “pop-out player” that shrinks the video player into a smaller window. Basically, it’s picture-in-picture mode on desktop.

Walmart’s using AI cameras to catch thieves

Think nobody’s going to notice if you don’t scan that gallon of milk at the self-checkout register? Think again. According to Business Insider, Walmart’s using new cameras with computer vision to aid in catching thieves at over 1,000 of its stores.

The 10 biggest lies we tell each other on Instagram

Before deepfakes and alternative facts, the online world was already telling us fibs. In our series Lies the Internet Told Me, we call ’em all out. Liar, liar, feed’s on fire! It’s safe to say that in 2019 we’re all trying to be on our best Instagram game.

Hands on the wheel with Tesla’s new in-car racing video game

Why not play a game while sitting and waiting for your electric vehicle to charge up? No, not on your phone. That’d be too easy. Instead, you can now use the very car you’re sitting in – well, if it’s a Tesla.

Facebook cofounder says the company’s cryptocurrency plans are ‘frightening’

One of Facebook’s most prominent critics is now sounding the alarm about the social network’s cryptocurrency plans. Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, who made waves earlier this year when he called for the breakup of the company, is describing Facebook’s crypto plans as “frightening” and warning that the endeavor could make the social media giant even more powerful.

Instagram makes it easier to take back hacked accounts

Instagram is finally addressing a huge problem on its platform: hacked accounts. The company says it is making a series of changes that will make it easier for people to regain access to a hacked account.

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