The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday June 12)

June 12, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

Does the extradition law really spell the death of Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a city built for business.

Fact check: Here’s what Trump got wrong in CNBC interview

During his Monday morning interview with CNBC, President Donald Trump claimed that China has “lost 15 to 20 trillion dollars in value since the day I was elected.”

Trump says he will raise tariffs if Xi fails to meet him at G20

US President Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese exports to the United States if China’s leader Xi Jinping doesn’t meet him at the G20 in Japan.

China finds new ways to pressure Trump amid trade impasse

The Chinese government is ramping up efforts to apply pressure on the United States beyond imposing punitive economic measures as trade negotiations between the two countries remain deadlocked.

A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a New York City skyscraper. Then the building shook

Witnesses said several floors of Midtown Manhattan skyscraper seemed to shake after a helicopter crash-landed on the roof above.

Draw secures Argentina its first point in Women’s World Cup history

A goalless draw between Japan and Argentina might suggest a dull stalemate, but that would not do justice to what Argentina achieved in its opening Women’s World Cup game.

Perth spends $278k on public toilet for Instagrammers

The most photographed tourist attraction in (CNN) – Perth, Australia isn’t a monument, public artwork or UNESCO site. It’s the Crawley End Boat Shed, a bright blue wooden house that many locals drive past several times a day without noticing.

Justin Bieber has challenged Tom Cruise to a fight and we are so confused

Justin Bieber has tweeted that he wants to fight Tom Cruise for some unknown reason.

The films that defined Generation X

Twenty-five years ago, when the idea of a millennial was still a twinkle in marketers’ eyes, a film was released in cinemas that set out to capture the spirit of a different generation – one to whom a Discman was cutting-edge technology and avocado was a colour in which your grandmother’s bathroom was painted.

How to build something that lasts 10,000 years

Few human-made structures last for millenia, but as Alexander Rose explains, it is possible for design for extreme longevity if you look to the lessons of history.

Plant extinction ‘bad news for all species’

Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study. The number is based on actual extinctions rather than estimates, and is twice that of all bird, mammal and amphibian extinctions combined.

Outrage over Kylie Jenner’s Handmaid’s Tale party

When Kylie Jenner posts on social media she gets hundreds of thousands of reactions, many of which are hugely complimentary – but not this time. The social media star has received quite a backlash following a Handmaid’s Tale themed party she threw for her friend Anastasia Karanikolaou at the weekend.

UK phone firms demand clarity over Huawei

The UK risks losing its position as a world leader in mobile connectivity, Britain’s mobile operators are warning. In a draft letter to Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill, seen by the BBC, operators will urge the government to clarify its position over Huawei.

‘Marvel’s Avengers’ gets action-packed first trailer from Square Enix

Post- Endgame, Marvel’s Avengers are back – this time, in the world of gaming. During the Square Enix E3 press conference on Monday night, Marvel Games and Crystal Dynamics dropped a first trailer for the highly-anticipated Marvel’s Avengers, an action-adventure game set to show players “what it’s like to be Earth’s mightiest heroes.”

YouTube CEO apologizes, but defends decision on hate speech controversy

YouTube’s CEO has apologized to the LGBTQ community, but ultimately stood by the decision to keep a creator accused of hate speech on the platform. At CodeCon on Monday, Susan Wojcicki was asked by Axios reporter Ina Fried if she felt the company had made the right call on conservative commentator Steven Crowder.

Donald Trump criticizes big tech companies again in new interview

President Donald Trump has never been the biggest vocal ally of big tech companies since taking office, and that trend continued this week. In a Monday morning interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Trump addressed a wide range of topics, with a particular emphasis on his tariff-driven trade war with China.

Everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 (so far)

With the Galaxy Fold up in the air, attention is now shifting to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10, which is expected to arrive sometime towards the end of summer. The Note 10’s a Galaxy Note, so we’re expecting it to come with an S-Pen stylus, a huge battery, and flagship specs.

Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise to a fight and no one knows why

It appears Justin Bieber has a beef with *checks notes* Tom Cruise? Hmm. That’s a new one. On Sunday, the 25-year-old singer challenged the Mission Impossible star to a fight in “the octagon” via Twitter, and though Bieber failed to tag Cruise’s Twitter handle, he explained that if he doesn’t agree to the brawl he will be seen as “scared” and “will never live it down.”

Bryan Cranston angrily interrupts James Corden’s Tony Awards opener

If there’s one thing that makes a good musical number, it’s plenty of emotion. And James Corden’s Tony Awards opener, which kicked of the show’s 73rd edition on Sunday, certainly had that in spades.

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