The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Monday July 22)

July 22, 2019

A look at today’s top stories.

A whole nation just got hacked

Asen Genov is pretty furious. His personal data was made public this week after records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country’s tax revenue office.

The racist origins of the myth a Welsh prince beat Columbus to America

Morgan Jones was close to starving. It was 1660 and he and his boat crew had been stranded at Oyster Point, in modern-day South Carolina, for almost eight months, running low on food with no hope of rescue.

Justin Bieber: I appreciate Trump helping A$AP Rocky, but ‘can you also let those kids out of cages?’

Justin Bieber supports President Donald Trump’s decision to help rapper A$AP Rocky, who is currently in the custody of Swedish police. But the “What Do You Mean” singer thinks others could benefit from the President’s attention, too.

$5M worth of gold seized by UK police on trail of drugs cartel

About £4 million ($5 million) worth of gold was seized at London’s Heathrow Airport by Border Force officers as part of an international investigation into a suspected South American drugs cartel.

British Airways, Lufthansa cancel flights to Cairo

British Airways announced Saturday that flights to Cairo were being canceled for seven days “as a precaution to allow for further assessment.” The announcement came as the UK Foreign Office warned citizens traveling to Egypt of a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.”

9,000-year-old settlement unearthed near Jerusalem

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN A huge Stone Age settlement unearthed outside Jerusalem may have been home to 3,000 people, the Neolithic equivalent of a large city, according to details released by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Tuesday. Believed to have been inhabited 9,000 years ago, the site has yielded thousands of tools and ornaments, including arrowheads, figurines and jewelry.

Mahershala Ali will be the next ‘Blade’ as Marvel rolls out Phase 4

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige announced the feature film and streaming lineup for the next two years.

How did Kim get his Mercedes-Benzes? New report traces origin of North Korea’s luxury rides

On June 14, 2018, two armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard vehicles were shipped from the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, heading out on a journey that would take months and see the cars transported thousands of miles through six countries, according to a new report from the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS).

Elon Musk hopes to put a computer chip in your brain. Who wants one?

This week Elon Musk unveiled his most sci-fi project thus far: a computer chip connected to exceptionally slender wires with electrodes on them, all of which is meant to be embedded in a person’s brain by a surgical robot. The implant would connect wirelessly to a small behind-the-ear receiver that could communicate with a computer.

Iran-UK radio exchanges over tanker emerge

A recording has emerged of radio exchanges between a Royal Navy frigate and Iranian armed forces vessels, moments before a British-flagged oil tanker was seized in the Gulf. In the recording, what is thought to be an Iranian vessel can be heard telling HMS Montrose it wants to inspect the tanker for security reasons.

Africa Cup of Nations: Algeria celebrate win with thousands of fans in Algiers

Tens of thousands of fans welcomed Algeria’s victorious Africa Cup of Nations team back home on Saturday for a parade in the capital city Algiers. They beat Senegal 1-0 in Cairo on Friday to win their first title since 1990. Captain Riyad Mahrez, the Manchester City winger, and his team-mates were greeted by Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui.

Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd reject £54m Inter Milan bid

Manchester United have rejected a 60m euro (£53.9m) bid from Inter Milan for striker Romelu Lukaku. The bid falls well below United’s valuation of the 26-year-old Belgium international, who joined them from Everton two years ago for £75m. Lukaku sat out Saturday’s pre-season victory over Inter, whose manager Antonio Conte reiterated that the striker remains his number one target.

Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman on points to take WBA Super welterweight title

Manny Pacquiao said he had “fun” as he became the oldest welterweight champion in history by beating WBA Super champion Keith Thurman in a split decision in Las Vegas. Thurman – previously undefeated – had promised to send the 40-year-old Fillipino into retirement, but was knocked down in the first round before a thrilling fight went the distance.

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward ‘very close’ to exit – Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is “very close to leaving” the Spanish club, says boss Zinedine Zidane. The Wales international, 30, was left out of Real’s 3-1 pre-season defeat by Bayern Munich in Houston, USA. Speaking after the game, Zidane said: “We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone.

Is this the greatest Bond film never made? – BBC Reel

James Bond has done some memorable things in his time, from dodging laser blasts on a space station to driving an invisible car across a glacier. One thing he hasn’t done, however, is deactivate a robot shark which is carrying an atom bomb through a Manhattan sewer. But he very nearly did.

‘It seemed like the most incredible thing ever’ – BBC Reel

Musician and astrophysicist Brian May recalls the moment he watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969, and how he’s compiled a book of the Apollo landings from 3D images. Video by Howard Timberlake and Foundlight

Boeing takes $5bn hit to cover 737 Max crisis

Boeing is taking a $4.9bn hit to cover costs related to the global grounding of its 737 Max aircraft. The charge is set to wipe out profits when the world’s biggest planemaker posts quarterly results next week.

New moon: What lunar living will look like in 100 years

A whole new moon Lava tubes. Cave cities. Extreme sports. The next century of lunar settlement is wilder than you think. by Chris Taylor NOTE FOR 2019 READERS: This is the eighth in a series of open letters to the next century. The series marks a little-known chronological milestone.

Marvel Studios confirms ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

Meet Marvel’s next leading man. The studio announced at Comic-Con Saturday that Simu Liu is set to star in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – making him the first solo Asian lead of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Also starring in Shang-Chi will be Tony Leung as the Mandarin – the real one.

Female Thor is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

There’s a new Thor in town, and it’s Jane Foster. Marvel Studios announced as much during their Comic-Con panel Saturday, revealing that the fourth Thor movie, now titled Thor: Love and Thunder, would reveal Thor’s erstwhile girlfriend as the new God of Thunder. The film will be based on the Mighty Thor comics, written by Jason Aaron.

HBO’s new ‘Watchmen’ trailer clears up lots of questions and asks new ones

It’s looking like HBO’s take on Watchmen is, in fact, a sequel. This new trailer, which dives deeper into the story than any of our looks so far, pitches a story set a decade after the events of the comics.

Libra hasn’t even launched yet, and Facebook is already in trouble over it

The words “permissionless” and “regulated” don’t exactly go together. But Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, Libra, is promising to adhere to regulations and be open to everyone, which may turn out to be a tough – if not impossible – task. That’s assuming there will even be a Libra coin, as originally envisioned.

Instagram’s started hiding likes, and not everyone, uh, likes it

Instagram’s rolled out their latest feature update in a number of key markets, making like counts on posts visible only to the account holder. After an initial test in Canada from April , the company expanded the feature to Australia, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand across the course of Thursday.

Netflix unveils stunning first teaser for ‘The Witcher’ at Comic-Con

At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, Henry Cavill gave fans a chance to finally see Netflix’s take on Andrzej Sapkowski’s much-beloved fantasy series – and it did not disappoint. The beloved story of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia (Cavill) has been told many times over, with a feature-length film, a short-running TV series, numerous graphic novels, and a video game franchise.

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