The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday July 2)

July 2, 2019

Here are today’s top headlines.

Hong Kong protests: group tries to storm government building

Demonstrators surround legislature as city prepares for mass protests

Why is cocaine washing up on the beaches of Fiji? – podcast

Kate Lyons on the multibillion-dollar drug route in the Pacific. Plus: John Harris on Facebook’s cryptocurrency

White House insists Trump Huawei reversal not ‘catastrophic mistake’

Larry Kudlow defends move on sales ban after China talks which prompted concern among Senate Republicans

What is going on with Taylor Swift, her back catalogue and Justin Bieber?

Taylor Swift is back in the headlines after denouncing the sale of her back catalogue. One Guardian Australia staffer asked another to explain this celebrity omnishambles … quickly

Stranger Things: why brands love to piggyback on the show

Netflix has promotional agreements with 75 different brands for season three of the show. Why do they like it so much?

Ivanka Trump: Adviser, daughter, and, this week, diplomat

It was the eve of President Donald Trump’s historic steps into North Korea, and as the US delegation was lining up for a photo op with their South Korean counterparts at the Blue House, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paced behind the group, looking for his opening.

Canadian cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump went viral

A Canadian cartoonist’s illustration of President Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral Wednesday. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada.

Iran exceeds uranium caps set by nuclear deal, foreign minister says

Iran’s enriched low-grade uranium stockpiles have exceeded the 300 kilogram limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking Tehran’s first major breach of the landmark accord since US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018.

Swiss footballer Florijana Ismaili missing after ‘swimming accident’

Italian authorities are searching for Swiss footballer Florijana Ismaili, who has been confirmed missing after a “swimming accident” in Lake Como, northern Italy.

Kenya telecoms giant Bob Collymore dies of cancer at 61

Bob Collymore, Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile service provider, died of cancer on Monday, the company announced on Monday. He was 61.

FAA investigates deadly private plane crash at airport north of Dallas

The Federal Aviation Administration will begin its own investigation of a deadly plane crash at an airport in Addison, Texas, after a private plane plowed into a hangar Sunday killing all 10 people aboard, the FAA said in a statement.

Taylor Swift speaks out over sale of her music catalog

Taylor Swift called it her “worst case scenario,” learning that her music catalog has been sold to a company owned by music manager Scooter Braun. Claiming she’s been bullied by Braun for years, Swift took to Tumblr on Sunday to explain how upset she is that her songs with Big Machine Label Group ended up with Braun.

Church of England creates first social media guidelines

The Church of England has launched its first set of guidelines for social media, designed to make online platforms happier places.

How daily life will benefit from 5G

5G is more than super-fast broadband, it has the potential to change everything from transport to agriculture.

North Korea media hail ‘amazing’ Trump visit

North Korean state media has hailed the impromptu visit made by US President Donald Trump to the country as “an amazing event”. On Sunday, Mr Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea, accompanied by leader Kim Jong-un.

How to rehabilitate old oil supertankers

As you read this, around 10,420 giants are heaving their way across the world’s oceans. Their enormous metal bodies lumber onwards in spite of inclement weather and rough seas. In their bowels, these beasts are carrying 3.8 b illion barrels of crude oil between them, enough to fuel around 418,000 transatlantic flights and for the world’s cars to cover around 3 billion miles between them.

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 first reactions are here. Brace yourself.

Not. Long. Now. On July 4, the third season of Stranger Things drops on Netflix. We’ve already had one gloriously sun-soaked trailer and one very dark trailer to whet our appetites – and now, the early Twitter reactions to the season itself are here.

The worst jean trends of 2019 (so far)

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. We regret to inform you that the fashion industry has gone too far in 2019. Specifically jean fashion, otherwise known as jashion.

Know the awkward pain of Ivanka Trump trying to converse with world leaders at G20

This Ivanka Trump clip is equal parts relatable and horrifying. In a moment captured at the G20 summit, we see President Trump’s daughter attempting to engage with a group of world leaders: Canada’s Justin Trudeau, France’s Emmanuel Macron, the U.K.’s Theresa May, and Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

The ‘most popular’ Joe Biden website is a Republican troll

Joe Biden has an SEO problem. The former vice president and current Democratic primary competitor hoping to become the party nominee has an official campaign website where he asks for donations and touts his various legislative accomplishments. There’s just one problem: that website has, for some time now, been eclipsed by a troll website lightly masquerading as a pro-Biden page.

Trump changes his mind, says Huawei can buy some U.S. tech after all

Well that didn’t take long. President Donald Trump announced Saturday that Chinese manufacturer Huawei will be able to once again purchase goods from U.S. technology companies. This is a sharp reversal from his stance in May 2019, when Reuters reported that the U.S. Commerce Department said the company would first need U.S.

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