The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday January 31)

January 31, 2020

On this last day of January, these are the stories making headlines.

Coronavirus news and live updates: Wuhan virus cases top 7,000 – CNN

The latest numbers: At least 170 people are dead and more than 7,700 cases have been confirmed in mainland China, as the Wuhan coronavirus spreads across Asia and the rest of the world. China on lockdown: Nearly 60 million people have been under partial or full lockdowns in Chinese cities for a week.

Everything travelers need to know about Wuhan coronavirus

(CNN) – Much is still unknown about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, and health officials are urging vigilance. That means travelers crisscrossing the globe should be aware of the virus, steer clear of heavily impacted areas and exercise some of the same kinds of preventive measures they’d use to avoid influenza and other illnesses.

Authorities discover the longest drug-smuggling tunnel in San Diego

Federal agents have discovered a drug smuggling tunnel that stretches about three-quarters of a mile — the longest ever discovered along the Southwest border.

First detailed images of a turbulent surface of the sun, thanks to new telescope

The surface of our sun is a wild, violent place and now we can see it in exquisite detail, thanks to the first images returned by the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope based in Hawaii.

France to ban mass shredding of live chicks

France is to ban the controversial practice of shredding live male chicks by the end of 2021, agriculture minister Didier Guillaume announced in Paris on Tuesday.

Vanessa Bryant posts on Instagram for the first time since Kobe’s death

Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, made her first public statement Wednesday, posting a long message on Instagram.

Tesla posts first annual profit

Tesla posted its first annual profit, easily topping Wall Street’s forecasts in the final three months of 2019.

Japan is going crazy over McDonald’s first-ever rice burger bun, and it’s not even here yet

McDonald’s is bringing a burger bun made with rice to Japan next month – and the news is sending the Japanese internet into a frenzy.

Scientists race to develop a coronavirus vaccine

A deadly new virus. Thousands of people infected. No cure. No vaccine. We’ve been here many times before. In the past five years alone, the world has faced outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, another coronavirus called Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), and now the virus simply known as “2019-nCoV”.

Dos Santos-linked jeweller files for bankruptcy

A Swiss luxury jeweller linked to Africa’s scandal-hit richest woman Isabel dos Santos has filed for bankruptcy. De Grisogono is mainly owned by Angola’s state diamond firm and Mrs Dos Santos’ husband Sindika Dokolo. Recently leaked documents show a loan to buy the jeweller is costing the Angolan government millions of dollars.

France accuses Turkey of meddling in Libya

French President Emmanuel Macron has accused his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of breaking his promise to stay out of Libya. Mr Macron said Turkish warships accompanied by Syrian mercenaries had been spotted arriving in Libyan. Mr Erdogan has not responded to the allegations.

Privacy scandals take toll on Facebook profits

Facebook has recorded its first annual fall in profits in at least five years, as its efforts to respond to privacy and content concerns took a toll on firm’s bottom line. The tech giant, which owns Instagram and WhatsApp, said profits sank 16% in 2019 to $18.4bn (£14.1bn).

Netflix’s ‘The Pharmacist’ sheds empathetic light upon the opioid epidemic

Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy something through our links, we may receive a commission. The Pharmacist is not your typical Netflix original docuseries: It’s a work of true justice rather than true crime, telling the story of a civilian hero rather than an enigmatic murderer.

Highest resolution video of the sun ever taken is beautiful and hypnotic

Whoah man, whoever told you not to stare at the sun has obviously not seen this video. The National Solar Observatory (NSO) has published what it’s describing as “the highest resolution observations of the Sun’s surface ever taken.”

Even the ‘optimistic’ climate change forecast is catastrophic

Here’s the deal. Humanity is on pace to heat Earth by around 3 degrees Celsius, or 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit, above pre-Industrial Revolution temperatures by the century’s end. That level of warming would be devastating. Why? The world has warmed by a little over 1C so far.

Behold the Cyberphone, a titanium iPhone inspired by Tesla’s Cybertruck

Russia’s Caviar is known for lavish, extremely expensive iPhone modifications, but its new product will turn heads for different reasons. It’s called the Cyberphone, and yes, it’s an iPhone mod with a design inspired by Tesla’s Cybertruck. It’s essentially an iPhone 11 Pro inside a titanium case that protects it from all sides.

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