The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Monday January 20)

January 20, 2020

Here are the biggest headlines in the world today.

Harry and Meghan are giving up royal titles and state funding. Here’s what that means

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will give up their royal titles and eschew some state funding in a deal brokered to end a crisis that broke out after the couple announced they would step back from the royal family.

The impeachment trial isn’t the only legal problem Trump faces. Many questions loom about his finances

The impeachment of President Donald Trump is center stage, but when the last vote in the Senate trial is cast, it won’t mark an end to the investigations looming over the President and his company, the Trump Organization.

79 soldiers killed by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen

At least 79 Yemeni soldiers attending prayers at a mosque were killed and 130 others injured in ballistic missile and drone attacks by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, Saudi state-run al-Ekhbariya Television reported Sunday.

Pompeo expresses outrage over American’s ‘pointless’ death in meeting with Egyptian President

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Egypt’s President he was outraged “over the pointless and tragic death” of Moustafa Kassem, an American citizen detained in the country, the State Department said Sunday.

Puerto Rico emergency director fired after residents discover warehouse full of Hurricane Maria supplies

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island’s emergency manager, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was discovered.

Conor McGregor wins in first UFC match in 15 months

Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was victorious in his first UFC match in over 15 months, with a technical knockout win over American opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in Las Vegas, Nevada.

JFK’s grandson slams Pence’s interpretation of ‘Profiles in Courage’

President John F. Kennedy’s grandson Jack Schlossberg said Saturday that Vice President Mike Pence’s recent op-ed is a “total perversion of JFK’s legacy and the meaning of courage.”

A British grocery chain poked fun at Beyoncé’s new Ivy Park x Adidas line, which looks a lot like its uniforms

Beyoncé’s Ivy Park x Adidas line dropped this week, creating an online frenzy as fans raced to stock up on the goodies. But Queen Bey’s new line are the same colors of British supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s. Which means the outfits from Beyoncé’s line look kind of like Sainsbury’s uniforms.

Country wishes Harry and Meghan well – Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the whole country will want to wish the Duke and Duchess of Sussex well for the future as they give up royal duties. It came as the Queen went to church near Sandringham in her first public appearance since it was announced the couple were giving up their HRH titles.

Mandela would be ‘unhappy’ with 2020 South Africa

“It was the moment I realised ‘wow … my great-granddad was Nelson Mandela’!” Pumla Mandela is recalling the day, in 2013, when she read a poem at her great-grandfather’s memorial service. The former South African president is – for most of the world – a symbol of triumph over oppression.

Where Australia’s smoke goes to die

Smoke from Australia’s megafires has already traveled tens of thousands of miles around Earth. “It circles the globe in roughly a week,” said Manvendra Dubey, who researches air pollution and wildfire smoke at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hundreds of blazes in Alaska, the Amazon, and the Arctic circle have also huffed thick plumes of smoke into the atmosphere over the past six months.

Apple is testing a feature to let iPhone 11 owners totally turn off location tracking

Apple raised eyebrows in the tech world late in 2019 with some small privacy problems in the new iPhone 11 line, but it looks like the issue will be fixed in the near future. The latest beta for iOS 13.3.1 features a new toggle in the system settings to turn off Ultra Wideband features.

Instagram noticed you never hit the IGTV button, so it’s going away

Back in 2018, Instagram launched its longform video brand IGTV. We’re less than a month into 2020 and maybe the most prominent way to access IGTV is going away. TechCrunch reported Saturday that Instagram would remove the IGTV button that appears at the top right corner of users’ home screens in the main Instagram app.

A facial recognition company dug up billions of photos from Facebook and beyond

A Facebook photo from the end of college could come back to haunt you. A New York Times deep-dive into a facial recognition AI tool sold to law enforcement agencies uncovered that the company has amassed more than three billion images.

Joe Biden calls Zuckerberg ‘a real problem’ and wants to revoke Section 230

Joe Biden is angry at Facebook – and wants to fundamentally change the internet because of it. In an interview with the New York Times editorial board published Friday, presidential candidate Joe Biden went off on Facebook and said he wants to revoke section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

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