The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday February 28)

February 28, 2020

Here are some of the biggest headlines today.

Coronavirus news and live updates: More new cases outside China than inside – CNN

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to Japan as leader won’t be cancelled over coronavirus fears, Japan’s Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said today. Xi is expected to travel to Japan in spring 2020, although the dates have yet to be confirmed. “At this moment, he is coming to Japan as expected.

How novel coronavirus spread through the Shincheonji religious group in South Korea

A former member of the religious group tied to South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak says worshipers had to attend mass when ill and couldn’t wear masks.

Top Japanese government adviser says Diamond Princess quarantine was flawed

A top Japanese government adviser has admitted that the quarantine measures enacted on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama may have allowed additional infections to spread among the ship’s crew and passengers.

Saudi officials order arrest of ‘Mecca Girl’ rapper

The rapper, who identifies herself as Asayel, posted the video last week. It shows her rapping about being a woman from Mecca. She is seen wearing a headscarf, singing in a coffee shop with backup dancers and children around her.

Prince Harry wants everyone to just call him ‘Harry’ from now on

Prince Harry has asked attendees at a tourism conference to call him simply “Harry,” as he begins his final round of public engagements before beginning a new chapter away from the British royal family.

George Clooney ‘saddened’ by allegations of Nespresso child labor

Oscar-winning actor George Clooney says Nespresso still has “work to do” after an investigation claimed to uncover child labor at six of its suppliers in Guatemala.

Chinese space mission reveals what it’s like on the farside of the moon

China’s Chang’e-4 mission, the first to land on the far side of the moon, is unveiling lunar secrets one layer at a time, according to a new study.

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova retires from tennis

Five-time grand slam winner Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis in a column she has written for Vogue and Vanity Fair.

If you drive an expensive car you may be a jerk, scientists say

The science is looking pretty unanimous on this one: Drivers of expensive cars are the worst.

‘They removed my uterus and I had no idea for 11 years’

A woman in South Africa has told the BBC how she was sterilised without her consent after she gave birth at the age of 17, and only learned about it 11 years later when she tried to have another child. Bongekile Msibi was among 48 women sterilised without consent at state hospitals, the Commission for Gender Equality found.

Cases surge in Italy as world battles to contain virus – BBC News

China has released its daily update on the spread of the virus – and the numbers continue to show an apparent decline in the rate of growth. By the end of Wednesday the mainland reported 433 new confirmed cases and 29 deaths, the National Health Commission said.

Coronavirus cases jump to 400 in Italy

The number of coronavirus cases in Italy has surged to 400, as other countries battle to try to contain the spread of the outbreak. The rise in Italy, the main focus of infection in Europe, represents a 25% surge in 24 hours. Several European countries announced new cases traced to Italy.

Apple to open first Indian store in 2021

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cooke said the company would open its first physical stores in India in 2021 and a online outlet later this year. Apple had to seek special approval from the Indian government to open a store without a local partner. The announcement was made at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

Tesla driver was playing iPhone game during crash. Investigators blame Tesla and Apple.

Federal investigators found that a man who died in a Tesla crash was playing a video game at the time of the accident. And they had some harsh words for both Tesla and Apple. The National Transportation Safety Board held a hearing Tuesday about the March 2018 crash on U.S.

Clearview AI, controversial facial-recognition company focused on cybersecurity, gets hacked

Clearview AI, the creepy facial-recognition company that scrapes your photos from social media, has been hacked. According to a report by The Daily Beast, hackers accessed data including “its entire list of customers, the number of searches those customers have made and how many accounts each customer had set up.”

Fake copyright claim takes down Twitch’s biggest political streamers during Democratic debate

A fake copyright infringement claim resulted in the removal of some of Twitch’s biggest political channels. On Tuesday night, a number of popular left-leaning Twitch streamers found their channels shut down during their livestream coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Primary Debate.

Netflix adds new Top 10 feature to service for Movies and TV picks

Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy something through our links, we may receive a commission. We still don’t have viewership numbers for most Netflix content, but the streamer just added a Top 10 feature to highlight its most popular shows and films based on location.

Facebook to ban coronavirus ‘cure’ ads

Facebook will no longer permit ads that promise a cure for the Covid-19 coronavirus, Business Insider reported Wednesday. “We recently implemented a policy to prohibit ads that refer to the coronavirus and create a sense of urgency, like implying a limited supply, or guaranteeing a cure or prevention.

Google searches for ‘face mask’ hit an all-time high amid coronavirus fears

The images streaming out of China as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak depict masses donning protective medical face masks. As Wired has pointed out, these masks have become a symbol of the pandemic. And Americans are taking notice.

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