The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday February 26)

February 26, 2020

Here are some of today’s top headlines.

Coronavirus news and live updates: Global cases surge past 80,000 – CNN

South Korea has reported a ninth death among confirmed novel coronavirus cases, according to the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The latest fatality is a 60-year-old woman who had made contact with a confirmed member of the Shincheonji religious group, the KCDC said.

21 of the world’s 30 cities with the worst air pollution are in India

India has once again topped an annual list of cities with the worst air quality in the world, according to a new report, while Chinese cities have continued to show improvements from the previous year.

Gilead Sciences drug may help treat coronavirus symptoms, according to WHO

Shares of American biotech firm Gilead Sciences rose nearly 5% Monday after an official from the World Health Organization said that Gilead’s drug remdesivir is showing signs that it may be able to help treat the deadly coronavirus.

Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault and rape convictions marked a major #MeToo moment

Harvey Weinstein was found guilty Monday of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another woman.

Trump wants to ‘make an example’ of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, court told

US President Donald Trump is trying to “make an example” of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder’s defense team argued in a London court Monday at the start of his extradition hearing.

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A pair of cheetah cubs at Columbus Zoo were the first in history born via in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer to a surrogate mother.

Remembering Kobe Bryant: Michael Jordan and Beyonce share tributes to Lakers legend

Many people have a little brother or sister who messes with their stuff, asks too many questions and makes a nuisance of themselves. For many years, Kobe Bryant was Michael Jordan’s, the Chicago Bulls legend told a packed Staples Center on Monday.

Car ‘intentionally’ plows into carnival crowd in Germany

Police in the German town of Volkmarsen have arrested a 29-year old man, after a car plowed into a crowd of people at a parade on Monday and left at least 30 injured.

62-year-old former Marine sets Guinness World Record by holding plank for over 8 hours

It’s an incredible feat at any age. But George Hood, who set the male world record for longest time in the abdominal plank position, is 62 and says he’s in the greatest shape of his life.

Warren Buffett finally traded in his flip phone for an iPhone

Warren Buffett, one of Apple’s largest shareholders, finally owns one of the company’s most popular products.

Measures to contain coronavirus stepped up

The worst-hit countries are intensifying their efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus as the number of cases globally surpassed 80,000. In South Korea, infections have risen again, taking the total to 977. Americans have been warned against all but essential travel to the nation. Italy and Iran are both battling to contain outbreaks of the virus.

Africa grapples with clean energy conundrum

Africa is both the world’s least electrified continent and the most vulnerable to climate change. And as the continent with the world’s fastest growing population, the decisions that African politicians make to boost power supplies could have an impact both locally and globally.

Harvey Weinstein accusers welcome rape conviction

Accusers of Harvey Weinstein have welcomed the guilty verdicts in the rape and sexual assault case against the former Hollywood mogul. Actress Rose McGowan told the BBC “this is a great day”, while others said the ruling brought hope to victims that their voices would be heard.

‘Nobody has the right to call me on a Friday’

For Marc Nohr, being a part-time boss means he can spend more time with his family and on charity work. He is one of about a million people in senior or manager-level jobs who work part time, a number which is growing, according to official figures.

Michael Jordan joked about the crying Jordan meme during powerful eulogy for Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan delivered a powerful speech honoring Kobe Bryant at a public event on Monday celebrating the lives of the late Laker, his daughter Gianna, and the seven others who died in a tragic helicopter crash last month.

Huge news: Warren Buffett got an iPhone

“Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!” The unthinkable has happened: After years of using a bargain bin flip phone, billionaire and famous Apple investor Warren Buffett acquired an iPhone. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO made the stunning admission on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday morning, reversing one of his most old-school lifestyle choices.

TikTok now banned for TSA employees

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees are the latest government workers banned from using TikTok. The ban came after Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) narced on the app over security concerns regarding its Chinese background.

Relax. Self-driving cars are smart enough to see past some tricky electrical tape.

A little electrical tape has caused quite the stir. This week, McAfee security researchers released 18 months worth of research that demonstrates the ease with which a “smart” autonomous vehicle can be tricked into misreading and accelerating past speed limits.

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