The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday March 4)

March 4, 2020

Here are some of today’s top headlines.

WHO chief warns ‘we are in uncharted territory’ as number of coronavirus cases worldwide passes 90,000

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that public health officials are operating in “uncharted territory” as they combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 90,000 people across 73 countries and territories as of Monday evening.

Your pet can’t catch coronavirus. Here’s why one dog tested positive

They’re your furry best friend and a fixture of your home — but could your beloved cat or dog give you coronavirus?

NBA players advised not to high-five fans as coronavirus spreads

NBA fans might be getting fist bumps over high-fives from players as coronavirus spreads in the United States.

Apple will pay up to $500 million to settle lawsuit over slowing down older iPhones

Apple will pay up to half a billion dollars to settle a class action lawsuit accusing it of slowing down older iPhone models to compel users to buy new ones.

James Lipton, longtime host of ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ has died at 93

James Lipton, whose serious interviews with high-profile stars “Inside the Actors Studio” for more than 20 years made him a well-known pop-culture figure, has died at the age of 93.

Netanyahu projected to win Israeli election, but exit polls suggest bloc just short of majority

As counting gets underway in Israel’s unprecedented third election in 11 months, initial exit polls projected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party as the winners.

‘Shark Tank’ judge Barbara Corcoran gets her $400,000 back from scammers

“Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran is “thrilled” about getting back nearly $400,000 after it was stolen in an elaborate email scam.

Bentley unveils $2 million roofless car with trim made from 5,000 year-old wood

Bentley has unveiled the Mulliner Bacalar, a $2 million open-topped car with interior trim that’s made from trees that fell 5,000 years ago. Only 12 of these cars will be made, Bentley said.

Coronavirus: WHO says world is in ‘uncharted territory’ – BBC News

There are now almost 90,000 cases worldwide in about 70 countries, although the vast majority – just under 90% – remain in China, and most of those are in Hubei province, where the virus originated late last year. Of the nearly 8,800 cases outside China, 81% are in four countries – Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan.

How a top Nigerian bishop got caught up in fake news

In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani reflects on the impact that fabricated news stories can have. Nigeria’s popular ThisDay newspaper recently published a story headlined: “Drama as US Embassy Denies Bishop Oyedepo Visa”.

Key endorsements boost Biden for Super Tuesday

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has picked up three endorsements from former rivals on the eve of the most important day in the 2020 White House race so far. Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke all campaigned with the former US vice-president in Dallas, Texas.

Coronavirus: Twitter tells staff to work from home

Twitter has told its employees to work from home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. In a blog post, the social media giant said it was mandatory for staff in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to work remotely.

Buttigieg, Klobuchar Endorse Biden In 2020 Presidential Race: Reports

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, fresh off ending his bid for the White House, is expected to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, CNN and Reuters reported Monday. Also on Monday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs To 6, All In Washington State

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The death toll from the coronavirus in the U.S. climbed to six Monday and the disease spread to ever more countries and world capitals, even as new cases in China dropped to their lowest level in six weeks.

Netflix to host its first comedy festival

Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy something through our links, we may receive a commission. Netflix has been diving headfirst into the comedy game lately, and on Monday the streamer announced its first-ever Netflix Is A Joke Fest in Los Angeles from April 27 to May 3.

Hey Netflix & other streaming services: Give us shuffle and playlists

Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy something through our links, we may receive a commission. It’s time to talk about the biggest and most irritating oversight of the streaming revolution: No playlists, no shuffle. What gives, Netflix and Hulu and Amazon and Disney+ and every other video streaming service?

Apple co-founder bizarrely suggests he and his wife were ‘patient zero’ in U.S. for coronavirus

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak set Twitter off on Monday with a very weird tweet alluding to the coronavirus outbreak. “Checking out Janet’s bad cough,” stated Wozniak. “Started Jan. 4. We had just returned from China and may have both been patient zero in U.S.”

Geneva Motor Show cancelled over coronavirus fears (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Feb. 28, 2020, 12:36 p.m. CET The Geneva International Motor Show has officially been cancelled. The article has been updated throughout to reflect this. Geneva International Motor Show, scheduled to take place in Geneva from March 5-15, is one of the most important annual events in the automotive industry.

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