The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday May 20)

May 20, 2020

Here are some of today’s top headlines from across the globe.

Facial recognition used to reunite missing child with family after 32 years

A man who was abducted as a toddler 32 years ago was finally reunited with his biological family Monday, with the help of facial recognition technology.

Former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard is missing after visiting newly reopened Venice Beach

Authorities in Los Angeles County told CNN they are actively searching for a swimmer after he was pulled out to sea by a rip current on Sunday afternoon.

Trump says it’s OK for Pompeo to have a paid government employee wash dishes if his wife or son isn’t there

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would prefer for government employees to wash Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s dishes if his wife or son was not there to do so.

Usain Bolt and partner Kasi Bennett welcome baby girl

Track and field great Usain Bolt has become a father for the first time after his partner Kasi Bennett gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, his agent confirmed to CNN Sport.

A $28 million lottery ticket sold in California and the winner has yet to claim it

Time to check your lottery tickets!

Kim Kardashian launches face masks as part of Skims line

Written by Toyin Owoseje, CNN Kim Kardashian West has joined the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by launching a range of face masks. The 39-year-old reality star’s underwear brand “Skims” has released a line of non-medical face masks designed for all-day wear. Just like the undergarments, the reusable masks are seamless, breathable and stretchy.

Report: LeBron James to Produce Netflix Movie ‘Hustle’ Starring Adam Sandler

LeBron James has teamed up with a number of notable people throughout his career, including Dwyane Wade , Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving , Kevin Love and Chris Bosh . He is reportedly teaming up with one of comedy’s biggest icons off the court…

Amazon files lawsuit over ‘widespread tech support fraud’ targeting Alexa users

Amazon is accusing two companies of “widespread tech support fraud” targeting users of its Alexa virtual assistant and smart speakers.

From ‘how to’ to hair dye: our lockdown web searches

YouTube says people are watching instructional videos more than ever as they seek new skills during lockdown. Videos with titles like “how to” and “step-by-step” are being viewed for 65% longer than this time last year, the platform said. Meanwhile, questions which begin “how to…” are increasingly appearing in search engine trends.

What’s known about anti-malarial drugs and Covid-19?

US President Donald Trump has said he’s taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against Covid-19, although scientists have warned about side effects. Studies are underway to examine if hydroxychloroquine (and a similar drug chloroquine) are effective against the coronavirus. We’ve looked at what we know so far about these drugs.

Twilight actor, 30, and girlfriend, 27, found dead

Gregory Tyree Boyce, who appeared in the first Twilight film in 2008, has been found dead alongside his girlfriend in Las Vegas. Boyce was 30 and his girlfriend, Natalie Adepoju, was 27. Police said it was not a criminal incident, and the coroner said they were waiting for toxicology results.

Trump gives WHO ultimatum over virus handling

US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) threatening to pull US funding permanently over Covid-19. The letter outlines a 30-day deadline for the body to commit to “substantive improvements” or risk losing millions and US membership altogether.

Samsung’s new 50-megapixel camera sensor might beat Galaxy S20 Ultra with 1 feature

Megapixels aren’t everything, as everyone who tried out the painfully slow autofocus on Samsung’s top-of-the-line, Galaxy S20 Ultra phone and its 108-megapixel camera can attest. Now, Samsung has a new, 50-megapixel camera sensor called the Samsung ISOCELL GN1, and it might actually beat its high-megapixel brother in some regards.

A beer app is the latest privacy thorn in the U.S. military’s side

Some people really just shouldn’t post. Falling into that category, again, are members of the U.S. military who share photos of beer and digitally “check in” to their favorite watering holes via the Untappd app.

Stephen Colbert asks Trump to stop ‘slowly poisoning’ himself with hydroxychloroquine

In the latest step in our global march toward chaos, President Donald Trump has now said he is taking antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against COVID-19. Medical experts have emphatically advised that this is not a thing people should do, however it seems Trump puts more weight on “a lot of positive calls” he claims to get about it.

Google’s mobile search app just got a snazzy new dark mode

Starting Tuesday, Google will begin rolling out a dark mode setting for its mobile search app on Android and iOS. Once that update is live, the app should default to dark mode if you have it enabled on a system-wide level.

Skywatching is lit in May, says NASA

Here’s a wholesome quarantine activity: For the rest of May you can view bright objects in our solar system and beyond – both before sunrise and after sunset. NASA reminded us on Saturday that an hour before sunrise every day in May, the likes of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon should visible to the south.

‘Tiger King’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ intro mashup is pure gold

YouTuber Jed Segovia really undersold their project, writing simply that Netflix’s Tiger King had “‘been described as a “redneck Game of Thrones.’ So [they] made it.” What they created was a mashup masterpiece. The video recreates the iconic GOT opening map-montage with original animation walking you through the Tiger King universe.

Netflix starts to bring streaming quality back to normal

In March, Netflix started reducing streaming quality in some markets, including Europe, India and Australia. With millions of people spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the idea was to reduce Netflix’s impact on internet speeds. Now, however, Netflix is going back to normal.

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