The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday June 26)

June 26, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest headlines.

Trump is not just in denial but also indifferent to an unfolding American tragedy

It’s a “public health train wreck in slow motion,” in the words of one health expert, and the best President Donald Trump cares to offer the thousands more Americans projected to shortly die of Covid-19 is the unsubstantiated prospect of a “beautiful surprise.”

California reports more than 7,000 new coronavirus cases in a day, breaking its daily record again

California, the country’s most populous state and the first to implement a state-wide lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak, is setting daily records for new cases this week.

Disney is postponing the reopening of Disneyland

Disney is delaying the phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, the company’s flagship theme parks in California, the company said on Wednesday.

Dozens of Secret Service agents will be quarantined after Trump’s Tulsa rally

Dozens of Secret Service agents will be quarantined as a precaution following President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a law enforcement official told CNN on Wednesday.

Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers can now seek compensation from fund

Alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein, many of whom were underage girls at the time, may now file claims to be compensated for enduring his abuse.

NASA will name its headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, the agency’s first African American female engineer

NASA is renaming its headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, the agency’s first African American female engineer who helped inspire the story behind the book and film “Hidden Figures.”

Olympus is getting out of the camera business

Olympus is getting out of its 84-year-old camera business.

The new electric Mini Cooper is a blast. Too bad it’s also impractical

By replacing the gasoline engine and transmission with batteries and electric motors, Mini has created the most all-around enjoyable Mini Cooper yet. Unfortunately, by packing it all into the smallest version of the car in the automaker’s lineup, it also made it impractical for a whole lot of people who might otherwise love the idea of an all-electric Mini.

Illegal lockdown parties hosted in online rentals

Lockdown parties hosted in properties booked via online sites, including Airbnb and, are putting “communities at risk”, the Bed and Breakfast Association has said. Hosts and residents have complained of groups of up to 30 breaking social-distancing rules and taking drugs. BBC News has been told of several such parties in the past month.

Covid-19 antibody test lacks ‘proper assessment’

Covid-19 antibodies tests for NHS and care staff are being rolled out without “adequate assessment”, experts warn. The tests could place an unnecessary burden on the NHS, the 14 senior academics say in a letter in the BMJ, Last month, the government said it had bought 10 million antibodies tests and asked NHS trusts and care homes to make them available to staff in England.

Coronavirus: Australian army deployed in Melbourne as cases surge – BBC News

Royal Mail is to cut 2,000 management jobs as is struggles to deal with the effects of the coronavirus crisis. The postal service had already been in serious financial difficulties before the pandemic, and saw a sharp fall in letter volumes after the UK introduced lockdown measures on 23 March.

Coleen Rooney ‘disappointed’ by Vardy legal action

Coleen Rooney’s lawyers say it’s “disappointing” that Rebekah Vardy’s started legal action against her. Court records show that proceedings for defamation have been registered at the High Court in London. The women had a very public falling-out last year over what was nicknamed the ‘Wagatha Christie’ affair.

New iOS 14 feature is bad news for YouTube (but good news for you)

Ever wish you could keep listening to your favorite YouTube video in the background while using other apps on your iPhone? Well, you can, if you pay for a subscription to YouTube Premium. But do you ever wish you could listen to your favorite YouTube video in the background for free?

The 15 best TV shows of 2020 (so far)

In an otherwise resoundingly terrible year, 2020 did give us the only thing anyone can count on anymore, which is television (for now anyway, before covid-19 production delays catch up with forthcoming release dates). From Netflix to Hulu to HBO Max, 2020 might well have turned your love affair with streaming into a full-time committed relationship.

Trevor Noah discusses the discrimination Black people face at work

As the Black Lives Matter protests spread across America, many companies were quick to share their support online. But Trevor Noah isn’t so sure that those same companies are practicing what they preach. In the video above, The Daily Show host breaks down the disparate struggle Black people face in finding employment, followed by the microaggressions they’re confronted by while working in corporate America.

Why Google Maps might lose EV owners to Apple Maps (seriously)

After WWDC, electric car owners might want to consider Apple Maps over Google Maps. In iOS 14, Apple Maps will show drivers routes based on the availability of public charging stations. They’ll be personalized, factoring in a driver’s battery status, range, and EV model. That’s huge for road trips.

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