The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday July 17)

July 17, 2020

Here are today’s top stories.

As Trump refuses to lead, America tries to save itself

President Donald Trump isn’t leading America much as its pandemic worsens. But that’s not stopping Walmart — along with Kroger, Kohl’s, and city and state leaders and officials — from making the tough decisions that the President has shirked.

A 33-year-old tech CEO was found dismembered in a New York apartment, law enforcement source says

A 33-year-old tech CEO was found dismembered in a luxury New York condo, a law enforcement source told CNN.

How New Zealand became an apocalypse escape destination for Americans

For years, New Zealand has been seen as a plan B for wealthy preppers. So when disaster came in the form of the coronavirus, did they reap the rewards?

South Korea’s President says he’s a feminist. Three of his allies have been accused of sex crimes

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In vowed to “become a feminist president.” So why do members of his party keep being accused of sexual harassment or assault?

Twitter accounts of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple and others apparently hacked

Twitter accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Apple, among other prominent handles, were compromised on Wednesday and posted tweets that appeared to promote a cryptocurrency scam.

Teenage boy dies from bubonic plague after eating marmot

A 15-year-old boy has died from bubonic plague in western Mongolia, according to government health officials.

Huawei’s hopes of global domination have been dashed

Britain’s decision to ban Huawei from the country’s 5G network is a huge blow to the Chinese conglomerate’s global ambitions and its position as a leader in the next generation of wireless technology.

British Vogue editor was ‘racially profiled’ by security guard at magazine’s offices

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN British Vogue’s editor Edward Enninful has revealed that he was racially profiled on his way into the magazine’s own offices, with a security guard instructing him to enter the premises via the loading dock.

Trump shakes up campaign leadership as he struggles in latest polls

President Donald Trump shook up his campaign leadership on Wednesday, announcing he was promoting Bill Stepien to be his campaign manager and demoting Brad Parscale, who had been serving in that role.

Marcus Rashford to be awarded honorary doctorate for forcing government U-turn

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is to become the youngest ever recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.

Musk and Gates ‘hacked’ in apparent Bitcoin scam

Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are among several high-profile individuals targeted by hackers on Twitter in an apparent Bitcoin scam. Posts that appeared on official accounts on Wednesday requested donations in the cryptocurrency. “Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” a tweet from Mr Gates’s account said.

Africa Live: Mandela’s daughter Zindzi tested positive for virus – BBC News

Rwanda’s interior ministry has ordered selected areas in the south-west of the country back into lockdown from Wednesday after a rise in coronavirus cases. Movement restrictions for two weeks have been put in place in Nyamasheke and Nyamagabe districts – including in a refugee camp which hosts thousands of Congolese.

Nile dam reservoir filling up – Ethiopia

A reservoir behind Ethiopia’s disputed Grand Renaissance dam on the River Nile has started filling with water – a day after talks with Egypt and Sudan ended without agreement, officials say. Ethiopian Water Minister Seleshi Bekele confirmed the latest satellite images showing water levels rising.

Trump replaces his re-election campaign manager

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Google latest US tech giant to invest in India’s Jio

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Freiburg: Germany’s futuristic city set in a forest

“900 years young” reads the bold slogan emblazoned on the side of the tram as it rattles through Freiburg im Breisgau’s historical Old Town. Celebrating its 900th anniversary since originating as a merchant settlement in 1120, the medieval German city nestled at the foot of the Black Forest near the border triangle of Switzerland, France and Germany is arguably quite old.

Obama and Biden’s Twitter accounts were compromised. It could have been way worse.

Former President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Joe Biden have been compromised. They’re part of a major Twitter hack targeting public figures and politicians. Considering the influence that political figures – one in particular – wield on Twitter, the world is lucky that all the people behind this seem to want is bitcoin.

Twitter users roast verified users during the Blue Check Lockdown

Twitter blocked verified users from tweeting in an effort to curb a site-wide hack, and unverified accounts are rising up. The hack affected accounts with massive followings, like former President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, and more. The scammers behind the attack managed to receive over $50,000 in bitcoin transfers.

Trump poses with Goya beans to distract us from the real issues

Donald Trump doubled down on his family’s beans endorsement, even though it’s likely a federal ethics violation. The president posted a photo promoting Goya on Instagram on Wednesday. In the photo, he gives two thumbs-up over a selection of Goya products in the Oval Office.

A fish with thick lips and teeth has the internet disturbed

Listen: We’re all a little bored and going a little stir-crazy, what with much of the world locked down amid a global pandemic. So yes, people did get really fascinated with a fish that had nice lips. Specifically, people really enjoyed this lipped and toothed fish posted by the Twitter user Raff_Nasir earlier in July.

Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Joe Biden accounts push crypto scam after major Twitter hack

No, sending your bitcoin to a random digital address will not magically result in twice as much bitcoin being sent back to you. And yet, the verified Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, big tech companies, and major cryptocurrency exchanges were all promising that very thing Wednesday in what appears to be yet another iteration of the oldest scam in the relatively young crypto-scam book.

This guy built a hilariously complicated robot barber and let it cut his hair with scissors

Shane Wighton’s YouTube channel, Stuff Made Here, is no stranger to remarkably complicated robotics projects. You might remember his viral video where he built a basketball hoop where he’d never miss. So now, with many barbershops and salons closed during the pandemic, Wighton’s latest project was a robot that could cut hair.

Why you won’t need to eat insects to save the planet

If you’re as much of a fan of dystopian future fiction as I am, you know this scene in the 2013 movie Snowpiercer. On a vast train criss-crossing the world after humanity accidentally geo-engineers itself into a new ice age, steerage passengers are grumbling about the oppressive upper class that keeps them at the back of the train through cruelty and force.

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