The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday July 9)

July 9, 2020

Here are today’s top headlines.

One million foreign students risk being frozen out of US colleges. Some might never come back

In two months, 19-year-old Tianyu Fang is due to start his first semester at one of the most prestigious schools in America: Stanford University in California. Now, the Chinese national isn’t sure if he’ll make it.

Dutch police discover secret torture site in shipping containers

Authorities accessed an encrypted chat network — EncroChat — to track the group’s movements and plans.

Facebook ad boycott organizers met with Zuckerberg. It didn’t go well

Civil rights and activist groups blasted Facebook’s leadership on Tuesday after meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives to discuss the demands of a large advertiser boycott that now includes hundreds of brands.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus.

Henley Index: Japan tops 2020 list of world’s most powerful passports

(CNN) – Before Covid-19 struck, the world was enjoying greater freedom of movement than at any time in history. Air traffic had been rising steadily for decades and the average passport-holder worldwide was enjoying visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 107 global destinations. And then came the travel bans.

What we learned from Mary Trump’s damning portrait of her uncle

Seeking to prevent nothing less than the “end of American democracy,” Donald Trump’s niece Mary lays out a long and twisted saga of mind games and family drama in a new book her family attempted to block.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs serving in Iraq, hits back after Tucker Carlson suggests she hates America

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a US Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq, rebuked Tucker Carlson after the conservative Fox News host attacked her on Monday night and suggested that she hates America.

Comedian Rickey Smiley’s daughter shot multiple times

The 19-year-old daughter of comedian and syndicated radio host Rickey Smiley is currently recovering after being shot during an alleged road rage incident.

AIDS 2020: Researchers describe a possible case of HIV remission and a new method to prevent infection


The flashy Nigerian Instagrammers ‘caught with $40m’

The day after his 29th birthday in May, Olalekan Jacob Ponle posted a picture on his Instagram standing next to a bright yellow Lamborghini in Dubai. “Stop letting people make you feel guilty for the wealth you’ve acquired,” he admonished, wearing designer jewellery and Gucci from head to toe.

JK Rowling joins authors decrying ‘cancel culture’

Some 150 writers, academics and activists – including authors JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood – have signed an open letter denouncing so-called cancel culture. They say they applaud a recent “needed reckoning” on racial justice, but argue it has fuelled stifling of open debate.

4G internet balloons take off over Kenya

A network of giant internet-enabled balloons from Google’s sister firm Loon is to provide internet access to remote areas of Kenya. It will provide 4G coverage so people can make voice and video calls, browse the web, email, text and stream videos.

How Covid-19 has changed grocery shopping

Late March saw long queues outside supermarkets as anxious shoppers waited to stockpile supplies. Three months on the queues are still there; now shoppers, two metres apart and with pockets full of hand sanitiser, are lining up for a socially-distanced visit to the store. Enter Canadian start-up Grocery Neighbour.

Facebook criticized for toothless ‘PR exercise’ following ad boycott

In the face of mounting advertiser pressure over its handling of hate speech, Mark Zuckerberg today met with the leaders of the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, the Free Press, and the Color Of Change. It did not go well.

How to download the iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone

Apple’s next iteration of iOS probably won’t be fully cooked and ready to serve until sometime in September, but you can get in on the fun as early as July if you know what to do. The public beta for iOS 14 doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but Apple has said it’s coming sometime this month.

TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws

TikTok will pull out of Hong Kong within days, becoming the latest of several tech companies to react to the region’s controversial new national security laws. The short-form video app announced its impending withdrawal from Hong Kong on Monday, with the news coming in the wake of new laws brought into effect on June 30.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs revealed in FCC listing

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is becoming less of a secret by the hour. A few days ago, Samsung Russia accidentally leaked an image of the upcoming phone on its website. And now, an FCC listing for the device, spotted by MySmartPrice, gives us a look at some of its specs.

Uber is reportedly buying food delivery company Postmates for $2.65 billion

Uber is reportedly acquiring food delivery startup Postmates for $2.65 billion, with official confirmation of the all-stock buyout expected as soon as Monday. The news was reported Sunday by Bloomberg and The New York Times , both of which cited anonymous sources with knowledge of the deal.

YouTuber MrBeast challenged people to keep their finger on an app. It went for 70 hours.

Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson is at it again. The YouTuber, who is known for his elaborate stunts and cash giveaways, challenged willing participants to join his ” Finger on the App” competition. The premise was simple: Be the last person to take your finger off your phone screen while the game plays and win up to $25,000.

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