The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday July 15)

July 15, 2020

Here are links to today’s biggest headlines.

America shuts down again — choosing reality over Trump’s false claims

While President Donald Trump obsesses about his reelection hopes in his White House bubble, state and local leaders are frantically reversing state reopenings that he demanded, which turned America into the world’s biggest coronavirus hotspot.

Palace letters show Queen did not order 1975 removal of Australian Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth II was not forewarned of the 1975 removal of Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by then Governor-General John Kerr, according to classified papers released Tuesday, which reveal new details about the country’s biggest constitutional crisis.


US declares ‘most’ of China’s maritime claims in South China Sea illegal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a formal rejection of “most” of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, the latest in the escalation between Washington and Beijing.

‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera ‘mustered enough energy’ to rescue her son ‘but not enough to save herself,’ authorities say

Naya Rivera used the last of her strength to save her 4-year-old son before she died, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Monday.

A bus driver in China deliberately crashed killing 21

A bus driver who crashed his vehicle full of passengers into a reservoir in southwestern China did it deliberately, local police said Monday, after discovering just hours earlier that his house had been demolished. southwestern China did it deliberately, local police said Monday, after discovering just hours earlier that his house had been demolished.

Jack Ma cashes out billions of dollars in Alibaba shares as stock booms

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has sold billions of dollars worth of his shares in the Chinese ecommerce company over the past year as its stock has skyrocketed by about 50%. Ma, one of China’s richest people, cut his stake from 6.2% to 4.8%, according to the company’s annual report.

Tech CEO resigns after video shows his racist rant towards Asian-American family at California restaurant

The CEO of a San Francisco-based technology company who was seen in a viral video making racist remarks against an Asian-American family has resigned from his company.

Pub owner installs electric fence to keep customers at a safe distance

Businesses have had to embrace social distancing during the pandemic, and perhaps none more so than an English pub which installed an electric fence to keep thirsty customers at bay.

Once sold for $56, Chinese vase found in a pet-filled house goes for $9M

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Hong Kong A long-forgotten Chinese vase, once sold at auction for just £44 ($56), went under the hammer for over 70 million Hong Kong dollars ($9 million) on Saturday after being discovered in an elderly woman’s country home.

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, public broadcaster SABC has reported. She died in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59. The death has been confirmed by a family source, SABC reports. She was the South African ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.

Body identified as missing Glee star Naya Rivera

A body found in a lake in the US state of California has been identified as the missing Glee star Naya Rivera, police say. Rivera, 33, went missing on Wednesday after going boating with her four-year-old son at Lake Piru. He was found alone and asleep on the boat.

California reimposes restrictions amid virus spike

California has reimposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces amid a spike of coronavirus infections in America’s most populous state. Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered an immediate halt to all indoor activities at restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, zoos and museums. In the worst-affected counties of the south-western US state, churches, gyms and hairdressers will also close.

UK prepares to change course on Huawei

The UK government is preparing to change course over the role of Huawei in its 5G telecoms network. Six months after agreeing it could have a limited role, ministers look set to exclude the Chinese company, with no new equipment installed from next year. The move is in part a result of pressure from Washington.

Johnnie Walker whisky to be sold in paper bottles

Johnnie Walker, the whisky which traces its roots back 200 years, will soon be available in paper bottles. Diageo, the drinks giant that owns the brand, said it plans to run a trial of the new environmentally-friendly packaging from next year.

Google, Facebook, other big tech companies back lawsuit against I.C.E.

Tech companies including Google, Facebook and others just lent their legal might to a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On July 9, Harvard and M.I.T. filed a legal complaint against ICE and the Department of Homeland Security challenging the legality of the government’s July 6 policy update that would require international students to leave the country if they are enrolled in a college or university that’s conducting classes online.

Donald Trump is back on Twitch after a short ban for ‘hateful conduct’

How long will you get banned from Twitch for disparaging immigrants on multiple livestreams? The answer is two weeks, apparently. That’s how long President of the United States Donald Trump was suspended on the platform. The official campaign Twitch channel is now following two weeks of a temporary suspension for two separate instances of “hateful conduct” when broadcasting a stream.

Trump takes credit for a 2018 cyberattack on Russian troll farm

President Trump personally confirmed in an interview with The Washington Post that he authorized a 2018 cyberattack against the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm responsible for meddling in the 2016 elections. Meanwhile, Trump continues to downplay and undercut similar Russian threats to the 2020 elections. A U.S.

Facebook built an acrobatic robot to install fiber-optic cable on power lines

Facebook’s experiments in internet connectivity haven’t always gone well. But its latest innovation seems genuinely cool. Facebook Connectivity announced Monday that it has developed a robot that can travel along power lines deploying a thin yet durable fiber-optic cable of Facebook’s own creation.

Wells Fargo tells employees to uninstall TikTok while Amazon reverses its own ban

Amazon may have backed away from telling employees to uninstall TikTok, but it seems Wells Fargo actually went through with it. The Information reported that the San Francisco-based financial institution recently told its workers to remove TikTok from any company-issued devices immediately.

Elon Musk, Tim Cook, and other male tech execs top list of highest paid CEOs

Elon Musk is number one. He tops Bloomberg’s list of the highest paid CEOs of 2019, along with plenty of other tech execs, while Wall Street barely cracked the top 10. The first woman appears on the list at number 19.

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