The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday August 20)

August 20, 2020

Here are some of today’s top headlines.

Here’s what happened when students went to school during the 1918 pandemic

This isn’t the first time leaders have struggled with deciding whether to keep schools open in a pandemic.

Australia secures deal with AstraZeneca for potential Covid-19 vaccine

Australia has secured a deal with the drugmaker AstraZeneca to supply a potential Covid-19 vaccine to its entire population free of charge, the government announced Tuesday, becoming the latest country to lock in supplies of the drug should trials succeed.

Jill Biden tells America Joe Biden can heal a divided country as he formally becomes the Democratic presidential nominee

Jill Biden closed out the second night of the Democratic National Convention describing her husband in deeply personal terms as a loving father and supportive husband who rebuilt his family after tragedy — and would now be able to heal a deeply divided nation.

CNN Poll: Most Americans embarrassed by US response to coronavirus

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say the US response to the coronavirus outbreak makes them feel embarrassed, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, as 62% of the public says President Donald Trump could be doing more to fight the outbreak.

Lionel Messi is ‘pillar’ of new Barcelona project, says club president

Amid growing speculation that Lionel Messi’s days at Barcelona are numbered, the club’s president Jose Maria Bartomeu has insisted his star playmaker is going nowhere.

Microsoft drives another nail in the coffin of its most hated product

Internet Explorer is so reviled, even Microsoft is turning its back on it.

An ugly battle is playing out between McDonald’s and its former CEO

McDonald’s former CEO Steve Easterbrook is fighting the company’s attempt to claw back his severance package.

Honey may be better at treating coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicines

Honey may be more effective in treating coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicines, a new study has found.

Boutique owner sees skyrocketing sales for Michelle Obama’s ‘VOTE’ necklace

As soon as the texts started rolling in Monday evening, Chari Cuthbert knew she was on the cusp of the biggest moment of her career.

Biden crowned as Democratic challenger to Trump

Joe Biden has been officially anointed the Democratic presidential candidate at the party’s convention, helped over the line with some glowing testimonials from elder statesmen. Two Democratic former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Mr Biden.

Coronavirus: Pope demands access to virus vaccines for poor – BBC News

Indigenous people in Brazil have been blocking a key motorway that passes through the Amazon rainforest as part of a protest against what they say is a failure by the government to protect them from the coronavirus. Members of the Kayapo ethnic group started blocking the BR-163 road early on Monday.

Premier League fixtures to be released on Thursday

The fixtures for the 2020-21 Premier League season will be released at 09:00 BST on Thursday. A shortened top-flight campaign is set to start on 12 September and culminate on 23 May, 2021. The new season will be five weeks shorter than usual because of the late end to 2019-20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump gives nod to Oracle buyout of TikTok in US

US President Donald Trump has said tech giant Oracle would be “a great company” to take over TikTok’s US operations. It comes after Oracle was reported as a possible buyer of the Chinese social media app’s business in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on taking three years off to focus on fatherhood

If you were wondering why you haven’t seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt in any movies for the past few years, there’s a reason for that. The 500 Days of Summer star took three years out of acting to be at home with his two young children.

Twitter takes action against sequel to coronavirus conspiracy film ‘Plandemic’

The sequel is rarely as good as the original, but this one is just as dangerous. Twitter is taking action against the follow-up to the coronavirus conspiracy film, Plandemic, which went viral earlier this year. The original video pushed falsehoods about COVID-19 and vaccinations. It was viewed tens of millions of times online.

Epic Games says Apple is threatening its access to developer tools

Epic Games wants you to know that Apple isn’t playing nice. The gaming giant behind cried foul Monday, highlighting supposed “retaliation” at the hands of Apple. At issue is Epic Games’ access to macOS and iOS developer tools and accounts, which it says Apple has threatened to cut off after a dispute over in-app purchases got Fortnite booted from the App Store last week.

Apple now gives customers a full year to buy AppleCare+

If you bought an iPhone recently, Apple has some good news for you. Bloomberg reported Monday that folks who buy Apple hardware will be able to buy the AppleCare+ warranty package at any point in the following year. The previous limit was 60 days, but the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting warranty demand, per Bloomberg, hence the change.

Google Maps just got a colorful upgrade

Like Dorothy in Oz, Google Maps is about to get a lot more colorful. Starting Tuesday, Google Maps on desktop and mobile will feature more color and visual features in 220 countries. Google Maps covers 98 percent of the world with high-definition satellite imagery.

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