The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday August 26)

August 26, 2020

Here are some of today’s top headlines.

Live updates: Jacob Blake shooting sparks protests

By Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN Updated 10:17 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020 From CNN’s Sara Sidner Jacob Blake is suffering paralysis from the waist down after being shot several times by a Kenosha police officer according to his father.

Kim Jong Un’s sister may have taken over a key North Korean post

Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong is effectively running one of the most important political bodies in North Korea, officials in Seoul believe, according to South Korea’s defense minister.

‘Black people in America are scared,’ says LeBron James after Jacob Blake shooting

LeBron James said his “emotions are all over the place” after the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Man who recorded Jacob Blake’s shooting says he’s traumatized and cannot sleep

Raysean White lives in the neighborhood where Jacob Blake was shot by police. White saw Blake and his children on Sunday, when he recorded Blake being shot multiple times by police while Blake’s three children were in the car.

McLaren is betting on hybrids for its supercar future

McLaren is staking its future on hybrid supercars.

KFC suspends its ‘finger lickin’ good’ slogan because of coronavirus

Kentucky Fried Chicken has decided to pause using its “finger lickin’ good” slogan because … well, that’s probably not the best idea right now.

BTS video ‘Dynamite’ breaks YouTube record for most views in 24 hours

Korean pop stars BTS have made history after the group’s new single “Dynamite” became the best-ever 24-hour debut of a music video on YouTube with more than 100 million views.

Covid outbreak hits nudists at France’s ‘Naked City’

The world’s Paris, France (CNN) – largest nudist resort is at the center of a Covid-19 outbreak with nearly 150 people testing positive after staying at or visiting the clothing-optional beach destination in southern France.

Africa to be declared free of polio

Africa is to be declared free from wild polio by the independent body, the Africa Regional Certification Commission. Polio usually affects children under five, sometimes leading to irreversible paralysis. Death can occur when breathing muscles are affected. Twenty-five years ago thousands of children in Africa were paralysed by the virus.

Chinese phones with built-in malware sold in Africa

Malware which signed users up to subscription services without their permission has been found on thousands of mobiles sold in Africa. Anti-fraud firm Upstream found the malicious code on 53,000 Tecno handsets, sold in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana and South Africa. Manufacturer Transsion told Buzzfeed it was installed in the supply chain without its knowledge.

Why a Somali-born fighter is being honoured in Rome

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe looks at how some Italians are revaluating their colonial past in Africa. Rome’s city council voted earlier this month to name a future metro station in the Italian capital in honour of Giorgio Marincola, an Italian-Somali who was a member of the Italian resistance.

KFC drops Finger Lickin’ Good tag amid coronavirus

Global fast food giant KFC says it is halting its “Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan given the current hygiene advice because of the coronavirus pandemic. “We find ourselves in a unique situation – having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment,” the company said.

Carmakers urge regulators to fight Qualcomm ruling

A group of carmakers and tech firms is urging US regulators to take further action against chipmaker Qualcomm over its sales practices. Tesla, Ford, Honda, Daimler, Intel and MediaTek have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to fight a recent court ruling in favour of Qualcomm.

Netflix’s ‘Enola Holmes’ trailer introduces Sherlock’s spunky sister

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola Holmes is not your typical Victorian lady in the first trailer for the YA-oriented Sherlock Holmes spinoff film based on Nancy Springer’s popular book series.

Apple’s floating store in Singapore is something else

Apple’s new retail store in Singapore is very different from every other Apple store in the world. It’s an orb that floats on water in front of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, adding flavor to Singapore’s impressive skyline (well, waterline).

What is QAnon? Trevor Noah breaks it down in this wild explainer.

If you’re not across QAnon, but keep hearing it pop up more and more in news stories and conversations online, Trevor Noah is here to help enlighten you. The Daily Show host unpacked the swampiest fringe internet origins and wildly unfounded beliefs of the extremely strange far-right, pro-Trump conspiracy theory in his explainer segment, “If You Don’t Know, Now You Know.”

Online ‘snow day’? Zoom goes down as school year starts.

UPDATE: Aug. 24, 2020, 12:39 p.m. EDT: The issue is now fixed, according to Zoom. Users can once again start and join Zoom Meetings and Webinars. Zoom has become essential for schools and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. So it’s a pretty big deal when the video conferencing service goes down like it did Monday morning.

Google Pixel 5 leak suggests an earlier launch date

Google sort-of announced the Pixel 5 in August, saying the phone will come in the fall. Then, a leak suggested that the likely availability date for the device is October 8. Now, leaker Jon Prosser is saying that Google will actually make the phone available a bit earlier, on September 30.

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