The Top Stories on the Internet (Wednesday August 19)

August 19, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest headlines.

Analysis: Michelle Obama makes a moral case against Donald Trump

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was not just a powerful condemnation of President Donald Trump’s record and handling of the pandemic, it was an appeal aimed at the heart and conscience of every American who has watched the chaos of the last four years and yearned to make things right.

Wuhan hosts massive water park party as Covid concerns recede

Thousands of Wuhan revelers cram into a water park for outdoor rave more than eight months after Covid-19 was detected at the former ground zero.

Michelle Obama sends a message with her necklace: VOTE

Michelle Obama called on Americans to vote during her keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

Opinion: The part of Kamala Harris’ story that fills Jamaicans with pride

Richard Reddick writes that the fact that Harris’ heritage is widely being discussed helps to diversify how Jamaicans are seen, by showing them in the political and academic realm.

Liverpool, site of last surrender in US Civil War, grapples with its Confederate links

Liverpool, England (CNN) – Tucked away in Liverpool’s Toxteth Park Cemetery, amid the weathered memorials to long-dead residents, lies a link to a little-known part of this famous city’s past. The two lichen-mottled graves sit side-by-side, as ivy slowly encroaches. These are the final resting places of James Dunwoody Bulloch, and his brother Irvine Stephens Bulloch.

Your smartphone may be able to tell you when you’re drunk

It isn’t always easy to know when you’ve had one alcoholic drink too many, but your smartphone be able to help — by measuring changes in the way you walk.

St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters to speak at Republican convention

Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis homeowners who pointed guns at protesters earlier this summer, are scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention next week, an aide familiar told CNN on Monday.

This chip-eating Kenyan comic is keeping Africans entertained on social media

Kenyan teenager, Elsa Majimbo is making viral monolgues on social media

Tiger Woods’ 11-year-old son wins Junior Golf tournament

Tiger Woods’ 11-year-old son Charlie is a chip off the old block when it comes to golf.

‘Why was my sister jailed for dancing on TikTok?’

“We were left in utter shock. She did nothing wrong – my sister is not a criminal,” says Rahma al-Adham, talking of her younger sibling, a social media influencer in Egypt. Mawada, a 22-year-old university student, was last month sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of violating Egyptian family values.

Coronavirus: WHO warns against ‘vaccine nationalism’ – BBC News

Several beaches near the Moroccan capital, Rabat, were closed on Tuesday due to a surge in the number of new cases in the country. The measures come ahead of a long bank holiday weekend. The beaches in the capital and in Salé, a neighbouring town, were already closed, according to local officials cited by AFP news agency.

David Silva: Lazio sporting director angered by Real Sociedad deal

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare says he does not have “respect for the man” after David Silva join Real Sociedad. The Italian side were reported to be close to signing the former Manchester City and Spain midfielder after offering him a three-year contract. Silva, 34, instead signed a two-year deal with Spanish side Sociedad.

Fortnite: Epic files new injunction against Apple

Fortnite-maker Epic Games has filed a fresh injunction against Apple in its continuing dispute with the technology giant over its App Store policy. Apple removed Fortnite from the store after the game offered a discount on its virtual currency for purchases made outside of the app, from which Apple receives a 30% cut.

Trump dangles cash for US firms moving from China

US President Donald Trump wants to offer tax credits to entice US firms to move factories out of China. He has also threatened to strip government contracts from firms that continue to outsource work to China. In a speech on Monday, Mr Trump vowed to create 10 million jobs in 10 months saying “we will end our reliance on China.”

Elon Musk is now the fourth richest person in the world

It’s good to be Elon Musk, at least from a financial perspective. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has become the world’s fourth-richest person according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Only Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are wealthier than him; Musk overtook LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, who will now have to suffer the fate of only being the world’s fifth-richest person.

Kerry Washington’s adorable father cracks her up with topical dad jokes

The summer of Jimmy Kimmel Live guest hosts rolls on, with a super glam Kerry Washington taking the reins for Monday night’s show. She was joined by her dad Earl, whom she reveals was an Emmy-deserving background extra on Little Fires Everywhere .

TikTok launches website to fight misinformation about the company

Over the weekend, I was followed by a new official Twitter account run by the viral video app TikTok. At first glance, the account, @tiktok_comms , seems like just an avenue for TikTok’s press team to update the public on news about the company.

The Secret Service bought phone location data, dodging the need for a warrant

A newly released Secret Service document confirms that U.S. law enforcement has been purchasing phone location data gathered from popular apps – soundly circumventing the need for a warrant. Obtained by Motherboard through a Freedom of Information Act request, the 2017 contract shows the Secret Service bought a product called Locate X from Virginian social media surveillance company Babel Street .

Trump gives TikTok’s owner 90 days to sell its U.S. business

Donald Trump gave TikTok owner ByteDance 90 days to divest itself from the U.S. arm of its business in an order signed Friday evening. The move represents an escalation of the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to undermine Chinese financial interests in the U.S., as part of a years-long trade dispute with the Asian country.

Misinformation spreads about Russia connection to

There is zero proof that Russia owns the domain name, but that isn’t stopping people from spreading exactly that rumor online. Yesterday, Trump supporters were up in arms over the discovery that forwarded visitors to Joe Biden’s campaign website.

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