The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday September 10)

September 10, 2020

A look at some of today’s top headlines.

What’s in a name? US officials call to drop Xi Jinping’s title of ‘President’

Chinese leader Xi Jinping holds so many titles that he has earned himself a nickname: the “Chairman of Everything.”

AstraZeneca pauses coronavirus vaccine trial after unexplained illness in volunteer

Drug giant AstraZeneca said Tuesday it had paused global trials of its coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers.

Justice Department wants to defend Trump in Carroll defamation lawsuit

The US Justice Department, in an extraordinary move on Tuesday, asked to take over the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll, a woman who has accused Trump of sexual assault.

Fire ‘destroys’ Europe’s largest migrant camp on Lesbos

Europe’s largest migrant camp, Moria, has been “completely destroyed” after massive fires broke out early Wednesday at the overcrowded site on Greece’s Lesbos island, according to an eyewitness.

US companies are sticking with China despite rising tensions and pressure from Trump

American companies in China are feeling increasingly pessimistic about trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. But very few want to uproot their business in the world’s second biggest economy.

UK’s Brexit plans would ‘break international law,’ minister admits

The UK is preparing legislation which will “break international law in a very specific and limited way,” a cabinet minister has said in the House of Commons.

Robot dogs join high-tech US Air Force exercise

Robot dogs emerged from US Air Force planes to secure an airfield last week as the US military conducted one of its largest high-tech experiments ever, in what could be a preview of the future battlefield.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores landmark 100th international goal for Portugal

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th international goal on Tuesday, becoming just the second man in history to reach the milestone.

Boeing discloses new flaw with 787 jet as problems mount

The problems at Boeing continue to mount. The company disclosed a new problem with the manufacturing of its 787 Dreamliner that will put a further crimp in its aircraft deliveries.

Fire breaks out at Greece’s largest migrant camp, Moria, on Lesbos

Migrants are being evacuated from the camp as firefighters tackle the large blaze.

Deadly bomb blast targets Afghan vice president

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Ronaldo passes 100 goals for Portugal

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European to score 100 international goals in men’s football and then passed that mark with both goals in the Nations League win over Sweden. The captain curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner – the 57th of his career – to reach the landmark.

David Beckham’s e-sports team to join stock market

An e-sports company in which David Beckham owns a significant stake is seeking to raise £20m by listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange. Guild Esports will be the first in the UK to offer fans the chance to put money into backing its teams of gamers.

Apple fires back in Fortnite App Store battle

Apple has fired back against claims by the maker of the Fortnite game that its control of the App Store gives it a monopoly. In a response to the August lawsuit filed by Epic Games, Apple called those arguments “self-righteous” and “self-interested”.

US to block key exports from Xinjiang, China

The US is to block key exports from China’s Xinjiang region due to allegations that they are produced using forced labour. The proposed bans include cotton and tomato products which are two of China’s major commodity exports.

Android 11 launches with streamlined conversations, screen recording, and more

Android 11’s beta is over. The final version of the new OS starts to roll out Tuesday for owners of some Pixel, OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi, and realme phones. It’s not the most revolutionary update Google has ever released, but folks who like to talk to friends across different apps or share videos of their screens should get excited.

Facebook engineer quits, says company is ‘profiting off hate’

A Facebook engineer has published a scathing resignation letter accusing the company of “profiting off hate” and criticising it for “choosing to be on the wrong side of history.” “I’m quitting because I can no longer stomach contributing to an organization that is profiting off hate in the U.S.

Xbox Series S is out Nov. 10 for $299. No date yet for Series X.

Hey! A next-gen video game console actually has a price and release date! Microsoft broke what’s been a summer-long stand-off with Sony one day after Labor Day, revealing the widely rumored Xbox Series S for the first time and confirming that it’ll be out on Nov. 10 for $299.

Apple reveals opening date and interior photos of floating Singapore store

Apple’s new Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore is opening on Thursday, Sept. 10. The retail outlet attracted attention last month, even before opening, as it is truly different from every other Apple store – it’s a floating, glowing sphere, located in front of the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel.

TikTok is trying to stop people from sharing a graphic video

For the sake of your mental health, please consider staying off TikTok – at least for a little while. Graphic footage of a man killing himself has been spreading on the video sharing platform since Sunday night, sometimes hidden within more innocuous videos to trick users into viewing it.

4 scenarios for the future of Facebook

Mashable’s series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future. In 2020, Facebook is a greater force than ever. As of June 30, a record 2.7 billion people – exactly a third of the population of Earth – enter the social network at least once a month.

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