The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday September 24)

September 24, 2020

Here are some of today’s top headlines.

Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden

Cindy McCain, the widow of longtime Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said Tuesday night on Twitter that she endorses Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

India and China agree to stop sending troops to disputed Himalayan border

China and India on Monday agreed to stop sending more troops to their disputed border in the Himalayas, following an escalation in tensions between the two nuclear powers.

Facebook and YouTube accept hate speech audits to keep advertisers happy

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have agreed to allow outsiders to audit how they handle harmful content such as hate speech following a boycott of their platforms by major advertisers.

Huawei says ‘survival is the goal’ as US crackdown hammers its business

Huawei is in survival mode, as continuous “attacks” from the United States threaten to choke off the Chinese tech company’s access to key technology.

Harry and Meghan urge action against hate speech ahead of US election

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan weighed in on the upcoming US election with a video message urging people to reject online negativity and engage with their communities as the vote approaches.

Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine is fourth to begin Phase 3 trials in the United States

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate begins Phase 3 trials in the United States today. Trials for the single-dose vaccine will include up to 60,000 adult participants at nearly 215 sites in the US and internationally.

Rolling Stone places Marvin Gaye at the top of its new, less rock heavy list of the best albums ever

Seventeen years after first publishing “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” Rolling Stone magazine announced that it is giving the list a major update, making it “less rock-centric” in the process.

Chinese state media slams TikTok deal as ‘dirty’ and ‘unpalatable’

Two prominent Chinese media outlets are urging Beijing to kill what they call a “dirty” and “unpalatable” deal intended to keep TikTok operating in the United States.

Tel Aviv set to become first city with electric roads that charge public transportation

The city of Tel Aviv is working on creating wireless electric roads to charge and power public transportation in the city.

Coronavirus: Health chief hails Africa’s fight against Covid-19

The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control has praised African states for managing to curb the spread of coronavirus. Africa has seen about 1.4 million cases, and 34,000 deaths since March. These figures are far lower than those in Europe, Asia or the Americas, with reported cases continuing to decline.

Australia whale stranding: 470 animals now beached in Tasmania record

Australian rescuers find more beached whales during a large rescue effort, but fear many are dead.

Belarus: Lukashenko inaugurated in unannounced ceremony

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, whose re-election in a disputed poll last month led to weeks of mass protests, has been inaugurated for a sixth term in an unannounced ceremony. State media said several hundred people attended the ceremony at the Palace of Independence in central Minsk.

Coronavirus updates: UK PM warns of ‘unquestionably difficult winter’ – BBC News

Boris Johnson has urged people to follow new coronavirus restrictions in a televised address.

Musk: $25,000 Tesla ready “in about three years”

Tesla’s founder says new ways to make more efficient batteries will drive down the price of electric cars.

Apple’s next iPad Pro to have mini-LED display, report claims

We’ve been hearing about Apple implementing a mini-LED display into its products for years now, but it seems it’s finally about to happen. According to typically reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), Apple’s manufacturing partners will start mass producing mini-LED displays in the fourth quarter of 2020, and the first product to feature one will be the next-gen, 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

PlayStation or Xbox? Picking the right next-gen console and model for you.

The new consoles are almost here and the key word is choices. You have lots of them. Microsoft and Sony are each releasing two consoles, for starters. And in Microsoft’s case at least, there are some outside-the-norm options for buying them.

Elon Musk announces first Tesla-made battery to get to $25,000 EV

Tesla’s Battery Day finally happened Tuesday, drive-in movie theater style, with attendees sitting in parked Tesla cars. They were in the Fremont car factory lot facing a stage to hear about the next advancement in battery technology powering Elon Musk’s electric vehicles.

Mobile World Congress postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

It’s going to be another February without Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The GSMA, the organization behind the Mobile World Congress (MWC), announced on Wednesday that this year’s MWC Barcelona will take place between June 28 and July 1, 2021.

Facebook catches a China-based campaign targeting the U.S.

Facebook has once again removed a number of Pages and accounts from its platform for breaking its rules, but this time there was a difference. It was the first time a China-based influence network targeting the U.S. was uncovered.

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