The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday September 30)

September 30, 2020

As we wind up another month, these are the biggest headlines today.

The WhatsApp voice note that led to a death sentence

A heated conversation in a WhatsApp group has led to a death penalty sentence and a family torn apart in northern Nigeria over allegations of insulting Prophet Mohammed.

Germany’s far right AfD fires politician for saying migrants could be gassed or shot

The far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) fired its former spokesman on Monday after reports emerged that he had discussed the gassing or shooting of migrants.

4 things to know about Trump and ‘The Apprentice,’ according to the New York Times

“The Apprentice” didn’t just give US President Donald Trump a platform. It threw him a financial “lifeline,” according to the New York Times.

Paramedics test jet suit that can fly up mountains

The world’s first jet suit-wearing paramedic could be coming to the hilly terrain of the Lake District in the United Kingdom.

Chadwick Boseman cut his own salary to increase Sienna Miller’s on ’21 Bridges’

Sienna Miller has revealed that Chadwick Boseman reduced his own salary for “21 Bridges” to get her on board the project and ensure she felt fairly compensated.

Scientists create ‘super enzyme’ that eats plastic bottles six times faster

Scientists have created a new “super enzyme” that can break down plastic up to six times faster than their previous enzyme.

Analysis: Some countries are eying Sweden’s ‘light-touch’ Covid response. It’s a gamble that could backfire

An expert on the spread of Covid-19 proclaimed the pandemic in Sweden was essentially over, as research suggests Swedes could be building immunity. Such comments have emboldened governments flirting with the idea of adopting Sweden’s “light-touch” approach.

NBA Finals: LeBron James finding new ways to define greatness

It marks the first time since 2010 that the Lakers have reached the NBA Finals and James has only one thing on his mind: winning the team a championship in the year it lost its most beloved former player Kobe Bryant.

Long-awaited Celera 500L ‘bullet’ plane is finally revealed

(CNN) – The whispers started three years ago. A mysterious bullet-shaped plane was spotted at the Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville in April 2017. Its unusual design prompted immediate speculation, with military website The War Zone being the first to report that the aircraft was the work of California-based Otto Aviation — and that development was very much under wraps.

Opinion: Trump’s taxes tell a tale of debt and desperation

Ed McCaffery writes that the details of the new Times report paint a picture of a man using fairly standard tools of tax planning for the wealthy, but to lavish extremes.

Our Tax Code Is Designed To Create Donald Trump

In 2011, The New York Times published what was, at the time, the most shocking expose on tax policy in decades. General Electric, the largest American corporation, had notched a $14.2 billion profit in the previous year ― and paid no federal income tax.

Coronavirus Is Now Responsible For At Least 1 Million Deaths Worldwide

The number of coronavirus-linked deaths worldwide surpassed the 1 million mark on Monday, nearly 10 months after China reported the world’s first COVID-19 case, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded the highest number of cases and deaths to date, with more than 7 million cases and at least 205,000 deaths.

How TV Networks Are Combating COVID-19 Production Setbacks This Fall

When “L.A.’s Finest” was dropped by NBC ahead of the 2018-19 season, it came as a shock. The “Bad Boys” offshoot featured two women of color ― Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba ― leading a cop drama, something that was desperately missing from broadcast TV.

Joe Biden Releases His 2019 Tax Returns

Just hours before the first presidential debate of 2020, the campaign of Democratic nominee Joe Biden released his 2019 tax returns. His vice presidential running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), also posted her federal and California tax returns from 2019.

Google launches Plus Codes to give every location in the world a digital address

Addresses aren’t as ubiquitous as you may think. According to Google, billions of people don’t have an address, or if they do, it’s not very accurate. To remedy the problem, the company launched a digital address-making system called Plus Codes.

Amazon One lets you pay at stores with the palm of your hand

The palm is the new fingerprint. Amazon One, a new service from Amazon, is a novel way of contactless payment that scans your palm for authentication. Besides payments, it could be used for anything that requires authentication, like entering a stadium or presenting a loyalty card.

Elon Musk says Tesla will probably be producing 20 million cars per year by 2030

Elon Musk has some predictions about the electric car market, and – surprise – they’re quite optimistic. On Monday, the Tesla CEO took to Twitter to say he thinks that, in seven years, 30 million new electric vehicles will be produced per year. In fact, it may even happen faster: “Six years maybe.

Facebook’s possible role in Black voter ‘deterrence’ raised after Trump campaign leak

The 2016 Trump presidential campaign identified millions of Black Americans in an apparent attempt to deter them from going to the polls – and Facebook may have played a critical role. That’s according to Channel 4 News, which obtained the campaign’s voter database on 200 million Americans.

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