Apple has been sued by the maker of the mega popular battle royale game ’Fortnite’, after the company kicked out Fortnite from its App Store. The iPhone maker took the step following the launch of an in-payment system by Epic Games which allows it to circumvent Apple’s stiff 30 percent fees. Any new downloads of Fortnite have been barred on iPads or iPhones.
Before the Major League Soccer match between FC Dallas and Nashville SC players kneeled silently fists raised in protest to racial injustice. Some players and coaches wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts. Almost 3000 fans attended the event. During the eight-minute 46 seconds remembrance, some fans booed and others began chanting ’USA’.
First-time claims for the state unemployment benefits dropped below 1mn last week for the first time since the pandemic hit economy in March. Claims under a special pandemic program for gig workers and others who were not eligible for unemployment also dropped. The jobless benefits have also become less valuable, since a $600 per week federal supplement expired at the end of July.
Lodi, Calif., Police Officer Erika Urrea was driving in her car when she saw the railroad arms coming down with a wheelchair-bound man stuck on the tracks. She dashed towards the scene; unbuckled the 66-year-old from his chair and pulled him to safety mere moments before a train passed by, knocking his leg, before the pair collapsed on the ground. The man is hospitalized but likely to survive.
Chicago’s Ronald McDonald House saw its doors smashed during rioting & looting that took place on Monday night. The facility provides shelter & resources to families while a child receives treatment at local hospitals. The Chicago location is close to Lurie Children’s Hospital. Over 30 families together with their sick children were inside along with the staff as everything unfolded outside.
United States President Donald Trump hit out against members of the Democratic Party and accused them of holding up the coronavirus stimulus package over demands that additional funds be directed towards the Postal Service and mail in voting this November. The President said that the Democrats have demanded $3.5 billion for something that will ’turn out to be fraudulent’.
According to local authorities in China, traces of COVID-19 have been spotted in imported frozen food and on food packaging in two cities. This has resulted in fears increasing that new outbreaks could be caused due to contaminated food shipments. Samples taken from the surface of frozen chicken wings from Brazil as well as outer packaging of Ecuadorian shrimp have tested positive for the virus.
Hundreds of protesters in Bend, Oregon clashed with ICE agents during a tense 10-hour standoff on Wednesday after they detained two illegal immigrants in the sanctuary city. Bend Mayor Sally Russell appealed to the protesters to leave the area and said on Twitter that the arrests weren’t an immigration sweep. ICE said the 2 individuals arrested each had a history of criminal violent behavior.
Cybersecurity firm Check Point states that there are serious flaws in Amazon’s Alexa that a user in just one-click could have handed over their voice history, address and control of their Amazon account to the hacker. It also says that an hacker could have also accessed victim’s personal info, such as banking data and usernames. CNet says that over 200mn devices have been shipped with Alexa.
AMC Theaters, the nation’s largest theater chain, announced Wednesday that it plans to reopen two-thirds of its US locations by September 3. More than 100 theaters will reopen by August 20. Shares of AMC surged more than 17% after the news. In June, the company said that the pandemic could push it into bankruptcy. But in July AMC was able to close a debt deal to make itself solvent through 2021.
The British govt changed the way it compiles Covid-19 deaths, a move that reduced the official death toll by more than 5000. The DOH said the new total is 41,329, down from 46,706 which is still EU’s highest death toll. This was because academics pointed out that in UK the data included anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and later died, with no cut-off point between positive test & death.
President Trump appeared on Fox Businesses on Thursday, criticizing a $3.4 trillion bill passed by house Democrats in May. It included $25b for the US Postal Service to aid with coronavirus related issues. Trump claimed the bill was only passed to make mail in voting easier, something is strongly against. The USPS states that it will be difficult to operate without the supportive funding.