Nasdaq Outperforms Major Indices in 1H20: ETFs to Gain

The first half of 2020 has been majorly dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index, however, showed some resilience to the virus attack and has managed to gain around 10% so far. However, other major stock market indices like Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index have lost around 10.3% and 6.6%, respectively, in the same period.

Even since Mar 23, when the coronavirus worries had peaked, ravaging the stock market, the Nasdaq has recouped losses and gained more than 43% against Dow Jones Industrial Average index’s recovery of around 37% and the broader S&P 500 index’s 36% rise. Going by Dow Jones Market Data, for the second time since its foundation in 1971, Nasdaq has been able to outperform peers in the middle of the year (per a MarketWatch article). The same phenomenon was last observed in 1977.

It is being widely believed that

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A complete timeline of how the internet turned against top YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star

Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star began collaborating in 2018, and have netted tens of millions of dollars together.
Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star began collaborating in 2018, and have netted tens of millions of dollars together.

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  • Shane Dawson disappeared under growing backlash this week against his old racist content, along with his conduct and statements regarding children and pedophiles that many deemed to be inappropriate. 

  • Dawson’s explosive written response and video apology were drowned out by angry comments and exposé videos — which also targeted his frequent collaborator Jeffree Star. 

  • Together, Dawson and Star have spent the past two years cultivating controversy for their own benefit, but the tide has now turned against them, and they’re losing friends and followers.

  • Notably, Dawson was called out Saturday by Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith, and on Monday, Target told Insider that they were in the process of removing his books from shelves. 

  • On Tuesday, Dawson was demonetized by YouTube and his makeup was dropped by Morphe.

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NASA simulates alien sunsets from the solar system and beyond

NASA simulates alien sunsets from the solar system and beyond
NASA simulates alien sunsets from the solar system and beyond

NASA has revealed a fabulous new collection of simulated sunsets, allowing us to see what the view would be like from the surface of another world.

When scientists make plans for a new space mission, part of the design process involves trying to come up with just about every conceivable situation the spacecraft could encounter on its journey and when it reaches its destination. At the same time, they also try to think about everything the mission team back on Earth could possibly need to interpret what the spacecraft sees and experiences.


The planet Uranus, as seen by Voyager 2 in 1986. Credit: NASA

In going through some of these steps for a possible future mission to the planet Uranus, NASA planetary scientist Geronimo Villanueva came up with something truly remarkable – a set of simulations that reveal what

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Deavan’s Mom Meets Jihoon’s Parents and Has a Meltdown in Korea

Deavan’s arrival in South Korea to live with her husband, Jihoon, was a disaster from the start — and only set to get worse — on Monday night’s episode of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way.

Deavan, 23, and Jihoon, 29, were introduced to viewers on season 1 of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way. The couple met online and when Deavan visited Jihoon in Korea, she got pregnant with their now 1-year-old son, Taeyang, during their very first night together. Deavan, who also has a young daughter named Drascilla, decided to move to Korea to be with Jihoon, though moved back to Utah when it became obvious that Jihoon didn’t have his life together. Jihoon still lived with his parents and had serious financial issues. He had no job and on top of that, was in debt due to a criminal past that involved selling iPhones.


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Reddit is a haven for kinky people who’ve struggled to escape real-life discrimination and online censorship

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  • Reddit is home to hundreds of NSFW and sexual kink communities that allow users to share experiences, ask for advice, and meet like-minded people in a non-judgmental space.

  • Before Reddit was founded in 2005, queer people created online communities using dial-up chat rooms. One of the earliest known is net.motss, which was created in 1983.

  • As Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have shut down “adult content,” Reddit has become known as the most sex-positive mainstream social media platform.

  • In a world where sex education falls short and largely ignores marginalized people, Reddit’s kink communities also act as an educational tool.

  • This story is part of a series commemorating Reddit’s 15th anniversary.

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“Opening the doors

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The 9 Best DJ Mixes of June 2020

Every month, Philip Sherburne listens to a whole lot of mixes so you only have to listen to the best ones.

In the past month, Black Lives Matter protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd have led to corrections across culture. In the club world, part of that reckoning means remembering that dance music is Black music—not just in its roots but also its present state, no matter how far the music may have traveled from its origins in Black communities in Chicago, Detroit, and New York. Dance music is made and enjoyed all over the world, but its origins are rooted in Black history and Black experience (often queer and working class). The music’s international spread has too often meant that Black musicians’ contributions get left out of the narrative. Dance fans have an obligation not just to celebrate the music’s origins but to champion its

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How a former soldier went from self-taught truck driver to helping Alphabet’s Waymo usher in the era of self-driving semis

Jon Rainwater trains truckers for Waymo's freight and deliveries service.
Jon Rainwater trains truckers for Waymo’s freight and deliveries service.


  • Jon Rainwater instructs safety drivers for Waymo Via, the self-driving company’s freight and deliveries unit.

  • He enjoyed a lively career before joining Waymo in 2019 — early on as an Army intelligence analyst, and later transporting hazardous waste and driving trucks for many years.

  • His exposure to the dangerous side of trucking convinced him that there had to a better way, so he was ready to become a Waymonaut when the job became available.

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Editor’s note: For an ongoing series, Business Insider has been talking with Waymo employees from different parts of the company to learn more about their work. What we discovered were some of the coolest jobs at Alphabet, Waymo’s parent company. This is the latest profile in the series. To read the others, click here. For a brief history

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Netgear Debuts New Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System

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Netgear on Tuesday announced the arrival of the Orbi AX4200 (RBK752) Wi-Fi 6 mesh system. The new product joins the WiFi 6 AX6000 Tri-band Mesh System (RBK852), the company’s existing flagship system, but is available at what the company calls a “more attractive” price point.

The new system can support up to 40 devices, while the flagship can support more than 60, while the RBK752’s listed Wi-Fi speed is 600+1200+2400. The RBK852 boasts double that. The new system, according to Netgear, is aimed at families with “slightly fewer devices.”

The product, the company says, is “designed to make robust whole-home WiFi 6 mesh accessible to more households around the globe.”

“In the current environment where home networks are now constrained by every member of the household working from home, distance learning and streaming video or playing online games, this new Orbi WiFi 6

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Don’t Leave Me Challenge Lets TikTok Users Show Off Their Most Ridiculous Jokes

Social media is being taken over by a whole lot of dad jokes and we have the “Don’t Leave Me” challenge to thank for that.

The meme’s origin story, according to CNN, started back in March when Nigerian comedian Josh Alfred, known online as Josh2funny, posted a silly sketch on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. In the bit, Alfred stood on some leaves from a tree and when his friend, Bello Kreb, asked him to do something, he said he couldn’t because he was “on leave”. (Get it?) As he walked away, Kreb chanted “Don’t leave me!” and just like that a new internet challenge was born.

The skit and the format went viral in June and now social media is being flooded as people create their own versions of the bit accompanied by their own dad jokes, wordplays, puns, and deadpan tomfoolery. The format is simple enough: participants come up

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How the Americana Association Decided Show Must Go On With Live Awards, Virtual Music Conference

The storm may have been too strong for most music-biz awards events or conferences to go on in anything resembling their traditional form this year, but the Americana Music Association likes to think of itself as, well, more rooted than that. The org that celebrates the rootsier forms of contemporary music has had a slew of more uplifting announcements in recent weeks, since announcing that the annual AmericanaFest gathering in Nashville was, like nearly all other live events, toast.

The Americana Honors & Awards will take place at the Ryman Auditorium Sept, 16, as planned — with or without a TBD live audience — with a slate of nominees that includes Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Tanya Tucker, Yola, Drive-By Truckers and the late John Prine. Moreover, the sorts of panels, conversations and live showcases that would have taken place in hotels and clubs across Nashville that week will … Read More