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Tech ETFs Are Still Driving the Market

Technology stocks and sector-related ETFs have outperformed this year with some technology ETFs posting gains that are more than double those of delivered by the S&P 500. The Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLK), the largest tech ETF, is outpacing the S&P 500 by a 2-to-1 margin. XLK tries to reflect the performance of the Technology Select Sector Index, which is ... Read More »

Bots on social media threaten democracy. But we are not helpless

‘It appears that in 2016, bots were deliberately unleashed on social media to sway voter opinion by spreading fake news and deceiving trending algorithms.’ Photograph: PhotoAlto/Alamy Can social bots – pieces of software that perform automated tasks – influence humans on social media platforms? That’s a question congressional investigators are asking social media companies ever since fears emerged that they were deployed ... Read More »

Stocks close at record highs as tech losses are offset by energy gains

U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Wednesday, notching record highs, as a gain in the energy sector offset losses in tech. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 39.3 points to close at 22,158.18 — a record — with Chevron contributing the most to the gains. Apple, however, was the biggest loser in the index. The S&P 500 rose 0.1 percent and finished the session ... Read More »

Car loan timebomb fuels fears of new financial crisis as motors worth £20k are offered without any deposit

THE risks of a new financial crisis are increasing along with the size of car finance deals handed out by garages, experts warned last night. Though the number of motors bought on cheap credit is finally going down, the total lent remains the same. ALAMY Fewer cars are being bought on cheap credit This indicates customers are taking on higher ... Read More »

Facebook, Google, Others Are Part of Wednesday’s Net Neutrality ‘Day of Action’ Protests

Visitors to Facebook, Google, Netflix and dozens of other websites will likely be greeted Wednesday by a special message about the future of the Internet, as part of a broad campaign by the companies to stop what they say is a threat to the Web as most consumers know it. In dispute are a set of federal regulations saying that Internet providers should not slow down, ... Read More »

Interventions in education are welcome

Duncan Green’s “From Poverty To Power” vividly describes a person’s life from the cradle to the grave as interwoven in chances dominated by the extraordinary levels of inequality and lack of education that characterize the modern world. He paints a picture of two different girls: one born in Norway and the other in Sierra Leone, with the Norwegian having a ... Read More »

Facebook, Google Are Managing the Internet When It Suits Them

  Google and Facebook are facing new competition to their online business models after President Donald Trump signed a bill putting Internet service providers on a path to being able to monetise online users the same way these technology giants do. Next up is the threatened unwinding of the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which could put these companies in a double bind, because ... Read More »

15 Bathroom Gadgets That Are a Waste of Your Money

Targeted consumer marketing can get the best of us, despite our hard-fought efforts to resist the temptation. Whether it be extraneous household gadgets or expensive pet supplies, they’re all out to attack our wallets with a vengeance and test our frugal resolve. Bathroom gadgets are no exception. There are countless useless bathroom products designed to take our money and crowd our counters. Some gadgets — such as ... Read More »

What we are doing to improve education for the children of South Sudan

Refugee children from South Sudan at Bidi Bidi settlement camp, north Uganda. Around $4m of a $36m grant could be reallocated to refugee education by the South Sudan government ‘if it wishes to do so’, says Alice Albright. Photograph: Sumy Sadurni / Barcroft Images Conflict in South Sudan has sent a million people over the border to Uganda and three-quarters ... Read More »

Beware! These Are the 5 Most Dangerous Gadgets in Your Kitchen (One Just Caused a Death)

Everyone knows the kitchen isn’t exactly a safe space. Boiling liquids, hot pans, and sharp knives are everywhere you turn. There’s the food processor and the blender, with their ultra-sharp whirring blades (make sure you unplug the appliance before reaching in with bare hands). The meat grinder can pulverize chunks of meat into a fine pulp; just imagine what it ... Read More »