These are Google Play’s best apps and games of 2020

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It’s finally December, and that means the latest annual list of Google Play’s best apps and games is now live. Unsurprisingly, this year’s roundup is dominated by wellness apps.

This means the top app in 2019 – Appy Weather – makes way for a sleep readiness app, Loóna. The app was also named a Hidden Gem by Google this year, letting users “quickly disconnect from a long stressful day and get in the right mood for sleep,” according to its description. Genshin Impact was named by Google as 2020’s best game. The action RPG title was also named one of our top open-world games to play on mobile this year.

Google also asked users to vote for their favorites of 2020. Here’s what the US public decided.

Users’ Choice 2020

Have a look at all of Google’s picks of the year for the US

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Four plays that could outperform in sector weakness

Tech has fallen out of favor in the past week, with mega-cap stocks such as Apple and Microsoft coming under pressure.

But, even in the case of sector weakness, two market watchers see some opportunity in the space.

Michael Binger, president of Gradient Investments, is betting on the “Amazon of China.”

“The first one I want to highlight is Alibaba. I mean, this is the big Chinese ecommerce play here,” Binger told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Monday. “They continue to gain share, there’s a shift in China just like there is in the U.S. here where we’re going from brick and mortar to online shopping, so I like it here.”

Alibaba has rallied 30% this year, triple the gain on the FXI China large-cap ETF.

“The second one I’d like to highlight is Cisco Systems. Cisco just had a good quarter. That’s a change of narrative there. Remember, the quarter

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Specific bacterial sRNA plays key role in symbiosis between Vibrio fischeri and squid

Bacteria living symbiotically within the Hawaiian bobtail squid can direct the host squid to change its normal gene-expression program to make a more inviting home, according to a new study published in PLoS Biology by researchers at the University of Hawai’i (UH) at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST).

Nearly every organism and environment host a collection of symbiotic microbes–a microbiome–which are an integral component of ecological and human health.

In bacteria, small RNA (sRNA) is a key element influencing gene expression in the microscopic organisms, however, there has been little evidence that beneficial bacteria use these molecules to communicate with their animal hosts.

In the new study, lead author Silvia Moriano-Gutierrez, a postdoctoral fellow in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at SOEST, and co-authors found a specific bacterial sRNA that is typically responsible for quality control of

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PPPL presents discoveries and plays a prominent role at global physics gathering | US Department of Energy Science News


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Scientific discoveries, educational opportunities and wide-ranging events highlighted the 62nd American Physical Society-Division of Plasma Physics annual meeting, which attracted participants from around the world. The session this year, held virtually November 9 to 13, drew more than 150 physicists, engineers and students from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). They joined more than 2,000 registrants for presentations, poster sessions and seminars on topics ranging from astrophysical plasmas to nanotechnology to fusion development.

Probe-mounted particle injector shooting boron carbide into W7-X stellarator plasma. Image from PPPL and W7-X news release. Collage by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications

PPPL presentations included 11 invited talks on fundamental plasma physics and recent experimental and theoretical findings on the magnetic confinement of plasma that fuels fusion(link is external) reactions in laboratory facilities. Also speaking was Yuan Shi, a 2018 graduate of the Princeton

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Tech Reopening Plays Such as Expedia and Lyft Soar on Pfizer’s Vaccine News

While stay-at-home plays such as Zoom, Peloton and Wayfair are falling sharply following Pfizer’s vaccine announcement, tech companies seen as beneficiaries of reopening are registering big gains.

a car parked on the side of a building: Tech Reopening Plays Such as Expedia and Lyft Soar on Pfizer's Vaccine News

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Tech Reopening Plays Such as Expedia and Lyft Soar on Pfizer’s Vaccine News

Online travel stocks are among Monday’s big winners after Pfizer reported a 90%-plus efficacy rate for a COVID-19 vaccine trial following the delivery of a second dose. As of the time of this article, Expedia is up 23.4%, Booking is up 14.8%, TripAdvisor is up 17.8% Trivago is up 27.3% and Travelzoo is up 14.8%.


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Ride-hailing platforms Uber and Lyft are up 8.4% and 21.5%, respectively (Lyft’s gains come ahead of a Q3 report due on Tuesday afternoon). Local business reviews platform Yelp is up 21.1%, events management/ticketing platform Eventbrite is up 31.1% and car-buying website TrueCar is up 7.0%.

Enterprise hardware and telecom equipment stocks

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Detroit Cass Tech uses big plays to plow over Dearborn Fordson, 42-7, in MHSAA playoffs

For yet another year, Dearborn Fordson saw its season end at the hands of Detroit Cass Tech, as the Technicians won Saturday’s district semifinal, 42-7, at home.

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Continental Plays with the Future of Car Audio

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Photo credit: Continental AG

From Car and Driver

Immersive sound is the siren song of car audio makers, luring customers not to their deaths but to the options list. Audi offers Bang & Olufsen’s 3D Premium Sound System, Mercedes rocks Burmester’s high-end 3D surround-sound system, Range Rover’s Meridien promises 3D in-car surround sound. Bose has been pitching surround sound since 1996, after making its first factory-installed audio system for the 1983 Cadillac Seville.

Recreating the preternatural, submersing acoustics of a medieval cathedral these days requires a bouquet of speakers and a lot of power. The Bowers & Wilkins system in the Maserati Levante can put out 1280 watts through 17 speakers. The NAIM unit in a Bentley Flying Spur dishes out 2200 watts through 21 speakers. The Revel Ultima 3D system puts 28 speakers and 1200 watts inside the Lincoln Aviator. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s Platinum trim comes with a

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Gold, Tech, And Clean Energy Plays Attract Assets

Since the COVID-related market meltdown in March, equity funds (including ETFs) have continued to suffer net outflows despite the average equity fund moving into positive territory and posting a year-to-date return of 2.93%. They have handed back some $317.0 billion year to date (their largest net outflows for any full one-year period) through the Refinitiv Lipper fund-flows week ended October 21, 2020.

As we have highlighted in prior segments, U.S. domiciled large-cap funds (-$191.5 billion) – the flows pariah of the equity universe – have continued to suffer secular net outflows, bettered by international equity funds (-$89.2 billion) and small-cap funds (-$35.3 billion).

However, year to date, three fund macro-groups have been the primary attractors of investors’ assets in the equity universe.

Sector other funds (+$46.0 billion), comprised primarily of commodities funds, has taken in the largest draws so far, with Commodities Precious Metals Funds (+$38.7 billion) taking in the

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AOC plays Among Us on Twitch, sparking one of the most-watched streams ever


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The election is around the corner. On Tuesday, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hoped to use video games to inspire people to vote — and it probably worked. The New York Democrat also known as AOC streamed Among Us, one of the most popular online games, on Twitch alongside streamers Pokimane and Hasanabi. 

The stream peaked at 439,000 views, making it the third-highest-viewed single stream in Twitch history. The all-time record is Ninja’s, when he teamed up with Drake and Travis Scott in a game of Fortnite. Viewership ranged from 300,000 to 400,000 for most of the stream.

It began at around 8:40 p.m. ET, before the advertised 9 p.m. kickoff. Ocasio-Cortez took that time to encourage viewers to vote and, if

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Ligand’s Captisol Technology Plays Key Role in the Manufacture of Gilead’s Veklury, the First FDA-Approved COVID-19 Treatment

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) today highlighted the company’s role in the manufacturing of Veklury® (remdesivir), Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury is formulated with Ligand’s Captisol® technology. Approved yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Veklury is the first and only approved COVID-19 treatment in the United States. The drug is now widely available in hospitals across the country, following Gilead’s early investments to rapidly expand manufacturing capacity to increase supply.

“We congratulate Gilead on achieving this regulatory milestone,” said John Higgins, Chief Executive Officer of Ligand. “Veklury is an important medicine that has already played a vital role in the treatment of many patients with COVID-19 worldwide. In early January Gilead contacted Ligand requesting urgent shipments of Captisol. Over the following weeks and months, the Captisol volume requirements and supply needs expanded significantly, and Ligand has been

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