Cyber Monday Sales Pass $2 Billion in Biggest E-Commerce Day Ever Day

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So much for the idea that Cyber Monday is waning as a shopping event.

E-commerce sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving hit $2.04 billion, up 17% compared to a year ago, according to analytics firm comScore, making it the biggest online shopping day ever, and the first to surpass $2 billion in sales. For the full five-day period, sales rose 24%, and e-commerce sales so far are running ahead of forecasts.

“Any notion that Cyber Monday is declining in importance is really unfounded, as it continues to post new historical highs and reflects the ongoing strength of online this holiday season,” said comScore Chairman Emeritus Gian Fulgoni.

The numbers come as a welcome tonic for retailers after the National Retail Federation estimated that sales, both online and in stores, over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend were a bust.

Walmart Stores, for one, said it had its biggest e-commerce day

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Crystal’s Smitten List: Christmas, Hot Chocolate, Spotify

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This week, I’m positively smitten with…

1. Winter holidays: I will start by saying that I hate winter in New England. But toward the end of November, I get all giddy, as it’s the one time of winter I truly enjoy – the holiday season! Although I’m not religious, I celebrate Christmas eagerly and excitedly, and consider this time of year one of the best. I love everything, from the light sprinkle of snow to the holiday lights to the Christmas trees to the spirit of giving. It always makes me feel extra warm and fuzzy inside.

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2. Hot chocolate: When colder weather hits, there’s nothing quite like a warm drink to make everything feel okay again. Recently, I’ve rekindled my love for hot chocolate, especially if it’s flavored hot chocolate! I’m obsessed with Dunkin’ Donuts almond coconut and mint hot chocolates – and if you want to make some flavored…

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The First Sony PlayStation Changed Everything About Gaming

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My first experience with Sony’s original PlayStation occurred almost a year before yours: in the display window of a Babbages in an out-of-the-way shopping mall in western Iowa.

Babbages, many have probably forgotten, was a franchise named after Charles Babbage, the guy credited with inventing the mechanical computer, that sold computer software and console games back when you could still buy stuff like Peachtree Accounting in biblical boxes from brick-and-mortar outfits. I worked there during my last year of undergrad part-time, less for the money than to be closer to my hobby.

My store manager was a connoisseur of the improbable, popping up with this or that strange gizmo months before it registered on the public radar. (this was the early 1990s, the Internet embryonic and everyone still looked to magazines for breaking info.) And so when Sony released the PlayStation in Japan on December 3, 1994, he imported…

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5 Can’t-Miss iPhone Apps You Should Download This Week

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It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found five apps actually worth downloading.

Canopy

With curated shopping websites like Woot! slowing down, the developers of Canopy have decided to take the helm. Canopy is an app that curates items and breaks them down into different categories, or presents them by brand, allowing you to purchase them on Amazon. Canopy encourages users to make a series of impulse purchases, and if you have money to burn and are a profoundly indecisive human being, Canopy is the app for you.

Canopy is available free on the App Store.

Facebook Groups

Facebook recently released Groups, a standalone app that allows users to stay in touch with small batches of friends. The streamlined design makes it simple to create groups for different interest, as well…

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The Guardian: “Charlotte’s Web: the families using medical marijuana to help their kids”

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Kim and Chris Clark had tried almost every medical option available for their 10-year old son Caden, who has severe epilepsy. Then they discovered medical marijuana.

Caden Clark has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, which gives him between 10 and 70 seizures a day. On bad days he would have over 100.

“We had really started getting afraid, because he had reached what they call expiration age,” said Kim Clark. “These children tend to get to this point and they just seize so much, you know, it gets critical.”

The Clarks have tried over 20 different types of medicine, a brain lobectomy and extreme diets to alleviate Caden’s seizures – with varying degrees of success and side effects.

“I hesitate with the word ‘miracle’, because it’s not that easy. We’re experiencing things we never would have without it, but we’re still dealing with the delicate balance…

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