Black Friday Shoppers Embrace Mobile, Set New Online Records


U.S. retailers crossed a historic new threshold over Thanksgiving weekend as consumers set new records for e-commerce activity and embraced mobile shopping like never before. The record-breaking $5.03 billion spent online on Black Friday — a 17 percent increase from a year ago — was in line with expectations. Consumers spent about $43.42 billion on e-commerce holiday shopping from Nov. 1 to Nov. 26, about 18 percent above a year ago. Mobile devices were used for 54.3 percent of visits and 36.9 percent of online revenue on Black Friday.

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Google Glass Should Stay Gone


Here we go again. Most everyone who thought Google Glass crossed the privacy line was happy when it appeared the new technology was being shelved. Not so fast. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says Google is not giving up on Glass. Like everyone else, I love new technology. However sometimes companies and their tech staff cross over the line and don’t see it the way the rest of the world sees it. They don’t realize what they have done until public outcry clobbers them over the head, like with Google Glass.

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Dota 2 prize fund now over $10 million: Not bad for a free-to-play PC-only game

Dota 2, The International 3
Early this morning, the prize fund for the Dota 2 International tournament crossed the $10 million mark. Remarkably, just $1.6 million of the prize fund was provided by Valve; the rest was contributed by members of the Dota 2 community who are eager to get their hands on some in-game items, and to support their favorite teams and the nascent esport as a whole. With a prize fund of over $10 million, The International 4 is now larger than The Masters golf tournament.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/185423-dota-2-prize-fund-now-over-10-million-not-bad-for-a-free-to-play-pc-only-game

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