Peter Kafka

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A Bunch of You Clicked the "Buy" Button on Black Friday

Officially, the holiday shopping e-commerce boom isn’t supposed to kick off until tomorrow, on “Cyber Monday”. But that’s silly and inaccurate: Americans have spent $11.6 billion online shopping since November 2, says Comscore. That’s a 13 percent bump over last year’s total. And on “Black Friday”, when shoppers are traditionally supposed to be storming brick-and-mortar stores, plenty of you headed to Amazon and other online outlets: E-commerce sales were up 9 percent, to $648 million.


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”