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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik