Kara Swisher

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Jingle All the Way: Consumers Loaded Up Their iPads on Christmas Day

Experian Marketing Services said in its latest report that online traffic to retail sites rose 27 percent overall compared to last year on Christmas Day, with top sites being Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Macy’s. Apple iTunes saw visits increase 193 percent from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, with consumers looking to load up various devices once they got them as gifts. The stats were less robust for Amazon, where visits in the same time frame increased just 24 percent, largely aimed at its Kindles.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald