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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work