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Online Holiday Sales increase over Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

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(Best Syndication News) - While many Americans opted to go shopping at traditional brick-and-mortar stores last week, the number of people shopping online during Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday is increasing. U.S. retail e-commerce spending for the first 23 days of November totaled $13.7 billion, according to report by comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR). The National Retail Federation also found a trend in online shopping during this holiday weekend.

On Black Friday, online shoppers spent 1.042 billion, comScore found. This was a 26 percent increase in spending compared to Black Friday 2011. Online Thanksgiving Day sales increased 26 percent compared to the previous year's figures. Put side-by-side, online Thanksgiving Day sales totaled only $633 million, much smaller than Black Friday sales.

Samsung and LG receive Awards for Most Efficient HDTV Sets

Samsung 26EH4000 wins SEAD Global Efficiency Medal

(Best Syndication News) - Samsung and LG HDTV sets have been recognized for being the most energy efficient units currently on the market. The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) awarded the first-ever SEAD Global Efficiency Medal to Samsung and LG for some of their HDTV sets.

SEAD is an initiative to encourage governments and the private sector to develop and deploy energy efficient products. On their website, SEAD states that they were first introduced at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - a December 2009 conference held in Copenhagen - by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh.

Cyber Monday Safety Tips for Shopping Online Securely

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(Best Syndication News) - AVG Technologies (NYSE:AVG), an Internet virus protection and security software provider, offered tips to ensure secure online shopping, especially on Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, Cyber Monday is also an opportunity for online thieves to steal personal information from consumers.

Identity theft is a real concern. In 2010, around 11.1 million American adults were victims of identity theft, according to the 2012 Identity Fraud Survey Report (Javelin Strategy & Research). The average time spent clearing up identity theft is estimated to be around 330 hours.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ launch generates over $500 Million in Sales

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(Best Syndication News ) - Over $500 million in sales were generated during the first 24 hours after the release of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Activision Publishing, Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), made the announcement based on Chart-Track information and internal company estimates.

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, Inc., said that they believe Call of Duty is the largest entertainment launch of the year, and also the largest over the last four years. Kotick points out that the Call of Duty franchise exceeded box office sales of movie like Harry Potter and Star Wars. Despite the successful launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Kotick said due to the challenging macro-economic environment that the company is still cautious for the rest of 2012 and 2013.

Microsoft introduces new Windows Phone 8 OS for Smartphones

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(Best Syndication News) - Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) revealed their Windows Phone 8 operating system in San Francisco Monday. The new operating system complements the new Windows 8 operating system for computers.

The Windows Phone 8 mobile smartphones will go on sale starting in November. Nokia, Samsung, and HTC will offer the operating system on some of their smartphones. The major carriers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, along with others, will supply the Windows Phone-8 supported devices.

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