Walmart beat Amazon on Black Friday by one important metric

Volumes of future marketing analysis will surely be written about this year’s unprecedented holiday shopping season, but for now we’ll have to make do with industry reports that reveal people’s pandemic-era spending habits in dribs and drabs.

The latest drib (or drab?) comes from analytics firm Sensor Tower, whose new dispatch shows a record surge in new downloads of shopping-related mobile apps. Black Friday alone saw more than 2.8 million first-time installs of shopping apps, the largest ever in a single day, according to Sensor Tower’s preliminary estimates. Year-over-year growth, the report says, was about the same as last year at 8%, but it was more substantial when you look at the entire month of November—with 59.2 million shopping app installs compared to 51.7 million for the same period last year.

However, things get even more interesting when you look at the top 10 apps. Amazon may be the largest

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Small businesses who pivoted to e-commerce saw record sales during Black Friday weekend

Almost one-quarter of small businesses closed their doors during the pandemic — but for the few who survived, and pivoted to online sales, Black Friday weekend provided a much-needed boost.

Over the course of the holiday season so far, small retailers have seen an average 110 percent increase in online sales, according to Adobe Analytics.

“That was pretty heartening to see,” said Vivek Pandya, a senior digital insights manager with Adobe Analytics. “There has been a lot of demand and a lot of opportunity for retailers of all sizes to support shopping demand online.”

Small businesses have long made ends meet by offering unique in-store experiences. The pandemic changed that.

“Brick and mortar was our strength, and the website [used to be] just a marketing tool,” said Brian Miller, president of Geppetto’s, a San Diego, California-based toy store. “But when Covid-19 happened, we enhanced the website and improved it and

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Monterey County cop placed on leave after alleged lewd and disparaging social media posts against Black Lives Matter

PACIFIC GROVE — A Pacific Grove police officer has been placed on leave after he allegedly made a social media posting using offensive language about the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s the same officer who in May reportedly placed stickers on his private vehicle with anti-LGBTQ language as well as supporting a right-wing militia group.

At a Sunday press conference, PG Police Chief Cathy Madalone said she put an unidentified officer on administrative after it was discovered Saturday that lewd and disparaging remarks about the civil rights movement had been posted to his social media account.

“Yesterday it was brought to our attention that one of our officers posted ‘F-dot-dot-dot Black Lives Matter’ on social media,” Madalone said. “He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.”

She did not name the officer, citing a “personnel matter,” but did confirm that it is the same officer

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Shopify Posts Record Black Friday Sales of $2.4 Billion

Online-shopping host Shopify  (SHOP) – Get Report posted record Black Friday global sales of $2.4 billion as concern about the coronavirus pandemic had vast numbers of consumers choosing e-commerce over brick-and-mortar shopping.

Shares of the Ottawa commerce platform at last check rose 1% to $1,045.12.

The company said that from the start of Black Friday in New Zealand through the end of Black Friday in California, Shopify-powered businesses saw a 75% increase in sales from Black Friday in 2019.

New York, London, and Los Angeles were the top-selling cities worldwide on Black Friday, Shopify said. Top-selling countries included the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

By 8 a.m. Monday U.S. Eastern, merchants on Shopify collectively had crossed $1 billion in sales.

Top product categories globally during Black Friday were apparel and accessories, followed by health and beauty and home and garden.

Sales on Black Friday were made two-thirds (67%)

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Labor Unions Work to Find Ways to Bargain With AI’s Black Box

(Bloomberg) — Unions are trying to figure out how to protect their members from artificial intelligence programs they can’t see and may not even be sure are really there.



A screen displays a video of Huawei Technologies Co.'s pedestrian and vehicle recognition system at an exhibition hall at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Huawei is seeking about $1 billion from a small group of lenders, its first major funding test after getting hit with U.S. curbs that threaten to cut off access to critical suppliers.


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A screen displays a video of Huawei Technologies Co.’s pedestrian and vehicle recognition system at an exhibition hall at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Huawei is seeking about $1 billion from a small group of lenders, its first major funding test after getting hit with U.S. curbs that threaten to cut off access to critical suppliers.

The U.K.’s Trades Union Congress, an umbrella group for British unions representing more than 5.5 million people, is forming an AI taskforce to lobby employers and regulators to increase transparency around where the technology is being deployed, and to offer workers recourse if they believe they’ve been discriminated against.

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Highlights of Apple’s Black Friday Week

During Black Friday week, Apple stock moved 1% lower. Here are some highlights of the Apple Maven’s coverage over the past four trading days.

What moved Apple’s stock 3% lower on Monday

On Monday, November 23, Apple shares had their worst day of the past three weeks. A shift away from large-cap growth stocks and some tough love from Wall Street may help to explain the decline in share price. 

  • Commission waiver: Apple extended its App Store commission discount to providers of digital classes and events from December 2020 to June 2021.
  • A bad apple: Apple chief security officer was accused of offering to donate 200 iPads to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office in exchange for four concealed carry permits.
  • A bit of tough love from one Wall Street expert. Credit Suisse’s Matthew Cabral, who has a “hold” rating on the stock, released a research note on Monday.
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88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

This laptop might not look flashy, but it’s solid, and WIRED reviewer Scott Gilbertson likes the keyboard a lot. It isn’t the most powerful editing or gaming machine, but if you aren’t looking to do anything too CPU-heavy, it’s a safe bet.

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 for $479 ($91 off)

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Specs: Intel Core M3 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD

This is our favorite Chromebook. It strikes a good balance between price, power, and features. The 2-in-1 design allows for a tablet mode when you’re watching movies (or using Android apps), but you can simply stick to the traditional laptop mode too. The screen is sharp compared with other Chromebooks, and the battery lasts all day.

Home Office Deals

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We rounded up even more deals on work from home gear here.

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Best Amazon Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2020 Deals

Whether you’re looking for a new ebook reader or ready to upgrade your smartphone, Amazon has plenty of Cyber Monday sales for you to take advantage of while checking some items off your holiday shopping list. Here are some of the best tech deals we’ve seen on Amazon so far for Cyber Monday:

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation) Ebook Reader
Deal price: $85; street price: $115
Read our review of the best ebook reader.

Our top pick for the best ebook reader, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation) offers a great display, even lighting, Bluetooth, and waterproofing. If you’re interested in Kindle Unlimited, you can add on three months for free as an introductory offer (it will auto-renew for $10 a month, but you can cancel at anytime). Although we saw it drop to an all-time low of $80 during Prime Day, this is still a very good discount that

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The best Black Friday deals that are still happening

Black Friday is here. You know the deal: it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, followed closely by Cyber Monday, which is happening first thing next week. As you’re expecting, there are some great deals on tech, including TVs, laptops, gadgets, video games, and much more — we have it all below. Unlike most years, the ongoing pandemic saw retailers releasing some of their best Black Friday deals earlier than ever, giving shoppers more opportunities to snag gifts. With that, a few deals might look a little familiar, but we’ve aimed to put in just as many brand-new deals that are hitting for the first time.



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We’ll be doing our best to keep this post updated during Black Friday, and through the weekend so that you can be certain that what’s listed is still available.

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graphical user interface, application: TCL’s 4-series is heavily discounted for Black Friday


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TCL’s 4-series is heavily discounted for Black
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Grand Rapids economic development group working to improve the success rates for Black businesses plans HQ

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) is still aggressively working on plans to construct the organization’s first-ever headquarters on the city’s Southeast Side, according Jamiel Robinson, founder and chief executive officer.

The economic development social enterprise, launched in July 2013, works to expand opportunities for Black businesses in the Metro Grand Rapids area. The proposed headquarters, District 2012, will be located at 2012 Eastern Ave. SE in Seymour Square, a business district in one of Grand Rapids Opportunity Zones known as Southtown.

Robinson said the District 2012 headquarters there will serve as a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and culture.

“GRABB having its HQ located in this business district attracts new resources, investments that benefit existing residents and brings new Black businesses to the area,” Robinson said.

“We also believe being there will ignite action from residents, small businesses, community organizations and other local economy stakeholders around

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