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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Bitcoin rallies back over the weekend and breaks above $19,000 again

People walk past a board with the logo of Bitcoin in a street in Yerevan, Armenia September 9, 2019.

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Bitcoin snapped back sharply over the weekend after a sell-off around Thanksgiving, and the volatile cryptocurrency is once again nearing record highs.

The price of Bitcoin broke above $19,000 last week, only to retreat back to roughly $17,000 on Thursday and Friday, according to data from Coinbase. However, it was back above $19,200 on Monday morning.

The move over the weekend is the latest leg of a furious rally for the cryptocurrency, which has nearly doubled in price since early September.

Tyler Winklevoss, co-founder of crypto exchange Gemini and a long-time Bitcoin bull, said on “Squawk Box,” said that he has not been buying more Bitcoin but believes there is still significant upside.

“Our thesis is that Bitcoin is gold 2.0, that it will disrupt gold. And

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Warp Drive races into Apple Arcade for the holiday weekend

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Teleport to the finish line and beat the competition in Warp Drive. 


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Apple Arcade on Friday added Warp Drive, a new game from UK indie developer Supergonk, to its growing catalog of over 140 games. You can try your hand at the new futuristic racing game over Thanksgiving weekend across iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch and Apple TV. 

Warp Drive isn’t an average racing game, it ups the ante by letting players teleport —  or warp — around the track to discover hidden shortcuts and courses. Take your quad rotor racer around a track where few rules apply. Compete in tournaments, drive on the ceiling, jump vast canyons and race up waterfalls. Along the way you can upgrade your car to drift and boost to stand a better chance of winning. 

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