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Stephen Colbert Fights War on Christmas, With Santa & Guns Stephen Colbert Fights War on Christmas, With Santa & Guns

The day is nearly upon us, when we all wake up early in the morning to exchange gifts and enjoy the company of loved ones. If you have kids, you might be waking up multiple times during the night because …

Amazon’s New App To Swipe Sales From Brick & Mortar Stores Amazon’s New App To Swipe Sales From Brick & Mortar Stores
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In what looks like an attempt to capitalize on shoppers’ use of their smartphones when buying Christmas gifts this season, the Grinch Amazon has introduced a free new app that will give consumers a 5% discount (but only up to …

Google Maps Now Identifies Stores Located In Malls, Office Buildings Google Maps Now Identifies Stores Located In Malls, Office Buildings

Google is really taking the fun out of getting lost these days. If you don’t like getting lost, then consider this a good thing for you. Following their recent decision to include maps of indoor facilities in their Maps app, …

Facebook-inspired Like/Dislike Stamps Facebook-inspired Like/Dislike Stamps
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Facebook may still dislike the idea of you disliking things, but let that halt the expression of your antipathy towards everything no longer. Behold, at last – a Dislike button! Well. Sorta. ThinkGeek now has a pair of self-inking stamps …

Twitter Begets First Twitter Christmas Song Twitter Begets First Twitter Christmas Song

People really love Christmas music. People also really love Twitter. It shouldn’t come as any sort of surprise, then, that some people might love both Christmas music and Twitter. Brenda Drumm might be considered one of them. What started with …

Twitter Responses: Santas Instructed To Temper Kids’ Expectations This Year Twitter Responses: Santas Instructed To Temper Kids’ Expectations This Year
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The cultural climate is just getting brutal at this point, giving me one more reason to at least be thankful I’m not a kid right now. Aside from the general economic malaise felt world-wide and, more immediately, the future awkwardness …

Amazon’s Santa App Launched for Kindle Fire, iPad (and maybe Android) Amazon’s Santa App Launched for Kindle Fire, iPad (and maybe Android)
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When I was a kid, before I went to bed on Christmas Eve I would leave my wishlist of presents near the fireplace along with the awesome bribe of milk and cookies so that, hopefully, Santa Claus would leave me …

Shopycat: Walmart’s Facebook App Helps You Find Better Christmas Gifts Shopycat: Walmart’s Facebook App Helps You Find Better Christmas Gifts
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Searching for just the right gift for each person on your Christmas shopping list can feel like a swift kick to the jingle bells if you’re buying for someone that would be commonly described as “hard to shop for.” Second …

NORAD’s Santa Tracker Site Goes Live NORAD’s Santa Tracker Site Goes Live

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he’s about to be under high-tech surveillance. It’s only a few weeks until Santa Claus comes to town, and for years the North American Aerospace Defense Command has been helping anxious kids …

Choosing A Tablet For The Holidays Choosing A Tablet For The Holidays
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Prepare yourself – the holiday shopping season is upon us. While Black Friday, the deal-packed day following the Thanksgiving holiday, is the unofficial kickoff, folks are already thinking about what they’re asking for and what they’re going to buy their …

Google Prepares For Christmas With Array Of Easter Eggs
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Unless you live somewhere east of New York, there’s still at least several hours left before December 23rd comes to an end.  But Google is eager to help everyone with kids get Christmas Eve off to a good start, and so the company’s put together lists of all the Santa-related treats its engineers have concocted or come across this year.

Hitwise Finds Visits To Social Networks Surging
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Out of a desire to say "hi" to old friends, reconnect with family members, or perhaps get a moment away from visiting relatives, it looks like lots of people are signing into social networks this month.  Indeed, Hitwise relayed some UK-specific stats today, and the increase has been sharp enough that Facebook might top Google in traffic on Christmas.

Google Launches Resource to Prepare Retailers for Holidays

Google has launched a new site called "ThinkHoliday", which counts down the days until Christmas, and provides information for businesses and marketers that will help them prepare for the holidays. According to the site, 71% of consumers have started researching their holiday purchases, and 89% of them have started shopping online.

Facebook Nabs #1 Honors For Site Visits On Christmas Day

While most of us in the Internet marketing “industry” were all aghast at the Facebook privacy problem of ’09, the rest of the world could have cared less. You know those people, right? The ones who don’t live and breathe this stuff to the point that all perspective is lost?

Amazon Sells More Kindle Books Than Real Books On Christmas
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Amazon.com has announced that for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books on Christmas Day.

In addition, Amazon said its Kindle reader has become the most gifted item in the company’s history. The Kindle Store boasts more than 390,000 electronic books.

Amazon Offers Free One day Shipping For Kindle Orders On December 23
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Amazon.com said today it is offering free one day shipping for orders of its Kindle placed on December 23 and promises delivery in time for Christmas.

The company is also offering free two day shipping for Kindle orders placed today. Last week Amazon said its Kindle broke another record with its best sales day. The company did not provide any specific sales figures.

Black Friday 2009: The Best Deals On The Items You Want
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Is there a better way to kick off the Holiday season then slowly dragging yourself out of your tryptophan induced coma to go shopping during the wee hours of the day after Thanksgiving a.k.a. Black Friday?

Beware the Emails of Halloween
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Symantec’s MessageLabs released its Intelligence Report for the month of October, and it reveals the that the spammers behind the biggest botnets – Cutwail, Rustock and Donbot – are using the upcoming major holidays and world events as the themes for their the latest spam runs. This is not particularly surprising news, but it is news that people should be aware of nevertheless.

Tracking Santa’s Web Analytics
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command, otherwise known as NORAD is tracking Santa Claus’s rounds this year, keeping up a tradition that has been going on for 53 years. Mike Sachoff explains:

Is Black Friday Good For Retailers?

Every year we suffer through the so-called "Black Friday", the day immediately after Thanksgiving that’s supposed to kick off the Christmas shopping season and is also traditionally the single biggest shopping day of the year. This means it’s a very important day for retailers, of course, but if you dig into the numbers, Black Friday is one of the worst days for retail establishments, not one of the best.

Let me explain…

Christmas In August: Tips For Holiday Marketing
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Got your back-to-school marketing campaign all wrapped up? Good, now you can start on your Christmas campaign.

Yes, I said Christmas campaign. Yes, it is only August. Hey, you got time to lean, you got time to. . .preen your holiday season marketing plan.

Yeah, I know. Sometimes corny’s all I got. Bygones.