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November 28, 2018

IN THE NEWS: HOLIDAY SHOPPING BY PHONE

NEW YORK (AP) — Remember when Cyber Monday first became a thing? The idea was that people would return to work after the Thanksgiving Day weekend — and use their high-speed internet connections to make purchases because their home systems and phones weren’t up to the task. That isn’t the case anymore. Adobe Analytics, which tracks online spending, says a lot of shopping is being done away from desktop computers or laptops. It says mobile devices accounted for 51.4 percent of site visits — and 34 percent of revenue on Cyber Monday. Adobe is also reporting increases in online spending for both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

IN THE NEWS: CYBERCRIMINAL RINGS BUSTED

NEW YORK (AP) — What’s better than bringing down one international cybercriminal ring? How about bringing down two of them? The U.S. Justice Department says it has charged eight people in connection with the takedown of a pair of international cybercriminal operations. In an indictment unsealed yesterday in New York, prosecutors say the perpetrators would program computers they controlled to load ads on fake webpages — and rake in the ad dollars. Officials say the scams cost advertisers tens of millions of dollars. But prosecutors say the ads were never actually seen by internet users.

ON THE WEB: GIVING TUESDAY

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Of course, you hit the malls on Black Friday and burned up the internet on Cyber Monday. But what did you do for Giving Tuesday? What is that? It’s an effort that charities and non-profits are running in hopes that people will open their wallets to make donations. The idea was spawned by the 92nd Street Y in New York City back in 2012. Last year the campaign raised more than $300 million for charities on that one day.

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Online:

Giving Tuesday site: https://www.givingtuesday.org

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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