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By Tim Sohn 

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Cyber Monday Deals: How to Find the Best Online Sales and Save Some Major Green (The Huffington Post/Reuters)
In a one-day blitz of shopping, consumers are expected to empty their wallets of more than $1 billion on Cyber Monday, the online shopping spree today, according to spending projections from research firm comScore. Cyber Monday 2012 may offer the best deals on technology products this year, said Brian Hoyt, senior writer for, a coupon code site. USA Today/AP, which started its Cyber Monday deals at midnight, is offering as much as 60 percent off a Panasonic VIERA 55-inch TV that’s usually priced higher than $1,000. Sears is offering $430 off a Maytag washer and dryer, each on sale for $399. And Kmart is offering 75 percent off all of its diamond earrings and $60 off a 12-in-1 multi-game table on sale for $89.99. AllThingsD According to IBM, in a report titled “The iPad Factor:” “The [Apple] iPad generated more [Black Friday] traffic than any other tablet or smartphone, reaching nearly 10 percent of online shopping. This was followed by iPhone at 8.7 percent and [Google] Android 5.5 percent. The iPad dominated tablet traffic at 88.3 percent followed by the Barnes & Noble Nook at 3.1 percent, Amazon Kindle at 2.4 percent and the Samsung Galaxy at 1.8 percent.” And, over at eBay and its PayPal unit — which spewed out all kinds of data on mobile transactions that showed volume was between two and three times greater, mostly on Apple devices — the company noted that one of its best-selling items on Black Friday was the iPad 2, selling 250 per hour from 12 to 8 a.m. PT. SocialTimes According to an infographic from Cyber Monday at HSN, “This year, Americans will spend more than $586 billion during the holiday season. Of that, a staggering $96 billion will be spent online as shoppers search for the best deal.” The infographic takes a look at the relatively new Cyber Monday trend and why buying online is so much more appealing than missing out on sleep, waiting in lines and wading through crowds to get the best Black Friday deals. CNET Black Friday was a bright day for Internet retailers, as online sales for the key shopping day surpassed $1 billion for the first time. As adoption of tablets and smartphones continues to grow, sales of digital content and subscriptions achieved the greatest sales growth, logging a 29 percent increase over last year.

Facebook Proposes Ending User Voting System on Site Governance (PC Magazine)
Facebook wants to do away with the voting system that allows users to vote on proposed policy changes on the social networking site. The company plans to continue posing “significant changes” to the policy and retain the seven-day comment period, after which users would be able to submit questions at a Q&A session with the chief privacy officer. Mashable Facebook urged its employees in August to switch from iOS devices to Android so that flaws in the company’s mobile app could be addressed more rapidly. Now, photos have emerged of posters hung around the Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters of Facebook, which further urge employees to make the switch that they’re calling ‘Droidfooding — as in testing your own product. AllFacebook Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be able to run your Facebook ads on auto-pilot. We’re not going into the finer points of multiplying ads in power editor, conversion spec, custom audiences, or any of that — just the basics you need for a solid campaign.

Gaza Violence Leads Lawmakers to Call for Shuttering Terror Groups on Twitter (The Hill)
Recent violence in Gaza has rekindled calls by seven House Republicans for Twitter to shutter the accounts of U.S.-labeled terror groups such as Hamas. An FBI spokesperson told The Hill last week that the agency “will respond to members of Congress directly. Our response is being considered internally.”

Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland Regrets Retweet (ESPN)
Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland has expressed regret for retweeting a post that called for commissioner Gary Bettman’s death, saying it was a mistake. As the lockout continues to drag on, Bolland on Friday reposted a Twitter entry that read: “can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?”

Sorry, Bieber: ‘Gangnam Style’ is YouTube’s Biggest Video Ever (The Daily Dot)
There’s a new king in YouTube-ville. K-pop sensation PSY’s smash-hit “Gangnam Style” is now officially the most viewed video of all time.

OMG, They’re Reading My Email: How the Media Inflames Privacy Panic (GigaOM)
An alarming story about a Senate plan to let federal agencies read your email turns out to have been a false alarm. Unfortunately, fears over online privacy mean such stories travel quickly — and that we’re likely to see the media crying wolf in the future.

Prankster Replicates Facebook Users’ Profile Photos, Then Friends Targets (Mashable)
Reddit user CasinoRoy‘s talent is creeping out strangers on Facebook, and perfectly replicating their profile photos. The prankster searches for Facebook users with his name, and then re-creates their profile photos by imitating their wardrobe and facial expression.

How to Get Your Complaint Heard on Twitter (AllTwitter)
Twitter is becoming the new call center, with customers tweeting to companies to voice their complaints, comments and questions. But in order to get an answer, you’ve got to know how to make your 140-character concerns stand out from the crowd and grab their attention.

Turkey Day Pictures Help Instagram Set a New Upload Record (VentureBeat)
Instagram Users uploaded more than 10 million photos mentioning Thanksgiving via photo captions in some form or fashion last Thursday. Instagram also reports that during several peak times, users were sharing upwards of 200 turkey day photos per second — at the highest point (12:40 p.m. PT), users hit 226 photos per second.