Browser maker Opera has released its 2012 State of the Mobile Web report which measures social networking popularity by looking at the number of Opera Mini users who visit them. Data is aggregated from the servers powering the browser’s data compression — enabling the company to build up an (anonymous) picture of the mobile social web across more than 190 countries.
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E-Commerce Spending On Black Friday Tops $1B For The First Time; Amazon Is The Most Visited Retailer
We’ve seen the reports that Black Friday online sales increased this year, but the numbers are finally in. comScore is reporting that U.S. retail e-commerce spending was $ 1.042 billion on Black Friday, an increase of 26 percent from Black Friday last year. This is the first time Black Friday sales surpassed $ 1 billion in online spending, says comScore.
We were treated to a number of comical April Fools’ jokes on Sunday, but there was one story that ran over the weekend that had people doubting its authenticity. Plans have been unveiled that would allow intelligence services to monitor email and internet traffic in realtime, as well as phone calls. The new plan could
Hawaii’s legislature plans hearing on bill requiring Internet service providers to create dossiers on residents showing all Web sites they visit for two years.
I’m not a huge fan of schlepping around needlessly when I can do most of my shopping from the comfort of my chair, but Apple fans don’t seem to have much trouble going to their local Apple store when the urge strikes. According to their recent earnings call, 110 million people went to an Apple store in Q1, which breaks down to roughly 22,000 customers per Apple store per week.
As we heard on Saturday, IBM reported a 24 percent increase in online sales for Black Friday this year. ComScore is announcing even stronger results for e-commerce, with Black Friday seeing $ 816 million in online sales, making it the heaviest online spending day to date in 2011 and representing a 26 percent increase versus Black Friday 2010 ($ 648 million spent).
That’s an impressive jump considering the 2009 to 2010 increase in Black Friday spending was only 9 percent. Thanksgiving Day saw an 18 percent increase in online spending to $ 479 million. U.S. consumers have spent $ 12.7 billion already in the first 25 days of the November to December 2011 holiday season, up 15 percent from the corresponding days last year.