Happy December! The official countdown to my birthday begins (30 days to go)! Today also marks the first day of Hanukkah and the 55th year anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.
In other news, here’s what caught my eye this morning:
1. Recession, what recession? comScore reported today that Cyber Monday surpassed $1 billion in U.S. spending, a 16% increase over last year! Clearly Americans are in a holiday shopping mode, as the holiday shopping season (which kicked off November 1) has already exceeded last year’s spend by 13%, and we still have plenty of time before Hanukkah ends, Christmas (and my birthday!): http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2010/12/Billion_Dollar_Bonanza_Cyber_Monday_Surpasses_1_Billion_in_U.S._Spending
2. Google Editions is rumored to launch by the end of the year. This could be an interesting for the e-publishing market, as Google plans to deliver content via web browser, versus an e-reader or an app. With the growth of the iPad (and iBooks to surely follow), and the stronghold Amazon’s Kindle already has, I wonder if consumers will vie for Google’s splash in the e-publishing pool. I wonder if this will be the big fizzle that Google TV seems to have become: http://www.fastcompany.com/1706639/google-editions-ebookstore-due-soon-controversy-and-failure-not-far-behind
3. Julian Assange (founder of WikiLeaks) is on Interpol’s wanted list for sex crimes. Ecuador has reportedly offered Assange asylum by the deputy foreign minister, but the president has denied such an offer: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/12/01/2010-12-01_ecuadors_president_retracts_offer_of_safe_haven_to_julian_assange_made_by_deputy.html?r=news
4. Groupon expands into Groupon Stores, giving store owners the opportunity to set up virtual stores to offer as many deals as they desire. You can now follow a Deal Feed (I wonder how long it will take to integrate into your Facebook news feed), which, as suspected, allows you to follow your favorite merchants, find recommended deals, etc. Here’s the full blog note from Groupon: http://www.groupon.com/blog/cities/coming-soon-groupon-stores-and-the-deal-feed/
5. Watch an epic cat fight. I don’t really like cats, but this is pretty intense, especially with the pigeon spectators (can you imagine the commentary?!): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/29/epic-cat-fight-joined-by-_n_789028.html
6. Inception will become a video game. My mind is already boggling at the thought of how this would play out: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/12/inception_to_become_a_video_ga.html
7. Watch middle school jump ropers. These kids are amazing. Someone get them on America’s got Talent:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFhkRZGWaMA&feature=player_embedded#at=49
8. Twitter’s valuation rumors continue, and now are approaching the $4 billion mark. Kleiner Perkins is leading the charge (wonder if this is any coincidence to Mary Meeker joining KP): http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/30/bidding-war-for-twitter-raises-valuation-to-nearly-4-billion-kleiner-perkins-currently-in-pole-position/
9. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit! If you’ve never been to the tree lighting, shame on you. Yes its chaos, and yes its completely touristy, but its always a great experience, and pretty cool to see it lit up for the first time. Also, Boyz II Men performed (weren’t there four of them?): http://offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo_Coverage_Rockefeller_Center_Christmas_tree_lighting_ceremony_in_New_York_20000101
10. “Dad, I need an iPhone to do my homework.” This is our future: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/dad-i-need-an-iphone-to-do-my-homework/
That’s it for me today. Suggestions and submissions in the comments!