Black Friday Produces Serious Green, 'Twitter' Named 2009's Most Popular Word
Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
- Hopefully, the early Black Friday online shopping statistics are indicative of the state of the economy. The average online consumer ordered more goods, and spent significantly more money than he or she did last year ($170.19 versus $126.04). [From: Mashable]
- The political fervor of the past year has apparently dissipated somewhat, as "Twitter" has supplanted 2008's "change" as the most popular word in the English language. The President did manage to hold off Jacko, though, in reclaiming the year's number one name. [From: Mashable]
- Online gambling has received a temporary stay of execution, as proposed U.S. regulations will go into effect June 1st instead of the previously assigned date of December 1st. Proponents of the delay hope to legalize online gambling so that the government can collect revenue from the $16 billion industry. [From: USA Today]
- Nissan already employs an elastic, self-healing paint called 'Scratch Shield' for some of its automobiles, and now the technology is coming to another item known to suffer from scrapes, dings, and unexpected impacts: the cell phone. Japan's DoCoMo reportedly hopes to use the scratch-resistant paint, which it claims can repair minor damages, on its mobile phones. [From: Textually]
- The Android folks have some new ammunition to use in their anti-iPhone, 'iDon't' ad blitz. By using the Mikandi Market, Android owners can apparently access pornographic apps, a definite no-no on Apple devices. [From: The Huffington Post]
- Crashing weddings and parties may sometimes result in a heated confrontation, or even fisticuffs. But rarely does dropping in uninvited warrant a visit from the Secret Service. The agency is investigating Michaele and Tareq Salahi, though, after the couple posted photos of themselves crashing a White House state dinner on Facebook. [From: Mashable]