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Online retail: Just in time for Cyber Monday, Amazon unveils the robotics behind its fulfillment of holiday orders. 
Don't tell the kiddies, but Santa's workshop isn't at the North Pole. It's here in Tracy, California, about an hour east of San Francisco, at Amazon's latest-generation warehouse, a robot-powered marvel of efficiency that in some ways feels even more improbable than flying reindeer.
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Ad tech: Yahoo finally acquires a programmatic digital video-advertising platform; buys BrightRoll for $640 million. Could be big ad revenue growth engine. 
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ESPN's FiveThirtyEight launches studio for to support ABC News & online midterm election reports. 
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After Omnicom merger fails, European ad agency giant, Publicis pays big premium to acquire Sapient to push further into digital & US market. 
Publicis Groupe SA, agreed to pay $3.7 billion for Sapient Corp., pushing the third-largest advertising company deeper into digital offerings and the U.S. as it moves past a failed merger with Omnicom Group Inc.
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Bangalore no more: Starting today, India's tech hub will officially be known as Bengaluru.
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Ominous development: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirms first case of Ebola virus in US. 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States.
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As retailers launch Black Friday promotions early, Thanksgiving holiday weekend sales sink 11% - second consecutive year of decline. Online now makes up 42% of retail spending. 
Retail spending over the Thanksgiving weekend fell 11%, its second straight annual decline, according to the National Retail Federation, a sign that flashy discounts during the four-day shopping bonanza weren’t enough to prompt increased sales.
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How Reddit usurped the news media to become the online genesis of viral clickbait content. 
If you're managing a website based on viral online content in in the model of BuzzFeed, Upworthy, or even the Daily Dot, there are few resources better than Reddit. The social content aggregator is among the top measures for mass appeal; it's a never-ending faucet of easy, palatable content.
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Tipping point: Forrester predicts digital ad spend to surpass TV in 2016 & top $100 billion by 2019. 
U.S. advertisers' spending on digital advertising will hit $103 billion in 2019 to represent 35% of all ad spending, according to Forrester.
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"You can't negotiate with God or Isaac Newton." - Designing earthquake safety for the tallest skyscraper in the West. 
The tallest structure ever to be built in an earthquake hot zone, the New Wilshire Grand will be a compromise between safety and style.
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AMC Theatres to boycott Netflix's day & date Imax/streaming release of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel. 
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eBay bows to activist investors led by Carl Icahn; will split PayPal/eBay into separate public companies in 2015. 
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