Among the fragments of facts, speculation and random dreaming about Apple's tablet PC, here's one hard statistic for once: A survey of over 3,300 U.S. consumers has shown nearly 20% of them would buy one. Its success looks assured.
Is this the end of the recession? Gallup's latest poll for projected Christmas gift spending shows that U.S. consumers may be about to spend a little more money than they did last year. Some $743 on average, versus a measly $639 in 2008.
It's Cyber Monday—Yay! What's that you say? "Nothing but a marketing myth designed to boost pre-Holiday sales?" And Black Friday is, what, a day when we're genetically predisposed to camping out in a 33-degree wintery mix for a midnight sale on Nerf cannons at Toys 'R' Us? It's all marketing. And while Cyber Monday may never be the new Black Friday, 2009's sales figures make it look a little more real.