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Column: What Amazon’s predictive shopping means for you

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All hail the clairvoyance of YouTube satirists: “Yesterday Shipping” from Amazon has arrived.

The world’s largest online retailer has kicked 2013 (the unofficial Year of the Delivery Drone) to the curb and entered 2014 with a recently approved patent for an ambitious concept it calls “anticipatory package shipping.”

The patent -- recently excavated by the Wall Street Journal and available...

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U.S. holiday sales better than last year: Report

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Sales during the 2013 U.S. holiday season grew from a year earlier as retailers used higher discounts and promotions to attract customers in a season with fewer shopping days, according to MasterCard Advisors.

Holiday sales between November 1 and December 24 rose 2.3 percent, compared with 0.7 percent a year earlier, data published in the MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse report showed on...

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Target meets with state attorneys as lawsuits pile up

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Target's general counsel, Timothy Baer, spoke with top state prosecutors on Monday to address their concerns about a massive data breach, as consumer lawsuits piled up against the retailer and two U.S. senators called for a federal probe.

Attorneys general from several states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York have asked the company to provide more information about the cyber...

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Your guide to last-minute holiday shopping and sight-seeing

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(Credit: The Bryant Park Holiday Shops offer a plethora of giftables. )

Take in the sights — and the shops — this holiday season.

If you’re heading to Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or another of New York’s biggest holiday attractions before 2014 rolls in, you’re in luck: Some of the Big Apple’s best stores and holiday bazaars are nearby. Head to one (or more) for a little pre-Christmas shopping, after-Christmas sale scouring or New Year’s Eve party shopping.

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Target cyber breach hits 40 million payment cards at holiday peak

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Target said hackers have stolen data from up to 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited its stores during the first three weeks of the holiday season in the second-largest such breach reported by a U.S. retailer.

The hackers worked at unprecedented speed, carrying out their operation from the day before Thanksgiving to this past Sunday, 19 days that are the heart of the crucial...

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Gifts for men, eggnog among the top Yahoo searches this holiday

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(Credit: Eggnog is a top search this holiday on Yahoo.)

Yahoo Monday released its top searches for the holiday season, and, predictably, users want to know what to buy loved ones for Christmas.

Specifically, people are having trouble finding presents for guys, as the top gift search in the last 30 days on Yahoo was “gifts for men,” with 71% of those searches by women.

One popular search term was “gifts for men who have everything.” Spiking...

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Kids Gift Guide: Oh, to be young again!

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(Credit: Zoomer is an ideal pet for the child who wants a dog and the parent who doesn’t.)

Shopping for kids is a great excuse to have some fun. Not only does it allow you to test out some cool new toys, but it can take you back to the days when exchanging gifts meant ripping open wrapping paper, not quietly slipping a gift card out of an envelope.

Whether you're buying for a bookworm or a busy bee, here are some ideas on how to share the gift of excitement this holiday:

Nesting...

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Cyber Monday steals and deals

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(Credit: Get a great Cyber Monday deal on watches at ModifyWatches.com)

Following Thanksgiving festivities -- and hitting the stores early on Black Friday -- next up for New Yorkers are today's Cyber Monday deals. These websites will keep shoppers surfing for savings all day long.

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WHEN: Monday

This hip men's and women's clothing company is offering 25% off the whole site, with free shipping. In addition, a free limited edition...

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Smartphone apps for last minute pre-shopping

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Attention, shoppers: If you just decided to join the Black Friday shopping crunch but didn't prepare well, don't despair: Just pick up your smartphone. It could be your new best friend.

Even if you haven't invested a week or more reading sales circulars, you can play catch up with the latest mobile shopping applications.

Loaded properly, your phone can help you ensure that the "deal"...

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Give the most popular gifts this season

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Holiday shopping hits full speed on Black Friday, and while everybody wants something different, there are some items that are in high demand.

According to Steve Beck, founder of the technology consulting company cg42 and an industry expert, tech gifts skyrocketed in popularity in the past four years.

“The industry has sort of captured the imagination of the American consumer,” Beck...

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