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CNET News Daily Podcast: Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off holiday shopping

Today on the podcast: The holiday shopping season starts; the CrunchPad ends; the Large Hadron Collider sets a record; and more.

The holiday shopping season has begun. The Friday after Thanksgiving, and the Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend, are major indicators of the health of the economy for many retailers. To discuss how things are doing so far, we have with us in the studio CNET reporter Erica Ogg, who covers consumer electronics and retail.

In other news: The CrunchPad is no more; the Barnes & Noble Nook will hit stores later than expected; and the Large Hadron Collider sets a new record.


Today's stories:

Click away: Holiday Web shopping bounces back

Barnes & Noble Nook to hit stores later than expected

The CrunchPad is dead (TechCrunch)

eBay fined $2.5 million in French perfume case

Latest Firefox beta offers file-handling feature

'Twitter' is top word of 2009

CERN's collider sets proton speed record

Underground data center to help heat Helsinki

Pedal-powered Christmas tree lights Copenhagen