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Cyber Monday rings up record U.S. sales (week in review)

Net retailers have a banner day at the checkout page, while Apple checks in with new iTunes software and Syria's Internet checks out. Also: Google gets punked.

This year's Cyber Monday was one for the record books.

Market analyst ComScore reported that spending in the U.S. on Monday reached $1.465 billion, up 17 percent from a year ago, "representing the heaviest [U.S.] online spending day in history and the second day this season (in addition to Black Friday) to surpass $1 billion in sales."

ComScore said that the top category for sales was digital content and subscriptions (up 28 percent), followed by consumer electronics (up 24 percent and "buoyed by gains in smartphone sales"), computer hardware (up 22 percent, boosted by tablet sales), video games, consoles and accessories (up 18 percent) and jewelry and watches (up 17 percent).

That followed Black Friday's record online sales, which surpassed $1 billion for the first time, a 26 percent increase of last year's Black Friday.
•  Amazon: Kindle's Cyber Monday sales beat last year

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Obama opposes Silicon Valley firms on immigration reform

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Conservative groups dump on Pandora's royalty legislation

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Samsung finds no child labor, promises fixes to supply chain

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