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Black Friday begins early onlineThis could be the biggest holiday yet for online shopping, with several retailers offering week-long sales online. Also, tablets look to be a hot tech gift for 2013 and the FDA orders 23andMe to stop selling DNA testing kits.
-Black Friday has become a week-long shopping event. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. The day after Thanksgiving may not be a crazy rush to the stores like in years past. Many big retailers are opening their doors on the afternoon of Thanksgiving, but online shoppers will be first to get deals with many stores offering Black Friday deals starting online Thursday morning including Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney and if you have sales online already including the Disney Store. Amazon started its Black Friday on Monday and it calls it Black Friday deals week with a limited supply of products on sale for a short bursts of time. And new products are added as frequently as every 10 minutes. You're going to want the Amazon shopping app to keep up with the sales. Wal-Mart's online sale start Thursday morning and it's cyber Monday. Actually starts Saturday. This is expected to be the biggest holiday yet for online shopping. The National Retail Federation expects consumers to complete about 40 percent of their holiday shopping list online. E-Bay now is another way to avoid the in-store mania. The same day delivery service is offering free delivery on all orders now through Christmas Eve. Normally, there's an extra 5-dollar charge for delivery, but the service is only offered in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, and Chicago. The hottest tech gift this year could be tablets. CNET asked readers what gadget they will buy this season and 40 percent said a tablet and a distant second was phones. 23 percent of readers said they have a phone on their holiday shopping list. If you don't wanna give a gadget, there are plenty of services you can give for the holidays like you can give someone a subscription to Amazon Prime, but it looks like you will not be able to give someone a summary of their genetic code. That's because the DNA analysis company, 23andMe, was told to halt sales of its service by the Food and Drug Administration because it does not have the department's marketing clearance or approval. The company sells its saliva collection kit for about $100 and the DNA test can tell clients whether they are at risk for cancer or if they carry genes for other genetic diseases like Parkinson's and also if their body will respond to certain drugs. And those results all into the FDA's definition of a medical device, which requires approval from the department. But back to gadgets, it seems that Samsung is coming out with yet another large-screen smartphone. The company unveiled the Galaxy Grand II with a screen that's a little over 5 inches in size. This is not gonna be a top-end phone because it does not support a fast 4G LTE wireless connection, but does have a good quad core processor. We don't know yet when it's going on sale or even if it's coming to the U.S. That's your tech news update and you can get more details on the show blog, cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.