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Tech wrap: Kindle sales surge on Black Friday

November 28, 2011

Amazon.com said on Monday it saw a surge in sales of its Kindle devices, helped by its new Kindle Fire tablet, on the crucial “Black Friday” shopping day after Thanksgiving. Consumers bought four times as many Kindles on Black Friday as they did on the same day last year, when the company sold only e-readers, the largest Internet retailer reported.

Twitter has acquired a start-up company that makes software to improve security and privacy for smartphones and other mobile devices. With its acquisition of Whisper Systems, Twitter gains technology to bolster security of its fast-growing microblogging service and gets a pair of highly-respected experts in the field of online security.

Australia’s five major ISPs have revealed their plans to crack down on online piracy by sending warning notices to suspected illegal downloaders while assisting rights holders to pursue serial offenders through the courts. The Communications Alliance – which represents Telstra Bigpond, iiNet, Optus, iPrimus and Internode – says its plan protects consumers while respecting the rights of copyright holders, writes ABC News.

The European Commission plans to put a stop to the way Facebook gathers information about its users, including their political opinions, religious beliefs, whereabouts and sexual preferences, and how the social network sells that information for commercial purposes, International Business Times reports.

(Photo above shows a reporter trying a new $79 Kindle tablet at a news conference during the launch of Amazon’s new tablets in New York, September 28, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

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