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Storm cuts power to shoppers at San Francisco's Union Square Special

San Francisco - It looks as if California got its wish for rain as a storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday night. Rain and wind continued all day Thursday and is expected to let up by the weekend.

Op-Ed: Tech firms introduce ultra-wide monitors for holidays

Ultra-wide displays is an emerging trend in the tech industry given that more users are expecting to multi-task on their devices.

Is this the final holiday shopping season as we've known it?

Based on the long lines, maddening crowds, and general human insanity observed in stores across the U.S. last month on Black Friday, consumers clearly still have a passion for finding deals in this post-Thanksgiving retail ritual.

'Gray Thursday' steals Black Friday's thunder

If you plan on searching YouTube for viral videos of crazed shoppers toppling over one another to get into a store, you may be sightly disappointed this year.

Op-Ed: A Faustian Christmas: Why not to use credit cards during holidays

Toronto - It's less than week away until Santa Claus comes down that chimney to deliver gifts for Christmas. Question: how did Santa Claus pay for all those presents? Let's hope it wasn't with a credit, otherwise he'll be in serious trouble.

Study finds nearly half of Americans prefer to skip Christmas

Fort Worth - Due to the economic situation of many Americans across the United States, a significant portion of adults have become the Grinch and said they prefer to skip Christmas entirely this year because they can't afford it.

Op-Ed: Top 5 videos of 2012 Black Friday madness

It's only been a few hours since the madness known as Black Friday began, but some videos are already making their way onto YouTube. One video shows shoppers going berserk over cellphones, while another shows a consumer cussing out the store.

Op-Ed: Black Friday Holiday Spending: Saving the Small Retailer

Black Friday starts the holiday shopping season in earnest. This year, as every year, shoppers have a choice between the big box retailers and the smaller more local stores. Every dollar can make a difference to which stores make it and which don't.

Retailers start 'Black Friday' sales earlier this 2012 season

Reports are surfacing many retailers have intended to start their "Black Friday" sales earlier this year. While some stores have not made any formal announcements yet, ad leaks are showing the start times retailers are offering for Black Friday.

Report: Data shows a weak final month in holiday shopping season

Toronto - With four consecutive monthly retail sales increases, a new report from Statistics Canada found that retailers suffered a weak final month of the year. The statistical analysis suggested that retail sales were down 0.2 percent to $38.6 billion.

Online holiday shopping up 15 percent from last year

As the days slowly (or quickly) count down to the end of the year, the results from the United States holiday shopping season are trickling in.

Green Monday: FedEx expects today to be busiest shipping day ever

As a part of the busiest time of the year for retailers, shipping companies are also active. According to estimates, Memphis-based FedEx is anticipating to ship over 17 million packages today.

Chrift finds holiday gifts with social networking Special

Recently launched website Chrift helps by finding those perfect gifts when someone might have everything or is just hard to shop. It does so with a helping hand from Facebook.

Newest Amazon phishing scam emerges, holiday shoppers beware

As holiday shopping continues in full swing, scammers have kicked it up a notch and are phishing for information from customers.

Canadians embrace Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals

Canadian shoppers are readily embracing the shopping traditions of their cross-border counterparts, according to new data released by Canada's leading debit and credit processor.

Layaway options offered to consumers makes a big comeback in 2011

Years ago as the holiday shopping season approached, consumers flocked to their favorite retailers to put their gift choices on layaway before item were sold out.

Digital Journal Gift Guide, Part 2: The Best Books and DVDs

In part 2 of Digital Journal's gift guide, peek into the hottest bestselling books and the most entertaining DVDs. Find out why Malcolm Gladwell's book is intelligent, and how Monty Python's documentary is more than just a silly walk down memory lane.

Stores see drop in year on year sales in start of holiday season

In comparisons of November to November sales figures across top department store retailers, the 2009 holiday season is shaping up poorly.

Amazon to launch same-day shipping for the holidays

On Thursday, said it will be launching same-day delivery service in seven U.S. cities this upcoming holiday season.

Digital Journal TV: The Top 5 Holiday Shopping Scams

Gadgets, software and digital gear are among the most popular gifts for the holiday season. But the holidays bring out the worst in many retailers and if you're not up on what means what, you are ripe to be scammed. Here are the top scams to avoid.

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Tapestries  textiles and much more will be part of the 45th annual KPFA Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair...
Tapestries, textiles and much more will be part of the 45th annual KPFA Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair this coming Dec. 20 & 21.
Beppe Sabatini, via courtesy of KPFA
Watada Studios creates original one-of-a-kind jewelry by Julia Watada of Walnut Creek  CA.
Watada Studios creates original one-of-a-kind jewelry by Julia Watada of Walnut Creek, CA.
Beppe Sabatini, via courtesy of KPFA
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File photo: Shoppers line-up outside an Apple Store on Fifth Ave. in New York
File photo: Shoppers line-up outside an Apple Store on Fifth Ave. in New York
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