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The US Government sure does like to play whack a mole. The Dept of Homeland security shut down a bunch of websites for violating US copyright laws. Of course, as soon as the sites were taken down, new sites quickly popped up to take their places. Not a big surprise. In other news, Black Friday sales online increased 16 percent over last year. Coremetrics analyzed sales data from over 500 U.S. retailers and noted that social networks and mobile devices played an important role in the rise of online shopping this past Friday. However, the AP reports that online deals account for only 8 to 10 percent of online spending during the holidays. And finally, Lady Gaga the self-proclaimed “Queen of Twitter” is giving up social networking, at least temporarily. Stars like Gaga, Usher and Justin Timberlake will stay social media-silent until they help Alicia Keys raise $1 million for her “Keep a Child Alive” charity. It’s a great cause.