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) -- About 8.8 iPads were sold per hour per


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Store on Black Friday, according to Piper Jaffray analysts. Apple is projected to sell 5.5 million iPads in the December quarter this year, the analysts predict. Macs were sold at a rate of 8.2 units per hour, down from 8.3 last year.

In other Apple-related news, the iPad 2 will include new features such as video calling, USB ports, and new display technology, according to a story last week from Chinese news site

Economy News Daily

. The device is rumored to be released in the first quarter of next year, other reports said.

Shares of Apple rose 0.48% to $316.50 in pre-market trading Monday.

Online holiday shopping on Black Friday increased 9% over last year as U.S. online merchants saw $648 million in sales, according to online research firm Comscore. Among online retailers,


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saw a 25% uptick in unique visitors over last year.

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were up 1.5% to $179.88 in pre-market trading Monday.


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has held talks with large media companies to develop an online paid TV service that would be viewed through its Xbox game console, according to


. The discussions come as


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and Apple have made forays into the television space.

Online news site


is looking to merge with another media company, according to a report from the

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. The site currently has around 3.4 million unique visitors per month, but is looking for 10 million visitors a month, the story said.

--Written by Olivia Oran in New York.

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