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November 21, 2006

Shedding Light on "Black Friday"

If there's one thing people like more than holiday shopping, it's holiday bargains--am I right, people? And no day is better for that than Black Friday, That mythical  day-after-Thanksgiving when all the stores lower their prices and brace for the onslaught.

In the real world, you bolt up from your turkey coma bright and early, stuff your purse with newspaper ads and department store circulars and gird yourself for the inevitable shopping crowds of this notorious post-holiday holiday. This year, however, there's a new wrinkle. Turns out online stores are publishing their Black Friday prices earlier than ever--often to the dismay of the big box stores and other chains.

Looking for the latest--and earliest--Black Friday sales? The blogosphere's lousy with 'em. Sites are leaking, blogging, and re-blogging them like crazy.

Start by typing "Black Friday" into Ask.com's Blog & Feed search. You'll find blog postings everywhere about Black Friday sales. See a blog you like? Just hit that pull-down menu and subscribe to it on your preferred service. We let you subscribe via Bloglines, Google, Yahoo, even AOL…it doesn't matter to us. We're uniters, not dividers.

Because if there's one thing everyone can agree on, it's saving money at holiday time. Oh, and maybe sticking it to Best Buy. We can't vouch for that one though.

Happy Turkey,

--The Ask.com Team

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November 17, 2006

"Rebel King" Wins Math Version of Nobel

We almost let this one slip: a hearty if belated congratulations to Cornell professor Jon  Kleinberg for winning the 2006 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, often considered the Nobel Prize of Computer Science.

His work on "authorities" and "hubs" on the Internet--and its influence on Web search technologies--is near and dear to our hearts here at Ask.com. We also like to see a brilliant contemporary get his due.

And not just brilliant, but likable: his students nicknamed him "Rebel King" as an affectionate anagram for "Kleinberg." Jon, kudos from all of us.

--The Ask.com Team

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November 06, 2006

Smart Answers Lead to Smart Voting

Even if your only outside link to the world was your mailbox, by this time you'd still be awash in (mostly biased) election information: candidates, propositions, polling places and more. And of course there are all the latest scandals that just happen to drop just before the big day. Don't you wish you had one reliable source where you could find all the Election Day info you needed? Ahem.

Try this on for size:

Just type in "election" into Ask.com. You'll get a Smart Answer that points you to practically everything you need to know about this year's elections.

And see that pull-down menu labeled "Voter Info by State"?

That's your Smart Answer gateway to all the local voter resources you'll need.

Looking to delve even deeper into the issues? Our Director of Online Information Resources, Gary Price, has rounded up some sites where you can do some serious research.

So if you want to make the best-informed decision possible--or just figure out how to get there before the polls close--turn to Ask.com. We'll point you to the facts. After that it's up to you.

And if you're reading this on November 7, what are you doing sitting at your computer? Go out there and vote!

--The Ask.com team.

P.S. Seriously. Go vote.

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