Monday, November 26, 2012

Morning Brief: Media grapple with Catalan vote meaning; Cyber Monday deals push tablets, other electronics

Catalans went to the polls Sunday in regional elections that had, at its center, the issue of independence from Spain. Political parties that advocated holding a referendum on independence won a majority of seats, though media outlets seems to diverge on the true meaning of the election.

The Guardian, for instance, saw the election as a "blow" to the party of Catalan president Artur Mas, his party losing 12 seats.

But other parties that advocated a referendum on the issue of independence own seats, giving those in favor on independence a majority. "Flying pro-independence flags - a lone star against yellow and red stripes - Catalan voters on Sunday handed 87 seats, almost two-thirds of the local parliament, to four different parties that want a referendum on secession," the Reuters report concludes.

Today is Cyber Monday, the online equivalent of Black Friday, and not surprisingly, Amazon is pushing tablets, offering a discount on its already rock bottom priced Kindle Fire. Shoppers are expected to spend as much as $1.5 billion today online.

Apple, too, is promoting its tablets, though one won't find much in the way of discounted pricing on its website. (Strangely, Apple is promoting free shipping when it normally offeres this online anyways.)

Apple's refurb store is also offering better discounts on older model Macs than other outlets, as well, including Amazon's Cyber Monday section.

Best Buy is discounting Samsun and Asus tablets, though one wonders how they will do with that strategy.