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Today’s price (a muffled ‘hrmph!’ and a solemn nod) for best headline goes to Devinand considering we’re stalking Black Friday, we have some of the best tech deals collected for you.

I know we try to be thankful every day, but here in the US it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, and the two of us thank you all for following us on our crazy journey into the dark world of technology this year. We are also thankful for a long weekend. No newsletter for a few days, so we’ll see you on Monday! – Christine and Hey

The Top 3

  • Exposed!: If ever there was a time for our governments to update old energy grid software, it might be now. Carly reports on a new Microsoft report that says attackers have discovered some vulnerable web servers running really old software and are using them to hack into energy networks.
  • Digitize CPGs with some MDCs to get a lot of GMV: Tanzania-based Ramani raised $32 million developing financial services designed to digitize consumer packaged goods supply chains and provide loans to resellers. Annie has more.
  • Well, that quickly got out of hand: The early COVID stories of people stuck on cruise ships with sick travelers are playing out a bit in China this week, and it’s causing some headaches for Apple, Rita reports. Following a virus outbreak at Foxconn, where they make the iPhone, protesters took to the streets to protest being forced to work and live in close proximity with infectious colleagues.

Startups and VC

Harvey, a startup building what it describes as a “copilot for lawyers,” emerged today from stealth with $5 million in funding led by the OpenAI Startup Fundthe tranche through which OpenAI and its partners invest in early stage AI companies tackling big problems, Kyle reports.

And here are five more to get you through Monday:

4 ways to use ecommerce data to optimize LTV before and after the holidays

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E-commerce startups earn as much as a fifth of their annual revenue in the two months following Black Friday/Cyber ​​Monday. But how can brands convert shoppers who respond to a holiday promotion into repeat customers year-round?

Dan LeBlanc, the CEO and co-founder of data and analytics Daasity, has written a detailed strategy guide to help marketers increase ROI and create a cohort analysis that tracks lifetime value against customer acquisition costs.

“Consumer brands that know how to leverage their data to maximize LTV will win the holiday season and set their brand up for growth well into the new year.”

Three more from the TC+ team: is our membership program that helps founders and startup teams lead the way. You can sign up here. Use code “DC” for a 15% discount on an annual subscription!

Big Tech Inc.

Since tomorrow is a federal holiday in the United States, most of us will be in food comas at home, so let’s talk about what to watch on television and what to listen to, shall we? If you’re eager to see if the new “Star Wars” story, “Andor”, is for you, but you’re not sure you want to put down the green for Mickey’s streaming app, Hulu’s got you covered – you can stream the first two episodes, Lauren writes. If you’re a big “Severance” fan looking forward to season two, you’ve probably been wondering what music your “innie” and “outie” could listen to themselves. Lauren also wrote about the online store that Mondo has exclusive “Severance” vinyl records for saleone for each of you yourselves.

And now we have four more for you:

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