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Shoppers take advantage of Black Friday sales in the early morning at a Target store Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, in Chicago. The store opened at 4 a.m. on Friday. (Kiichiro Sato/(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato))
Shoppers take advantage of Black Friday sales in the early morning at a Target store Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, in Chicago. The store opened at 4 a.m. on Friday. (Kiichiro Sato/(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato))

Will Black Friday become a Canadian tradition? Add to ...

Morning Radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Bargain hunting: American retailers have been trying to coax Canadians to cross the border for Black Friday sales for weeks: both in their cars and online.

Their Canadian competitors are fighting back by launching their own Black Friday promotions, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

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Hometown electronics retailer Advance Electronics cut prices on a line of TVs this week, perhaps in attempts to keep Winnipeg shoppers in Winnipeg.

A smart business move perhaps, but it makes us wonder: is Boxing Day not enough for the deal hunters among us?

Could Black Friday follow the lead of other American cultural products and traditions and become a national export?

When we look up Black Friday stampedes of past, we're not sure we want that idea to cross over.

You've got mail - and a meal: Chances are you've received an email meant for someone else at some point (maybe it was supposed to go to glennbeck69@hotmail.com but landed in your glennbeck68@hotmail.com inbox instead).

But what if it kept happening? What if those emails kept coming every year for three years from the same people?

That's what happened to Australian James West, who got CC'd on dozens of emails from one family in West Palm Beach, Florida and took a voyeuristic interest in their lives.

This year he tried to get himself invited to their Thanksgiving dinner - and it worked. West flew himself to the U.S. and enjoyed dinner with the family. Most importantly, he met the real James West:

Hmm...free meals (aside from the cost of the plane ticket) come out of emailing strangers? We could get into that.

There's an app for that: While Canadian legislators are trying to protect teens from skin cancer (Nova Scotia proposed legislation this week banning anyone under 19 from using a tanning bed), there's one thing they can't control: how much time young people spend in the actual sun getting UV exposure the good ol' fashioned way.

Gizmodo reports that the Australian Cancer Council recognizes this and launched an app that provides GPS-gathered weather reports along with facts about UV levels and when, during the day, they're strongest.

Sure, it's well intentioned, but in the hands of a teen desperately craving Snooki's pallor, couldn't this just be used to figure out the best times to tan?

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