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Shares of Apple are up 1% in pre-market trading after the company confirmed it acquired the social analytics firm Topsy. The price of the deal wasn't disclosed, but The Wall Street Journal reports it was worth $200 million, citing "people familiar with the matter."Topsy allows its users to examine Twitter conversations and pick out trending topics, hashtags or influential people using the social network. The company features a search engine specifically for Twitter where users can search for topics or tweets.The acquisition follows last week's deal to buy motion sensing tech company PrimeSense for $350 million. A quickGoogleGooglesearch on the phrase “Amazon drone” yields 637 million hits. If the online retail giant never delivers a single package via drone aircraft, CEOJeff Bezos’ appearance on 60 Minutes and the ensuing publicity has already done its job for Amazon. WhileIBMIBMreports that “Cyber Monday” sales were up 17.5% over a year ago, Amazon’s numbers blasted 44% skyward, according to ChannelAdvisor. “ “I don’t want anybody to think this is just around the corner,” Bezos said of the drone plan. But that didn’t stop absolutely everyone from talking about it yesterday. They can keep talking. Amazon’s futuristic plan for robotic aircraft delivering goods in 30 minutes sounds too good to be true mostly because, well, it’s too good to be true. China Mobile, the world's largest mobile phone carrier, has quietly begun taking pre-orders for Apple's iPhones. China is critical to Apple's growth prospects, being its biggest market after the United States. Apple fell to No. 7 in the second quarter in China, with a 5 percent market share, losing ground not just to Samsung but also to Chinese rivals Lenovo and ZTE. In late October, China Mobile put an advertisement for the faster 4G mobile network on its website, raising expectations that a long-awaited distribution deal with Apple would be announced soon. Sony just released sales numbers for the PS4, and even the more...