Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, but it's time to get back to work. Well, technically not for me. I'm taking a vacation day today. But you have work to do! At least you get to read today's Login first.
Fortunately, it's only 1,180 words, a 4-minute read.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Cyber Monday — with a predicted $9 billion in U.S. sales online — has become a self-sustaining phenomenon in the world of e-retail, with email blasts and ad blitzes pushing pre-holiday season discounts.
The big picture: This event did not emerge organically. It's a marketing construct built around a discredited prefix that was originally coined for an invented science, Axios' Scott Rosenberg writes.
Background: The term "Cyber Monday" was created by a marketing executive in 2005. Data had shown online sales spiking the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Yes, but: In following years, consumers demanded higher-speed connections at home so they could play World of Warcraft and binge-watch Netflix, and the telecom industry obliged. Meanwhile, most of the population had also put internet-connected smartphones in their pockets.
The bottom line: Those office T1 lines no longer matter, and Cyber Monday should have evaporated, but it's still going strong.
Between the lines: No one says "cyber" today, except with reference to security and this one frenzied day of online purchasing. Even in 2005, the "cyber" prefix had lost its cachet.
Why it matters: We could all use some help steering our way safely through today's wilderness of email barrages and coupon codes.
Cyber Monday is only one checkpoint for Americans' holiday shopping trends.
As Qualcomm appeals a landmark antitrust verdict attacking the heart of its business, the briefs from other parties suggest just how high the stakes are.
Why it matters: Qualcomm is highly powerful, to be sure, and has a number of controversial business practices, including its requirement that companies license its patents in order to buy its chips.
At the same time, it is also one of the few significant American players in setting standards for 5G and future wireless technologies at a time of growing U.S. concern over Huawei and China's role in that area.
Google and YouTube have removed 300 Trump campaign ads, mostly over last summer, for violating the services' policies, according to a "60 Minutes" report.
Details: "60 Minutes" reviewed the companies' transparency reports detailing incidents in which ads have been taken down, but found that the records offered no explanations for the removals, and no record of the original content of the ads.
Context: YouTube has not removed a controversial Trump campaign ad that pushes misleading claims about former Vice President Joe Biden's advocacy of the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor while Biden was vice president.
Meanwhile: In a separate "60 Minutes" story, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his company's policy of running political ads that make false statements.
T-Mobile is officially debuting its nationwide 5G service today using its 600 MHz spectrum.
Why it matters: The move allows T-Mobile to claim the broadest 5G coverage, even if that frequency doesn't give the kind of ultra-fast speeds possible using millimeter wave frequencies.
Be smart: High frequency bands, like millimeter wave, can carry data much faster, but only over short distances; lower frequencies can't carry data as fast, but travel farther and pass more easily through walls and other obstacles.
The big picture: T-Mobile, like other carriers, is also slowly building out high-speed 5G in select metro areas, beginning with parts of six cities launched earlier this year.
Go deeper: 5G is off to a slow start
AI is good at some things, but inventing new pies is not one of them.