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Motorola apologizes for halted Cyber Monday deals; announces 2 new sales days

moto x1 Motorola apologizes for halted Cyber Monday deals; announces 2 new sales daysMotorola CEO Dennis Woodside has apologized after plans to offer the Moto Maker and Developer Edition of the Moto X with a whopping $150 discount were halted after the website was overwhelmed by traffic.

“I want to apologize to our customers and fans,” Woodside wrote in a blog post. ”First, we misjudged the overwhelming consumer demand for Moto X, which was far greater than we expected. Second, our pre-sale site testing was not sufficiently extensive.”

The company will relaunch the promotion this Wednesday and also on (Monday) December 9. Woodside says Motorola will double its stock of devices to “allow as many people as possible to take advantage of the promotion.”

Many customers were frustrated by Motorola’s issues, but two new sales days might help its deals stand out — assuming customers didn’t spend their holiday gadget funds entirely.

➤ We owe you an apology. [Motorola Blog] tts_banner250x325-2013

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This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: Dude, No One’s Getting A Dell Venue Tablet

Dell had an event this week, which is in itself noteworthy regardless of what they launch, but it turns out there were Android tablets there! We talk about those for a while, as well as the Elliptic Labs ultrasound gesture control SDK, Android in the Car, Amazon’s four-camera phone plans, and briefly the Kindle Fire HDX.

This week on the show prodigal son Chris Velazco returns from his many travels (we held the podcast a whole day to make sure he could come), and we’re joined by Natasha Lomas as well. I nearly forgot to mention that we also chat briefly about BBM for Android, and it must be forgettable because BlackBerry itself seems to have forgotten about it as well.

We invite you to enjoy weekly Android podcasts every Wednesday (or Thursday this week) at 5:30 p.m. Eastern and 2:30 p.m. Pacific, in addition to our weekly Gadgets podcast at 3 p.m. Eastern and noon Pacific on Fridays. Subscribe to the TechCrunch Droidcast in iTunes, too, if that’s your fancy.

Intro music by Kris Keyser.

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