Morning six-pack: What we're reading Friday

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Happy Friday. Sometimes that's all you need to say.

Great news: The screeching of the cellphone drones is about to come to an airplane seat near you. (New York Times)

Retailers may not be making particularly merry amid the upcoming holiday cheer. (Wall Street Journal)

For all your coverage of the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, this is about as good as it gets. (Dallas News)

Bankroll enough flops, and sooner or later the piper comes to call, as Sony is discovering. (BBC News)

Football teams are jockeying for playoff berths and bowl games, the NBA and NHL are in full gear, and Wall Street is chattering about ... the World Chess Championship. (International Business Times)

And, finally ... imagine flying 18.5 hours, with your reward being a landing at one of New York's prehistoric airports. Well, this aerial marathon of misery is over.'s Ansuya Harjani explains.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.