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November 8, 2012, 8:15 PM

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Priceline.com:
Priceline.com Agrees to Acquire KAYAK Software Corporation  —  Priceline.com Incorporated (NASDAQ: PCLN) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement for the Priceline Group to acquire KAYAK in a stock and cash transaction.  Under the terms of the agreement …
Rafat Ali / Skift:
BREAKING: Priceline to buy Kayak for $1.8 billion  —  A bomb just dropped in the online travel world: Priceline the world's largest travel company, has agreed to acquire travel meta-search company Kayak, for about $1.8 billion.  —  Major deal points:  — Priceline is offering $40 per share of Kayak …
Michael Abramson / Sequoia Capital:
Creating room in a crowd  —  Sometimes it's never too late to join a crowded market.  Just ask Paul English and Steve Hafner, who today announced an agreement to sell Kayak to Priceline for about $1.8 billion.  —  Today, Kayak's promise of ‘One and Done’ is well known as befits a company …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T's flip-flop on FaceTime over cellular should scare you  —  A ‘cautious approach’ exposes the FCC's greatest shortcoming  —  Weeks after taking enormous heat from consumers, public interest groups, and the media (like us), AT&T is doing an about-face on its controversial decision …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Expands FaceTime Over Cellular Access to More Customers  —  AT&T announced today that it is planning to allow any customer “with an LTE device” on a “tiered data plan” to use iOS 6's FaceTime over Cellular feature.  Previously, only customers with a Mobile Share plan could use the feature.
DigiTimes:
Foxconn reportedly plans to set up plants in US  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) reportedly plans to establish manufacturing plants in the US and is currently conducting evaluations in cities such as Detroit and Los Angeles, according to market watchers.
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
The New Evernote 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch  —  Our apps never stop evolving.  Every few weeks, we release an update that adds something new or improves an existing feature.  It's not often that we launch a complete redesign.  In fact, it happens only once every few years.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Groupon falls short of analyst expectations, reporting Q3 revenues of $568.6 million and earnings per share of $0.00  —  Today Groupon reported its third quarter financial results, including top line revenue of $568.6 million, and earnings per share of $0.00.
Emma Turpin / The Official Google Blog:
JAM with Chrome: Play music live with your friends online  —  If you ever dreamed of playing in a band, now's your chance to be a rock star.  JAM with Chrome is an interactive web application that enables friends in different locations to play music together in the Chrome browser on their computers.
FierceWireless:
Verizon's Shammo: We'll finish LTE buildout by mid-2013  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will finish its LTE deployment by the middle of 2013, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.  The timeline is about six months earlier than Verizon has previously stated.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia CEO: Consumers realize a great tablet is better than a cheap PC  —  Graphics chip giant Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang said in a conference call with analysts today that consumers realize “a great tablet is better than a cheap PC.”  —  That's an interesting statement coming …
More: CNET
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
After a 5-year beta period, Wikipedia finally moves into the video era with an HTML5 player  —  With more than half-a-billion monthly visitors, Wikipedia needs little introduction.  —  But while the not-for-profit is renowned for its crowdsourced, text and image-based online encyclopedia …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook amps up Friendship Pages to highlight your online relationships  —  Facebook today announced a big visual update to its Friendship Pages to highlight the time you've spent with a family member or friend.  In effect, Facebook has essentially auto-created perfect lovey-dovey Timeline profile pages …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Facebook open sources Corona — a better way to do webscale Hadoop  —  Facebook is at it again, building more software to make Hadoop a better way to do big data at web scale.  Its latest creation, which the company has also open sourced, is called Corona and aims to make Hadoop more efficient …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents Very Cool Next-Gen Dual Mode Headphones!  —  Apple has invented a very cool next-gen headphone design that could be operated in two modes.  The first mode is the normal every day in-ear design that all headphones offer.  The second mode is where the fun comes in.
More: Ubergizmo and CNET
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Amazon uncorks wine service, delivers to your door  —  Customers in certain states — sorry, East Coasters, Southerners and people in a lot of other regions — can now pay $9.99 to ship up to six bottles from wineries around the U.S.  —  Customers can order almost anything through Amazon, and that now includes wine.
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
The Magical Tech Behind Paper For iPad's Color-Mixing Perfection  —  In the new version of Paper released last week, you mix colors with your fingers, like it's paint—only somehow more beautiful.  This one magical feature burned a year of development time, resurrected the work of two dead German scientists, and got Apple's attention.
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Oops: Twitter says it unintentionally reset passwords of non-compromised accounts  —  Twitter has unintentionally sent a password reset email to users whose accounts hadn't been compromised, the company announced on its status page.  —  Here is the statement it published:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple puts delivery dates back on LTE iPad mini orders, customers seeing November 21st date  —  After the LTE iPad mini went on sale alongside the WiFi version, we noted that customers were seeing various delivery dates for the product.  However, most readers reported delivery dates of either November 21st or November 23.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Samsung's Galaxy S III overtakes the iPhone 4S as the world's best-selling smartphone in Q3 2012  —  Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III handset usurped the Apple iPhone 4S as the world's best-selling smartphone in the third quarter of 2012, according to a new report released by market research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics.
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Call of Duty: Black Ops II to feature League Play livestreaming through YouTube  —  Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Black Ops II, to be released on November 13th, will have a livestreaming feature that is the result of a partnership with YouTube.

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Microsoft:
Project aims to help parents protect - and connect with - their kids  —  One hackathon team from Microsoft's //oneweek focuses on family safety and aims to give parents an easy way to understand their children's lives online.
Freshdesk:
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VMware:
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Zoho:
Customer Spotlight: How One Company Went from No CRM to Zoho CRM Power Users  —  “We had evolved our CRM from spreadsheets, to Goldmine CRM and finally to ACT CRM, but we knew we needed to move to a native cloud-based CRM”
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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