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November 8, 2012, 7:00 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
Apple quietly pulls apology-hiding code from U.K. site  —  Visitors to Apple's U.K. Web site are no longer forced to scroll down to view a court-ordered apology to Samsung, after Apple tried to bury it using hidden code.  —  Less than a week after Apple was rumbled by Reddit users …
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.
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 …
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.
More: MacRumors and Pocketnow
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.
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.
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.
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Apple out of China's top five smartphone list in Q3  —  Coolpad smartphones took third place in market share for China, according to Canalys  —  Apple dropped out of the top five list in China's smartphone market for the third quarter, as local handset vendors saw their shipments surge …
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.
More: CNET, Engadget and Guardian
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RapidShare Limits Public Download Traffic to Drive Away Pirates  —  In the aftermath of the Megaupload shutdown, people have been keeping a close eye on other file-hosting services, RapidShare included.  —  As a company, RapidShare sees itself operating in the “cloud hosting” business …
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Baseline Modbook Pro gets its RAM, storage and screen sensitivity doubled, stays at $3,500  —  The first batch of Modbook Pros have yet to make their way to owners, but the base model is already getting a spec bump.  The Macbook come tablet will have its RAM boosted from 4GB to 8GB …
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Nvidia Third-Quarter Earnings Top Estimates on Tablet Orders  —  Nvidia Corp. (NVDA), a maker of graphics processors, reported fiscal third-quarter earnings that topped analysts' estimates as it grabbed market share and won orders for chips used in tablet computers.

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