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November 9, 2012, 8:50 AM

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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:
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:
Ben Kersey / The Verge:
Google TV brings music and movies to Europe on November 13th  —  Available in the UK, France, and Germany  —  Google blessed American Google TV owners with the ability to buy or rent content from Google Play last month, and now it's extending the same courtesy to international devices.
David Martin / CBS News:
7 Navy SEALs disciplined for role with video game  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) The U.S. Navy SEALs are part of an elite force that operates in the shadows, best known for killing Osama bin Laden.  However, CBS News has learned a group of SEALs has been disciplined for revealing secrets.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Judge to review whether foreman in Apple v. Samsung hid info  —  A federal court will look into whether the jury foreman in Apple v. Samsung “concealed information” during jury selection.  —  Federal District Judge Lucy Koh will “consider the questions” of whether the jury foreman in Apple v. Samsung …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google introduces six-month trial for Cloud SQL, ups storage 10x to 100GB, adds EU datacenter  —  Google today announced a major update to its Cloud SQL, which, as its name implies, is a MySQL database that lives in Google's cloud.  The highlights are this: 10 times more storage, faster reads …
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Exclusive: SEC left computers vulnerable to cyber attacks - sources  —  (Reuters) - Staffers at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission failed to encrypt some of their computers containing highly sensitive information from stock exchanges, leaving the data vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to people familiar with the matter.
Bruce Upbin / Forbes:
The Niantic Project: What Is Google Up To?  —  A “leaked” image from the Niantic Project, with a code written in Caesar cipher that translates into: “Every operation reaches a risk-assessment stage.  At this point, my determination is that Niantic is causing more trouble than it is worth.”
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Midori operating-system skunkworks project soldiers on  —  Summary: A new research paper makes a not-so-thinly-veiled reference to Microsoft's secret project to develop a non-Windows-based operating system and programming environment.  —  Midori — the Microsoft skunkworks …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Mess That Is Google Shopping  —  One of the things Google promised by moving Google Shopping to the pay-to-play model for merchants was how much the experience was going to improve for shoppers.  If that's the case, I'm sure not seeing it.  Come on a little tour.  —  Amazon Don't Play That Game
More: ZDNet
Mark Hachman / ReadWrite:
Microsoft's “Skype In The Workspace.”  It's Like A Video-Based Quora  —  Thursday, Microsoft's Skype launched Skype In The Workspace, a service that combines elements of Quora and social networking to create an online space where entrepreneurs can seek knowledge from one another.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
“Why the hell does this mouse need to connect to the Internet?”  —  To get the most out of this mouse, Razer says you need a “cloud-based driver.”  —  Razer  —  In this hyper-connected, networked world, many more of our devices are getting linked to the cloud, whether we want them to or not.
More: Forbes, Gizmodo and Techdirt
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Paul Allen's personal media browsing tool is now an iPad app for the rest of us  —  A new iPad app called Fayve, making its debut on Thursday, will join a crowded field of digital tools that help people discover movies and television shows.  But this one is different …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Peter Chernin Rounds Up Another $100 Million, This Time From Qatar  —  Peter Chernin, the longtime News Corp. executive who is now running his own media and technology fund, has landed another slug of investment money, this time from Qatar's sovereign wealth fund.
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 …
John Callaham / Neowin:
Microsoft adds Excel surveys to SkyDrive  —  Microsoft announced a couple of months ago that it planned to put in support for Excel surveys in its SkyDrive cloud service.  Today, the company announced that this particular feature has finally been added for SkyDrive users.

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