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November 9, 2012, 1:45 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Phil Goldstein / 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
More: The Verge
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: Bloomberg and CNET
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 …
John Callaham / Neowin:
IE10 Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 differences detailed  —  As we have mentioned already today, Friday is turning out to be a big day for Microsoft and Windows Phone 8 as the first devices running the mobile OS go on sale to the public in the US.  The people who are first to get the Nokia …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Friendster Founder Jonathan Abrams Raises $1.7M To Start Hiring At Social News Reader Nuzzel  —  Social news startup Nuzzel has raised more than $1.7 million in seed funding.  —  I say “startup,” but at this point the only person working full-time on the project is Jonathan Abrams …
More: VentureBeat and CNETTweets: @georgezacharyThanks:@ryanlawler
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.
Mike Wehner / TUAW:
Apple proposing new Bonjour sharing standard  —  In order to remedy the woes many universities are experiencing using Apple's Bonjour zero-configuration Multicast DNS technology on large scale networks, NetworkWorld reports that the company is proposing a new standard that can be built to support huge numbers of users at once.
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

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