The Weekly Hash - November 9, 2012

Examining, deconstructing and laughing at this week’s top tech stories, today featuring Priceline, Siri and Oprah

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Siri has a new rival - and she doesn't like it

Since there was no other big news this week, we may as well talk - and laugh - about the top tech headlines of the past seven days. So, let's do that.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Usage of Google Maps in China plummeted in the third quarter with the release of iOS 6 and Apple Maps. So has the number of people getting anywhere on time.

Samsung’s Galaxy S III was the world’s best-selling smartphone in Q3, surpassing the iPhone for the first time. Out of habit, Mitt Romney called to concede defeat.

This week AT&T announced that they will let iPhone and iPad users with less expensive non-mobile sharing plans use FaceTime over cellular. Here’s the catch: those folks will have to share one big FaceTime party line.

2 million iPad minis were sold during its opening weekend of sales. It was the biggest opening weekend for a mini since Tom Cruise’s last movie.

Researchers in South Carolina have discovered that some electricity meters broadcast unencrypted information that could be used to determine whether you're at home. It gets worse: it could also be used to determine whether you’re watching Honey Boo Boo.

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