MSN Update

• Expedia now offers name-your-price airline tickets and has filed to dismiss a patent infringement suit. A former business unit of Microsoft, the Expedia online travel service is still 87% Microsoft owned. To use the new "Flight Price Matcher" service, customers supply details about the flight they require, then offer a bid for an airline ticket; if Expedia can match the price, it issues a nonrefundable ticket. Name-your-price online services were popularized by Priceline, of Stamford, CN, which obtained a patent on the idea.

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