Revealed: the finalists for the 2012 Crunchies

Five finalists have been chosen in 20 different categories for the 2012 Crunchies awards, and we’re proud to release the worthy nominees today. Voting for the winners starts today, and the winners will be announced January 31st.

Last-minute hotel app Hotel Tonight makes its first acquisition: PrimaTable

Hotel Tonight says it plans to acquire fellow San Francisco startup PrimaTable. While PrimaTable’s area of expertise is the high-end restaurant business, Hotel Tonight says it plans to put the company’s engineers to work improving its own platform that helps hotels advertise their last-minute room availability.

With redesigned mobile app, Hotel Tonight gets personal

Hotel Tonight is rolling out some important redesign features on Tuesday, including the first user ratings, and recommendations of hotels based on a user’s past stays and based on the preferences of users similar to them.

Hotel Tonight begins Euro invasion, goes live in London

Starting Wednesday, Hotel Tonight users can use the app for the first time to book a last-minute hotel room in London. The company is staffing up its London office and has hired a respected travel industry veteran as it prepares for further expansion into Europe.

Hotel booking app Blink scores $2.5m in funding

Spain’s Blink Booking offers last-minute hotel reservations, so it’s only appropriate that one of the several high-profile names in its funding round is that of Lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman

Hotel Tonight raising $9.1M, filings reveal

Hotel Tonight, the app that lets you book last minute hotel rooms for discounted rates, is currently raising a $9.1 million funding round, according to documents filed with the SEC Wednesday. The company has raised $8.65 million in the round so far, the filings show.