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12:00 PM ET, April 12, 2010

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Bloomberg:
Palm Said to Put Itself Up for Sale; Bids May Come This Week  —  Palm Inc., creator of the Pre smartphone, put itself up for sale and is seeking bids for the company as early as this week, according to three people familiar with the situation.  —  The company is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
HTC May Buy Palm to Fight Apple  —  Moribund Palm is up for sale, says Bloomberg.  Who is in the short list of potential bidders?  It's not Google, but close enough: HTC.  And it makes total sense, because buying Palm could save HTC's ass in the Apple lawsuit.  —  Bloomberg says that Lenovo may want to buy it too.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Palm for sale tip insiders: HTC, Lenovo, Dell & others in running
New York Times:
After iPad, Rivals Offer Variations on a Theme  —  Just as Apple's iPhone shook up a complacent cellphone industry, the company's iPad is provoking PC makers — and non-PC makers — to fight back with new devices.  —  Google — a search and advertising company — is soon expected to begin selling …
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google Tablet, HP 6-inch mini slate & Nokia ereader tipped to take on Apple iPad
Discussion: Electronista and Android Central
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Google buys UK startup Plink  —  Google buys mobile visual search startup as part of aim to acquire at least one company a month  —  Google has made its first ever UK acquisition, buying mobile visual search startup Plink for an undisclosed sum.  —  The acquisition follows chief executive …
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Mark / PlinkArt Blog:
Plink is joining Google!  —  We have some very exciting news - Plink has just been acquired by Google.  —  We started Plink to bring the power of visual search to everyone, and we're delighted to be taking a big step towards that goal today.  Google has already shown that it's serious …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Boldly Empowers the Digital Artist  —  So I've been playing around with Adobe's lateset version of Photoshop that will be coming out in the next month, CS5, and I have to say that I think it represents a bold, dramatic and fundamental shift in digital art creation.
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Russell Brady / Adobe Featured Blogs:
Unveiling the all new Creative Suite 5!
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Steve Jobs Replies to Mail, Apple Is Dropping Support for the iPhone 2G  —  He did it again, and with his usual style we've gotten used to.  Steve Jobs has replied to a customer mail regarding the future support for the iPhone 2G (do you even remember it?) and clearly said:
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The Adobe - Apple Flame War  —  The short version:  —  Who, in his right mind, expects Steve Jobs to let Adobe (and other) cross-platform application development tools control his (I mean the iPhone OS) future?  Cross-platform tools dangle the old “write once, run everywhere” promise.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Exclusive Video: Adobe CTO Lynch Smacks Back at Apple's “Protectionist …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Tensions Rise for Twitter and the Outside Developers Tapping In  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.  —  Twitter made it easy for programmers outside the company to build 70,000 applications that made the microblogging service more usable.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Available  —  Silverlight 4 will release to Web this week; next wave of developer tools and technologies re-defines simplicity, creates new opportunities for developers.  —  Kicking off a global launch consisting …
Mark Pothier / Boston Globe:
Please do not change your password  —  You were right: It's a waste of your time.  A study says much computer security advice is not worth following.  —  To continue reading this story, enter your password now.  If you do not have a password, please create one.
Discussion: CloudAve, Lifehacker and Gizmodo
Business Wire:
Barnes & Noble and Best Buy Announce Partnership For NOOK™ eBook Reader and BN eReader Software Distribution  —  Best Buy to sell NOOK by Barnes & Noble in stores and at bestbuy.com beginning April 18  —  Best Buy to feature BN eReader software on PCs, netbooks, tablets and smartphones
Reuters:
Google CEO says Apple helped AdMob deal  —  * FTC reportedly gearing to challenge acquisition  —  Apple's (AAPL.O) plunge into the advertising market announced this past week gave Google (GOOG.O) a big boost in arguing for regulators to approve its acquisition of mobile advertising leader AdMob, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on Sunday.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: I Admit It, The iPad Is A Kindle Killer.  I Just Wish It Weren't Going To Kill Reading Too  —  For one reason or another, I've spent the past few weeks down at the TechCrunch offices.  As a result, it's proved almost impossible to avoid iPad fanboy hysteria.
Discussion: broadstuff and Kindle Review
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is 2011 like 1994 for Apple, Twitter, Facebook, and the Web?  —  Fact: In 1994 I thought Apple was going to own it all.  By 1999 most magazines thought it was dead.  —  Fact: In 1992 Pointcast shipped.  By 1999 it was dead.  —  Fact: In 1994 Microsoft was beta testing a system called “Blackbird.”
Discussion: CloudAve, Thanks:rawmeet
 
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