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1:50 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
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: IntoMobile and Electronista
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Live from Microsoft's Project Pink Unveiling  —  Another day, another liveblog.  We're live in San Francisco, where Microsoft's mobile team is expected to finally pull back the curtains on their long rumored, oft-leaked Project Pink.  We're expecting them to unveil at least two new pieces of hardware today …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Ushers in the Next Generation of the Social Phone With KIN, a New Windows Phone  —  Microsoft, Sharp, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone unveil KIN, a new Windows Phone designed for broadcasting and sharing everyday moments.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced KIN …
Discussion: Engadget, SlashPhone and SlashGear
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:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Docs Gets More Realtime; Adds Google Drawings To The Mix  —  Slowly but surely, Google keeps trying to chip away at Microsoft's core Office productivity suite with Google Docs, its free online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software.  Today, Google Drawing is being added …
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Jonathan Rochelle / Docs Blog:
A new Google Docs  —  They say a house is only as good as its foundation, and we believe the same holds true for web applications like Google Docs.  With our old foundation, we could continue delivering most features you wanted quickly, but over time it became clear that some just weren't possible.
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 …
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Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
Google Buys U.K. Start-Up Plink, a Shazam for Art  —  Google has just announced it's buying up Plink, a nifty little U.K. start-up that calls itself a visual search engine developer.  The plan is to apply its algorithms to Google's visual search platform, Goggles.
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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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Now Available
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Photoshop CS5 tries advancing photo frontier
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.
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.
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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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Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
WiMAX 2 Collaboration Initiative Announced, Will Bring 300Mbps Speeds  —  While WiMAX is just not starting to gain some traction in the U.S., WiMAX 2 is already on the horizon  —  WiMAX is common in Europe and other parts of the world, but here in America, the 4G WiMAX networks are still relatively rare.
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Jessie / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Now Available on the Wii™ Console  —  Jessie Becker here from Marketing and we're thrilled to let you know that we are now shipping instant streaming discs for the Wii to ALL members who want one today!  If you didn't reserve a disc already, click here and we will ship …
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.
 
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Brad Cooper / Smashing Magazine:
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Steve Rubel / The Steve Rubel Stream:
Google Now Highlights Top Links Cited in Status Updates
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Should the US govt force all cell phones to carry TV tuners?
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
ZoomSafer Raises $1 Million, Could Be Your Next Personal Safe Driving Assistant
41Latitude:
WHERE'S NEW YORK CITY?
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com:
Nice effort, but the Mag+ app deserves a Mag
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy / Slashdot:
Explaining Oracle's Sun Takeover — “For the Hardware”
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Yelp grows up  —  The site is making some changes …
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:lutherlowe
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?  —  Must be a quiet …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: I Admit It, The iPad Is A Kindle Killer. …
Discussion: broadstuff and Kindle Review
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
News Sites Rethink Anonymous Online Comments
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is 2011 like 1994 for Apple, Twitter, Facebook, and the Web?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Phones Review, Thanks:rawmeet