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12:15 AM ET, April 29, 2010

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HP:
HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion  —  Combination will accelerate HP's growth within the more than $100 billion connected mobile device market  —  HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
HP On Palm Acquisition: “Our Intent Is To Double Down On WebOS”  —  As you may have heard, HP has just announced the acquisition of Palm for $1.2 billion.  It's a massive move that HP hopes will reshape the mobile industry.  I got a chance to talk with Brian Humphries …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
HP-Palm: Everyone's a loser but Apple  —  Hewlett-Packard's Palm buy could be a good fit, but it's got a long way to go before it can catch up with the iPhone.  —  Not even a year ago Palm (PALM) and its chief investor, Elevation Partners, confidently spun a yarn about the pioneering company's long-term plan.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
HP Buys Palm: The Optimist's View  —  Wow.  The rumormongering about Palm ends today: HP is buying the struggling mobile pioneer for $1.2 billion.  One of the largest tech companies on the planet will own WebOS, one of the best available mobile operating systems-but one which has failed …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Smartest Tweets About HP/Palm
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and VentureBeat, Thanks:hpnews
Chris Obrien / SiliconBeat:
Did Elevation Partners take a hit on Palm investment?
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
HP's Palm acquisition is about tablets and netbooks, too
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
BREAKING NEWS: Siri bought by Apple  —  Back in February I said that if you miss Siri you will miss the future of the Web.  —  Well, Apple did not miss the future of the Web.  —  According to FTC Apple just purchased Siri.  —  If previous acquisitions by Apple are an indicator …
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Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Apple Moves Deeper Into Voice-Activated Search With Siri Buy  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Siri Inc. just a few months after the start-up's voice-activated personal-assistant program launched in the App Store, an investor in San Jose-based Siri told VentureWire.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley Buzz: Apple Paid More Than $200 Million For Siri …
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
New iPhone Could Hit Stores During Apple's Developer Conference  —  Apple could put its next-generation iPhone on sale during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), sources familiar with the situation have told us.  That date could be June 7, the likely date of the WWDC keynote.
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple drops Mac category from annual design awards
Discussion: TUAW, AppleInsider, VentureBeat and Rixstep
Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 7 in San Francisco
CNET News:
Gizmodo considers suing police after iPhone raid  —  A lawyer for Gizmodo says the gadget blog could sue the sheriff's office in San Mateo County, Calif., for raiding an editor's home last Friday as part of a criminal probe into an errant iPhone prototype.  —  The option of a lawsuit …
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Barbara Kiviat / The Curious Capitalist:
The missing legal link in the Gizmodo-iPhone case
Google Mobile Blog:
The New Image Search for Android and iPhone  —  When you do an image search, we find that it is typical that you will look through many pages of search results.  So in the redesign of Google Image Search for mobile, available today for iPhone 3.0+ and Android 2.1 devices …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Patent Agreement With HTC  —  Agreement will cover HTC's Android phones.  —  Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft claims Android steps on its patents
Tinic Uro / kaourantin.net:
H.264 hardware decoding in Mac OS X  —  ArsTechnica recently asked Adobe if we would use the recently added video acceleration API in Mac OS X 10.6.3.  The answer was yes and today we are making it available as a beta version (it was also a feature included in the release candidates builds …
Discussion: DailyTech, AnandTech and Neowin.net
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Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
Preview of the new Windows Live Messenger  —  We've spent the last few months posting about how we look at the industry, the key customer problems that are top-of-mind for us, and where we think we can improve the lives of our customers.  Today in a speech at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil …
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why We Prefer Founding CEOs … When my partner Marc wrote his post describing our firm, the most controversial component of our investment strategy was our preference for founding CEOs.  The conventional wisdom says a startup CEO should make way for a professional CEO once the company has achieved product-market fit.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Hacker Identified: You Decide If We Press Charges  —  Remember that hacking incident we had back in January?  TechCrunch.com was defaced twice over a two day period and was redirecting for part of that time to a third party site.  —  We got through the event and mostly put it behind us.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Believe In Privacy  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to have been outed as not caring one whit about your privacy — a jarring admission, considering how much of our personal data Facebook owns, not to mention its plans to become …
 
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Bloomberg:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
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Jeremy Caplan / Digits:
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