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5:55 PM ET, April 28, 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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
HP's Palm acquisition is about tablets and netbooks, too
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  —  The mobile phone wars got a more interesting late on Tuesday as Microsoft publicly asserted for the first time that Google's Android operating system infringes on its intellectual property.  —  Microsoft has taken the position …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is the Microsoft-HTC patent deal more about Linux or Apple?
Discussion: Datamation and PC World
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.
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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Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 7 in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 7 through June 11 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  The five-day conference includes the first ever iPad™ development sessions …
Tim Wu / Slate:
Don't Prosecute Gizmodo for the iPhone That Walked Into a Bar … - The Senate Tries To Get Goldman Sachs To Admit They're a Bunch of Jerks- Now Doulas Are Assisting During Abortions as Well as Childbirth- The Incredibly Unfair Trial of Muslim Activist Syed Fahad Hashmi- Troy Patterson: Is Happy Town the Next Lost?
Discussion: Know It All
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Final Details on the iPad's 3G Data Plans  —  I'm already a firm believer in the iPad 3G and its no-contract data plans, but AT&T's released the nitty gritty details, in case you wanted to check the fine print.  Pretty much the same, but a few new bits.
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Surprise Surprise, Pre-Ordered iPad 3G Begins Shipping
Discussion: Gadget Lab, 9 to 5 Mac and Erictric
Doantam Phan / The Official Google Blog:
Discovering pages “similar to” ones that you like  —  One of the great things about the web is choice.  There's a website out there for nearly everything, and sometimes there are many sites all dedicated to a single topic.  But how can you find all the sites that are related to the subject that interests you?
Bloomberg:
Sony Said to Announce Televisions With Intel Chips, Google Software in May  —  Sony Corp., trying to reverse sales declines in its TV division, will announce home-entertainment devices next month that use Intel Corp. chips and Google Inc. software, said two people familiar with the matter.
Vladimir Vukievi:
Fennec on Android  —  Over the last few months, we've made some great progress on bringing Firefox to Android.  Michael Wu, Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin and I have been focusing on getting a build ready that's usable by a broader set of people, and we're now ready to get that build out there.
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
T-Mobile Drops 5GB Cap, Ushers in a New Mobile Broadband Future  —  T-Mobile has announced that it will pull the 5 gigabyte-per-month cap on its mobile broadband service, part of an effort to push its HSPA+ network, which can deliver data speeds of up to 21 Mbps down.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Hitwise:
Facebook is top search term across three major search engines  —  Experian Hitwise announced today thatthe search term Facebook was the top U.S. search conducted in the four weeks ending March 27, 2010.  Overall, Facebook related terms accounted for eight searches across the three top 10 lists.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
'09 Music Sales Shed $1 Billion; U.S. Downloads Stagnant  —  Global recorded music sales shrank by 7.2 percent, from $18.3 billion to $17 billion, through 2009 - meaning the industry has scored fewer sales each year since 1999.  —  Digital sales grew 9.2 percent and now make up over a quarter of all music income...
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Yahoo chief Bartz ready to buy startups - but tight-lipped on Foursquare  —  The new Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz says search will grow in coming quarter and that location-based services are important to future growth  —  Carol Bartz, the new chief executive of Yahoo, says the company is …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe and blogs.ft.com
 
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Google intros Place Pages for Android, iPhone
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Cisco, Verizon, Novell Look to Secure the Cloud
Discussion: Computerworld
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple retail store sales climb 8% to start 2010, even without new Macs
Discussion: Digital Daily
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Believe In Privacy
Discussion: All Facebook
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
US, Europe press China to drop tech security rule
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Klout Raises $1.5 Million To Measure Influence And Authority On Twitter
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Jeremy Caplan / Digits:
The iPad and the Future of Text
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AOL's Turnaround Isn't Here Yet: Revenues Down 23 Percent
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Coverage of CT AG Grandstanding
TechCrunch:
When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Sells IM Service ICQ To Russia's DST For $187.5 Million
Markus Frind / Plenty of fish blog:
Match.com No longer top dating site, sends in the lawyers.
Discussion: paidContent, GigaOM and Mashable!
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Mysterious And Scary BitTorrent Monitoring Site
Discussion: Download Squad