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6:50 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
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
HP Buys Palm: The Optimist's View
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
HP's Palm acquisition is about tablets and netbooks, too
Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
Did Elevation Partners take a hit on Palm investment?  (1)
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley Buzz: Apple Paid More Than $200 Million For Siri …
Discussion: Voyces and Insanely Great Mac
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 …
Ori Amiga / The Windows Blog:
Messenger across the web  —  As Jeff and Piero mentioned yesterday, the newest version of Messenger (beta coming soon) is designed to be the most meaningful way to stay in touch with the people who matter most, keeping you connected with your friends and what they're doing across the web.
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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 …
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 …
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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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jon Stewart Rips Into Apple Over Lost iPhone Debacle.  That's Going To Leave A Mark.  —  Over the last two weeks countless blog posts and articles have been written about the Gizmodo/iPhone leak and the subsequent police investigation.  Few have been as scathing toward Apple as a segment that aired on tonight's Daily Show.
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Barbara Kiviat / The Curious Capitalist:
The missing legal link in the Gizmodo-iPhone case
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.
Discussion: blog.pmarca.com
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone tethering on AT&T still waiting on better network performance  —  AT&T's own Ralph de la Vega mentioned as early as November of 2008 that you'd be able to tether your iPhone to your computer and use it as a modem “soon,” but here we are some ten months after the initial announcement …
Discussion: Erictric and MacRumors
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Charge a Premium to Put Ads in Mobile Apps  —  Setting a high bar for its debut in the advertising business, Apple Inc. aims to charge close to $1 million for ads on its mobile devices this year and perhaps even more to be among the first, ad executives say.
Discussion: Digits and Reuters
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline  —  Since its incorporation just over five years ago, Facebook has undergone a remarkable transformation.  When it started, it was a private space for communication with a group of your choice.  Soon, it transformed into a platform where much of your information is public by default.
Discussion: Techipedia
 
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Amazon Looks to Widen Lead in Cloud Computing
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo's search model developing a new face
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Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
Gary Cutlack / EuroDroid:
Layar launches “world's first augmented reality store”
Bloomberg:
Sony Said to Announce Televisions With Intel Chips, Google Software in May
Discussion: Maximum PC and Go Rumors
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
T-Mobile Drops 5GB Cap, Ushers in a New Mobile Broadband Future
Discussion: Gizmodo
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Believe In Privacy