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+ - HP Buys Palm->

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Blazarov
Blazarov writes "After speculations about HTC first, then IBM, Palm finally found new owners in the hands of HP. The deal is planned to be closed by July 31, with HP stated to pay $1.2 billion, or around $5.70 per share. This could very well mean that there will soon be a new player in the mobile phone market, as it seems that WebOS is one of the reasons for this acquisition. From HP's press release:

"The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications. "

Full release available at the source link."

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Comment: Maybe Palm's state is worse than it seemed (Score 4, Interesting) 97

by Blazarov (#31967340) Attached to: HTC Walks From Palm Bid, Will Lenovo Step Up?
There were some speculations that HTC has interest in Palm mainly due to Palm's patent portfolio. Given the upcoming court fight with Apple, it would probably have been nice for HTC to have as much patents as possible in order to get more leverage in the case. HTC's decision most certainly comes after looking at Palm's books, and since they have decided to pass the offer, maybe this means it's not all rainbows and butterflies at the Palm HQ? Coincidentally, yet another Palm exec left (the VP of carrier marketing), and there was also a rumor that even Robinstein himself was abandoning ship (although he allegedly denied this). This all kind of points that Palm may have a very serious problem. I'm not sure what will happen if Lenovo walks away too... On the technical side, it would have been interesting to see WebOS on some of the high-end hardware HTC has released lately. On the other hand, I'm not sure that yet another OS to support is the best thing for HTC, with WM, Android, and the emerging Brew thing...
Google

+ - Apple sues HTC over patents->

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andy1307 (656570) writes "According to the New York Times, "Apple said on Tuesday that it had filed lawsuits against HTC, the Taiwan-based phone maker, accusing it of infringing on 20 Apple patents tied to the iPhone. The suits, filed with the office of the United States International Trade Commission and the United States District Court in Delaware, say HTC violated patents covering the phone’s user interface, internal architecture and hardware.". The article goes on to say that Google isn't mentioned in the suit."
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Iphone

+ - What you get when you buy a $40 iPhone in a bar -> 1

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "How good — or bad — are fake iPhones? PC Pro blogger Steve Cassidy has a friend who paid £25 ($40) for an "iPhone" in a bar, and he's got the photos and full lowdown of what's inside this not-so smartphone. The phone looks convincing enough from the outside, with a genuine-looking backplate, but things start to go wrong when you switch it on. What’s a “Java” and “WLAN” App button doing on the screen? And how about that Internet Explorer icon? It’s like you’re handling an artefact from an alternate history, dropped in via a spacetime wormhole. It has dual SIM handling, too, and came with a bizarre auxiliary battery festooned with warnings about not pressing a button mounted on the front of the top-up device."
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Space

+ - Atlas V rockets creates visible shockwave-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Solar Dynamics Observatory Launch, Feb 11, 2010 HD VERSION A sun dog is a prismatic bright spot in the sky caused by sun shining through ice crystals. The Atlas V rocket exceeded the speed of sound in this layer of ice crystals, making the shock wave visible from the ground. The announcer can be heard in the video saying, "The vehicle is now supersonic.""
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Firefox

+ - Microsoft's browser choice screen starts next week->

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Blazarov
Blazarov writes "The widely discussed "Web browser choice screen" that should resolve the competition law issues that Microsoft had with the European Commission will roll out next week. First it will only be available to users in France, UK and Belgium, with a Europe-wide roll-out starting March 1. Current Internet Explorer users will be greeted with an announcement that an "important decision" is to be made, followed by the choice screen, which will present the available browsers in random order. The screenshot in the linked blog entry shows Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera among the possible alternatives to IE 8.

Could this result in a change of the browser market share figures, once the update hits Europe?"

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+ - HTC brings the heat with Desire, Legend, and Mini->

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Blazarov writes "After Microsoft shook the mobile world yesterday with the announcement of Windows Phone Series 7, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC responded today by unveiling three new phones at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. Among them is the new, top of the line Desire, which is basically a Nexus One with HTC's Sense UI and a slightly revised design sporting a new optical trackpad instead of the trackball. The second phone is the longly rumored Legend, the successor of the HTC Hero, featuring an all-aluminum body, faster processor and 3.2 AMOLED touch screen. Last but not least, HTC presents the HD Mini, a smaller version of its Windows Mobile flagship, the HD2.
After this second day of WMC, it seems that the competition for the best smartphone on the market would get even more stiff...

First hands-on of the Desire available at Engadget:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/16/htc-desire-first-hands-on/"

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Comment: Will have to wait and see (Score 5, Interesting) 427

by Blazarov (#31144174) Attached to: Does Microsoft Finally Have a Phone Worth Buying?
There are still a lot of questions to be answered, before I can say if I like it or not... Does it support multitasking? How are notifications handled? How efficient is the down-scrolling action compared to the sideways swipe in a real world usage? How would apps look with this spill-over-the-side text philosophy? I agree that the fact that they have started completely from scratch is rather exciting, and also the minimalist design approach is rather bold, but until the above questions are answered it is hard to tell if this will end the "iPhone Domination"

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