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Submission + - HP to Buy Palm (hp.com) 1

Daengbo writes: "HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

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."

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Submission + - Facebook has HipHopped from PHP to C++ (github.com)

NicknamesAreStupid writes: Follow-up to darthcamaro's report of February 2nd (http://developers.slashdot.org/story/10/02/03/003249/Facebooks-HipHop-Also-a-PHP-Webserver). on Monday, I attended a MeetUp at CBS Interactive (a.k.a. CNET, http://www.sfphp.org/calendar/12902314/) where Facebook engineer Haiping Zhao gave a presentation on HipHop (http://wiki.github.com/facebook/hiphop-php/), an open source PHP to C++ translator that Facebook has used to convert most of its PHP to optimized and readable C++, compiled using g++. While not able to convert everything (e.g., eval(), dynamic variables & dynamic function calls), Haiping claims HipHop has done a great job at converting most of their code. Unlike the f8 presentation, Haiping indicated that, going forward, they are developing new projects in C++ on their own web server instead of PHP on Apache. The reasons for all this? Better performance and security? Cheaper programmers? You can see a HipHop presentation at the online f8 breakout session — http://apps.facebook.com/feightlive/sessions.php?_fb_fromhash=44a891994ffee45ec96812b622930d18. Is the move back to C++ a trend, or just a Facebook anomaly?

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