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    Though HP took them with the highest bid, it turns out that Apple, Google, and Rim all expressed interest in buying Palm -- though mainly for Palm's IP portfolio -- not for its phones or even for its OS (though its easy to conceive of how Rim might have done something w/WebOS)



    Apple, Google showed interest in Palm
    Steven Musil CNET
    July 15, 2010

    The bidding for Palm earlier this year apparently attracted interest from some prominent Silicon Valley companies, including some that were reportedly mostly interested in keeping the intellectual property out of the hands of their foes.

    Hewlett-Packard ultimately turned in the winning bid, agreeing in April to pay $1.2 billion for the PDA pioneer. However, before that was announced, five prominent Silicon Valley companies kicked the tires on the company, including Apple, Google, and Research in Motion, according to a Business Insider report that cites sources familiar with the negotiations.

    Interest in Palm's vast library of intellectual property and patents attracted the interest of two fierce rivals: Google and Apple. Apple bid on Palm for the patent portfolio, even though it would mean that the company would have had to support two competing app platforms. Apple reportedly lost out because it didn't bid enough.

    Subsequently, Google was interested in Palm because it thought Apple might want the intellectual property, Business Insider reported. However, Google reportedly did not pursue a bid because it believed Apple was not bidding.

    Perhaps most intriguing is that BlackBerry-maker RIM had the deal for Palm in its hands and "had to work incredibly hard to blow it," a source told Business Insider. RIM was reportedly the frontrunner, but HP came back with a higher bid...

    Many saw HP's decision to acquire Palm as a quick way for the PC and enterprise services company to get into the burgeoning mobile device market. However, HP has been quick to point out Palm's appealing IP portfolio and has talked mostly about its plans for WebOS, which so far include a tablet and Web-connected printers.
    755P Sprint SERO (upgraded from unlocked GSM 650 on T-Mobile)
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    im just surprised that nokia didnt for the portfolio
    Palm prē-ist.
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    Guess we should be lucky HP got it. otherwise WEBOS would have disapeared forever.
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    Certainly glad it wasn't Apple.
    My device history:

    - Jim J.

    (On Sprint for many years)

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