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HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion

Palm’s innovative cellphone operating system is a key attraction, HP says.
April 28, 2010

HP has just announced that it will acquire smart phone maker Palm for $1.2 billion. Palm has been troubled for some time–while the Palm Pre was an interesting smart phone with innovative software, sales remained disappointing.

HP named the Palm Pre’s webOS software as a major part of its motivation for the acquisition. It’s good to see webOS get a second chance. Aside from enabling HP to enter the smart phone market, it’ll be interesting to see if HP finds ways to incorporate the operating system into other devices. HP has been exploring directions such as Web-connected printers, which seem like natural beneficiaries of Palm’s intellectual property.

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

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lucid dreaming concept
lucid dreaming concept

I taught myself to lucid dream. You can too.

We still don’t know much about the experience of being aware that you’re dreaming—but a few researchers think it could help us find out more about how the brain works.

panpsychism concept
panpsychism concept

Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?

The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.

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