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Same article, Different headlines...

Mon Nov 16, 2009 - 3:16 PM EST - By Annie Latham

At the crack of dawn, Yahoo! Finance made note of a story about Palm appearing in The New York Times titled "Underdog Palm Takes on Giants in Smartphones."

The story leads with "In a land of cellphone giants, Palm is a mouse."
So far, so good... right? Well, somewhere along the line, the headline was changed to this: "Is Palm's Comeback Losing Steam?"

What happened?

Here is the link to the article.

Clearly, the editor jumped to this part of story:

"...While no one expected Palm's sales would rival the sales of iPhones or BlackBerrys --and they have not-- developers have not rushed to write applications for the phone as they have for the iPhone and Android phones.

A lack of traction could prove important. If the market will have room only for a few smartphone standards, Palm, as the smallest company, could well find itself struggling as the perpetual also-ran..."

There were some interesting remarks from Palm's CEO, Jon Rubinstein:

>> "We did what we said we were going to do. We have done a really good job of laying a foundation for the company moving forward. Now we need to move quickly."

>> Mr. Rubinstein said Palm would never need as many applications as the iPhone. "We are focused on quality over quantity," he said.

>> Mr. Rubinstein says he expects developers will write for Palm devices, in part because Palm's operating system, called webOS, is based largely on the same languages used to design Web sites. Android, by contrast, is based on Sun's Java language, and Apple uses a variation of the C computer programming language.

>> "The companies that will deliver the best products are the ones that integrate the whole experience -- the hardware, the software and the services -- and aren't getting one piece from here and one piece from there and trying to bolt it all together," he said.


So you make the call, is Palm positioned for taking on the giants or losing steam? Maybe, it is something in between.


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