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Hey Ladies! Here’s the First Palm Pre Ad

Last week at the All Things D conference, Palm (PALM) investor Roger McNamee made a point of touting the Pre’s supposedly female-friendly attributes — like the fact that it has a mirror on the back. No mention of the shiny surface in this first TV ad touting the new phone, but this one certainly seems geared toward the xx set. Or maybe Palm has been stung by accusations that it’s an Apple (AAPL) ripoff and wanted to come out with some distinctly un-Jobsian marketing. You got me:

Note the nice shout out for Internet radio darling Pandora, by the way. Is there any mobile handset or carrier that doesn’t promote the music service?


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald