John Paczkowski

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Mr. Rubinstein? Michael Dell on Line 1, Sir. Shall I Put Him Through to Voicemail?

palm_logo_dell_styleIs Dell positioning itself to make a large acquisition? It certainly appears that way. The company recently hired mergers-and-acquisitions specialist David Johnson away from IBM (IBM). And yesterday, it sold off $1 billion in bonds. Dell (DELL) already has $9.7 billion in cash reserves on hand, so presumably it needs that extra billion for something beyond the “general corporate purposes” it claims. You know, like acquiring BMC (BMC). Or Symantec (SYMC). Or QLogic (QLGC). Or deduplication outfit CommVault (CVLT).

Or Palm (PALM), to indulge a years-old rumor. Palm is a logical target, isn’t it? Buying the company would place Dell firmly in the smartphone market it has so often expressed interest in. Can’t imagine an overture from Round Rock would go over too will with Palm’s new leadership, though. Surely Jon Rubinstein didn’t accept the CEO seat at Palm with the understanding that he might someday be working for Dell.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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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