Buyout a go-go: Huawei, Lenovo, no comment from CEO 72
Yeah, we know that CEO Jon Rubinstein giving an official "No Comment" isn't normally worth a post, but given how many buyout rumors have been swirling around, at this point any statement is news. So in the interest of full disclosure, he told zeit.de "We cannot comment on rumors. [...] We focus our efforts on building smartphones that put our customers like." So there you go.
In other Rubinstein news, it sounds like he's heading to France on April 27th for that SFR Palm Pre premiere party, so we're feeling pretty good about an immediate launch. The fact that Vodafone and O2 Germany are getting plussed on the 28th doesn't hurt, either.
Rumor time: Doug Kass of The Street claims (in a subscription-required article) that a 'Gnome' told him that Lenovo has walked away from a deal with Palm. Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that Palm went looking to Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE for a possible purchase:
Huawei was approached through its investment bank sometime in mid-February for "preliminary discussions", the source told Reuters on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the process has not been made public
Round and round we go. Anybody getting dizzy yet?
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