Bloomberg: Palm for sale?

It could be the end of an era, folks. According to Bloomberg, Palm will be in discussions this week with potential buyers:

Palm Inc., creator of the Pre smartphone, put itself up for sale and is seeking bids for the company as early as this week, according to three people familiar with the situation.

The company is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Frank Quattrone’s Qatalyst Partners to find a buyer, said the people, who declined to be identified because the sale isn’t public. Taiwan’s HTC Corp. and China’s Lenovo Group Ltd. have looked at the company and may make offers, said the people.

I’ve had a Palm device since the original Palm Pilot. If Palm is acquired, then it looks like I’ll be moving on. I love webOS and would love to keep using it, but it wouldn’t be the same if sold by HTC or Lenovo.

In any event, we should know something by the end of the week.

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