This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Twitter, DROID, Zynga

Ad hominem attacks are not the basis of good argument. They do make good comedy, though:
  • Apple bid for Palm, before HP bought them?
    Apple just wanted to know what it felt like to have a much-maligned phone in its product lineup. (This WAS before it released the iPhone 4, of course.)
  • Next-gen iPod touch to have FaceTime?
    Geeze! How many people are having babies while simultaneously living really far from the grandparents, that this feature is so necessary?
  • Two new iPads on the way?
    In addition to the "regular" size, there will be new 5.6" and 7" models. Ah! Imponderables: At what point does a "smaller iPad" become a "larger iPod"? Or, if a tree falls in the forest, will you please shut up about a new iPad?! That's Zen, that is.
  • Soon, you'll be able to pay Twitter to get followers?
    Useful, maybe, for corporations, but I can cut out the middle-man: Just send me $1 and I'll follow your feed. Please make check payable to "cash." (I am serious.)
  • Original Motorola DROID discontinued?
    Once the current handsets are sold out, they'll make no more. This means that the 2-year contract you signed will out-last the production life of the handset by about 16 months! Still, that beats the Kin by six months. (Yes, any excuse to beat up on the Kin.)
  • Google invested $100 million in Zynga?
    Their first game? "GoogleVille." The goal is to build up your search company from a small start-up in a garage to a respected and feared multi-national Internet juggernaut. From the ad copy: "Serve your ads faster than the competition, but watch out for mean old Mr. Apple! Quick, purchase a patent to avoid a lawsuit!"
  • If a DROID X is modded, it'll stop working? or WILL it? Either way, the fact remains that the ability for Motorola to brick your phone is there, if you try to install a custom ROM. If they're ever actually going to enable that functionality is solely up to them. Think of it like the mind-controlling nanobots we inject into our children when they're born. We're not really ever going to activate them, but it makes us feel better knowing that they're there.
Jeff Somogyi is the dealnews Media Editor. He may have gotten the wrong idea about what vaccines actually do. Read more of his wrong-thoughts @dzheough on Twitter.
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