http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=8BD90EF6-1A64-67EA-E49F545145F02823 (Might be nothing, might be something . . . ) "Dell plans to grow its business by acquiring another company, a senior executive said Friday." Some see Palm as a logical target since buying the company would give Dell immediate access to a line of smartphones -- a segment of the market that Dell officials, including CEO Michael Dell, have expressed interest in. "If Palm is a target, the upcoming Pre handset may be a principal reason. Scheduled to go on sale next week in the U.S., the Pre uses a new operating system and is seen as a potential rival to Apple's iPhone and handsets based on Google's Android operating system." "Others see rival Acer as a possible acquisition target for Dell. The Taiwanese PC maker has grown quickly in recent years, taking PC market share away from larger rivals. Buying Acer would increase Dell's share of the PC market, although there would be a fair amount of overlap across computer product lines. In addition, Acer is also building its own line of smartphones, based largely on its acquisition of Taiwanese handset maker E-Ten Information Systems last year."