12 Black Fridays of the Season“Palm shares are trading higher this morning on what Briefing.com describes as ‘NOK for PALM’ chatter,” Eric Savitz reports for Barron’s.

“While there’s not a lot to go on here, I would note that there’s certainly a case to be made for Nokia buying Palm; the Finnish mobile phone giant has lately seen its share of the smart phone market sag, as buyers pass on the company’s Symbian-based phones for models based on more modern mobile operating systems,” Savitz writes.

“Buying Palm would give the company control of the well-regarded Web OS software, which certainly offers a more compelling user experience than Symbian,” Savitz writes.

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MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve been saying since Palm announced the Pre and WebOS:

The more we see and hear from Palm, the more we believe they’re angling for a buyout.MacDailyNews Take, January 10, 2009

Palm’s Pre dog and pony show is nothing more than takeover bait. They simply do not have the resources necessary to create another mobile platform, especially one that is superfluous. If Palm’s Pre is not a ruse, then those responsible are kidding themselves.MacDailyNews Take, January 21, 2009