Jon Rubinstein, the computer engineer credited with building both the iPod and the Palm Pre, has been named chief executive officer of Palm (PALM).
He replaces Ed Colligan, who led the company for 16 years.
Rubinstein, 52, once one of Steve Jobs' closest advisors, left Apple (AAPL) in 2006 with stock holdings reportedly worth $26 million. He is said to have clashed with Jobs over the wisdom of building the iPhone.
He was MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 10, 2009 6:20 PM ET
It came up briefly at CES in January when a Palm (PALM) representative let the cat out of the bag (see here). Nobody followed up.
But with more and more Palm Pres appearing in the wild -- in the hands of Palm employees, Elevation partners, one of my high-school buddies, even the Boy Genius -- we can now confirm this little secret:
Plug a Pre into a Mac and it syncs, seamlessly, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 28, 2009 7:14 AM ET
The bad blood between Apple (AAPL) and Palm (PALM) that bubbled to the surface last week has a history that long predates Palm's launch of the Pre, a smartphone that flatters Apple more sincerely than any of the other iPhone imitators.
When asked at Apple's earnings call last Wednesday how the iPhone was going to going to stay ahead of competitors nipping at its heels, you could hear the heat in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 26, 2009 11:53 AM ET
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