This story is partially retracted!!
The picture on the left hits us via Gadgets on the Go – they describe it as follows:
I came across this Palm branded “News” (RSS application) in the PreCentral webOS Development forum . It’s got a few bugs (probably why Palm didn’t include it with the Pre), but it works very well.
Even though I am very happy to see more RSS users, I fear that this move from Palm’s will do more harm than good. It indicates but one thing: Palm is actively developing add-on applications for the Palm Pre.
This puts independent software vendors into an uncomfortable rut: they have to compete directly and head-to-head with the device AND operating system vendor…who obviously has more access to the OS and can always rig the situation to help its products stand out.
Even though Palm’s current situation is not too appealing for developers due to lack of code protection and sales channel (the Pre’s app store still can not handle payments); this move is another thing which could piss developers even more…
What do you think?