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iPad Wi-Fi + 3G start to ship, data plan details posted on AT&T site

We've heard from a couple readers that they've received shipping notifications with tracking numbers for their iPad Wi-Fi + 3G so it looks like that Friday, April 30 release date is firming up.

For their part, AT&T posted a online PDF document that detailing their data plans for the new 3G equipped iPad.

Some of the highlights that you may not be aware of are as follows:

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HP acquires Palm for $1.2 billion, webOS to accelerate

HP is buying Palm for $5.70 a share, or roughly $1.2 billion. Does this mean we can expect HP netbooks and tablets running webOS sooner rather than later? Sure would beat Windows 7 starter, wouldn't it?

Says Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP:

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Apple buys Siri voice-powered personal assistant

Apple's buying spree obviously didn't stop with chip wizards Intrisity -- they've snapped up voice-powered personal assistant Siri as well.

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Apple buys chip designer Intrisity for $121 million

Apple has bought chip designer Intrisity for $121 million. Given the rapidity and speed of the Apple A4 chipset debuted alongside the iPad, rumors have persisted that Intrisity was behind the new system-on-chip (SoC), but confirmation took a while to arrive.

Intrisity was able to take the standard ARM Cortex A8 found in 650MHz flavor in the iPhone 3GS and competing smartphones and speed it up to 1GHz.

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Steve Jobs to appear at D All Things Digital

While Steve Jobs will almost certainly announce the 4th generation iPhone on or about June 7 or 8 at WWDC 2010, a week earlier he'll be joining Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher for D All Things Digital. Says Swisher:

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Apple announces WWDC 2010, likely debut for iPhone HD/iPhone 4G -- June 7-11

Apple.com has just put up this year's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC 2010) page, and as suspected the dates are early -- June 7-11 at the traditional Moscone West venue in San Francisco.

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Microsoft says Android violates its patents as well, HTC pays up

Apple has sued HTC for patent infringement with Android almost certainly being the target, now it turns out Microsoft believes Android also infringes on their patents and HTC has just paid up.

That means the free-as-in-Google smartphone OS isn't free anymore -- it's just Microsoft who's getting the money for it, and from the maker of the Nexus One, Desire, Legend, and Droid Incredible no less. That hurts Android.

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Possible Limera1n jailbreak coming in the near future?

First there was blackra1n and who would have thought the next rain would bring limes? That's right, limera1n.com is now live - sort of as you will only see a green rain drop when visiting the page. And if this could come as a surprise the site is registered to one George Hotz. Those of you who follow iPhone hacker on Twitter may have noticed a few hints that he has been working on a major breakthrough on the jailbreak front.

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iPad Wi-Fi + 3G orders preparing to ship!

Michael wrote in to tell us (and show us, see above) that his iPad Wi-Fi + 3G order was finally prepared to ship, and since Apple has previously confirmed they'd deliver on April 30, we'd say it's none too soon.

Wi-Fi only iPads arrived on April 3 in the US while international iPad Wi-Fi and iPad Wi-Fi + 3G are set for pre-order on May 10 and delivery "late May" (which we'll take to mean May 31 unless pleasantly surprised otherwise).

Anyone else get a notice? Anyone get an actual confirmed shipment and tracking number yet?

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Apples pushes out update for iTunes with version 9.1.1

Today Apple pushed out an update for iTunes with version 9.1.1. The update weighs in at 102 MB and contains a bunch of bug fixes along with some nice new features that are geared more toward iPad users.

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