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Day October 14, 2010

about.me — ‘a custom splash page & personal analytics dashboard’

If you’re looking for ‘a personal profile page that points people to your content around the Internet, allowing you to pull all this information together to build a single online identity,’ then about.me is for you. The service is currently in private beta, but you can reserve your user name now. Examples of some exceptionally well done splash pages can be found on their website (or you can visit my not-so-well-done one here). Be sure to follow @aboutdotme on Twitter for the very latest on this exciting new service.

Source: about.me via TechCrunch

Palm Pre 2 rocking 1GHz processor and webOS 2.0 touted by SFR, headed to Verizon

It’s no longer a matter of if, but when we will see the Palm Pre 2 available for purchase. Earlier this week, French carrier SFR put up a web page (since removed, pictured after the break) touting the Palm Pre 2. Notable features include a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, a flatter — presumably glass — screen, and the same pebble-inspired, vertical sliding form factor as the previous version. Oh yeah, and it will also be rocking webOS 2.0 on release. No word on whether the Pre 2 will up the screen resolution, but pictures of the tightly guarded Palm phone surfacing on MobiFrance (one above, the rest available in the MobiFrance link below) seem to suggest it will retain its 480 x 320 display.

The Palm Pre 2 had already been rumored for a Verizon launch for the holiday season, something Engadget seems to have corroborated today with an internal screenshot revealing device training for the handset at Big Red (also pictured after the break).

Whether the Pre 2/webOS 2.0 duo will be enough to reignite interest in the flagging Palm brand — now owned by HP — remains to be seen. As a huge fan of webOS, I’m glad to see anything new from Palm, but I’m more interested in seeing what HP and the folks at Sunnyvale cook up in 2011.

Apple iPad coming to Verizon Wireless and AT&T stores October 28

That’s right. On October 28, you’ll be able to walk into a Verizon Wireless or AT&T store and walk out with an Apple iPad. Verizon will be selling the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB WiFi versions of Apple’s tablet bundled with a MiFi Mobile Hotspot for $629, $729, and $829 respectively. Data plans start at $20 for 1GB of data per month and are commitment-free.

AT&T will be matching Big Red’s prices on iPad hardware except that they are offering the 3G + WiFi models obviating the need for a separate device for mobile data. AT&T’s data plans are the same metered ones they introduced in June for smartphones: $15 for 250MB/mo or $25 for 2GB/mo. Note that AT&T’s data plans for iPad are also unfettered of the bonds of contractual obligation.

Official press releases after the break.

So, who’s getting one for the holidays?