Lloyd George Buys Moto

6:00 PM -- In Thomas Pynchon's masterpiece Gravity's Rainbow there's a bit about Brigadier General Pudding, a would-be historian who's writing his long-gestated masterwork, a learned consideration of what will happen to Europe if some British politician -- Lloyd George, or Palmerston, or one of those guys -- dies. Pudding gets about 600 pages written when the guy up and dies, rendering all his labor instantly moot.

That's how I feel at times covering fast-moving markets like mobile email, where Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced it is buying Good Technology Inc. . I've covered Good fairly intensively over the last year, knew that acquisition was a possibility, and had been bugging them for some off-the-record guidance for the last couple of months. Now I know why they were holding back.

Just when you think you've gauged a sector like this fairly accurately, somebody up and buys somebody else, rendering your entire mental chessboard instantly moot.

Next up on the acquisition parade will be Palm Inc. . That much we can safely count on. Who will the purchaser be? Well, the list of possibles just got one company shorter. If you've got suggestions, I'd be glad to hear 'em. Post on the message board, or email me at [email protected].

You can read my initial take on "What's Next for Palm" on Unstrung early next week. Meanwhile, I'll be poring over European inter-war history -- and hoping that Lord Palmerston stays alive.

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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