News to know: A "found" iPhone, Droid Incredible, Palm, IBM,

The infamous next-gen iPhone, found in a California bar, is still the big talking point. Meanwhile, the Droid Incredible is getting its fair share of publicity, as well.

The infamous next-gen iPhone, found in a California bar, is still the big talking point. Meanwhile, the Droid Incredible is getting its fair share of publicity, as well.  Elsewhere, IBM posts a solid first quarter and Google is calling it a day for the "http://" part of Web addresses. Get the day’s rolling posts via Twitter, RSS, or email.

Here's the recap for Tuesday April 20, 2010:

It was the sort of iPhone publicity Apple didn't want. A next-generation iPhone, left behind in a California bar, found its way onto the Gizmodo site. And while some of us had our reservations about it being authentic, our reservations were put to rest when Apple's lawyers fired off a letter asking for its return. How could something like this have happened? Don't expect Apple execs to answer any questions when it reports second quarter earnings after the bell later today.

More: Apple's "next generation" iPhone uncovered;

Bloggers, though, are already drawing their own conclusions about the device. Sam Diaz has decided to pick up a Droid Incredible now that he knows what to expect from the new iPhone. And it looks like Christopher Dawson will be right there with him, thanks in part to an "Incredible" review by Matthew Miller. Throw in that tethering support issue that Larry Dignan has been waiting for and you can add one more to the list of ZDNetters choosing Droid Incredible as the preferred device.

Palm could have been another option for tethering - but the uncertainty about the company's future is tough to swallow.  Executive Michael Abbott is the first to bail and the company has launched an executive retention program to keep the others in place until the company can be sold. But here's a question to consider: What if Palm doesn't find a buyer?

Related: Palm for sale: What’s the best case scenario?

IBM posted a solid first quarter earnings report and, as a further sign that there really is something to this economic recovery, raised its earnings outlook for the full year. At the top of the report is the double-digit revenue growth for the company's software unit.

Google, in its Chrome browser, is dumping the "http://" as part of a URL address, Will anyone care? Or notice?

Droid Incredible or the new iPhone. Check out our own gallery of a Hands-on experience with the Incredible. And, of course, there's a handful of iPhone images over at Gizmodo, as well.

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