By Nilay Patel posted May 16th 2010 4:13PM

// 53diggsdigg Palm and HP seem like the happiest of corporate couples right now, but theirs was a heated courtship: according to Palm’s latest statement to shareholders, a total of 16 companies were contacted about a deal, and HP was the winner of a month-long bidding war that involved serious offers from five companies — a bidding war that involved Jon Rubinstein personally warning HP that it had to “significantly and immediately” increase its offer to remain in the game. What’s more, HP’s winning bid came in at just 20 cents a share more than its primary rival. Yeah, it’s juicy — read on for the full blow-by-blow. [Click Here to read more]