Palm selling some stock to help with Pre, pay off Bono before he breaks kneecaps

Pre fever's in the air, yes, but beneath the elation and excitement of Palm's mega-launch, there's a cold, hard reality: bills are piling up. To that end, the company is looking to queue up a "secondary offering" of its stock to the tune of 18.5 million shares, which -- thanks to a nice bump in value since the Pre's announcement -- should rake in over $100 million in capital. Some $49 million of that would be used to repay part owner Elevation Partners, while the rest would be funneled directly into Pre launch activities and future product development. Palm wants to wait until market conditions are just right for the offering to take place, but it'd like to have the stock sale wrapped up by the 31st; look for a hands-on from us shortly thereafter.