One thing is clear, if Apple responds with another block of the Palm Pre, Apple sees the Palm Pre as a worthy competitor to their own products. If the Pre was just another phone they wouldn't need bother. I really hope the Pre becomes a great enough success that they can continue to out innovate Apple on the market for user friendly smart phones.
I'd see Pre more "worthy" if they developed their own snyching applications rather than trying to use a competitor's. Clearly Palm thinks Apple's is worthy to use without their permission.