Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Major bombshell, and sorry, but this certainly requires a breaking tag as well: HP has announced it is discontinuing operations for webOS devices - effective immediately. Just like that... The TouchPad and Pre 3 are dead. Eh. Raise your hands if this brings back those painful memories of that infamous 'Focus Shift'. In addition, the company also announced its intention to sell its personal computer business.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:41 UTC
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I don't understand why they finished the HP Pre 3 and put it up for pre-order and then announce they are going to drop it. How will that clear the inventory?

Same for the Touchpad, Best Buy wants to sent them back, HP tells them to wait, releases a better version and now this.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510 - business
by jabbotts on Thu 18th Aug 2011 20:28 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Things can change drastically when the quarterly figures come out and even more so at fiscal end when everyone is jockying for best "I'm pro-active; keep me" demonstration before the restructuring. Wheeee.. big business..

If they end up abandoning WebOS, I hope they release it to see what the nerds do with it.

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I hope they release it to see what the nerds do with it.

Doubt it, as they specifically said they want to stop with the hardware and still make money on the webos-software.

So they won't release it as open source, unless it turns out after a couple of years no-one would buy it

Edited 2011-08-18 23:36 UTC

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by AnyOneOrEvery1 on Fri 19th Aug 2011 04:39 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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The BOSS must have been really pissed by now.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by jtfolden on Fri 19th Aug 2011 20:34 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Not only that... but a WHITE TouchPad just went up on HP's US site the day after they announced they'd cease producing hardware! WTF!

Edited 2011-08-19 20:52 UTC

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