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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You heard it here first
by Adam S on Thu 18th Aug 2011 20:30 UTC
Adam S
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2005-04-01

Mark my words: HP is selling a massive patent portfolio. They own Palm, there're goodies there, and they have their own vault too.

Someone like Apple, Google, or MS is going to step up and clear out those mobile patents. Sadly, that's the world as it exists today.

There's NO way they develop the incredible Touchpad, Pre, and WebOS 3 and then walk away in mere weeks. Something's afoot.

Edited 2011-08-18 20:31 UTC

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RE: You heard it here first
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 20:34 in reply to "You heard it here first"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Mark my words: HP is selling a massive patent portfolio. They own Palm, there're goodies there, and they have their own vault too.

Someone like Apple, Google, or MS is going to step up and clear out those mobile patents. Sadly, that's the world as it exists today.

There's NO way they develop the incredible Touchpad, Pre, and WebOS 3 and then walk away in mere weeks. Something's afoot.


It could very well be that Apple or Google or Microsoft is going to buy Palm's entire patent portfolio. Remember: the TouchPad and Pre 3 were already in development long before HP bought the company - HP has done ZERO to make new products for Palm.

This could all have been an elaborate ploy to sell off Palm's IP assets ate huge markups one of these weeks.

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