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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RE: Well
by kaiwai on Sun 21st Aug 2011 00:47 UTC in reply to "Well"
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I'm just going to curl up in a fetal position and cry.

But are you surprised? HP and Dell started this 'race to the bottom' over a decade ago and this is where it has ended up - computer assembly companies on their knees to cater for Joe Sixpack wanting their $200 computer and not wanting to pay a cent more. Sorry but when you push down the price that low something is going to give out - your call centre is going to be pushed out to Timbuktu, corners cut and even those corners are eventually cut, and any sort of innovative idea will be cut the moment they don't sell 100million units in the quarter because they don't have enough profits generated from other divisions to carry a developing division into maturity.

I've been saying this the moment I arrived at - and I am told that I've got it all wrong, I don't know what I'm talking about. Well twinkle toes it has all come home to roost and once again we have the race to the bottom mentality destroy an otherwise good idea. Side note though, I think the whole fiasco can be viewed in much the same way the US economy has developed where manufacturing and 'real work' has been pushed off to China with the BS being said that 'services are the future' - yeah, I'm sure the Americans are now enjoying that 9.2% unemployment and don't wish for those 'real jobs' to return to the US (OMG! I might get my hands dirty and chip a nail! OMG!) ;)

Edited 2011-08-21 00:47 UTC

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RE[2]: Well
by SilConGeeky on Sun 21st Aug 2011 04:34 in reply to "RE: Well"
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Kaiwai No shock to anyone who worked in SV for 20-30 years. This isnt new to us. We saw the same happen to the semiconductor business back in the 80s. It happened in a short period where we stopped making DRAM chips in the valley. That whole business was gone overnight.

Only those who came to SV in the past 10 years, never saw or could imagine such events happening.

Hey, we used to make everything from Semi, Harddrive, Sun workstations, to Apple macs in Santa Clara County.

If anything it was certainly the Netbooks under $500 coming out of Taiwan which killed off the HP PC business.

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