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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I don't think HP is that smart; look at the fight they just had with Best Buy. That said, according to my local Radio Shack (which didn't have any in stock), HP is not discontinuing webOS devices; in fact, he said he was going to a workshop in a week or two to be trained on the next webOS tablet. Take it for what it's worth...

I dunno, HP isn't stupid either ;) They likely saw the writing on the wall: "nobody is gonna buy these things at full price, maybe give them away and see what happens"

I'm willing to bet it was their "Plan B" strategy for getting WebOS out there and users/developers excited about it. I wouldn't have discounted it quite so deeply at first though, maybe a gradual decrease to offset the losses in manufacturing would have been a little more intelligent.

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