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HP Lets Go of More than 500 Palm Employees

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Sep 19, 2011, 8:13 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Sep 19, 2011, 10:20 PM

Updated: Updated total number of layoffs after allthingsd updated it's piece.

HP confirmed today that it has started workforce reductions in what's left of its Palm smartphone business. Layoffs commenced today and more than 500 are expected to lose their jobs. "As communicated on August 18, HP will discontinue the development of webOS devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends October 31, 2011, said HP to AllThingsD. "As part of this decision, the webOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce. Today's actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software." HP has said that it is considering licensing deals and possibly even an outright sale of webOS, though no solid decisions had been made.

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T Bone

Sep 19, 2011, 9:41 PM

HP Killed Off WebOS too soon

The fire sale on the TouchPad proved that there is interest in WebOS, it is simply a question of price.

Look at RIM, are they giving up on the Playbook? No, in fact, they are doubling down on their investment. They know that they have a good product and are convinced that if they stick with it they will eventually find success.

HP barely made an effort with webOS, and killed it off abruptly without even giving it a fair chance.

The more cynical part of me wonders whether they didn't purchase Palm specifically for the purpose of killing webOS and wiping out a competitor.

HP barely made an effort with webOS, and killed it off abruptly without even giving it a fair chance.

The more cynical part of me wonders whether they didn't purchase Palm specifically for the purpose of killing webOS and wiping out a
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The problem is, when you're selling devices at 33% of their MSRP, you can't sustain that business model.

HP couldn't get by making and selling those devices for $100 a pop.
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MadFatMan

Sep 20, 2011, 6:50 AM

Darwin Has Spoken

Symbian is next.
Yeah because who needs competition or diversity? Everyone should just close up shop and let Apple and Google control everything from now on.
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Versed

Sep 20, 2011, 4:25 PM

Lets Just Blame AT&T and Apple.

I'd blame AT&T and Apple, after all everything they do is wrong.
Globhead

Sep 20, 2011, 12:43 PM

No problem...

Those 500 former employees can apply for all of the jobs which are going to be created by the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Or so I heard from Heath Shuler. He also told me that if I stapled all of my money together it would be worth more.
landmarkcm

Sep 20, 2011, 12:24 AM

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thevorlon

Sep 19, 2011, 9:18 PM

HP Duh

"we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected."
With that in mind, we are freeing up our WebOS and Palm employees so that they can now work for directly for our customer's...
 
 
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