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HP’s webOS tablet: why is it special?

HP’s webOS tablet: why is it special?

The ink on HP's press release was hardly dry when speculation about a webOS tablet began; by the time of their investors call, it was inevitable that they'd be peppered with questions about the possibility of Palm's elegant OS on more sizeable hardware. For their part, beyond a tidbit promising they were looking at smartphones, slates and potential netbooks, HP are playing things close to their chest. Still, we've not been shy before in putting forward our opinion that webOS would make for a mighty fine tablet platform, which raises the question: exactly what needs to be done before a webOS slate could come true?

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HP’s Palm buyout prompts shareholder legal investigations

HP’s Palm buyout prompts shareholder legal investigations

Elevation Partners have made a little money on the Palm deal, and Palm shareholders have seen a return rather than their favourite phone company sliding down the pan (and taking their shares with them), but that doesn't stop the legal vultures from swooping in.  Finkelstein Thompson LLP, a frequent player in shareholder actions, has announced it's "investigating potential claims" that those invested in Palm have been short-changed by HP's $1.2bn buy-out.

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HP: Investing Heavily in webOS R&D, Looking Into Tablets

HP: Investing Heavily in webOS R&D, Looking Into Tablets

We're still reeling from the news that Palm has just been bought by HP. It's a bold move by both companies, but one that we're sure is going to take off well. HP wanted to clarify their position on the purchase, along with shine a light on a few of the reasons why they thought buying the house that built webOS would be a good idea. To do that, they had Todd Bradley of HP take the reigns of a live webcast and go over some of the major points, along with some of the finer details. You can find a Q&A session after the break, which does a good job of bringing it all together.

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HP buy Palm for $1.2bn

HP buy Palm for $1.2bn

In a move that frankly none of us were expecting, HP have announced that they are buying Palm for $1.2bn.  Announced today, the deal will see HP produce devices using Palm's webOS platform; current Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is "expected" to remain with the company.

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The Daily Slash: April 23rd 2010

The Daily Slash: April 23rd 2010

Welcome to Friday! You made it! Don't you feel proud of yourself? We're proud of you for making it through your long, arduous, and probably ridiculously busy work week, and landing squarely right here, with us, for this edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, in the Best of R3, we've got a pre-order option for an Android-based tablet, the life expectancy of the iPad Camera Kit accessory, and another kind of Samsung Galaxy S. In the Dredge 'Net, the police are looking into the iPhone HD/4G debacle, there's a kitchen out there that might destroy you, and even more bad news for Palm.

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Palm 9.5% “passive stake” hedge fund investment surprises analysts

Palm 9.5% “passive stake” hedge fund investment surprises analysts

After Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein dismissed talk of buy-outs with us the other day as "incessant" rumors, the company has just announced a new investor.  Harbinger Capital Partners have bought a 9.48-percent "passive stake" in Palm, joining 30-percent stakeholders Elevation Partners.  The move won't see Palm take any of the roughly $83m Harbinger spent on shares, but it will likely lend confidence in the firm's outlook.

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Palm CEO talks webOS, Verizon & tablet licensing

Palm CEO talks webOS, Verizon & tablet licensing

Find yourself talking to Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, and the furore of speculation, leaks and general rumors are bound to come up. "They've been incessant since I joined the company" Rubinstein told SlashGear today, as we talked to the chief executive about the possibilities of takeovers, webOS devices of tomorrow and how Palm has learnt from the poorly handled Verizon launch. Media-savvy, confident about his company's future and bracingly honest about Palm's shortcomings, the picture Rubinstein paints is one of a plucky little firm with an exciting product roadmap to come.

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Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus O2 Germany launch on April 28th

Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus O2 Germany launch on April 28th

Having been spotted last month tiptoeing through the GCF in GSM form, the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus have been confirmed for launch on O2 Germany.  Announced with a tweet from the carrier's account, the two webOS smartphones will apparently go up for sale on April 28th.  While there's no word from O2's other European arms, the assumption is that the two handsets will see similar launches in Spain, Ireland and the UK.

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Palm Looking at Other Options: webOS Licensing and Further Investments

Palm Looking at Other Options: webOS Licensing and Further Investments

Late last night, news broke across everyone's desk that Palm was putting itself up for sale. That's tough information for a lot of people to swallow, but the painting is right on the wall. With a substantial loss reported earlier this year, and the simple fact that the Verizon Wireless bred Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus didn't sell nearly as well as Palm would have liked doesn't make it any easier. And, while talk of a sale is hard for Palm fans to hear, many consider it the right thing for the company to do. But, what may be better, are the two other options that Palm has up their sleeve.

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Palm for sale tip insiders: HTC, Lenovo, Dell & others in running

Palm for sale tip insiders: HTC, Lenovo, Dell & others in running

Having heard talk late last week that HTC were considering picking up Palm, the big news this morning is that - despite protestations to the contrary by the company's executives - they're apparently looking for potential buyers.  Bloomberg has heard from three sources that Palm have quietly engaged Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Qatalyst Partners to handle the possible sale; both HTC and Lenovo "have looked at the company and may make offers" those sources maintain.

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