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HP lays off 275 WebOS employees

HP lays off 275 WebOS employees

Meg Whitman may have big plans for WebOS, the little mobile operating system that couldn't, but it looks like whatever she's planning doesn't require a large portion of the current WebOS development team. The company has laid off 275 employees in its mobile section. Most of the affected employees are engineers, which makes a lot of sense, since HP has no current plans to offer any more WebOS hardware. The laid off workers will join former Palm executive Jon Rubinstein, who voluntarily left HP last month. Some of the employees may be redeployed within HP, but not all.

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HP’s Whitman confirms Windows 8 tablet this year

HP’s Whitman confirms Windows 8 tablet this year

HP may have ditched its WebOS platform along with its corresponding hardware in an abrupt and ill-planned maneuver last year that saw its CEO Leo Apotheker ousted and replaced by Meg Whitman, but it's ready now to give tablets another shot. Although recent rumors suggested that the WebOS HP TouchPad could be revived in 2013, the current focus is on Windows 8. Whitman confirmed during a conference today that HP does indeed plan to release a Windows 8 tablet before the end of this year.

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HP CEO: We’re not done with WebOS yet

HP CEO: We’re not done with WebOS yet

At HP's Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, hardly a word was spoken on their WebOS efforts in 2011. And it's not hard to see why: the few phones and single TouchPad tablet that sprang from the acquisition of Palm bombed so badly that the only wat to recoup losses was a massive fire sale. But surprisingly, HP's new CEO Meg Whitman didn't seem phased: at her keynote this morning, she reiterated HP's commitment to the WebOS platform.

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Open webOS Iris browser released: 40k Enyo downloads to-date

Open webOS Iris browser released: 40k Enyo downloads to-date

HP's open-sourcing of webOS continues today, with the release of the underlying Isis web browser along with a governance model and more of the Enyo components developers will need to create their own webOS devices and apps. Enyo has already been downloaded 40,000 times in the three weeks since its release, the team says, and now there's the Isis Project, "a fast, standards-compliant web browser engine," to go along with it.

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Facebook’s IPO, webOS and the Perfect Social Phone

Facebook’s IPO, webOS and the Perfect Social Phone

Facebook's IPO filing gave us an inkling of how much money the social network expects to make when it floats this year, but also a hint of what it could spend it on: the first true Facebook Phone. In among the lengthy IPO documentation were not only details of Facebook's existing achievements in mobile but a map of the challenges yet to come along with Mark Zuckerberg's biggest fears for the future. $100m is enough to stage a big attack on the mobile market, though, and there's one obvious place to start: HP's webOS.

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Jon Rubinstein leaves HP after webOS cut loose

Jon Rubinstein leaves HP after webOS cut loose

Jon Rubinstein, the ex Palm CEO who joined Hewlett Packard after the company acquired Palm back in April 2010, has left the company. No reason for the executive's departure has been given, though according to AllThingsD Rubinstein leaves HP effective today; "Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well,” HP spokeswoman Mylene Mangalindan said of the news. Rubinstein had been chief of the webOS division within HP, but was subsequently moved to a more generic "product innovation role."

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Open webOS announced as HP’s open source mobile OS power move

Open webOS announced as HP’s open source mobile OS power move

This year the artists formerly known as Palm had quite a rough few months with HP dumping the hardware side of their own webOS mobile computing platform - their most recent move, having been announced just last month, is live today: open sourced webOS for all. While the actual main product which will be known as Open webOS 1.0 will not be released until September, they've already got the Enyo piece of the pie available today. This is the application framework that was first shown off on the HP TouchPad and is being released today with developer tools that work with it as Enyo 2.0.

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HP appoints webOS and cloud tsar

HP appoints webOS and cloud tsar

HP has appointed a new chief strategy officer, with Bill Veghte taking on the challenge to "lead HP's cloud and webOS open source initiatives." Veghte, currently EVP of HP Software - a role he will continue to fulfill - will be charged with "keeping HP on the cutting edge of innovation", though webOS fans will likely be more interested in how the exec handles the open-sourcing of the ex-Palm platform.

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iPhone 4S fuels rocketing Apple demand in Q4 2011

iPhone 4S fuels rocketing Apple demand in Q4 2011

Android continues to rule the roost in the smartphone segment, in terms of sheer numbers at least, but Apple's iPhone 4S launch bucked the overall trend in Q4 2011 with huge demand almost outweighing new Android sales. The figures, collected by Nielsen, suggest over 46-percent of US smartphone owners use an Android device in the final quarter of 2011, compared to 30-percent using an iPhone. However, by December, almost 45-percent of new smartphone buyers opted for one of Apple's handsets.

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