In case you're still in mourning, OS News just posted a 22,000 word, 55-page elegy to the late Palm, Inc. Wallow away.
A court filing has just been made public which sheds light on the "no-hire" gentleman's agreements that have pervaded the tech industry—and reveals how Steve Jobs threatened litigation to prevent companies from stealing his staff.
The tech world is full of flops. This ain't them; some of these companies and their products were monstrously successful for a time; others never even had the high expectations and hype required for something to earn the title "flop".
Who wants a leg? Who wants the Palm? WebOS is about to be carved up by HP as part of an internal move that will see parts of it—and the Palm group—heading to different areas within the company.
Ah, the HP Touchpad. When it was previewed, it looked amazing. When it was reviewed, it was smashed. When it was launched, it was ignored. When HP killed webOS and dropped the price to $100, it sold out? Yes. And now it's selling for more than retail on eBay.
Down the rabbit hole we go, where tablets last six weeks on the market, great mobile OS's are put out to pasture before their time, and HP executives are not told of doomed tablets until days before their demise. Updated.
Hey, if you're a published webOS developer, Microsoft's gonna give you whatever you need to be a Windows Phone developer, like free phones and dev tools. So says Brandon Watson, who runs Windows Phone's Developer Experience program.
An anonymous source tells TheNextWeb that HP had been testing webOS on other devices. One test in particular, saw them running webOS on an iPad 2 and achieving results that were more than twice as fast than the OS running natively on the Touchpad.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, the guy who resurrected Palm, is leaving HP's Palm unit (no longer called Palm, to boot). Taking over is Stephen DeWitt, HP's U.S. computer overlord. This isn't good for webOS. In fact, It's terrible.
Oh Snap. HP may be launching a new glossy, white webOS tablet in August. This new model comes hot on the heels of the original TouchPad which launched last week.
I am so goddamned tired of the iPad. Which is why I was so excited for the TouchPad. And that's why I feel so completely crushed right now.
HP has finally announced when the HP TouchPad, the awesome webOS tablet, will be available: July 1st. It's going to be Wi-Fi only version and will run for $500 for 16GB and $600 for 32GB. Pre-orders start June 19th.