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The HP Touchpad. It’s cheap, it runs the cult favourite Web OS, it can be ported to Android and sporadically comes on sale for $99 (£63). You want it? Sure you do. Good news, then; it’s going to come back on sale for a very brief period of time. Read more

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It’s been a while, but it seems webOS is finally at death’s door. During an earnings call to investors last night, HP openly discussed the, “… wind down of [its] webOS device business,” finally suggesting that the end is night for the OS which cost them $1.2 billion.

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The changes at the top of HP have led to a wholesale reevaluation of what was initially set to be one of the biggest slash and burn approaches in tech history. New CEO Meg Whitman’s decision to stay in the PC business, with Windows 8 tablets brought to the fore, has been widely welcomed. But it’s the news that webOS is not going to be killed off, as had been previously mooted, that will really turn heads.

The company’s Todd Bradley said over the weekend that news of the OS’s demise was “unfounded rumour”. But in order to survive, webOS needs to find itself on the right devices at the right time. Not only does that mean licensing the software, but licensing it immediately.

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HP Windows 8 tablet confirmed

Gutted by HP’s decision to kill off its fledging TouchPad? Well, the PC giant’s new CEO has some good news. Meg Whitman has confirmed that the company will be making a Windows 8 tablet, while remaining coy about the future of the once-doomed webOS. Read on to see just what Whitman’s got planned.

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Update: Sadly, we’ve just heard from HP that the final run of the HP TouchPad is a US-only deal. Here’s the company’s official statement:

We are pleased by the response to webOS and look forward to customer feedback so we can further enhance the platform. A limited quantity of TouchPads will be available in the coming weeks  in North America only. In EMEA we are discontinuing the webOS hardware operations and will not offer any additional products beyond what might be currently available in selective outlets.” Oh well…

Bummed that you missed out on a cut-price HP TouchPad? You could be in luck. HP has revealed that it plans to push out “one last run” of the webOS tablet to satisfy the demand created by slashing the price of the hardware. It also might just have more than a little to do with appeasing suppliers stuck with stacks of HP TouchPad components.

How many more units of the HP TouchPad will be up for grabs isn’t clear but the company is promising to get the final batch on the shelves imminently. Read on for full details of what appears to be the HP TouchPad’s last hurrah, unless HP goes and changes its mind again…

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Samsung next in line to purchase webOS?  Say it ain’t so.Here’s some kindling to keep the rumor mill burning. A report from DigiTimes suggests Samsung is considering purchasing webOS from HP. After recruiting HP’s ex-vice president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah to handle its PC sales, purchasing webOS would put Samsung in a position to competed head on with Apple and Google.

Previous rumors suggested Samsung was considering purchasing HP’s PC business. New findings have reveled the low gross margin of that business may actually hurt Samsung’s panel and DRAM businesses. Therefore webOS “may be the target” that Samsung has the most interest in.

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First HP TouchPad running Android 2.2 hits eBayLast time we checked the HP TouchPad was in the midst of a fire sale. Priced at $99 here in the US, the first (and possibly last) webOS slate has sold out across most sales channels. Earlier this week we told you about an Android port in the works and today it seems one TouchPad enthusiast has done just that. A 32GB HP TouchPad running Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box has just been listed on eBay for a whopping $700 (£427). We’ve heard of a mark up, but 250 percent seems a tad high if you ask us.

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Microsoft courts webOS developers with free phones, tools and trainingThey say that when one door closes another opens. Following HP’s webOS announcement Friday, Microsoft has decided to aim for the jugular by offering free devices, tools and training to “any published webOS devs”. Though all signs indicate webOS will live on, the road ahead just became even more grueling.

Microsoft’s Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development, Brandon Watson, spoke volumes in his 140 character tweet this morning. The news of his invitation for published webOS devs to join team Windows Phone spread like wildfire. Currently there are just under 30,000 apps in the Windows Marketplace. Far less than either Android or iOS, but still a sizable collection.

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