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The 15 Biggest Tech Flops In 2011

[credit provider=”AP”] Another year is just about done, so we’re looking back at the biggest flops in the tech world for 2011.Our list is made up companies, products, or features that launched between November 2010 and November 2011, and failed to make a dent.
The 15 Biggest Tech Flops In 2011
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Killing Palm Cost HP About $1.7 Billion This Quarter

[credit provider=”Flickr/Global X” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/globalx/5431350817/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Hewlett-Packard took charges of more than $2 billion this quarter related to the end of its Palm hardware business.Here are the numbers from its Q4 earnings results:
Killing Palm Cost HP About $1.7 Billion This Quarter
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HP Tells Employees It Still Has No Plan For WebOS

[credit provider=”AP”] HP gathered a bunch of employees together this afternoon to announce that it’s still not sure what to do with WebOS, the mobile operating system it gained in its acquisition of Palm in 2009.According to The Verge, which first reported the meeting was happening, Meg Whitman told the […]
HP Tells Employees It Still Has No Plan For WebOS
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This Is Why The Stylus Is Making A Comeback

[credit provider=”Ellis Hamburger, Business Insider”] An old technology is making a comeback.Largely having fallen out of favour bout the time Palm stopped making the Tungsten T5, the stylus is once again becoming stylish.
This Is Why The Stylus Is Making A Comeback
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Amazon Buying Palm? This Doesn’t Make A Whole Lot Of Sense

A report by VentureBeat overnight quotes an anonymous source saying that Amazon.com is “in serious negotiations” to buy Palm from HP, acquiring assets including the well-regarded webOS software for smartphones and tablets. It’s getting a lot of attention in the tech media this morning.
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Here Is A List Of Things Samsung Is NOT Buying

[credit provider=”Dylan Love/Business Insider”] 1. MeeGo, the mobile platform Intel was developing jointly with Nokia until Nokia signed its deal with Microsoft and kicked MeeGo to the curb . (So they told CNET this morning.)2. WebOS, the former Palm operating system that HP is shopping around.
Here Is A List Of Things Samsung Is NOT Buying
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HP Has “Almost 600 Engineers” Working On WebOS

[credit provider=”Robert Scoble”] The head of HP’s consumer hardware business, Todd Bradley, faced a grilling on Bloomberg West last night, and while he didn’t offer much new information about the company’s plans, he did offer one bit of surprising information: WebOS has almost 600 engineers working on it.That’s a lot […]
HP Has “Almost 600 Engineers” Working On WebOS
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HP To Employees: “We’re Not Walking Away From WebOS”

[credit provider=”Nasrulekram via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/inrime_nasrul/649289457/”] The leader of HP’s WebOS business insisted in a meeting with employees today that the company is not abandoning the software — it’s only getting rid of the hardware.Joshua Topolsky at This Is My Next reports that WebOS head Stephen DeWitt — who took over […]
HP To Employees: “We’re Not Walking Away From WebOS”
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The Short, Sad, And Painful History Of The Palm Pre

When HP bought Palm for $1.2 billion in April 2010, it inherited Palm’s hardware division, which created the Pre smartphone, and the software division, which built WebOS.It also inherited Jon Rubinstein, one of the masterminds behind the original iPod, and the Godfather of the next-gen Palm hardware.
The Short, Sad, And Painful History Of The Palm Pre
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HP Looks Like It Wants To Sell WebOS Rather Than licence It

[credit provider=”Palm” url=”http://www.palm.com”] HP’s developer relations head Richard Kerris just tweeted this about the company’s shutdown of the Palm hardware business:”HPWebOS is an awesome software platform and now we can explore the best hardware partner for it.”
HP Looks Like It Wants To Sell WebOS Rather Than licence It
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CHART OF THE DAY: Android Is Blowing Everyone Away

Android’s share of the smartphone market is still blowing away all competitors in the U.S. according to new data from comScore. The only company that’s hanging on is Apple, which saw its share of the market tick up ever so slightly.
CHART OF THE DAY: Android Is Blowing Everyone Away
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HP’s Veer 4G Is Useless For Everything But Messaging [REVIEW]

[credit provider=”Ellis Hamburger”] The HP Veer 4G is the first WebOS smartphone branded with the HP name since their big acquisition of Palm just over a year ago.HP knows the smartphone market is dominated by Android devices and Apple’s iPhone, so, it’s really trying to provide something completely different with […]
HP’s Veer 4G Is Useless For Everything But Messaging [REVIEW]
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This Is The Tiniest Smartphone You May Actually Want To Buy

[credit provider=”Steve Kovach, Business Insider”] HP’s first 4G smartphone, the Veer, was just announced yesterday for a May 15 launch, but I’ve already had a chance to spend some time with the device this morning.Click here to see a bunch of photos of the HP Veer >
This Is The Tiniest Smartphone You May Actually Want To Buy
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Here Are 21 Big, Beautiful Screenshots Of HP’s TouchPad WebOS In Action

[credit provider=” via PreCentral.net ” url=”http://www.precentral.net/preview-webos-3-0-beta-1-emulator-exclusive”] Images from a WebOS 3.0 emulator just leaked, and we’ve got all the screenshots demonstrating the best and most essential new features.(In case you missed it, check out this extensive video walkthrough of Web OS 3.0 that we posted yesterday).
Here Are 21 Big, Beautiful Screenshots Of HP’s TouchPad WebOS In Action
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Apotheker Shows Some Fire At HP Event

Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker hasn’t been known for his fiery presentation style — he comes from SAP, and is well versed in the calm tones of enterprise computing. Which is why it was so refreshing to see him show some fire at today’s HP strategy event in San Francisco.
Apotheker Shows Some Fire At HP Event
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HP’s Puzzling WebOS Strategy

[credit provider=”HP” url=”http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Data-Central/CEO-Apotheker-s-Friday-at-HP-Labs-lunch-and-listening-tours-Plus/ba-p/82688″] Hewlett Packard CEO Leo Apotheker confirmed to Businessweek earlier today that every Hewlett-Packard PC that ships in 2012 will include WebOS alongside Windows, adding some detail to HP’s surprise announcement last month.The idea is to create an instantly massive userbase for WebOS so developers will be more […]
HP’s Puzzling WebOS Strategy
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Bad News For RIM: Android Now On Top In The U.S.

[credit provider=”Dan Frommer, The Business Insider”] No wonder Research In Motion is planning to move downmarket: statistics released today by ComScore show that Google’s Android just surpassed RIM’s BlackBerry as the number one smartphone platform in the U.S.At the end of January, 31.2% of U.S. smartphone subscribers are using Android […]
Bad News For RIM: Android Now On Top In The U.S.
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iPad 2 Extends Apple’s Lead: Apple Will Dominate The Tablet Market For Years

[credit provider=”AP”] Apple’s iPad 2 isn’t a massive advance over the first iPad, but with hardware, software, apps, distribution, and pricing combined, it is still by far the best tablet on the market.Despite recent announcements from Google, Motorola, Samsung, HP, and RIM, we still expect Apple to dominate the tablet […]
iPad 2 Extends Apple’s Lead: Apple Will Dominate The Tablet Market For Years
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HP Accuses BlackBerry PlayBook Of Ripping Off WebOS

[credit provider=”Dan Frommer, Business Insider”] The upcoming PlayBook tablet from Research In Motion uses a lot of design elements first seen in Palm’s WebOS, and an HP manager is calling it a “fast imitation.”Although RIM’s tablet will hit the market before HP’s competing TouchPad, it uses the kind of fast […]
HP Accuses BlackBerry PlayBook Of Ripping Off WebOS
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HP TouchPad Could Launch In June For $699

[credit provider=”Gizmodo” url=”http://gizmodo.com/#!5756251/palm-galleryyy//gallery/6″] HP’s TouchPad tablet could go on sale this June for a starting price of $699, according to a report in BGR.That’s high, but not outrageous.It’s $100 cheaper than the latest rumoured prices for Motorola’s upcoming Xoom, which which runs Google’s Android 3.0 “Honeycomb.”
HP TouchPad Could Launch In June For $699
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HP and Google Reach Out To Fleeing Nokia Engineers

[credit provider=”Finviz.com”] Engineers who worked on Nokia smartphone platforms Symbian and MeeGo are probably thinking about their next job moves since Nokia announced its move to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 this morning.Google and HP were both quick to make offers. This morning, Google’s Aidan BIggins posted to Twitter asking if […]
HP and Google Reach Out To Fleeing Nokia Engineers
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Why HP’s TouchPad Can Beat Android Tablets

Hewlett-Packard’s upcoming TouchPad may not unseat the iPad in the tablet market, but it has a better chance than the crop of Android-based tablets coming out from Google partners like Motorola.
Why HP’s TouchPad Can Beat Android Tablets
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PHOTOS: HP’s iPad-Clone, The TouchPad

[credit provider=”Palm”] HP has just taken the wraps off its entry into the tablet market, the HP TouchPad.From a design perspective it looks fine. It’s just like an iPad, or Motorola’s Android tablet, the XOOM.
PHOTOS: HP’s iPad-Clone, The TouchPad
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HP Rolls Out Two New Smartphones, The Palm Veer And Pre3

[credit provider=”Engadget” url=”http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/09/live-from-hp-palms-think-beyond-webos-event/”] HP just took the wraps off two new Palm smartphones, the Veer and the Pre3.The Veer’s big claim to fame is that it’s tiny, as small as a credit card, says Palm chief Jon Rubinstein.
HP Rolls Out Two New Smartphones, The Palm Veer And Pre3
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HP Unveils Palm TouchPad, Announces WebOS Coming To PCs

[credit provider=”Business Insider”] We’re live at HP’s TouchPad unveiling in San Francisco.The tablet looks pretty great — the UI recalls Android 3.0, but more polished (and Android may well have taken some of the key concepts from Palm) and the hardware is fine. But so far we haven’t seen anything […]
HP Unveils Palm TouchPad, Announces WebOS Coming To PCs
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Palm TouchPad Is HP’s iPad: How Much Will It Cost?

Palm’s tablet is called the TouchPad, according to Pre Central, via CrunchGear. As you can see from the leaked spec image below, it’s basically the same as Apple’s iPad in characteristics. (It also has a front-facing camera, which Apple’s iPad 2 will have.)
Palm TouchPad Is HP’s iPad: How Much Will It Cost?
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Will HP webOS Get Knocked Out Before Entering the Fight?

HP will unveil its revamped webOS platform on February 9th and in the process reveal what has come from its Palm acquisition. There is also an evening event planned for that same day for developers interested in the webOS platform. HP faces many challenges as it jumps with both feet, […]
Will HP webOS Get Knocked Out Before Entering the Fight?
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The 10 Tech Companies With The Most To Prove In 2011

[credit provider=”Flickr/trioculus” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/trioculus/sets/72157624801350339/with/4977634504/”] The technology industry is littered with the carcasses of once-hot startups and obsolete giants.As 2010 ends, several tech companies face once-in-a-lifetime challenges.
The 10 Tech Companies With The Most To Prove In 2011
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Palm Ready To Release 3 New Tablets To Fight Apple*

[credit provider=”Fox News” url=”http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/21/exclusive-ipad-competitor-palmpad-hp-ces/”] HP is going to unveil three new Palm tablets all running WebOS at CES in January, Clayton Morris of Fox News reports.Here’s what we can expect, according to Morris:
Palm Ready To Release 3 New Tablets To Fight Apple*
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Windows Phone 7 Selling Fast In Europe, Australia

[credit provider=”Microsoft” url=”http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/imagegallery.aspx#channel_contentListTop”] Don’t count Microsoft out of the mobile game: Windows Phone 7 is selling better than expected in Europe and Australia.According to a report in Digitimes based on reports from Taiwanese manufacturers, stocks of HTC’s HD7 are currently gone at German carrier O2, and Australia’s Telstra is out […]
Windows Phone 7 Selling Fast In Europe, Australia
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HP Not Ditching Windows For Its Tablets

HP is going to be releasing a tablet in the “near future” that runs on Windows, says Todd Bradley, head of the computers and mobile division (and possible future CEO).
HP Not Ditching Windows For Its Tablets
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10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

[credit provider=”Flickr/TysonGoodridge” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4443447016/sizes/o/”] Good Morning! Here’s the news: Foursquare is about to close a round of funding at an $80 million valuation, after coming thisclose to selling itself to Facebook. Kevin Rose of Digg started a big rumour this weekend saying that Google will take another stab at social networking […]
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning
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Apple Poaches Palm Designer Rich Dellinger

[credit provider=”LinkedIn” url=”rich-dellinger.jpg”] Palm is losing another one of its big designer/UI guys. Rich Dellinger is leaving the company to join Apple where he will be a Senior UI designer, according to 9 to 5 Mac.Rich worked for Apple from 1999 to 2006, when he left to work at Palm. […]
Apple Poaches Palm Designer Rich Dellinger
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CHART OF THE DAY: Remember Printers?

Last week HP announced that it is buying Palm in a $1.2 billion deal. At the time we wrote that HP was buying Palm to reduce its reliance on Microsoft’s Windows operating system, and to turbocharge its efforts in the tablet and smartphone markets.
CHART OF THE DAY: Remember Printers?
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Palm Is On The Block And Getting Desperate

It seems the leading candidate to buy Palm is Lenovo, according to Reuters. This would make sense: as we’ve said before, Palm’s last chance is an acquisition, and Lenovo, having acquired IBM’s PC business years before, likes to acquire big but troubled US brands to gain a foothold in that […]
Palm Is On The Block And Getting Desperate
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Palm Is Up 20%

Anybody out there looking to gamble on Palm’s sale price may have missed the boat. The stock is up 20% today to $6.16 as of this writing. That’s only a dollar. A week ago the stock was only $4 or so. That probably would have been the time to buy.
Palm Is Up 20%
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Palm Stock Soars On HTC Takeover rumours

Palm’s shares are up 8% today spiking on rumours that HTC is looking to acquire it.A Taiwanese publication started the rumour mill going last night saying “HTC has started assessment of work, from the legal, financial, brand marketing and research and development at all levels to assess the feasibility of […]
Palm Stock Soars On HTC Takeover rumours
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Google’s Android Gains The Most Mobile Share In February

Google’s Android operating system continued stealing smartphone platform share in February, according to new mobile subscriber share numbers from comScore. These are based on user surveys, and reflect subscriber base — not simply market share of a specific quarter’s sales.
Google’s Android Gains The Most Mobile Share In February
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Actually, Bono Is Not The Worst Investor In America

Dan Primack of PEHub defends U2’s front-man against 24/7 Wall St’s charge that he’s hopeless at investing:Is Elevation Partners “the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States?” That was the assertion of a Wall Street 24/7 post earlier this week, and a bunch of readers have emailed me […]
Actually, Bono Is Not The Worst Investor In America
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Palm Fans Make Better Ads Than Palm

Check out this fan-made ad for the Palm Pre, via Engadget. Contrary to their creepy-woman ads, this very slick homemade ad actually showcases the Palm Pre’s best features: its sexy hardware, multitasking, applications, etc.
Palm Fans Make Better Ads Than Palm
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Bono Named ‘The Worst Investor In America’

[credit provider=”AP”] Bono is famous not just for being a rock star, a philanthropist and a wearer of weird glasses, but also for being a big investor.Problem is, he’s not very good at it. He’s so bad, that today, 24/7 Wall St named him “The Worst Investor In America.”
Bono Named ‘The Worst Investor In America’
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Bono Becomes The Worst Investor In America

Bono, the Irish rock star, has put significant money into Elevation Partners, arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States. Bono is listed as one of the five members of the firm’s investment team.The fund claims that its “mission is to help media and entertainment […]
Bono Becomes The Worst Investor In America
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Who Is Going To Buy Palm?

Recently I commented on why Palm’s (PALM) patents were an overlooked asset and why this strengthened the case for an acquisition. Since then Palm reported earnings and provided guidance that scared the crap out of investors; sending the stock on another nosedive to around $4. It’s not clear the whether […]
Who Is Going To Buy Palm?
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Palm: Here Is Your Survival Guide

Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky pens a lengthy article on what has gone so terribly wrong at Palm over the last year. His solutions aren’t perfect, but it’s worth reading. —Ed.
Palm: Here Is Your Survival Guide
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