R.I.P. WebOS?

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Be one of the first!
HP TouchPad rocks like nothing else.
Order it now.
</blockquote> In terms of user experience aspiration, WebOS seems the only real iPad competitor right now. Which makes it so sad that this should perhaps read, “Be one of the only!”: > HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward. Sneaked into [HP’s quarterly earnings press release](http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2011/110818b.html).

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