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TouchPad Rises Like Lazarus from the Grave

"Tablet Computing is a Segment of the Market That's Relevant"

HP's PSG chief Todd Bradley, who's also responsible for webOS, told Reuters Tuesday in China that HP could resurrect the six-week-old TouchPad it just killed.

"Tablet computing is a segment of the market that's relevant," he's quoted as saying.

And if anybody's still not utterly convinced that HP's truly possessed, after the $99-apiece fire sale a few days ago that momentarily turned the TouchPad into one of the best-selling tablets ever - enough to have confused HP's online ordering system - the company now says it's gonna have one more go at the TouchPad and put out a "last run...to meet unfulfilled demand."

It has no idea when the widgets will be available or how many there'll be or what the exact price will be only that it'll take a few weeks but be before the end of HP's fiscal year on Halloween.

One might assume HP has some commitment it couldn't get out of. Otherwise nobody could make this stuff up.

Meanwhile, Samsung said last week that it didn't want HP's emotionally cut-adrift PC operation - which is just as well since HP has apparently figured out that it can't get a decent price for the thing so it should be spun off into a standalone company despite the horrors of decoupling.

DigiTimes, however, which at one point had Samsung taking over HP's PC business, claims the Korean may be interested in buying HP's webOS software.

Obviously it could use it to mumble a hex on Googola and maybe even whisper a patent incantation against Apple's multi-pronged litigation juggernaut.

See this. 

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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