Hewlett-Packard has posted a swingeing quarterly loss of $8.9bn after a gigantic writeoff of value of its services division, as it struggles to cope with falling revenues in other core areas including PCs and printing. Chief executive Meg Whitman warned that “we are still in the early stages of a turnaround” as she told analysts Continue Reading →
When Hewlett-Packard finally releases Open webOS, the open-source version of the mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, it won’t support the devices on which its predecessor was designed to run. The Open webOS project announced Tuesday evening that the fledgling OS won’t support any existing webOS hardware. “For open webOS we are aiming for Continue Reading →
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The standardized tests administered by the states at the end of the school year typically have an essay-writing component, requiring the hiring of humans to grade them one by one. This spring, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation sponsored a competition to see how well algorithms submitted by professional data scientists and amateur statistics wizards Continue Reading →
Sources close to Hewlett-Packard say a massive reorganization of the company will be announced soon, in which the PC and printing divisions will be combined in an effort to streamline operations and cut costs. Read the full story at All Things D Continue Reading →

HP Makes WebOS Open Source

Hewlett-Packard announced that it would make WebOS an open source platform. The company has no plans to make another WebOS tablet next year, but open sourcing the platform will give developers and manufacturers another free option for running their devices. Read the full article at WSJ.com Continue Reading →
[wpaudio url=”https://media.shellypalmer.com/wp-content/images/usrn/111212_SHELLYPALMER_GEN_BED.mp3″ text=”Click to play … ” dl=”0″] Netflix is supporting a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would reform the Video Privacy Protection Act. The new bill would let users agree to a one-time waiver giving Netflix permission to publish all of their viewing activity on social networks, just like Spotify Continue Reading →
Hewlett-Packard announced that despite previous decisions, it’s keeping its personal-computer division. According to the company’s CFO, the costs to do so were prohibitive. If HP left the PC business it could have cost them around $1.5 billion up front and a $1 billion a year in branding opportunities. Read the full article at WSJ.com Continue Reading →
[wpaudio url=”https://media.shellypalmer.com/wp-content/images/usrn/111028_SHELLYPALMER_GEN_BED.mp3″ text=”Click to play … ” dl=”0″] Under news FCC rules, all Americans will have broadband Internet and phone service by 2020. The government will spend $4.5 billion each year to deploy broadband service in underserved areas, while phasing out older telephone infrastructure. Building will begin in rural areas early next year. In other Continue Reading →

HP Names Meg Whitman New CEO

Meg Whitman
Hewlett-Packard hired Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, to take over as the company’s chief executive. Whitman guided eBay through its start-up stage and was hired for her communication skills. Former CEO Leo Apotheker’s plans to spin off HP’s PC business will remain the company’s strategy. Read the full article at NYTimes.com Continue Reading →