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HP contemplates sale of WebOS division

November 9, 2011

Follows aborted consideration of PC division sale. 

Reuters has reported that four sources have revealed HP is considering the sale of its WebOS software platform, despite claims that the software would be utilised in HP printer models.

Several technology companies are stated as having expressed an interest in purchasing the division, with the adjoining patents forming a core attraction, with Oracle speculated among them, though it is unlikely to match the $1.2 billion (€870 million) paid for Palm Inc. in 2010.

HP have also been ranked at first place in Greenpeace’s “Guide to Greener Electronics”, reports the Los Angeles Times, which scored 5.9 out of a possible 10. This is slated to due largely to “reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations as well as its suppliers, and a procurement policy that excludes paper from companies linked with illegal logging and deforestation”.

However Greenpeace has previously protested against HP at Paperworld ’05 and at various facilities, citing severe deforestation as a core principle against the OEM and adorning
banners displaying “hi-tech, highly toxic”.

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