interesting about this site and community. Of course we are all focused on WebOS and all things about it. However, HP is a $130 BILLION company and this space is one of several hundred, if not thousands in the company. From high end servers to calculators, from software to printers to services (at all levels), HP has a hell of a lot more to concern themselves with then what Apple does (or others do) in one segment of HP's portfolio.
HP doesn't spend half the time people out here think they do on all this. They have a strategy and a plan for WebOS and they will stick to that strategy. Apple, while more profitable then HP, has a much smaller portfolio. Profits will be higher % of business with less products to support, produce, market, etc. HP has over 10,000 products/offerings - the overhead on all this is crazy.
a $1.2 billion purchase to address a broader strategy then phones and tablets was worth then risk for them - heck they typically have about $15 billion in cash sitting around. They generate $1.2 billion in a few days. The place is MASSIVE and I don't think most people grasp this. If you saw the Palm business unit on a pie chart for all of HP business, it would be a very small sliver.
just say and not complaining here.
So, for this topic, no i do not think HP paid Engadget on this, however releasing the video today was no accident.