So this should be taken with a grain of salt. I was not in this meeting. Everything I'm writing is 3rd party.
One of my former students works for BB. They were scheduled to have a TP training this am that got changed to a future of webOS meeting by HP.
The HP rep told BB employees that the TP hardware was holding back the performance of webOS. HP knew this and has been in talks with both HTC and Samsung. He mentioned Samsung an HTC being upset with Google and that they were both interested in making webOS phone and tablets. He noted HTC's contract with Beats Audio.
The HP rep said the 'fire sale' was not the original plan but that losses are being considered advertising expenses. "Once you use webOS we believe you won't want to use anything else." Estimated 2 million TP would sell in the 'fire sale.'
The HP rep was very optimistic. He left saying watch for an announcement within the next two weeks about a hardware partner. Possibly both HTC and Samsung.
The Best Buy employees all left 'excited' about webOS's future feeling like they were in the mist of something very big!
Just telling you what I've heard. Hope its true. I'm not trying to sell false hope here.
It should be noted that the meeting lasted 6 hours!