sorry, but that article seems like bs, probably just set up to bring the price down for a potential buyer.some pionts about the article:
"The crown jewel in its family of assets, its WebOS operating system, is fraught with security vulnerabilities" - funny how this articles comes out right after the other article that said thanks to webos palm is really worth 10-14 a share, ( Notable Calls: Palm (NASDAQ:PALM): See takeout value around $10-14/sh - RBC Capital )and here they are specifically point out a new problem for why its worth less.
"There is a problem with the architecture," says Higbee, who says the original security issues discovered have been addressed and resolved by Palm"There is a problem with the architecture," says Higbee, who says the original security issues discovered have been addressed and resolved by Palm" - so if the issue had been resolved, why is it still a problem? also by accusing palm of rushing webos and painting it a an incoplete insecure os with architect problems that needs to be rewritten, they again are trying to hurt the percieved value of palms most valuable asset.
"Higbee tells me he was "shocked" when he discovered how easily it was to hack Palm's WebOS", "I was shocked," says Rajendra Umadas", "It was definitely very shocking." - They sure like to use the "shocked" adjective.
"What he had discovered was that merely by sending a single, SMS text to a WebOS handset, he could essentially take over the entire device." - funny that this is a reason to be "shocked", did they forget that someone was able to do this with all other mobile phone oses? Apple iPhone: SMS exploit allows attacker to control phone
"Kaufman Bros. estimates that Palm invested about $600 million into developing its Linux-based software. One of WebOS's top selling points was its instant ability to offer so-called multi-tasking, something Apple's iPhone [AAPL 246.91 -2.01 (-0.81%) ] only recently began to offer." - again, by giving the amount palm invested in webos, its telling potential buyers if all they want is webos, 600 million is what it is worth at most. they also again belittle webos by using the adjective "so-called", like it wasn't a true feature or something.
"Intrepidus' Higbee questions whether apps creators will continue to develop for WebOS because of the added steps they'll need to take to protect their programs from security issues other platforms have already addressed." - in the paragraph before he mentioned how apps make a platform appealing, and then follows with this, again to bring down the precieved value of web os.
while some of the points brought up in the article may seem valid, the tone and connitation was clearly ment to bring down the percieved value of webos and in turn the value of palm.