I totally agree with you, BUT... the market landscape has changed and the changes are not in the favor of webOS. It is a normal reaction to tighten up and go conservative when the competition gets fierce and the stakes get high.
Originally Posted by richip
In football, it is the "prevent defense" at the end of a tight game. In radio, it's "tightening the playlist" in response to competition. Problem is, those methods only work by attrition, if the other side runs out of time or money first.
An imaginative company would get in back channel discussions and beat them into a favorable deal for webOS with a back loaded deal dependent on success. However HP is probably too greedy to do this (reports indicated their asking price was so high is dissuaded the few who might have had an interest in a deal). HP has little to lose in such a deal, but less to lose by doing nothing since the damage has already been done and assimilated by the market.
The economy does not lend itself to bold chance taking. With once high flying tech companies coming to near collapse with shocking regularity, no CEO want to "be THAT guy" who was at the help when a once successful company tanks. webOS is now a longer shot than ever, unless someone is REALLY willing to commit for the long haul. Who really wants to set themselves up to be the next "Uncle Leo"?