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    All Things D: HP kept executives in the dark about webOS decision - Engadget

    If you thought the saga surrounding HP's decision to cease production of webOS devices was over, you may be mistaken. All Things D reported yesterday that key executives -- specifically Todd Bradley of the currently-in-limbo Personal Systems Group and former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein -- weren't informed of the move until Sunday night. The blog's inside sources say the two plan to remain at their posts for the time being, however, that could change dependent on what happens next with webOS. Those sources also noted that Rubinstein wasn't exactly thrilled about the timing of the TouchPad's release, saying CEO Leo Apotheker had failed to make good on a public promise to ship the tablet only when it was "perfect." So will they stay or will they go? It's anyone's guess at this point, but you can bet we'll keep you posted.
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    one thing that comes to my mind is perhaps the exercise of corporate control. in chinese saying, killing the chicken to warn the monkeys. the webOS group would have been most suitable scapegoat, being the smallest section, hardly aligned with the rest. any collateral damage would have been minimal. besides, the poor performance contributed a good excuse to knife it.

    annihilating the PSG group, with the hint of dumping the PC biz, the later is likely the culprit of shock and awe leading to $12bln wipeoff. on 50-50 hindsight, it was a matter of failing to plan, and planning to fail.

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