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HP’s Léo Apotheker Talks webOS, TouchPad and More: The Full D9 Interview (Video)

Léo Apotheker got to Hewlett-Packard less than a year ago, but what a year. From a board shake-up to executive shuffles to new strategic directions to layoffs and — oh, yes — a new tablet offering, called TouchPad and based on webOS, he’s been a busy man.

As head of the world’s biggest maker of PCs — Hewlett-Packard last year acquired Palm for its webOS operating system — Apotheker is in a crunch position, as Apple iOS and Google’s Android race ahead.

Here’s his take, in an onstage interview with Walt Mossberg at the ninth D: All Things Digital conference:

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