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HP’s Abrupt About-Face Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

HP’s decision to abandon its webOS device business seems to have come so fast that the company doesn’t yet have answers to some of the most obvious questions.

Will recent device buyers have a refund option or are they stuck with a dead platform?

Will the Pre3 ever come to market? And what of that cute little Veer? (AT&T notes it continues to sell the Veer in its stores, at least for now.)

So, will there ever be HP printers and PCs with webOS? It no longer seems to be a big part of the strategy, but could there be some products already in the pipeline?

Just what is the future of webOS, if in fact it has one? HP seems to be insisting that the software could have some future, but even they seem to have little idea what that might be.

HP’s CEO said on Thursday the company is open to all possible business models, including licensing, but it is not clear just how many options it really has.

I had a chance to talk about some of these topics and more in a chat with public radio’s Marketplace.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik