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Double FacePalm: HP Blew Billions on webOS

Hewlett-Packard’s decision to acquire Palm and “double down” on its webOS operating system has so far proven a regrettable and costly mistake. How costly?

HP investors, grab your Mylanta …

HP spent $1.2 billion to buy Palm in 2010. Reporting fourth-quarter earnings Monday, the company said it had been forced to write off a record $3.3 billion, about half of which was “related to the wind down of its webOS device business.”

From HP’s earnings statement:

Non-GAAP earnings and operating profit information excludes after-tax costs of $3.3 billion, or $1.56 per diluted share, related to the wind down of HP’s webOS device business, impairment of goodwill and purchased intangible assets, amortization of purchased intangible assets, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

Update: I originally read that list of items as all connected to webOS, but the related expenses seem to break out like so: $885 million from the “impairment of goodwill and purchased intangible assets” was largely tied to webOS and Palm, and $775 million in one-time charges were related to the wind down.

So $1.66 billion to wind down webOS, the crown jewel of HP’s Palm acquisition. That was $1.2 billion well spent …

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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