HP lays off 500 at WebOS division — PC group next?

HP will lay off 500 WebOS workers this week as part of its discontinuation of its Touchpad tablet and Pre smartphones, suggesting that any potential sale of WebOS will not include a large staffing contingent. Meanwhile, the CyanogenMod modding project has made headway on its port of Android 2.3 to the TouchPad, adding 3D gaming and 720p video support.

The fallout from the Aug. 18 Hewlett-Packard corporate strategy left turn is beginning to take shape in the form of real effects on people — 500 of them for starters.

HP confirmed Sept. 20 that it has started workforce reductions in what remains of its WebOS group and Palm smartphone business. Several staff members already have left on their own volition; more than 500 are expected to lose their jobs involuntarily in the next few days.

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