Amazon rumored to be negotiating for WebOS

Amazon is rumored to be negotiating with HP to buy its Palm division, including its WebOS assets — either to create an update to the Kindle Fire tablet, or just to gain patents. Meanwhile, an IHD iSuppli analysis suggests Amazon is selling each Quanta-manufactured Fire for $10 less than it costs to build.

Amazon is in “serious negotiations” to acquire what’s left of HP’s Palm/WebOS division, according to VentureBeat. Following up on an earlier rumor that Amazon had interest in WebOS, the publication says HP is “looking to rid itself of Palm as soon as possible, and that Amazon is the closest to finalizing the deal, among a handful of contenders.”

HP declined to comment on the report, and Amazon had not yet returned a request for a response, said VentureBeat.


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