HP Could Sell webOS Unit

(Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co is looking to sell Palm’s webOS mobile software platform, a deal that could fetch hundreds of millions of dollars but less than the $1.2 billion that HP paid last year, four sources close to the matter said. Advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HP is trying to figure out how […]

H-P Scales Back Investment Activity Amid Quarter-end Shakeup

Listed, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard has scaled back or eliminated several parts of its corporate venture capital investment structure, said multiple sources who spoke with peHUB. Further, our sources said, the company is likely to make an announcement within the next two weeks regarding potential M&A plans and other organizational shifts for H-P as the company tries […]

Analysis: Google/Motorola Could Be Peak of Patent Price Spike

(Reuters) – The bubble in mobile phone technology patent values may just have popped.

Now that Google Inc. has agreed to a $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. — scooping up a trove of 17,000 phone-related patents to give itself some ground to defend its Android operating system — the most motivated buyer looks to be off the market.

“The game is completely changed as a result of Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The arms race is essentially over,” said John Amster, chief executive of RPX, a company that advises customers on patent purchases. “They have basically created through acquisition what they needed.”

Google’s move was widely seen as a response to its loss in the auction of 6,000 Nortel patents to a group led by Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc. and Research in Motion, which fetched an unprecedented …

HP Appoints Five New Board Members, Including AXA Private Equity’s Senequier

Hewlett Packard Co. of Palo, Alto, Calif., named five new board members. The new directors include Booz & Co. CEO Shumeet Banerji, General Atlantic LLC’s Special Advisor Gary Reiner and Alcatel-Lucent’s former CEO Patricia Russo. AXA Private Equity’s CEO Dominique Senequier and eBay Inc.’s former president and CEO Meg Whitman were also appointed as board members. All five new directors will stand for re-election at the next annual meeting in March. The additions raised the director count to 17. The size will be reduced to 13 members after the shareholder meeting.

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