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HP Ships Open WebOS Beta & Hiring WebOS Developers

From The Register:

As promised, HP has shipped the beta release of Open webOS, the open source version of the web standards–based webOS mobile platform that was the last hurrah of the former Palm before HP absorbed it in 2010. More surprisingly, however, HP actually seems to be staffing up its webOS development team – an odd reversal of recent trends.

The beta release is intended primarily for developers. It includes 54 webOS components totaling more than 450,000 lines of code, HP's webOS team explained in a blog post, and it provides developers with two separate build environments.

Curiously, HP's jobs site lists more than 20 software engineering, project management, and design positions related to the platform, in both HP's Sunnyvale headquarters and its Shanghai, China location.

That might seem strange, considering that HP fired half of its webOS team in February. But new ideas seem to have been brewing since then. Industry scuttlebutt says HP has spun off its webOS division into a new and mysterious subsidiary company, called Gram.