Amazon tipped to buy remnants of Palm from HP

HP is clearly overcome with buyer's remorse over its acquisition of Palm, and the future of the former mobile company and its webOS software hangs in the balance. Who will rescue it? Believe it or not, VentureBeat claims that Amazon is already in negotiations with HP to acquire what's left of Palm.

Quoting a "well-placed source," VentureBeat notes, "HP is currently 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." While the site hasn't gotten anything resembling official confirmation, it does point out that former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein presently sits on the Amazon board.

Amazon, of course, is fresh from announcing its Kindle Fire, a heavily customized Android tablet that's quickly climbed to the number-one spot on Amazon's best-selling electronics list. Snatching up Palm and webOS would give the company a mobile operating system of its own to customize at will, not to mention a team of talented folks with experience designing some pretty solid hardware. Combine that know-how with Jeff Bezos's apparent Steve Jobs complex, and you might have a recipe for (even greater) success.

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