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Hewlett-Packard has plans for Palm’s webOS mobile operating system that go well beyond smartphones and tablet PCs, such as Web-connected printers.

During a conference call with analysts and reporters to announce fiscal second-quarter 2010 results May 18, HP President and CEO Mark Hurd said that while he certainly wants to grow Palm’s smartphone business, the real key to the proposed $1.2 billion deal is Palm’s webOS.

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