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At the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, we saw two formerly great smartphone brands — Nokia and BlackBerry — try to win their way back into consumers' hearts with the relaunch of decidedly old-school gadgets. BlackBerry Mobile, whose name is licensed to Chinese electronics maker TCL, introduced its newest throwback with the BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android phone that looks like an updated, more modern version of the BlackBerry 9900. Nokia, now run by HMD Global, just decided to straight-up bring back the 3310 form-factor, but with a colour screen, a camera and crazy battery life.

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The tech world is full of flops. This ain't them; some of these companies and their products were monstrously successful for a time; others never even had the high expectations and hype required for something to earn the title "flop".

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Jon Rubinstein, the former Apple exec, godfather of webOS and CEO of Palm, has left HP, reports AllThingsD. The move isn't too surprising as the writing has been on the wall since he left HP's Palm unit last summer to move to a lesser role at HP's Personal Systems Group.

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Who wants a leg? Who wants the Palm? WebOS is about to be carved up by HP as part of an internal move that will see parts of it—and the Palm group—heading to different areas within the company.

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Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein - the guy who resurrected Palm - is leaving HP's Palm unit (no longer called Palm, to boot). Taking over is Stephen DeWitt, HP's US computer overlord. This isn't good for webOS. In fact, It's terrible.

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HP's CEO has promised that webOS for PCs is coming - to every PC they ship from 2012. Saying that "HP has lost its soul," CEO Leo Apotheker hopes that bundling webOS with Windows will entice more customers into buying HP products. Does that sound like something you'd buy?