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HP giving its TouchPad one last try

By Associated Press
September 1, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard says it’s making one last run of its TouchPad tablet computer before the device is officially retired - again.

The Palo Alto, Calif. company cited “stunning’’ demand for the tablet following a big price drop earlier this month after chief executive Leo Apotheker said the company was exiting the tablet and smartphone business to focus more on selling to corporations.

The tablet was a dud with consumers at $499 and $599, but a hit at $99 and $149, depending on the size of memory.

On Monday, HP disclosed on a corporate blog that it will produce “one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand,’’ and that it would be at least a few weeks until they’re available.