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Hewlett-Packard on Friday confirmed that Jon Rubinstein, who came to the company through its $1.2 billion purchase of Palm, has left the company.

"Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well, HP spokeswoman Mylene Mangalindan told Arik Hesseldahl of All Things D, who first broke the news. Rubinstein first joined HP when it acquired Palm in 2010, and he served a 12-24 month commitment at the company following the acquisition.

"Rubinstein's departure is no big surprise," Hesseldahl wrote. "Sources said he hadn't been seen at HP's offices following the decision by former CEO Leo Apotheker to get out of the business of making WebOS-based hardware. His future plans have been the subject of speculation for some time."

Apotheker was at the helm of HP last year, when the company strangely announced it planned to sell its PC business, only to change its mind. As HP struggled and its decisions were scrutinized, the company opted to oust Apotheker and appointed former board member Meg Whitman to become the new CEO.

While the company will remain in the PC business, it did follow through on discontinuing its TouchPad tablet, and has ceased development of other hardware running the webOS mobile operating system it acquired from Palm. This week, HP published a timeline, committing to open source the webOS platform by this fall, making it available to run on a variety of devices and a platform for developers to utilize and expand upon.




While webOS will live on as an open source project, HP has exited the smartphone business, which left Rubinstein assigned to a "product innovation role" within the PC maker's Personal Systems Group. But that role was characterized as "his first step toward the exit," a source reportedly told Hesseldahl.

Prior to joining Palm, Rubinstein played an important role at Apple as the head of the company's iPod division. Rubinstein was instrumental in the creation of the iPod and discovered the portable hard drives that were used in the first models.
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On to better things?

Maybe he'll end up back at apple
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post #3 of 54
Could be the best thing for him...HP seems to be on a course of making things much worse, in the "hopes" of making it better...good luck!
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Maybe he'll end up at JC Penney?

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post #5 of 54
they did him a favor.

if he comes back to apple he'll need to get back into shape. too much palm and hp becomes toxic after a while.
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Maybe, like his boss of yore, he'll find leaving HP was the best thing that could have happened to him.
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Mr. Rubinstein essentially retired when he left Apple in 2006. He apparently made himself available for consulting after that, but only on a part-time basis. Joining HP brought him out of retirement.

He's had an amazing career, and he deserves some time off if he wants it.
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I would love to see Rubinstein join Tony Fadell at Nest! Get the band back together again and change the world.
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""Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well, HP spokeswoman Mylene Mangalindan told Arik Hesseldahl of All Things D"

Why does that sound the same as someone discussing a prisoner being released at the end of their sentence?

I wonder if RIM will court him at all.

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I wonder if RIM will court him at all.

I was going to say that - although it's highly unlikely.

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"Rubinstein's departure is no big surprise," Hesseldahl wrote. "Sources said he hadn't been seen at HP's fofices following the decision by former CEO Leo Apotheker to get out of the business of making WebOS-based hardware. His future pans have been the subject of speculation for some time."

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We're all relieved that Jon kept his pans out of HP's fofices...

Edit: On second thought... Maybe Jon kept his fofices in his pans...

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We're all relieved that Jon kept his pans out of HP's fofices...


If you constantly look at the typos, Dick, you're going to lose fosuc of the real story in the atrilec.
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If you constantly look at the typos, Dick, you're going to lose fosuc of the real story in the atrilec.



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post #14 of 54
I think he should ask Apple for an OSX license and start a small company to build Pro workstations catering to academics, scientists, and graphics pros. Maybe also OSX servers.

It may be too small of a market for Apple to focus on, but I bet it could be a profitable market if done right.
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I think he should ask Apple for an OSX license and start a small company to build Pro workstations catering to academics, scientists, and graphics pros. Maybe also OSX servers.

And they'd laugh at him. No way will they license OS X.

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I would love to see Rubinstein join Tony Fadell at Nest! Get the band back together again and change the world.

L.O.V.E. my Nest thermostat, btw. I really feel this is a direction Apple should be headed. So yes -- bring the band back together under one wing (Apple) and change the world!
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Perfect replacement for Steve Bummer.
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L.O.V.E. my Nest thermostat, btw. I really feel this is a direction Apple should be headed. So yes -- bring the band back together under one wing (Apple) and change the world!

I'm hoping that Nest continues to expand into more home products.
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This guy took his knowledge from Apple and had palm pre's connecting to iTunes like an apple branded iPod and flaunted that fact in Apple's face. Screw this bum.
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If you constantly look at the typos, Dick, you're going to lose fosuc of the real story in the atrilec.

If you can't be bothered to take 5 seconds to spell check, you probably also can't be bothered to fact check, or even rumor check, and what you write is thus suspect. Not to mention, when writing about Apple, one should probably have a little pride in your craft. Lousy writing is more suited to lousy topics, say over at Cult of Android.

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This is off-topic, but I've never seen a photo of the guy that looked normal. Maybe he simply doesn't photograph well; the image in the article certainly looks a bit other-worldly.

(And it also serves as an example why porn should not be offered in ultra-high definition. Too Much Information!)
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If you can't be bothered to take 5 seconds to spell check, you probably also can't be bothered to fact check, or even rumor check, and what you write is thus suspect. Not to mention, when writing about Apple, one should probably have a little pride in your craft. Lousy writing is more suited to lousy topics, say over at Cult of Android.

I wasn't going to say anything about the typos since I have been chastised on another occasion for doing so, however, I might mention that in this case I just quit reading the article after those two consecutive typos in the second paragraph. The word 'pans' at least is a word but 'fofices' should have had a red squiggly line under it.

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This is off-topic, but I've never seen a photo of the guy that looked normal. Maybe he simply doesn't photograph well; the image in the article certainly looks a bit other-worldly.

(And it also serves as an example why porn should not be offered in ultra-high definition. Too Much Information!)

I was thinking the same thing. That rim light by his eye makes me think of terminator.
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On to better things?

Maybe he'll end up back at apple

I doubt it. If Jobs biography is to be believed, he and Ive didn't get along well. Ive would always want things done a certain way. Rubinstein would either say it can't be done or it costs too much. Ive would go behind Rubinstein's back, and get it done the way Ive wanted.

Further, as another pointed out, Rubinstein while at Palm purposively skirted Apple's iTunes protection scheme to allow iTunes to work with Palm devices.
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Its kind of sad. If any OS should be competing with iOS right now, its webos. Fantastic software that was unfortunately paired with terrible hardware and a unfortunate carrier deal. I still miss my bubble notifications and multitasking cards. So many excellent UI designs. I know I will probably get flamed for even bring up webOS in the same sentence as iOS, but it really was such a well designed little OS. I'll be interested to see where Jon lands, and as others have suggensted, NEST might not be such a bad place.
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Perfect replacement for Steve Bummer.

Now there's a thought...
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And they'd laugh at him. No way will they license OS X.

Actually this is exactly what I see happening on a very limited scope though. With Apple's discontinuation of their Xserve line, I believe Apple is preparing to allow a few 3rd party licensees to sell enterprise class solutions (hardware and software) based off Mac OS X Server, while Apple concentrates on the home server market. The back-end, workflow market isn't very profitable in terms of hardware anymore and never was glamorous enough for Apple. Plus the overhead of supporting IT was something Apple has never been good at. Another company, such as Dell or HP already have the support system setup for IT, I'm sure they would love the opportunity to add yet another solution that they can push to clients as iPhones and iPads infiltrate IT departments.

At some point Apple is going to want to slip into the IT back room, if only to add seamless support for their iDevices, Macs and iCloud.
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If you can't be bothered to take 5 seconds to spell check, you probably also can't be bothered to fact check, or even rumor check, and what you write is thus suspect. Not to mention, when writing about Apple, one should probably have a little pride in your craft. Lousy writing is more suited to lousy topics, say over at Cult of Android.

Gordon

You're not supposed to put commas before conjunctions ... are you?

Then again maybe you can http://www.getitwriteonline.com/arch...CommaBfAnd.htm
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This guy took his knowledge from Apple and had palm pre's connecting to iTunes like an apple branded iPod and flaunted that fact in Apple's face. Screw this bum.

I thought that would be the main reaction in this thread, I'm surprised it hasn't been said by others.
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You're not supposed to put commas before conjunctions ...

No think he is correct. You can put commas before some conjunctions if it is joining two separate clauses. When separating a list of items with commas you would not use a comma before the word 'and' on the last item.

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No think he is correct. You can put commas before some conjunctions if it is joining two separate clauses. When separating a list of items with commas you would not use a comma before the word 'and' on the last item.

Yep, correct ... I added an update just below my first line with a link after I researched it. I never knew that before today - you live and learn ..

back on topic. Jon reminds me of Jeff Goldblum ... well nearly back on topic.
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Yep, correct ... I added an update just below my first line with a link after I researched it. I never knew that before today - you live and learn ..

back on topic. Jon reminds me of Jeff Goldblum ... well nearly back on topic.

I've learned not to correct anyone's grammar or typos... no matter how hard I would try I would always fuck something up in the reply.

[maybe Jon has a future as a body double for Jeff]
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Yes come back to APPLE and help change the world once again!

Always had respect for this guy
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If you can't be bothered to take 5 seconds to spell check, you probably also can't be bothered to fact check, or even rumor check, and what you write is thus suspect. Not to mention, when writing about Apple, one should probably have a little pride in your craft. Lousy writing is more suited to lousy topics, say over at Cult of Android.

Gordon

And you probably didn't take a shower this morning or brush your teeth. And you left food past the expiration date in the fridge, not to mention driving a high gas consumption car.

Or perhaps Gordo could lighten up a titch...
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""Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well, HP spokeswoman Mylene Mangalindan told Arik Hesseldahl of All Things D"

Why does that sound the same as someone discussing a prisoner being released at the end of their sentence?

I wonder if RIM will court him at all.

They ought to make him CEO. He can't be worse than that retard they just promoted.
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I am sure now he is sitting around dreaming about how he will begin his own smartphone startup, called Sext, which will fail, but then be bought up by HP to save them from software incompetence. Then, as the dream continues, he takes over company and turns it into a tech powerhouse, which leads to someone writing his biography.
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I am sure now he is sitting around dreaming about how he will begin his own smartphone startup, called Sext, which will fail, but then be bought up by HP to save them from software incompetence. Then, as the dream continues, he takes over company and turns it into a tech powerhouse, which leads to someone writing his biography.

You mean AfTER, right?

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Rubenstein is an idiot. He proved that with much of what he did at Apple and how he came to leave the company as well as how he screwed up at HP.

I could not be more pleased that he's got egg on his face ... yet again. Hopefully, no one will be dumb enough to give him another chance.
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Rubenstein is an idiot. He proved that with much of what he did at Apple and how he came to leave the company as well as how he screwed up at HP.

I could not be more pleased that he's got egg on his face ... yet again. Hopefully, no one will be dumb enough to give him another chance.

Explain with more detail, please.
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Rubenstein is an idiot. He proved that with much of what he did at Apple and how he came to leave the company as well as how he screwed up at HP.

I could not be more pleased that he's got egg on his face ... yet again. Hopefully, no one will be dumb enough to give him another chance.

That's a little harsh... I wouldn't call him an idiot and I really don't think it's his fault that HP failed on WebOS. They gave it a small try but didn't keep at it even long enough to improve upon the product. I really think it was headed in the right direction if giving enough time and the right improvements maybe even successfully.
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