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Samsung touted as potential webOS buyer

Samsung, as we wrote recently, is the US tech industry's new bogeyman. It's far too big and powerful for the liking of the likes of Apple or Intel, never mind HP or Qualcomm.

While we didn't think much of the rumours that Samsung might buy up HP's PC business, we do think the latest burblings to the effect that Samsung could pick up HP's unloved webOS a bit more stimulating.

Picking over some of the bones HP is threatening to cast asunder, Samsung has already lured HP's former PSG marketing team VP, Raymond Wah, into taking the leap, according to DigiTimes.

That report contains a line about webOS that has fuelled a thousand rumours..

Web OS would certainly sit nicely in Samsung's portfolio. The outfit already has a tablet or two it could stick the OS on - that might help them avoid being detained in container ports on Apple's request. Indeed, it could help it fight off future legal shenanigans from US rivals determined to scupper Samsung by any means necessary.

If it can make use of the OS, Samsung could avoid waltzing with Microsoft and Google consecutively Microsoft is expensive, Google is - well- Google - and the wrangling over code rights in Android haven't yet gone away. Google is now also Motorola, too, making it a major Samsung competitor in hardware.

But Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee recently said that Samsung needs more software. "We must pay attention to the fact that IT power is moving away from hardware companies such as Samsung to software companies," he said. he added that Samsung "must strengthen the competitiveness of its information technology, secure more human resources and also more actively seek mergers and acquisitions."

One such acquisition could be webOS.

HP however, spent a lot of money to pick up the OS from Palm ($1.2 billion in all). Now it seems suddenly clueless as to what it wants to do with it. Jody Fisher could probably serve up some decent advice over dinner,