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Layoffs begin at HP's WebOS hardware unit--report

Hewlett-Packard is laying off as many as 525 employees in connection with its plans to ax its WebOS hardware business, according to a report.

Hewlett-Packard is laying off as many as 525 employees in connection with its plans to ax its WebOS hardware business, according to a report.

AllThingsD's John Paczkowski says sources told him the pink slips began going out this week and that HP confirmed the layoffs with a statement reading, in part, "the WebOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce." The company would not say how many workers were being let go, Paczkowski says.

HP announced the shuttering of the WebOS hardware unit during its August 18 earnings call. The unit has been responsible for the TouchPad tablet and Palm Pre phone.

HP says it will close the division by the end of this fiscal year's fourth quarter, which wraps up October 31.

Updated with the 525 figure on Monday evening.