HP, which decided in August to stop producing webOS tablets and phones, has announced it will contribute its webOS software to the open source community.
The code of webOS will be made available under an open source licence, while HP says it intends to remain active in the development and support of webOS.
Cloud communications Twilio, which launched its services in the UK earlier this year, has raised an additional $17 million in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners and Union Square Ventures.
Both companies have previously invested in Twilio.
Panasonic has announced it’ll be expanding its smartphone business into Europe from March 2012.
The flagship ‘global’ smartphone is likely to be waterproof and dustproof with a 4.3-inch organic LED screen. Full specifications haven’t been revealed, although it’s expected to be an Android device with built-in NFC connectivity.
Google has introduced a new tablet and smartphone application called Google Currents. It works on Android and iOS devices to let users read online magazines and other multimedia content.
Over 150 publishing partners are already involved, including CNET, AllThingsD, Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company, although the service is currently available to consumers in the USA.