Updated from 6:54 p.m. ET, Wednesday, to add further details and video analysis.



) -- You might recall an uber-popular piece published by


contributor Anton Wahlman in early October:

HP's New Radical $279 Apple-Killing Laptop


You might also recall that I had a bit of trouble swallowing the notion that a piece of hardware produced by lowly


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and supported by price-warring


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could compete, at any level with


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, let alone "kill" the company.

I expressed these thoughts in the not-quite-as-popular

HP's $279 Hotel Lobby Laptop That's Going to Kill Apple


Well, word out just moments ago from


indicates that Google and HP have recalled the Apple-killing Chromebook due to overheating power supply issues.

As one of my


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Ottawa media personalty John Brenner

, put it:

To that end, this is nothing short of devastating news for Google and HP:

Tech Website

The Verge

first reported, midday Wednesday, that

Best Buy

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store managers received "urgent instructions" to stop selling the $279 laptop -- Chromebook 11 -- effective immediately.

An HP spokesperson told The Verge that only "a small number of user reports' led to the decision to cease Chromebook 11 sales for the time being. Chromebook 11 owners should not use the charger supplied with the device.

Again, hardly a welcome development for a company (Google) attempting to corner a significant chunk of the computer market and another (HP) making desperate attempts at something resembling relevancy.

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Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rocco Pendola is a columnist and


Director of Social Media. Pendola makes frequent appearances on national television networks such as




as well as

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. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.