Updated from 6:54 p.m. ET, Wednesday, to add further details and video analysis.
NEW YORK (
) -- You might recall an uber-popular piece published by
contributor Anton Wahlman in early October:
You might also recall that I had a bit of trouble swallowing the notion that a piece of hardware produced by lowly
and supported by price-warring
could compete, at any level with
, let alone "kill" the company.
I expressed these thoughts in the not-quite-as-popular
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
, put it:
To that end, this is nothing short of devastating news for Google and HP:
first reported, midday Wednesday, that
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.
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
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. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.