It's not totally unexpected, but apparently HP is laying off some Palm staffers now that the buyout is official. We don't know exactly how many people are being let go, or in what departments -- it certainly makes sense for HP to trim away some administrative and support positions as it integrates Palm into its larger organization -- but there's no question that Palm's lost some key people ever since this turmoil began, and we're definitely curious to see who's left standing after these cuts. For what it's worth, Palm told All Things Digital that "part of the integration strategy is consolidation of functions and operations, as appropriate," and that "Palm employees overall are enthusiastic about having the financial stability and global scale necessary to complete their vision," so we've got hope -- after all, HP needs Palm just as much as Palm needs HP.

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