With HP’s recent acquisition of Palm, rumors began flying that the HP Slate, the company’s anticipated tablet, was being delayed and retooled to run on webOS instead of Windows 7. This rumor was fueled by reports that Windows 7 was not fit for a tablet. (Battery life was unacceptable, primarily.) But it seems that the VP of HP Taiwan has managed to confirm both — that HP is working on devices running on webOS, and that the Slate is going to be released before the fiscal year is over (October). So will it run Windows 7? webOS? They won’t tell. But if they actually are going to release this thing in 2010, we’ll have to find out sometime this summer.