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Samsung and BlackBerry Reportedly Discuss Acquisition

A new year means new telecom rumors. Samsung is apparently looking to buy BlackBerry, according to a report from Reuters, which cited an unnamed source. Executives from the two companies reportedly met last week, with Samsung proposing an initial range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share for an offer that could total as much as [...]

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Apple-Led Rockstar Consortium Sells off Smartphone Patents

The Rockstar Consortium has agreed to sell about 4,000 smartphone and other technology patents to RPX Clearinghouse for $900 million. Rockstar, which is made up of Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, purchased the patents from the bankrupt Nortel Networks back in 2011 for $4.5 billion. RPX announced in a press release that it plans [...]

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BlackBerry Narrows Loss for Fiscal Q2

Just a few days after the launch of its new Passport smartphone, BlackBerry has announced a $207 million loss for its second fiscal quarter. While that may not sound like good news, it is actually a substantial improvement over a year earlier when the company had a loss of $965 million. With the exclusion of [...]

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BlackBerry Launches Passport Smartphone

The last few years have been difficult for BlackBerry and the company’s latest smartphone is unlikely to change that. The BlackBerry Passport officially launched on Wednesday and is available in the U.S. for $599 without a contract. AT&T will reportedly also offer the phone at an as yet undetermined date. While other smartphone makers have [...]

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BlackBerry Appoints New COO to Continue Enterprise Focus

BlackBerry announced on Monday that it has appointed Marty Beard as its new chief operating officer. Beard was previously the CEO of cloud-based customer service company LiveOps. In his new role, Beard will take on marketing, application development, customer care, and quality for BlackBerry. The appointment fits with the company’s renewed focus on enterprise customers. [...]

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BlackBerry Announces Virtual Assistant for Next Smartphone

Apple has Siri for iOS, Google has Google Now for Android, Microsoft has Cortana for Windows Phone, and now BlackBerry is introducing its own voice-controlled virtual assistant. BlackBerry Assistant will be included as part of the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system and make its debut on the Passport smartphone set to arrive in September. BlackBerry often [...]

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BlackBerry Sells Off German R&D Lab to Volkswagen

BlackBerry is in the midst of a plan to return to profit, with the latest move by the company being the selling of its research and development department in Germany to Volkswagen. About 200 BlackBerry employees as well as the lab in Bochum will be taken on by the automaker’s Infotainment division, which makes connected [...]

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BlackBerry to Launch Z3 Jakarta Edition Exclusively in Indonesia

BlackBerry is hoping for a new start as it prepares to launch its newest smartphone, the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition. The phone is launching exclusively in Indonesia on May 15 with a price tag of IDR 2,199,000 (about $191). Along with the budget price, the device also features several exclusive features and content, such as [...]

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BlackBerry CEO Denies Company is Exiting Handset Business

This week saw some confusion arise about the future of BlackBerry’s handset business after a Reuters story included a comment from CEO John Chen about the company possibly exiting the devices market. “If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business,” Chen told Reuters. Other media outlets jumped on [...]

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T-Mobile Tries to Get the Last Word with $100 Credit for BlackBerry Customers

BlackBerry publicly broke up with T-Mobile earlier this week, but the Un-carrier is looking to have the last word. In an open letter released on Thursday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that current BlackBerry customers can receive a $100 credit toward any new device, including the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. This offer is good through [...]

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