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February 6, 2015

BlackBerry Stock Bounce Prompts Investigation

Last month, we all had a small chuckle when rumors started to fly that Samsung was in talks to buy BlackBerry – rumors that were debunked within the same day. Interestingly, the rumors sparked a huge bounce in BlackBerry’s stock value – after which it fell pretty hard to more realistic levels. As it turns out, regulators in the United States and in BlackBerry’s native Canada are taking a close look at what happened to see if the stock bounce was specifically engineered by intentionally spreading false information.

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January 15, 2015

BlackBerry Stock Bounces, Drops Amid Samsung Buy Rumors

Yesterday, stock for BlackBerry saw a pretty huge bounce – and then a pretty huge drop – as rumors circulated that Samsung was interested in a reported $7.5 billion acquisition.

At around 4 p.m. Eastern yesterday, BlackBerry’s stock jumped up by over 29 percent, Business Insider reports, as talk of the acquisition swirled. However, when BlackBerry debunked the rumors with a press release, the stock tumbled back down by another 17 percent, says Bloomberg.

And, of course, here’s what BlackBerry had to say on the [...]

 
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August 5, 2014

BlackBerry Restructuring Ends, Hiring Begins

Today, Reuters reports that BlackBerry CEO John Chen sent a memo out to his employees last week to let them know that the company’s dark period is, hopefully, coming to a close. After a three year process of restructuring, that included a 60 percent reduction in workforce, BlackBerry will begin hiring new employees, signifying hope for the future for the company that first popularized the smartphone.

Here’s a portion of what Chen wrote in his memo, which details the company’s plans going forward:

“We have completed the [...]

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March 31, 2014

BlackBerry Successfully Stops Sales of Typo iPhone Case With Injunction

Nearly four months after filing a lawsuit against Typo, the company funded in part by television personality Ryan Seacrest, for patent infringement, BlackBerry has managed to secure an injunction successfully stopping the sale of Typo’s one and only product currently on the market, the iPhone case of the same name. Typo’s case adds a BlackBerry style plastic keyboard to the bottom of any iPhone, allowing users to type with a physical keyboard rather than having to rely on the more imprecise on-screen keyboard.

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March 28, 2014

BlackBerry Will Go Back to Its Roots, Focus on Phones with Physical Keyboards

“The focus is going to be very keyboard centric,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen told Reuters in a new interview published today. For over a year now, BlackBerry has been trying to push consumers smartphones that have looked and felt more like an Apple iPhone or your average Android device than a traditional BlackBerry devices of yore. Devices like the BlackBerry Z10, the Z30, and the upcoming Z3 are all flat, candy bar style phones with nothing but big touch screens, forcing users to instead tap away on a screen to get work done. [...]

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March 26, 2014

BlackBerry CEO is Very Upset About Product Leaks, Threatens Legal Action

Mere days after a private beta build of an upcoming version of the upcoming BlackBerry 10.3 update leaked onto the web, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has posted a rather angry blog post on the official BlackBerry blog swearing revenge on individuals who “falsely posed” as an employee of a BlackBerry partner in order to “obtain access to secured networks” – or, in other words, to obtain confidential trade secrets exactly like information regarding that upcoming BlackBerry 10.3 update.

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March 24, 2014

BlackBerry 10.3 Beta Build Leaks, Reveals Voice Assistant

A previously unheard of BlackBerry 10.3 Beta build has just leaked onto the web, giving us a sneak peak at some of the changes that the company formerly known as RIM has in store for us for 2014. While there’s not too terribly much new here – this is still very much the same Blackberry 10 we’ve come to know and, well, tolerate – there do appear to be a few new and interesting changes.

For one, the design has been updated with a new, more minimal, nearly “flat” design reminiscent of the design [...]

 
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March 5, 2014

Nearly All T-Mobile BlackBerry Trade-Ins Have Switched to a Competing Platform

The bad news keeps coming in for former smartphone giant BlackBerry. You may recall that T-Mobile has been running a high value trade-in promo, encouraging BlackBerry users to trade-in their old and busted phones for $200 towards a new smartphone. The promotion appears to be going over remarkably well for our favorite magenta obsessed mobile carrier, T-Mobile, with the number of trade-ins increasing 15x over the average amount. But things aren’t going quite so rosy for BlackBerry, as it turns out customers have taken this [...]

 
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February 25, 2014

BlackBerry Tries Again, Announces New Z3 and Q20 Smartphones

Poor BlackBerry. After seeing just about no success with the flagship BlackBerry Z10, an absolutely disastrous launch of the QWERTY BlackBerry Q10, and no further luck with the BlackBerry Z30, to say the company’s portfolio of BlackBerry 10 powered smartphones have gotten off on a rocky start would be just about the understatement of the millennia. But today BlackBerry is at bat once more, announcing today at Mobile World Congress not just one, but two new BlackBerry 10 powered smartphones – the new all-touch Z3, and the [...]

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February 24, 2014

WhatsApp to Add Voice Calls Later This Year

What’s up with WhatsApp?  Well, besides the mega $16 billion purchase by Facebook announced last week, the popular messaging service announced it will add voice calls later this year.

WhatsApp announced during a Mobile World Congress event today that it would be adding voice services to iOS and Android during the second quarter of the year and Nokia and Blackberry devices shortly thereafter, according to reports.  The company also said it now has 465 million monthly active users and 330 million daily users.

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