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Boeing's New Smartphone Self-Destructs

The 'Boeing Black' intended for government use

(Newser) - Maybe President Obama can stop complaining about his BlackBerry . Boeing, a company normally associated with planes, is creating a new smartphone designed specifically with security in mind, the BBC reports. The "Boeing Black" features a special hardware design that causes it to effectively self-destruct if tampered with; all data... More »

Alicia Keys-BlackBerry Collaboration Is Kaput

Apparently, no one cared that Alicia Keys was working for BlackBerry

(Newser) - Turns out even Alicia Keys can't get people excited about BlackBerry devices. Roughly 11 months after the company created a position specifically for the singer (Global Creative Director), it yesterday announced the two are going their separate ways, Bloomberg reports. Keys was hired as the BlackBerry 10 operating system... More »

BlackBerry Dumps Plan to Sell, CEO

New direction involves raising $1B from investors

(Newser) - BlackBerry pulled the rug out from under customers today, announcing that it was ditching its plan to sell itself to Fairfax Financial Holdings —and CEO Thorsten Heins along with it, the Wall Street Journal reports. Today was supposed to be the day BlackBerry "firmed up" the Fairfax deal... More »

BlackBerry Pens Letter to Twitchy Customers

Letter published in full-page newspaper ads across the globe

(Newser) - Days after a research firm advised BlackBerry customers to switch to different devices, the struggling smartphone firm is attempting to reassure customers ... via full-page newspaper ads. "These are no doubt challenging times for us and we don't underestimate the situation or ignore the challenges," reads an open... More »

BlackBerry Deal Full of Holes

Rolfe Winkler advises selling stock if you've got it

(Newser) - If you're a BlackBerry shareholder, Rolfe Winkler at the Wall Street Journal thinks you should sell while the selling's good. Fairfax Financial Holdings struck a deal yesterday with BlackBerry that, Winkler writes, is a little like a guy saying "he will buy your falling-down house for millions... More »

BlackBerry Sells Itself for $4.7B

Fairfax Financial, the smartphone pioneer's largest shareholder, buys it

(Newser) - It looks like the days of BlackBerry being an independent company are over. Trading on shares of the company was halted today when the company made it known that it had a major announcement coming. The announcement: It had signed a letter of intent to be purchased by Fairfax Financial... More »

Amid Own Turbulence, BlackBerry Splurged on a Jet

Firm says it was to replace 2 others, but now ditching all

(Newser) - BlackBerry's been having a rough patch lately. It made headlines Friday with a second-quarter loss of almost $1 billion and plans to cut 40% of its worldwide workforce; then, USA Today notes, the company postponed its launch of BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS because the Android version was... More »

Brutal Day for Blackberry: Cuts 40% of Workforce

Company reports $1B loss

(Newser) - Apple may be celebrating another successful iPhone rollout today, but it's a far different story for Blackberry. The company said it will lay off 4,500 employees, or 40% of its global workforce, as it reports a nearly $1 billion second-quarter loss a week earlier than expected. The stock... More »

BlackBerry Z10: Not Too Little, But Maybe Too Late

BlackBerry's new phone brings the goods, but won't win over Apple, Android faithful

(Newser) - BlackBerry is betting its bottom dollar on the BlackBerry Z10 , the first phone to bear its radically redesigned new BlackBerry 10 OS. So how does it stack up? Critics generally like it, but worry that it's not enough to save the company. Here's what people are saying:
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RIM Rolls Out BlackBerry 10

And it's RIM no more, plays up 'beautiful' new phones

(Newser) - The six-city launch of the new BlackBerry 10 phones and operating system is now complete. One of the biggest shockers from the event: Research in Motion is scrapping its name, and will now be known simply as BlackBerry. Other developments:
  • CEO Thorsten Heins underscored the "heartfelt and brutal honesty"
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Nokia Tries to Ban Most BlackBerries

After winning patent case in Swedish court

(Newser) - Nokia has asked a California judge for an order banning the sale of any BlackBerry phone with wireless LAN capabilities—which is basically all of them, ComputerWorld reports. A Swedish arbiter has ruled that RIM has breached its contract over the use of Nokia's wireless patents, Nokia announced today,... More »

BlackBerry Offers Peek at Crucial Upgrade

And at least one reviewer is underwhelmed

(Newser) - RIM today offered a peek to developers of its all-important BlackBerry 10, which is due to hit shelves in early 2013. Or, as CTV News puts it, the company began "fighting for its life." That's how great the stakes are for RIM as it struggles for relevancy... More »

Mayer Gives Yahoo Workers Free iPhones

New CEO offers iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 ... you name it

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer's quest to boost morale at Yahoo doesn't stop at free food and office makeovers . The new CEO is also offering employees a brand-new smartphone with free data and phone service, Business Insider reports. Workers in 22 countries must ditch their Blackberry—Yahoo's current corporate phone—... More »

You Know Things Are Bad When ... RIM Selling Jet

As part of BlackBerry maker's move to cut costs by $1B

(Newser) - Pity poor, poor RIM, which will soon have to make do with just one of its two private jets. Bloomberg spoke with two sources who revealed that the decision to sell the nine-passenger Dassault Aviation SA F50EX is part of the company's plan to trim operating costs by a... More »

BlackBerry's Last Hope: Windows

Farhad Manjoo thinks an alliance is RIM's only chance

(Newser) - Research in Motion's latest earnings report was such a train wreck that just looking felt wrong. "If you're betting that RIM's toast, you're probably right," writes Farhad Manjoo of Slate . Its grasps for the consumer market have failed utterly, "and it's obvious... More »

BlackBerry Maker Posts Huge Loss, Delays New Phone

RIM slashing 5K jobs as 'death spiral' continues

(Newser) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's freefall is continuing. The Canadian company's shares plunged 15% after it posted a $518 million third-quarter loss and announced that its new BlackBerry 10 smartphone had been delayed until next year, reports the Wall Street Journal . The company says it is cutting 5,... More »

How RIM Killed the BlackBerry

Co-CEOs, resistance to innovation hurt company

(Newser) - Research in Motion is announcing its earnings today, and they're "going to be terrible with a scoop of worse for August," an analyst tells CNET . How did things get so bad for the BlackBerry maker? It started at the top, the Wall Street Journal says in a... More »

BlackBerry Maker In Freefall

RIM warns that it's going to lose money again this quarter

(Newser) - Research in Motion shares plummeted almost 8% in pre-market trading today, after the BlackBerry maker warned that it would lose money for the second straight quarter thanks to ever-dwindling sales. Analysts had been slashing their estimates on BlackBerry, but all assumed it would at least be profitable, the Wall Street ... More »

BlackBerry Surrenders on Consumer Market

Maker RIM will instead focus on business customers

(Newser) - Struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said today it will cede most consumer markets after failing to compete with flashier touch-screen phones such as Apple's iPhone and models that run Google's Android software. Instead, RIM said it will return to its roots and focus on business customers, many... More »

RIM's Co-CEOs Step Down

Balsillie, Lazaridis insist it had nothing to do with investor pressure

(Newser) - A big shuffle at Research in Motion last night, as Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis—who have served together as co-CEOs for two decades—stepped down, turning over the top position at the struggling company to former chief operating officer Thorsten Heins. Balsillie and Lazaridis also gave up their co-chairmanship,... More »

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