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(Ars Technica)   BlackBerry CEO states that the future of his company is so bright he's looking to sell it, or form a partnership, or a joint venture, or anything really if someone is willing to give him money   (arstechnica.com) divider line 28
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2013-08-12 05:29:17 PM
FTA:  IDC mobile analyst Francisco Jeronimo that "BlackBerry's statement shows [a] lack of interest in the company. If there was any, they would be announcing a partnership/acquisition, not a sale." Nokia,, "Secretly negotiated a strategic option with [Microsoft and] publicly announced a partnership. BlackBerry did the opposite."
 
2013-08-12 06:13:54 PM
They should hook up with AOL
 
2013-08-12 07:59:43 PM
Goddamn it.  I don't want to get a farking iPhone.
 
2013-08-12 08:01:54 PM

Soup4Bonnie: Goddamn it.  I don't want to get a farking iPhone.


There is a better path.  I ditched my iPhone for a Lumia 920 and I've been very happy with it.
 
2013-08-12 08:09:25 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Soup4Bonnie: Goddamn it.  I don't want to get a farking iPhone.

There is a better path.  I ditched my iPhone for a Lumia 920 and I've been very happy with it.


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If BB goes belly up, get a windows phone, you won't regret it.

Currently on my second one. They're awesome.
 
2013-08-12 08:24:33 PM
I have giant fat clumsy fingers.  All of your stupid phones that don't have keyboards bug the living piss out of me.  I pick up my wife's phone and I just want to hurl the farking thing.  Gah.  Quit making me thing about this.  I know it's coming and I fear change.
 
2013-08-12 08:27:13 PM
Come back to BlackBerry.  We're dying out here.

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/carbon-paper/n9751/

SFW
 
2013-08-12 09:26:11 PM
Kickstarter to buy blackberry in 3..2..1..
 
2013-08-12 10:10:16 PM
Microsoft to buy it and then drive them into the ground in 3...2...1...

/been predicting it'd happen for a few years now
 
2013-08-12 10:12:14 PM

BumpInTheNight: Microsoft to buy it and then drive them into the ground in 3...2...1...

/been predicting it'd happen for a few years now


It might be a worthwhile purchase just to get any patents they have.  RIM has been around for a while, I'm sure they have some things that could be useful, if not in an actual product, then in the defense against patent trolls.
 
2013-08-12 10:26:56 PM

TuteTibiImperes: BumpInTheNight: Microsoft to buy it and then drive them into the ground in 3...2...1...

/been predicting it'd happen for a few years now

It might be a worthwhile purchase just to get any patents they have.  RIM has been around for a while, I'm sure they have some things that could be useful, if not in an actual product, then in the defense against patent trolls.


This. Something something Certicom ECC patents. Back in 2009, RIMMBBRY tried to buy Certicom for $65M, Verisign bid $90M, and RIM upped the bid to $130M and walked away with the prize. If, as everyone from NSA (!) to a group of notable researchers at Black Hat 2013 has intimated, RSA really is more vulnerable than thought, the Certicom ECC patents are worth a lot more than previously thought.

/and people say there's no money to be made on the Business tab.
//Disclosure: I don't own any BBRY. Sucked to be me this morning!
 
2013-08-12 11:11:32 PM

Soup4Bonnie: I have giant fat clumsy fingers.  All of your stupid phones that don't have keyboards bug the living piss out of me.  I pick up my wife's phone and I just want to hurl the farking thing.  Gah.  Quit making me thing about this.  I know it's coming and I fear change.


Swipe text dude. 

Based upon my experiences with Blackberry over the last 5-7 years I'm surprised it lasted this long.
 
2013-08-12 11:39:04 PM

Soup4Bonnie: I have giant fat clumsy fingers.  All of your stupid phones that don't have keyboards bug the living piss out of me.  I pick up my wife's phone and I just want to hurl the farking thing.  Gah.  Quit making me thing about this.  I know it's coming and I fear change.


I have giant fat fingers and I simply cannot operate the physical keyboard on my work BB Bold. Always hit the wrong key. I get along much better with the iPhone, and with the Z10 I'm demoing right now for work.

/not so sure about Balance though. I hope the users are smart enough to cope.
 
2013-08-13 01:19:48 AM

BumpInTheNight: Microsoft to buy it and then drive them into the ground in 3...2...1...

/been predicting it'd happen for a few years now




Government contracts are valuable.
 
2013-08-13 01:23:43 AM
Step 1, move all servers away from NSA territory. Step 2, VPN every BB10 phone to said servers. Step 3, well, if not profit, many prolonged life.
 
2013-08-13 03:02:19 AM
I've always wondered why they never just ported BBM and all of their other actually valuable software over to Android, made it exclusive to their hardware, and kept moving along not having to worry about 3rd party app support.  The OS was never the reason people were buying Blackberries anyway, so it seemed like a relatively painless decision to make to keep the company alive.  It would have removed the most glaring flaws with buying a Blackberry phone with little to no sacrifices to functionality.

Oh well, that ship has sailed a long time ago.  They were just recently passed up by Windows Phone for market share, and they don't have Microsoft's billions of dollars to throw at fixing the problem.  My guess is the same as some others here now:  Microsoft will buy them on the cheap for patents and then they'll make a hard play to try and capture what's left of BB's enterprise market share.

/which they'll blunder, because it's Microsoft
//but that's a whole other issue
 
2013-08-13 03:27:52 AM

bionicjoe: Soup4Bonnie: I have giant fat clumsy fingers.  All of your stupid phones that don't have keyboards bug the living piss out of me.  I pick up my wife's phone and I just want to hurl the farking thing.  Gah.  Quit making me thing about this.  I know it's coming and I fear change.

Swipe text dude. 

Based upon my experiences with Blackberry over the last 5-7 years I'm surprised it lasted this long.


Yep. Swype. Just slide those fat fingers all over the keyboard. Problem solved.
 
2013-08-13 04:19:57 AM

Soup4Bonnie: I have giant fat clumsy fingers.  All of your stupid phones that don't have keyboards bug the living piss out of me.  I pick up my wife's phone and I just want to hurl the farking thing.  Gah.  Quit making me thing about this.  I know it's coming and I fear change.


everything being made in Asia where people are 4 inches tall is the problem. can't fit in their damn cars, either.
 
2013-08-13 07:09:48 AM
The failure of Blackberry shows my intelligence in hitching my wagon to Apple. It is a quality product with a positive reputation
 
2013-08-13 07:23:25 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: They should hook up with AOL


I'm thinking they need to hire the guys who ran CueCat.
 
2013-08-13 07:54:09 AM

CmndrFish: I've always wondered why they never just ported BBM and all of their other actually valuable software over to Android



You do know that there's "BBM for Android and iOS coming Real Soon Now!" all over Blackberry's web site, right?
 
2013-08-13 07:57:30 AM
Because owning all of their properties (over $50 Million in Waterloo alone) plus having around $2bn in case and NO debts means a company is utterly doomed at this point...
 
2013-08-13 08:00:42 AM

Cooper420: Because owning all of their properties (over $50 Million in Waterloo alone) plus having around $2bn in case and NO debts means a company is utterly doomed at this point...




If you can't show growth you are farked.

Unless privately owned.
 
2013-08-13 08:15:47 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Cooper420: Because owning all of their properties (over $50 Million in Waterloo alone) plus having around $2bn in case and NO debts means a company is utterly doomed at this point...

If you can't show growth you are farked.

Unless privately owned.


Which is why that seems like the most likely option.  I know lots of people at BB and lots of people in the tech circle in Waterloo.  Selling would possibly be a cold day in hell, most are confident it would be something like go private and then venture with a hardware company like Lenovo or possibly Sony.
 
2013-08-13 08:31:30 AM
he's gotta wear shades
 
2013-08-13 08:36:56 AM

Cooper420: StoPPeRmobile: Cooper420: Because owning all of their properties (over $50 Million in Waterloo alone) plus having around $2bn in case and NO debts means a company is utterly doomed at this point...

If you can't show growth you are farked.

Unless privately owned.

Which is why that seems like the most likely option.  I know lots of people at BB and lots of people in the tech circle in Waterloo.  Selling would possibly be a cold day in hell, most are confident it would be something like go private and then venture with a hardware company like Lenovo or possibly Sony.


First they have to drive the stock price down.
 
2013-08-13 12:36:56 PM
Blackberry.  The desperate drunk fat girl at closing time in the world of mobile phone companies.

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2013-08-13 02:36:28 PM
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