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Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

The newest BlackBerry OS build, 10.2.1, could allow the Google Play Store to be installed, letting users download and install Android apps to run on BlackBerry devices--if the four leaked photos shown below are to be believed. PhotoShop is always a suspect, but the images are plausible. As long as they represent a genuine near-future reality, BlackBerry users will soon no longer have to side-load Android apps.

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BlackBerry penning open letter of reassurance for customers [UPDATE]

BlackBerry penning open letter of reassurance for customers [UPDATE]

There is a future for customers hoping to stay inside the BlackBerry family - at least that's what BlackBerry wants the public to believe as they send out an open letter this week for reassurance. This letter comes from BlackBerry itself and is being pushed by BlackBerry's chief marketing officer Frank Boulben. He's made clear that this letter is being sent to major media outlets in order to "set the record straight" about what's been going on and on what's about to be going on in the near future for the company as a consumer-ready hardware and software creator. UPDATE: Full PDF now available.

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BlackBerry loses TAT BlackBerry 10 design talent

BlackBerry loses TAT BlackBerry 10 design talent

BlackBerry 10's designers The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), acquired by BlackBerry in late 2010 and renamed BlackBerry Sweden, have quietly abandoned the struggling Canadian company, with seven of the top talent founding a new company, TOPP. The startup studio will "craft new products and breathe life into innovative ideas through design, prototyping, and technology", across mobile, automotive, consumer electronics, and other segments.

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BlackBerry near-billion dollar loss has future looking grim

BlackBerry near-billion dollar loss has future looking grim

Though the folks at BlackBerry decided to hold off on their regularly scheduled earnings report, the report has indeed come out - and it's not looking good. This second fiscal quarter for the company here in 2013 showed sales of $1.6 billion, but a loss on those sales of $965 million. This loss came in a big way due to a write down of BlackBerry Z10 smartphones that appear to be in large supply with decidedly not-so-large demand to match.

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T-Mobile axes BlackBerry 10 in-store stock

T-Mobile axes BlackBerry 10 in-store stock

T-Mobile USA will no longer stock BlackBerry smartphones in-store, with a carrier exec arguing that poor sales meant it was now "inefficient" to have phones on-hand. Despite BlackBerry's best efforts to push BlackBerry 10, the platform - and devices like the Q10 and Z10 that run it - has failed to gain significant traction. Now, T-Mobile executive vice president for corporate services David Carey has confirmed to Reuters that the dwindling interest means in-store stock will no longer be held.

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BlackBerry acquired by Fairfax Financial: enterprise solutions the future

BlackBerry acquired by Fairfax Financial: enterprise solutions the future

It's been announced today by BlackBerry Limited that they've signed a letter of intent agreement with a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited to be acquired for approximately $4.7 billion USD. This deal would put BlackBerry shareholders in a position to receive $9 USD for each stock, each stock not currently already held by Fairfax to be attained for cash. Before this deal, Fairfax owned 10% of BlackBerry.

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Blackberry C-series smartphone sighted in photo leak

Blackberry C-series smartphone sighted in photo leak

Blackberry's on-going story is anything but boring and uneventful as the company is revealed to be developing a new line of smartphones currently being called the Blackberry 10 C-series. This supposed mix between the company's Z and Q series could very well be added to the company's growing list of could have been, should have been, and has been.

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BlackBerry stock freeze amid billion dollar losses and 4,500 job cuts

BlackBerry stock freeze amid billion dollar losses and 4,500 job cuts

BlackBerry shares ceased trading today, with the stock frozen as the struggling Canadian company announced 4,500 job losses and plans to "refocus" on enterprise and prosumer customers rather than the mass market. The decision to hold stock, which had dropped 2.4-percent on Friday, comes as BlackBerry predicts a huge operating loss in fiscal Q2 of between $950m and $995m. The company will announce its official financial results for the most recent quarter next week.

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BlackBerry planning up to 40% staff cull insiders claim

BlackBerry planning up to 40% staff cull insiders claim

BlackBerry will cut as much as 40-percent of its staff before 2013 is through, insiders claim, with several thousand people facing redundancy as the Canadian smartphone firm attempts to coax profit from its ailing business. The mass scale trimmings will impact all departments and are expected to come "in waves" sources told the WSJ, though BlackBerry has declined to comment on the speculated figure.

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