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BlackBerry bins “Global Creative Director” Alicia Keys

BlackBerry bins “Global Creative Director” Alicia Keys

BlackBerry is splitting with "Global Creative Director" Alicia Keys, with news of the break-up just short of a year after the singer was hired to promote BlackBerry 10. The celebrity figurehead will be decapitated as of January 30th, CBC reports, with no reason given as yet for the Canadian company's decision. Still, with BlackBerry shifting its focus to enterprise and software, it's possible that whatever Keys' consumer market appeal might be is no longer perceived as valuable enough to keep paying her.

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BlackBerry CEO accuses rivals of FUD-spreading

BlackBerry CEO accuses rivals of FUD-spreading

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen has promised a new age of transparence as he tries to turn the ailing Canadian company around, blaming rival phone manufacturers for trying to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt around how it is holding up. "Don't be fooled by the competition's rhetoric" Chen wrote in a piece for CNBC, echoing parts of the company's manifesto as set out in its recent dire financial results, when it announced it would be pushing over some of the responsibility for handset design to Foxconn.

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Blackberry pulls latest Twitter for BB10 update, offers downgrade instructions

Blackberry pulls latest Twitter for BB10 update, offers downgrade instructions

Earlier this month, Blackberry pushed out an update to the Twitter mobile app for Blackberry 10, bringing it up to version 10.2.2. Along with the new release came some new features, such as the ability to be BBM connected, to reply within tweets, a boost to the search function and more. Unfortunately, the update also brought a variety of bugs with it, and as a result Blackberry has pulled it a little over a week after its release.

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Rockstar consortium reportedly in talks to sell portion of Nortel patents

Rockstar consortium reportedly in talks to sell portion of Nortel patents

Following the long Nortel Networks patents saga from yester-year, Rockstar Consortium, which outbid other big players to grab the portfolio, sued Google, Samsung and others over alleged infringements. That hasn't been the end of recent dealing with the intellectual property, however, if sources that spoke to Bloomberg are correct, and it may be the collective has had second doubts about the value of purchase.

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BlackBerry phone cancellations cuts out lower end

BlackBerry phone cancellations cuts out lower end

With BlackBerry joining hands with Foxconn Technology Group this upcoming season, it would appear that at least two unique devices have been cancelled before they’ll have been released. This cancellation includes phones codenamed Cafe and Kopi, both of them having been planned as lower-end devices. BlackBerry plans on having Foxconn take over the manufacture of all oncoming low-cost phones.

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BlackBerry sees huge Q3 losses: BB10 tanks, Foxconn deal inked

BlackBerry sees huge Q3 losses: BB10 tanks, Foxconn deal inked

BlackBerry has announced $4.4bn in losses in its most recent financial quarter, looking to a new device manufacturing deal with Foxconn to try to staunch the gush of cash from the beleaguered Canadian firm. BlackBerry shipped just 1.9m smartphones in the three month period ending November 30th, 2013, of which the majority were cheaper BlackBerry 7 handsets rather than the BlackBerry 10 phones the company has pegged its future on. Meanwhile, BlackBerry is also axing its BlackBerry Live conference, the company has admitted.

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BlackBerry: “We are very much alive, thank you”

BlackBerry: “We are very much alive, thank you”

BlackBerry Interim CEO John Chen today posted a stern and spirited open letter to all BlackBerry enterprise customers with one unifying message: BlackBerry is here to stay. The letter emphasizes the company's mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) services through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10). In other words, it is geared up and continuing to gear up for managing enterprise mobile devices no matter the platform, be it iOS, Android or (gulp) BlackBerry OS. Just to drive home the point, the logos for all three systems appear in the letterhead.

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BlackBerry pushes BBM with Android preloads

BlackBerry pushes BBM with Android preloads

Google might prefer Android users to stick with Hangouts for their instant messaging, but BlackBerry has inked a deal to preload BBM on a number of handsets running the OS in mulitple regions. The agreement - which will affect select Android phones offered in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East - won't force new owners to register for a BBM account, but it will put the app right in front of them, as BlackBerry tries to push its cross-platform service out from under the shadow of BlackBerry 10.

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Pfizer drops BlackBerry as new BB CEO hints at “BYOD” transformation

Pfizer drops BlackBerry as new BB CEO hints at “BYOD” transformation

Pfizer this week told its 92,000 employees to let their BlackBerry contracts expire and move over to iOS and Android devices. The drug manufacturer cited BlackBerry's declining market share and the floundering mobile company's recent attempt to sell itself as grounds for planning for a sudden unexpected service interruption. This news emerged just a few days after the US Department of Defense announced a contingency plan to replace its 470,000 BlackBerry devices with other brands in case BlackBerry eventually collapses.

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