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BlackBerry ditches Fairfax buyout and CEO Thorsten Heins for $1B investment

BlackBerry ditches Fairfax buyout and CEO Thorsten Heins for $1B investment

It's no secret that BlackBerry has been struggling to compete on the global smartphone market. The company was once one of the largest smartphone providers in the industry and in recent years has been unable to complete with offerings running the Android operating system and the iPhone from Apple. BlackBerry has been working hard to find a buyer to keep from going out of business altogether.

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Blackberry Z30 to arrive at Verizon in November

Blackberry Z30 to arrive at Verizon in November

Blackberry introduced its new Z30 smartphone back in September, and starting next month enthusiasts will be able to grab it exclusively from Verizon. With the handset comes a 5-inch HD display, as well as options for those who want to go with monthly device payments over a typical two-year contract. Verizon doesn't specify what day it will launch on, but we've the rest of the details after the jump.

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BBM Android and iOS apps hands-on

BBM Android and iOS apps hands-on

Today it would appear that BlackBerry is actually aiming to release their BBM chat apps for both the iOS and Android ecosystems, and we've got our hands on the both of them to show you what they're all about. At its simplest, it would appear that BBM is coming to the public outside of the BlackBerry smartphone in a form that's extremely similar to the original. At its most complex, it seems that the software team behind the apps for each new platform have done their homework as far as how the design language should translate.

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Lenovo BlackBerry bid potential resurfaces

Lenovo BlackBerry bid potential resurfaces

Lenovo is once again rumored to be considering a bid to acquire BlackBerry, with sources claiming the Chinese company has inked a non-disclosure agreement to dig through the ailing Canadian firm's financial records. The interest, reported by the WSJ, does not mean that Lenovo will definitely attempt to buy out BlackBerry, though fuels long-standing speculation that the Chinese manufacturer is looking to acquire its way into the western market by leveraging an existing brand.

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BlackBerry rescue bid considered by Cerberus with turnaround the target

BlackBerry rescue bid considered by Cerberus with turnaround the target

BlackBerry has a new potential suitor, it's reported, with Cerberus Capital Management LP poking through the ailing smartphone company's financial records as it considers whether it could turn it around. The private-equity firm has inked a non-disclosure agreement with BlackBerry, Bloomberg Businessweek claims, giving it access to the Canadian firm's books. Interestingly, according to the source, Cerberus' goal would be to acquire all of BlackBerry and try to rescue its place in the market, rather than cut it up into pieces to be sold off separately.

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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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