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BlackBerry Continues to Look For a Buyer

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BlackBerry is desperately trying to stay alive. The former smartphone super power is courting countless tech companies, hoping someone will foot the bill. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that just last week BlackBerry reps were sitting down with Facebook to discuss possible buyout options.

Beginning last month, BlackBerry put itself on the market and is considering just about everything. Lenovo was said to have been looking at the phone company's books earlier this month, and may yet put in its bids. All of this comes as BlackBerry begins the process of buying itself back from shareholders for a grand total of $4.7 billion.

Regardless, Facebook's recent updates to its messenger app has shown an effort to improve their over-the-top messenger delivery service, meaning that Facebook, if anything would be looking to nab BBM, but with an app that stumbled to Andoid and iOS devices last week, it's hard to see the utility of even that at this point. Either way, with losses topping almost $1 billion each quarter, BlackBerry desperately needs to do something.

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    Stimpack , October 31, 2013 10:01 PM
    Anyone remember this? http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Thorsten-Heins-Tablets-BlackBerry-PlayBook-Obsolete,22339.html
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    nevilence , October 31, 2013 10:04 PM
    Not that I have ever wanted a blackberry phone, it will be sad to see competition leave the market should they fail to find a buyer and have to close doors.
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    spectrewind , October 31, 2013 10:44 PM
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    Not that I have ever wanted a blackberry phone, it will be sad to see competition leave the market should they fail to find a buyer and have to close doors.


    That's ... kind of their problem. BB is not "competition" in the market. At least not anymore. Having been through several BBs on the job, and had my hands on droids and iphones, BB had their one-trick-pony with BES... And then they sat on it...
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    actsai , October 31, 2013 11:33 PM
    Ditto, "competitor" within the market implies they held up some kind of de-facto standard that validates the existence of that party, all their efforts do not address those membership requirements, or lack there of. A tablet came out with no software to go with it, a phone that is a catch-up with more-than-deserved marketing, a 180 on end-of-life support, nothing was done right.
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    JustinCox22 , October 31, 2013 11:45 PM
    How sad for BB company. I hope everything will turn out okay in the end though.
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    acadia11 , October 31, 2013 11:53 PM
    This article is clueless, bb10 OS are the bb10 phones are awesome. Furthermore, blackberry already has a buyer in Fairchild. The board is doing their due diligence in seeking a better price as was allowed with their terms with Fairchild.
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    chicofehr , November 1, 2013 12:03 AM
    Most people on this site haven't used a BB10 phone. The OS is way better then the iOS and android. The reason BB10 OS is a problem is that they don't have close to as many of apps as the competition.
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    virtualban , November 1, 2013 12:33 AM
    Google should buy them out just for the patents. Before those patents go to the hands of Apple or Microsoft.
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    Duckhunt , November 1, 2013 1:49 AM
    Ok, will help Blackberry come back . If anyone from blackberry is watching. Do this , you guys need to move to parallel computing.

    If you do that, you will win. Why? you can speed up the blackberry faster then the other guys. Parallel computing is your saviour Black berry. Do it. Just do it.
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    back_by_demand , November 1, 2013 5:25 AM
    Duckhunt, if a better performing handset was a silver bullet then the Nokia 1020 would be the highest seller phone in the world - it takes a little bit more than technical excellence
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    Arls , November 1, 2013 9:01 AM
    Have BlackBerry had consecutive billion $ losses? I'm pretty sure it was only one quarter because of the poorly selling z10. They still generate hundreds of millions in revenue. Just because a phone doesn't sell in the US doesn't mean they don't sell elsewhere.
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    stevejnb , November 1, 2013 9:10 AM
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    Google should buy them out just for the patents. Before those patents go to the hands of Apple or Microsoft.


    I'm curious, your post seems to imply that Google having the patents would be better than MS or Apple having them. If that is indeed what you are implying, could you explain why you believe that is?
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    shqtth , November 1, 2013 9:25 AM
    Well, they still have those z10's in stock and they can sell them at cost and get the money back. So its not a loss, unless they destroy the z10's,

    they could always give them away for marketing purposes and then people will pay $fees for blackberry services and apps etc, so blackberry will recoup their losses + gain customers + better image + word of mouth.



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    back_by_demand , November 1, 2013 12:24 PM
    I'll wait till Xmas and put in a bid of $50
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    back_by_demand , November 1, 2013 12:24 PM
    I'll wait till Xmas and put in a bid of $50
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    m32 , November 1, 2013 3:31 PM
    I thought they had a buyer? I guess not. The price will only drop everyday from now on. :( 
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    vern72 , November 1, 2013 4:14 PM
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    I thought they had a buyer? I guess not. The price will only drop everyday from now on. :( 


    Yes, they do have a buyer. They're just looking for a better offer.
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    virtualban , November 2, 2013 4:02 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Google should buy them out just for the patents. Before those patents go to the hands of Apple or Microsoft.


    I'm curious, your post seems to imply that Google having the patents would be better than MS or Apple having them. If that is indeed what you are implying, could you explain why you believe that is?


    Well, for once, Google did not try to enforce '1 search bar with 2 buttons' it patented a while ago. Unlike a certain slide to unlock, or square with rounded corners. There should be a list of things Linux cannot use, even interface-wise, button arrangements, because patented by Microsoft.

    So, yeah, between Google using the patents defensively, and Apple or MS using them to prevent competition thriving, I will cheer for Google.
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    stevejnb , November 3, 2013 6:15 AM
    Oh yes, Google is just wonderfully fair and impressive and just a dandy company with patents, so much better than the other big tech companies. I mean, they said things like this:

    "It’s time to take action against patent trolls and patent privateering.”

    http://www.webpronews.com/google-declares-time-to-take-action-against-patent-trolls-2013-04

    What a bunch of great guys and gals! But wait, oh, what's this?

    http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/09/06/apple-google-motorola-patent-troll/

    It seems that just a few months after Google makes these lofty claims about patent trolling Google becomes the first ever major convicted patent troll. Yes, that's right... Not Apple, not Microsoft, Google is the first ever major corporate convicted patent troll.

    I get that you may not have heard about it, since it gets almost no media attention - honestly, when Google is performing hostile takeovers, treating privacy like it was toilet paper, and patent trolling, who ever hears about it? It's a credit to Google's *excellent* PR that they do the same crap as other companies but manage to convince gullible consumers that they are somehow the good guy, above such low methods as patent trolling. Sadly, it's not true.

    This is a bit like the case of everyone ragging on Apple for using cheap Chinese sweatshop labour acting all morally outraged about it... When the company they support makes their products in the Chinese sweatshop labour factory next door to Apple's.

    I don't have a problem with Google getting RIM's patents. I do have a slight problem with people believing they'll somehow handle them better. Every major tech company owns hundreds, probably thousands of patents which go unenforced as they are infringed on a daily basis, and it's usually a business decision to not pursue patent infringement. When it makes sense from a business standpoint to stick it to a competitor, and they will or they won't depending on whether they think they'll win or whether it's worth the money to litigate. Google is evidently willing to play the patent game, whether you are aware of it or not.

    Also, another tidbit...

    http://www.androidauthority.com/google-apple-spend-patents-120824/

    Headline - "Google and Apple spend more on patents than on R&D." What a wonderful example set by the two most valuable tech companies on the planet.
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    virtualban , November 3, 2013 8:34 AM
    Quote:
    Oh yes, Google is just wonderfully fair and impressive and just a dandy company with patents, so much better than the other big tech companies. I mean, they said things like this:

    "It’s time to take action against patent trolls and patent privateering.”

    http://www.webpronews.com/google-declares-time-to-take-action-against-patent-trolls-2013-04

    What a bunch of great guys and gals! But wait, oh, what's this?

    http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/09/06/apple-google-motorola-patent-troll/

    It seems that just a few months after Google makes these lofty claims about patent trolling Google becomes the first ever major convicted patent troll. Yes, that's right... Not Apple, not Microsoft, Google is the first ever major corporate convicted patent troll.

    I get that you may not have heard about it, since it gets almost no media attention - honestly, when Google is performing hostile takeovers, treating privacy like it was toilet paper, and patent trolling, who ever hears about it? It's a credit to Google's *excellent* PR that they do the same crap as other companies but manage to convince gullible consumers that they are somehow the good guy, above such low methods as patent trolling. Sadly, it's not true.

    This is a bit like the case of everyone ragging on Apple for using cheap Chinese sweatshop labour acting all morally outraged about it... When the company they support makes their products in the Chinese sweatshop labour factory next door to Apple's.

    I don't have a problem with Google getting RIM's patents. I do have a slight problem with people believing they'll somehow handle them better. Every major tech company owns hundreds, probably thousands of patents which go unenforced as they are infringed on a daily basis, and it's usually a business decision to not pursue patent infringement. When it makes sense from a business standpoint to stick it to a competitor, and they will or they won't depending on whether they think they'll win or whether it's worth the money to litigate. Google is evidently willing to play the patent game, whether you are aware of it or not.

    Also, another tidbit...

    http://www.androidauthority.com/google-apple-spend-patents-120824/

    Headline - "Google and Apple spend more on patents than on R&D." What a wonderful example set by the two most valuable tech companies on the planet.



    Well, you are right.
    I did not know about that case. And I did not do my research.
    I have always been for a global reform of patent systems. The patent system as it is may have worked fine for a different time, but in the corporate world of today it is not. No invention is able to stand on it's own. And the current patent system is stiffing innovation.
    I do not know what the best solution may be. But I know that the current patent system is not working. And I gullibly thought Google patents was the next best thing to the system not reforming. I retreat what I said and I will continue to push for a real change.
    I hope other people change their minds. It is this that makes us humans with intellect. The ability to change our minds when presented with evidence.
    Thank you! I mean it!