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CNBC Panel on BlackBerry Going Private: Who Would Buy?

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It’s interesting to note that the purchase of BlackBerry is so highly politicized. The CNBC panel mentioned the issue that since BlackBerry is so engrained in government and defence, the US probably wouldn’t let the Chinese purchase the company. The Canadian government, also being so heavily locked down in the company, probably also wouldn’t allow the purchase, although they have explicitly said they would be supportive of the company’s decisions. But even from a private perspective, it’s hard to think of a company that would have the power to really leverage BlackBerry and bring it to the 3rd smartphone position. The Koreans are doing well with Samsung and it’s not clear whether it makes sense for them either. Check out the full video after the break.
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Former BlackBerry/RIM Employees Speak Out

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The CBC spoke with Douglas Soltys, who you probably remember being the Editor in Chief of BlackBerryCool, who then moved to BlackBerry to work on the blog/social media team. Douglas spoke with the CBC about why he transitioned to BlackBerry and ultimately why he left. It’s an interesting story that isn’t necessarily about BlackBerry, but just a solid anecdote about what it’s like working in the mobile industry. After getting experience with a large organization, many people feel the need to move to smaller, more agile startups to get their hands dirty. Listen to the interview after the break.
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Are Developers and Users Sold on the Built For BlackBerry Program?

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BlackBerry first announced the Built for BlackBerry program along with the $10K developer commitment. The program was aimed at separating the great apps from the not-so-great and give developers who are committed to the program an opportunity for additional discovery and exposure. Several months into the program, we’re seeing some promotion from BlackBerry pushing these apps, but do developers and BlackBerry users care? It seems a little arbitrary who gets this designation and if it’s not fully accepted by developers, it probably won’t make much of a difference with users.
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Why Does Anyone Use BlackBerry Music or iTunes for That Matter?

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With so many music and video Discovery services out there where content is readily available for free, why does anyone use BlackBerry Music or any media service that is currently selling digital downloads for anywhere between $1 and $20?

From a BlackBerry user’s perspective, it not only seems like I’m being ripped off, but it also affects the user experience. BlackBerry World is now cluttered with Top Albums, Top Movies, and Top TV Episodes. It’s sort of like Viagra emails. There’s someone out there that is getting Viagra spam, clicking the links, purchasing Viagra and thus feeding the spammers who in turn send out more emails. If everyone would just stop purchasing, the market would have to adjust and we’d see more services offering subscription-based music, video and content.
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Facebook for BlackBerry 10 Updated With Enhanced Page Admin and More

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It should be interesting to see how facebook for BlackBerry 10 evolves given that for legacy devices, the app tended to fall a little short of its iOS counterparts. The current facebook for BlackBerry 10 has been updated, and it seems to be keeping pace relatively nicely with the other platforms. It’s also interesting that the facebook app is still maintained by Research in Motion on BlackBerry World as one would like to see facebook the company actually updating it.
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BlackBerry 10 Users Can Now Play Poker With iOS Friends With Texas Hold’em King

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Magmic recently launched Texas Hold’em King on iTunes and now BlackBerry 10 users will be able to invite their friends with iPhones/iPads to join a private table and play Texas Hold’em King. As you may know, THK has been a staple on BlackBerry devices for 10 years and the franchise is now becoming a cross-platform behemoth. Read on for more details.
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