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Do You Still Want To Read About Legacy BlackBerry News?

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Just recently, we got a note from BlackBerry that Facebook v4.1 had just been released for BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5 to 7.1. All I could think about when reading it was “SO?!”. As someone who writes about BlackBerry on a daily basis, it’s very difficult to care about legacy devices. Sure, there’s still 80 million or so legacy users worldwide, and I’m sure they’re looking for info as well, but I don’t see this website being the source for that. It’s way more fun to talk about where BlackBerry is going and the new products coming to the platform. It’s soul-wrenching to discuss an outdated platform that clearly has an end of life coming up.

Readers – are you still interested in reading about legacy BlackBerrys? Personally, I think onwards and upwards without looking back is the way to go.

CBC Talks BlackBerry Going Private and It’s Negative as Usual

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The CBC had a segment on BlackBerry going private and it’s very negative as usual. The entire video is filled with sound bites about the company going under and clips such as B-Roll footage of people walking out of an empty room with a BlackBerry exec left by himself. The video looks like it was produced by some state propaganda department and doesn’t have much in the way of balanced coverage. Here’s a theory: the CBC doesn’t have the capability of having a balanced viewpoint because nobody there fully understands the industry. Government subsidies have turned its employees into a bureaucrats who are more concerned with politics and pensions than hustling to get a news scoop. Anyways, check out our buddy Simon Sage, former editor of BlackBerryCool and now Mobile Nations editor talk to them about the potential sale.
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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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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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Should BlackBerry Go Private? Recent R&D Layoffs Suggest It Might Be Time

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Recently, BlackBerry laid off 250 employees, some of which were located in the Research and Development department of the company. During a phase of the company when they should probably be investing more dollars in R&D in order to come up with the next generation of consumer electronics, the company is scaling back. One reason the company may be scaling back is a consequence of being a publicly traded corporation. Public companies are often at the behest of Wall Street to meet quarterly earnings expectations and this short term focus can reduce prioritization of longer-term departments such as R&D. Does this mean being a publicly traded corporation is not in BlackBerry’s best interests?
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