RIM May Be Hiring Bankers to Explore Options
Research In Motion is seeking out banking firms in the search for guidance on its options moving forward, according to three sources cited by Bloomberg. Bloomberg's sources indicate that the company is weighing a bank in Canada, as well as a bank with a global presence. The company, which announced several strategic changes during its March 29 earnings report, is said to be looking at ways to turn itself around. Bloomberg's sources suggest that the company is considering how to best leverage its BlackBerry Messaging platform, as well as licensing its patent portfolio. Microsoft and Samsung are said to be interested in these options, says Bloomberg. RIM declined to comment om Bloomberg's story.
FTC Wants Mobile Industry to Be Better At Security Updates
The current state of mobile device security patches is lacking, according to a new report issued today by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC studied how Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung support their devices over time.
Microsoft Selling Customized Variants of Samsung Galaxy S9
Microsoft has added the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ to its online store. The devices are pre-configured with Microsoft apps and services.
Verizon Won't Sell Huawei Phones Either, Says Bloomberg
Verizon Wireless has cancelled any and all plans it had to sell handsets from Chinese phone maker Huawei due to pressure from the federal government, according to sources cited by Bloomberg. Verizon Wireless was on deck to sell Huawei's flagship device, the Mate 10 Pro, but has bowed to the government's wishes.
FTC Pondering Antitrust Query Into Google's Android
Google may be facing an investigation into its business practices concerning the Android operating system, reports Bloomberg. The U.S.
Kik Exploring Financial Partnership or Outright Sale
Kik Interactive, the company behind the Kik messaging service, is exploring strategic options including a sale or investment. Kik has hired Qatalyst Partners to help it set up face time with investors in Silicon Valley and Asia, according to Bloomberg.
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