RIM May Split Business Apart
Research In Motion, which last month hired banking firms to help it explore strategic options, might break the company up. Reuters, citing the U.K.'s Sunday Times, says that RIM might fracture the company by splitting its handset business apart from its messaging network. RIM may make its handset business a separate company, or sell it altogether, according to The Sunday Times. Potential acquirers of said handset business include Amazon and Facebook, and RIM's messaging network could also be sold off and/or opened up to competing platforms to help generate income. Last, RIM might sell a large stake of the existing company to a larger market player, such as Microsoft. Neither The Sunday Times nor Reuters cited sources for their information.
BlackBerry Weighing Move to Android
BlackBerry is considering whether or not to make a smartphone based on Google's Android platform rather than its own operating system, reports Reuters. Citing sources familiar with BlackBerry's plans, Reuters says the company is working on a slider handset that would have a touch screen and a slide-out physical keyboard for typing.
Yahoo to Consider 'Strategic Alternatives' for Internet Biz
Yahoo has announced plans to explore strategic options for its internet business, which has struggled to turn a profit in recent years. The company said it plans to improve consumer and advertiser product quality while also increasing the number of daily users.
BlackBerry Sues Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Over Patents
BlackBerry has filed lawsuits against Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, claiming all three violate its patented messaging technology. "Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features," said the company in its filings.
BlackBerry CEO Says Smartphone Biz Is On a Timer
John S. Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, admitted that its recent handsets have not sold as well as he hoped.
Reminds me of when Palm was circling the bowl...
This "breaking up the company" business reminds me of when Palm was circling the bowl before they eventually went down the pipe. I wonder if RIM will do the exact same thing...
Here is whats differe...
Not going to happen :/
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...I think they should just give up.
...I think they should just give up.
Google has make less off Android than it does leaching off of IOS.
Google should "just give up" too
But one thing is certain, all the people cheering for the demise of every smartphone platform other than iPhone and Android will be very unhappy if they get their wish.
Computers were better when you had the c...
rim is done
We all knew this was coming RIM is now trying to salvage what it can. Everyone who has money in the company is now trying to sell sell sell. All the signs were there but BB10 gave people hope.
I Find It Ironic
If it ever actually does get down to just 'iPhone vs Android' and nothing else....then as smartphone consumers we're seriously boned....
We've already seen the number of options decline by 2....Palm and Symbian both gone....and our choices are diminished as a result...
If RIM does indeed go bankrupt, as so many of you are gleefully hoping, then our only options will be iPhone, Android and Wi...
Each platform has it's advantages. All of us find things that are truly annoying and wonderful about our phones to gloat or whine about.
RIM's demise wouldn't be good for anyone
Quite frankly, it's better the dead, lousy, legacy platforms get cleared out so developers don't have to waste time supporting them.
Let's Not Forget
If they decide to go that route, it would be a way to keep people thinking about their services, like BBM, security features and email services. These were the three main features in my opinion, that made BB so popular, in addition to the physical keyboard, that is.
This will give them time to improve OS10, while actively improving user experiences and possibly offering something new to the game, while allowing them to run on other platforms. So, when ...
But....assuming it is true....exactly what this would mean for Blackberry 10 is anybody's guess...
If RIM is g...
BB going down