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BBM for iPhone Download Coming Today with Staggered Roll Out [u]

After unsurprising delays, BlackBerry has announced BBM for iPhone and Android will be launching today. The company says 6 million people have signed up for information about BBM and over 1 million iPhone users have managed to "side load" BBM onto their devices. The BBM roll out will consist of a line-up system says the...

BlackBerry’s Open Letter: You Can Continue to Count on Us!

The struggling BlackBerry has made a rather unusual move: to set the record straight on a few things and reassure customers, as well as investors that the company is still standing strong. It wrote an open letter to its customers, partners, and fans. The letter is due tomorrow; it will appear in over 30 major...

Apple Reportedly Looking To Recruit BlackBerry Workers In Waterloo

Just two weeks back, an in-depth investigative article revealed that BlackBerry’s fall from grace was in big part initiated by the introduction of Apple’s iPhone in 2007. Today, a report by The Financial Post is claiming that the BlackBerry-killer from Cupertino is after the Canadian company’s workforce, hosting a "recruitment drive" 20 kilometres away from BlackBerry's Waterloo, Ont. home...

Inside Report Reveals Fall of BlackBerry Linked to Lack of ‘iPhone Killer’

The Globe and Mail has an in-depth investigative report which details BlackBerry's fall from grace as Canada's proud tech titan. The article details how the company failed to adapt to the new touchscreen smartphone market, initiated by Apple's iPhone in 2007: Mike Lazaridis was at home on his treadmill and watching television when he first...

BlackBerry Says BBM for iPhone, Android Not Coming This Week

BlackBerry has announced an update on its BBM for iPhone launch to say it needs to block an earlier leaked Android version of the app first before both apps can officially debut, as the rogue app is causing server issues due to its immense traffic: Last week, an unreleased, older version of the BBM for...

Fairfax Offers $4.7B Deal to Buy BlackBerry, Take Company Private [u]

The Globe and Mail reports Fairfax Financial Holdings has offered a $4.7 billion deal to buy BlackBerry and take the company private: Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has put together an equity consortium that is seeking to take BlackBerry Ltd. private for $9 (U.S.) a share, a deal valued at about $4.7-billion. BlackBerry is giving the...

BlackBerry Pauses BBM for iPhone Rollout After Android Version Leaks

Earlier today BlackBerry Messenger was released for iPhone in Australia and New Zealand. Right off the bat some users encountered connection issues and now BlackBerry has halted the rollout, detailing how a leaked Android version caused an unofficial spike in active users which wreaked havoc on the service, as over 1.1 million users jumped on...

BBM For iOS & Android Rumoured To Release On Sept. 20th

Blackberry's long overdue BBM app for iOS, that was offered to select beta testers last month and was reportedly submitted to Apple for approval a few weeks ago, is now rumoured to release at a BlackBerry event scheduled for Sept. 20th in Jakarta, Indonesia (via CrackBerry). An apparently official invite to the "BBM For Everyone" event is shown below....

Blackberry Planning To Lobby Government On Foreign-Takeover Rules

Blackberry is planning on lobbying the Canadian Government over foreign takeover rules, in the light of some unconfirmed reports that company takeover by a major Canadian firm or investor is unlikely to happen, reports Bloomberg. According to the records, Blackberry registered with the federal lobbyist registry on Sept. 6 to discuss the Investment Canada Act with...

WSJ: BlackBerry May Break BBM into a Separate Company

Ahead of its potential sale, BlackBerry is considering turning BBM into a spinoff subsidiary, which would allow it to operate with more independence, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone maker is working to revive BlackBerry Messenger even as it pursues a strategic review that could result in a sale of the company....