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RIM doesn’t need to remain Canadian

May 31, 2012

The struggling BlackBerry maker is weighing its options, from joint ventures to a sale. Despite past form, some officials’ preference to keep the company Canadian shouldn’t worry would-be foreign buyers too much. RIM’s declining sales and significance present a bigger challenge.

Bankers will give up their BlackBerries in 2011

January 4, 2011

The future is here -- it has just not yet gone corporate.

BlackBerry maker’s future looks far from rosy

July 23, 2010

Research In Motion's future looks bleak. The maker of BlackBerries has a traditional stronghold in sales to U.S. companies. But that has been cracked open. Apple said this week that more than 80 percent of Fortune 100 companies are currently testing or deploying the iPhone. Meanwhile, phones using Google's Android operating system appear to be making inroads, too. That spells trouble for RIM.

Plummeting BlackBerry would stain any buyout

August 12, 2013

A clean balance sheet makes the $5.4 bln smartphone seller an enticing takeover candidate. Like Dell, it’s a tech icon in need of a turnaround. BlackBerry’s cash flow is worse, though, meaning leverage would be extra risky. And the Palm precedent should scare corporate buyers.

Goldman emails show rise of technology and traders

April 27, 2010

Embarrassing emails aren’t new to Wall Street. After the dotcom bubble, star tech analysts were condemned for sending messages mocking the same stocks they urged investors to buy. Now Goldman Sachs is in the spotlight after Senate investigators uncovered correspondence from current and former executives which suggest they were anticipating the collapse of the mortgage market even as they flogged related products to clients.

BlackBerry washout leaves a white-collar stain

September 23, 2013

The original smartphone arrived at the dawn of the new millennium as the gadget of choice for a mobile Wall Street class. This spawned an aspirational boom among consumers. Fittingly, its demise is occurring with the BlackBerry as a symbol of the professionally indentured.

BlackBerry’s liquid infusion won’t douse cash burn

November 4, 2013

The troubled company is selling $1 bln of convertible debt after attempts to find a buyer flopped. Even big supporter Fairfax Financial has backed away from taking full control. The extra money and a new boss buy BlackBerry more time. But the company’s prospects are bleak.

BlackBerry turnaround starts out all thumbs

November 11, 2013

New boss John Chen is being paid $3 mln annually plus shares worth $85 mln over five years. The stock at least provides the right incentives. But the struggling Canadian company needs more attention than one man doing both top jobs, especially if he’s commuting from California.

Put BlackBerry on hold – but not for long

September 25, 2009

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is a victim of its own success. Having dominated the market for corporate e-mail devices for years, it is being forced to seek out growth in consumer markets, where, so far, it has had trouble differentiating its products.