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Oct 6, 2014

Postmedia deal for Quebecor newspapers to create dominant Canada chain

TORONTO (Reuters) – Postmedia Network (PNCa.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it will buy Quebecor Inc’s (QBRb.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Sun Media assets for C$316 million ($282 million) in a sale that would create the dominant English-language newspaper publisher in Canada.

The deal, which will be closely scrutinized by competition authorities, would transform the country’s newspaper landscape, making Postmedia the owner of both of the competing major local dailies in cities such as Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary.

Oct 3, 2014

Gold miner Iamgold to sell niobium mine for $500 mln

Oct 3 (Reuters) – Iamgold Corp said on
Friday it has agreed to sell its niobium mine in Quebec to a
group of companies led by investment firm Magris Resources Inc
for $500 million in cash, to focus on its core gold mining

The long-planned sale of the Niobec mine, located some
200-km north of Quebec City, includes an adjacent rare earth
metals deposit.

Sep 29, 2014

Encana to buy Athlon for $5.93 billion in push for oil

CALGARY/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s Encana Corp (ECA.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it will buy Athlon Energy Inc (ATHL.N: Quote, Profile, Research) for $5.93 billion in cash, taking aim at Athlon’s oil-rich lands in Texas’s Permian Basin and at jump-starting its plan to boost output of lucrative oil and natural-gas liquids.

Encana, Canada’s largest natural-gas producer, is offering $58.50 per Athlon share, a 25 percent premium on the stock’s Friday closing price. The deal would give the Calgary-based company control of about 140,000 acres in the oil-rich Permian Basin, where Encana says it can raise liquids output by two thirds, to 50,000 barrels per day, by 2015.

Sep 29, 2014

BlackBerry teases new device plans as turnaround takes shape

TORONTO (Reuters) – Even as BlackBerry pivots to focus more on software and services, the company that gained fame for its smartphones is not giving up on its handset business, two senior executives said.

After recording a gross profit from its weakened handset operation and with roughly 50 million people globally still using its older-generation BlackBerry phones, there is potential in that business, the executives said.

Sep 29, 2014

Canada’s Encana to buy Athlon Energy for $5.93 bln

TORONTO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Canada’s largest natural gas
producer Encana Corp said on Monday it has agreed to
buy Athlon Energy for $5.93 billion in cash, as it
accelerates its plan to focus on more lucrative oil and
natural-gas liquids (NGLs).

The deal, which gives Calgary-based Encana control of about
140,000 net acres in the oil-rich Permian Basin in Texas, adds
another core region to the six shale fields where Encana is
concentrating its spending.

Sep 26, 2014

BlackBerry cuts loss and sees rising sales; shares jump

TORONTO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd
reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and flashed
encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business
as well as its software and services sales, spurring a 7 percent
jump in its shares.

The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the
margins by Apple Inc’s iPhone and devices running
Google Inc’s Android software, is now focusing more on
software and services than on hardware as it works through a
drawn-out turnaround.

Sep 26, 2014

BlackBerry reports smaller-than-expected loss; revenue falls

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BBRY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Friday and said it was concentrating on growth and investments, even as concerns about weak revenue linger.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company, which is pivoting to focus more on software and services as part of a drawn-out turnaround, also reported a huge number of conversions onto its heavily promoted new mobile device management platform.

Sep 25, 2014

BlackBerry Blend wins plaudits as Passport grabs headlines

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd’s launch of its square-screened Passport device may have grabbed headlines this week, but it was the tech company’s lower-profile roll out of the new Blend feature that appears to be garnering the plaudits.

Even as reviewers and analysts were torn on the prospects of the unconventionally shaped Passport, they were brimming with praise for Blend, which lets users seamlessly bridge messaging and content between a host of devices irrespective of operating systems.

Sep 24, 2014

BlackBerry launches square-screen Passport in turnaround push

TORONTO, Sept 24 (Reuters) – BlackBerry
launched an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on
Wednesday as it embarked on what may be the most critical phase
of its long turnaround push.

At simultaneous events in Toronto, London and Dubai,
BlackBerry showed off the device, which is the size and shape of
a closed passport, with a large square touchscreen as well as a
keyboard. The Passport comes to market as the phones of
BlackBerry’s rivals converge on a single profile, with tall,
rectangular screens and smooth corners.

Sep 24, 2014

BlackBerry set to launch Passport as turnaround enters critical phase

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry is set to launch an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on Wednesday, as it embarks on potentially the most critical phase of its long turnaround.

The one-time smartphone industry pioneer recently concluded a three-year long restructuring process and has largely halted the bleed, but it is now up to Chief Executive John Chen to prove that the company’s new devices and services are capable of generating sustainable new streams of revenue and returning it to profitability.

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      "Euan Rocha covers mining and minerals in Canada, where he focuses on gold, base metals and fertilizer companies. Euan, who is currently based in Toronto, has previously worked with Reuters in the United States and India. While based in New York for four years, Euan headed the Reuters Alerts team, before moving on to cover the U.S. chemical industry. Euan began his career with Reuters in Bangalore, India in 2004."
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