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Jul 29, 2014

BlackBerry buffs up security credentials with Secusmart deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BB.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is buying a privately held German firm that specializes in voice and data encryption, it said on Tuesday, in a bid to burnish its credentials with highly security-conscious clients like government ‎agencies.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone maker did not disclose the terms of its deal to acquire Secusmart GmbH, which specializes in encryption and anti-eavesdropping services for governments, companies and telecommunications service providers.

Jul 25, 2014

Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance

TORONTO, July 25 (Reuters) – IBM Corp’s recent move
to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads
loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both
companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.

Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at
the threat posed by the alliance this week, arguing the tie-up
is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to
re-invent themselves.

Jul 24, 2014

Talisman, boosted by Repsol talk, may be worth more in pieces

CALGARY/TORONTO, July 24 (Reuters) – Canadian oil and gas
producer Talisman Energy, approached by Spain’s Repsol
for talks over a potential deal, may find that its
appeal lies more in its individual assets than as a candidate
for a complete takeover.

Talisman, which has a market capitalization of nearly $11
billion ($10.2 billion), has long been considered a takeover
target as its stock slumped on weak natural gas prices.

Jul 24, 2014

Bombardier to cut 1,800 jobs, aerospace head retires

TORONTO, July 23 (Reuters) – Struggling with long delays in
its CSeries jetliner, aircraft maker Bombardier Inc on
Wednesday announced it will reorganize its business structure
and cut 1,800 jobs, and it said the head of its aerospace
division would retire.

The Montreal-based company is splitting its aerospace unit
into three segments focused on business aircraft, commercial
aircraft and aerostructures and engineering services.

Jul 23, 2014

Canada’s BCE to take Bell Aliant private in $3.7 billion deal

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s largest telecom company, BCE Inc, said on Wednesday it will pay C$3.95 billion ($3.68 billion) to take regional telecom Bell Aliant BA.TO private, buying the 56 percent stake it does not already own to cut expenses and bolster its offerings in Atlantic Canada.

Toronto-based BCE said the deal will result in C$100 million in annual cost savings, partly due to the elimination of duplicate public company costs.

Jul 21, 2014

Wary investors slow to warm to Barrick Gold’s latest shakeup

TORONTO, July 21 (Reuters) – Worried they are being given
the cold shoulder by an imperious leadership, shareholders of
Barrick Gold Corp, the world’s biggest gold miner, are
taking a “show me” approach to the company’s latest management

Barrick said last week that Chief Executive Jamie Sokalsky
will leave the company in September. He will be replaced by two
co-presidents, a move that concentrates power in the hands of
Executive Chairman John Thornton, a man handpicked for the job
by Peter Munk, who founded the company and ran it his way for

Jul 16, 2014

Barrick Gold chairman cements power as CEO steps down

TORONTO/VANCOUVER, July 16 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp
said on Wednesday its chief executive officer will step
down in September and not be replaced, concentrating power in
the hands of the miner’s new executive chairman, John Thornton.

The world’s biggest gold miner appointed two co-presidents
to help run the company after Jamie Sokalsky’s departure as CEO.

Jul 16, 2014

Apple-IBM deal dents BlackBerry’s prospects, slams stock

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd’s (BBRY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shares took a beating on Wednesday after IBM Corp (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) outlined plans to partner with Apple Inc APPL.O to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with applications for business users.

The Apple-IBM tie up, beginning this fall, is set to target the customer base that BlackBerry needs to woo as part of a turnaround under new Chief Executive Officer John Chen.

Jul 7, 2014

Canada offers more wireless airwaves to spark competition

TORONTO, July 7 (Reuters) – The Canadian government said on
Monday it will auction more wireless spectrum early next year,
with more than half the airwaves set aside for newer players
that have struggled to win business from the country’s three
dominant telecom companies.

The Conservative government hopes the auction of the
high-frequency spectrum, known as AWS-3, will encourage
investors to pour money into some of these smaller players,
which include Wind Mobile and Mobilicity. This would help them
better compete against the big three: BCE Inc’s Bell,
Rogers Communications Inc, and Telus Corp.

Jul 2, 2014

Tuckamore says ISS view of buyout plan flawed

TORONTO, July 2 (Reuters) – Tuckamore Capital Management Inc
, which invests in early- and mid-stage private
companies, said on Wednesday it believes a leading proxy
advisory firm’s recommendation against a proposed management-led
buyout of Tuckamore is flawed.

The buyout plan, backed by private equity firm Birch Hill
Equity Partners, has already faced significant public opposition
from shareholders that control close to 30 percent of
Tuckamore’s shares. Earlier this week proxy advisory firm ISS,
or Institutional Shareholder Services, advised its clients not
to back the proposal.

    • About Euan

      "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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