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jhodgesk1s
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jhodgesk1s,
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9/25/2013 | 10:12:52 AM
Re: Bye Bye Blackberry
Benoit, totally agree. The impact in Ottawa will also be signficant, since many of my ex-Nortel colleagues were able to find jobs with BB a fews years ago. There will definitely be less traffic on March Road.
Benoit Mercier
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Benoit Mercier,
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9/25/2013 | 8:24:45 AM
Re: Bye Bye Blackberry
It's not just Waterloo, it's the whole Canadian hi-tech industry that will suffer. First Nortel, now Blackberry, who's left??
DOShea
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DOShea,
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9/23/2013 | 5:38:32 PM
Re: Buyer?
Although, now that they have a deal to go private http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=705776& things could be worse... right?
albreznick
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albreznick,
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9/23/2013 | 5:24:30 PM
Re: Buyer?
Good question, Dan. The easy answer? Too much.
albreznick
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albreznick,
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9/23/2013 | 5:22:51 PM
Bye Bye Blackberry
The Silicom Valley of Canada will never be the same. This Waterloo-based company has met its personal Waterloo. And Waterloo, ON is going to suffer big yime.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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9/23/2013 | 12:01:14 PM
Re: Buyer?
Although how much of the US government still uses BlackBerrys? 
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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9/23/2013 | 10:49:49 AM
Re: Layoff should help w/ being acquired
That was my same thought when I heard about the news last week. There's no way BlackBerry will still be a device maker this time next year. My boyfriend wanted to buy the new Q10, but I told him not to since the OS may not be supported much longer.

I'm not sure who the natural acquirer would be. Maybe a PE firm that likes distressed buys?

 
DanJones
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9/23/2013 | 10:39:37 AM
Re: Buyer?
I still think Microsoft would be the most likely buyer for the software side anyway.
kaop
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kaop,
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9/22/2013 | 10:25:49 PM
Layoff should help w/ being acquired
BlackBerry pretty much throw in the towel by announcing the job cuts.  Which IT manager is willing to risk his/her reputation by commiting to a platform that may not exist in a year.  The layoff should make them more attractive to buyers who specifically interested in patents rather than saving the phone business.
chuckj
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chuckj,
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9/21/2013 | 12:07:27 AM
Satellite phones
Maybe they can produce the first smart satellite phone. They would be able to charge a premium for that.
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