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On the block include cloud-services firm NewBay and other recent additions

Dublin, Ireland based NewBay was quite pleased when it was scooped up by Waterloo, Ontario-based phonemaker Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM).  A union with the Canadian giant seemed a natural fit.  NewBay provided cloud services -- photo, video, and social-networking tools -- while RIM had one of the largest portfolios of enterprise services, a portfolio whose gaps would be filled by the new acquisition.

But times have gone from bad to worse at RIM and now NewBay is up on the auction block as RIM tries to scrounge up the cash it needs to survive the last couple remaining money-losing quarters that stand between it and the release of its BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Reportedly, RIM paid $100M USD (£63.9M) for NewBay last October [source], but it's unlikely to get that much back, given the fast turn-around.  According to Reuters  "other minor assets that it recently acquired" would also be up for sale.

Here's a list of RIM's recent acquisitions (courtesy of Wikipedia):

RIM acquisitions

Of those listed, Jaycut, Certicom, NewBay, and The Amazing Tribe were viewed as the biggest purchases.

RIM clearly will be hanging on to Torch and QNX who hold the keys to its browser and new operating system, respectively.  Certicom also seems unlikely to go, given its value to RIM's enterprise users.  But Jaycut and The Amazing Tribe could be potential additions to this round of asset sales.

It has taken RIM nearly three years to productize QNX in the smartphone space.  After over a year of delays, it hopes to finally air the next generation operating system early next year.  RIM is hopeful that OS will reignite consumers' love affair with the BlackBerry and save its ship.  

But it faces tough competition, and its executives seem dangerously out of touch with the grim reality facing the firm, such as new marketing chief Frank Boulben who recently suggested he didn't have to do too much to market BB10 because it "markets itself".  Reality is that most customers haven't heard of BB10.  And unless RIM pulls off the seemingly impossible, it will be on the auction block itself next year, as shareholders try to recover bits of value from a stock that had fallen to a twentieth of its peak value in recent trading.

A minor side note -- RIM's thus far languishing tablet bid has received a bit of a boost from the release [press release] of the LTE PlayBook, which packs 32 GB of NAND flash storage, a new 1.5 GHz processor, and RIM's updated PlayBook 2.0 operating system (also QNX-based). But the price point -- $550 USD off-contract -- may sour what little sweetness the improved spec may bring.

Sources: Reuters, RIM

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RE: I'm a survivor
By Pirks on 8/14/2012 3:58:51 PM , Rating: 1
The rumor is the Microsoft RT tablets will be $199.00 and have lots of minor patching similar to how quick Android updates come. Nexus, Nook, Kindle, and Windows RT tablets Apple has their work cut out for them competing.
This is bullshit, $199 is impossible price for Surface. Besides Apple has a huge brand power and a LOT of stores everywhere, unlike MS who has no brand power and no stores. Apple with its unique retina screens will keep pwning competition easily for a long time. Your wet dreams about MS Surface domination are totally unfounded. Best thing MS can do is to make a minor dent in crapdroid sales, that's all.

I'm also surprised resident anti-RIM troll Mick even remotely mentioned new LTE Playbook. What happened Jason? Did RIM send you a paycheck or something? You were supposed to ignore all the positive news about RIM, remember? Come on man, get back on track quick :)) Keep trolling 'em nasty canucks LOL :))))

RE: I'm a survivor
By Mitch101 on 8/14/2012 7:53:09 PM , Rating: 2
You need to get out more.

Microsoft Surface for Windows RT tablet coming October 26th for $199?

Microsoft Store Locations

RE: I'm a survivor
By sigmatau on 8/14/2012 8:00:52 PM , Rating: 3
How is it impossible? MS said that their ARM based tablets would be similar in price to the ones out now. There are at least a couple of very good 7" tablets that sell for $200.

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