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BlackBerry isn't saying a word about it, but it's shares are rising

Lenovo's slip about possibly buying BlackBerry sent the BB10 maker's shares up 14 percent in New York.

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing told French financial newspaper "Les Echos" that it could eventually buy BlackBerry, but it needs to review such a decision first.

"[The deal] could possibly make sense, but first I need to analyze the market and understand what exactly the importance of this company is," said Yuanqing.

This statement falls in line with what Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming said in January, which was that the company was looking at many opportunities -- including BlackBerry.

However, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins hasn't addressed a possible takeover yet.

“As always with these topics, we will talk about things when they are ready to be talked about and ready to be announced,” Heins said in January. “There are other constituents in the process that need to be involved -- if there would be anything.”

BlackBerry shares increased 14 percent to $14.90 at closing in New York after news of Lenovo's interest got out.

BlackBerry, formerly Research in Motion (RIM), has been trying to make a comeback after losing market share to the likes of Apple's iPhone and Android-powered mobile devices. Even government agencies, which traditionally used BlackBerry phones, have started using iOS and Android products.

BlackBerry introduced its latest line of software and devices -- BlackBerry 10 (or BB 10) -- in January of this year. At that time, it revealed the BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 phones.

The Z10 finally came to the U.S. today as AT&T begins its presale for $199 (with a two-year contract). The phone actually ships March 22.

It remains to be seen whether BB10 will save BlackBerry, but Heins seems optimistic. He was recently quoted saying that Z10 sales in Europe were "encouraging."

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: Lame
By T2k on 3/12/2013 10:16:18 AM , Rating: 2
Classic idiotic, clueless post, most likely from someone stuck out there in the sticks, somewhere in small town US, knowing nothing about the world...

...with BB actually *growing* in Asia they have a huge potential avoiding to be entirely dependent on the stupid, intransigent, anti-competitive, provider-dictated US telecom market and bringing in much needed revenues from other, growing ones - provided they can execute, of course.

Comparing Lenovo to HP is an even more idiotic idea, I must add - HP had several executive officers in 3 years, thanks to its utterly clueless, retarded board who was always only interested in pushing their own lapdog candidates, this is why they believed that complete BS Apotheker was selling them (he was a totally incompetent software sales guy, flat-out fired from his job at SAP after almost driving it into the ground)... rest is history, this clueless idiot took over HP, wrote down the entire Palm investment then managed to halve HP's value in days by opening his stupid mouth about future shutdown of the PC business... none of this has any similarity with a well-run Lenovo which is on its way to become the #1 computer vendor this year.

RE: Lame
By retrospooty on 3/12/2013 10:40:00 AM , Rating: 3
Yup, HP buying Palm, doing nothing with it and closing it a year later is not the same as Lenovo. Lenovo bought the most popular business PC/Laptop line in the world and when everyone assumed they would cheapen the thinkpad line and make a quick profit, they put money and effort into it and actually made it better than IBM ever was... Levovo quality is the absolute best in the business.

RE: Lame
By rocketbuddha on 3/12/2013 10:52:12 AM , Rating: 2
Buying Palm was the idea of Mark Hurd.
If he was not stupid enough to pay for the Escort services of a former B Grade model with expenses from official HP account, WebOS would have had some life in the company rather than being decimated.

RE: Lame
By retrospooty on 3/12/2013 10:57:37 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, I realize things would have gone differently depending on Hurd, but what happened happened. It's an overall comment on how mismanaged HP is and has been for at least a decade. The board is at fault for hiring loser after loser to run the company into the ground.

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