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  • I Won't Sell BlackBerry As Long As It Generates Cash [View article]
    As always - from "reliable" and "unconfirmed" sources. I guess given the level of negativity fomented by the media here is US it is not surprising to read such comments. Plays right in the courtyard of those that wish ill :)
    Aug 13, 2013. 10:31 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Won't Sell BlackBerry As Long As It Generates Cash [View article]
    @seppo2, interpretation as against facts :) Interpretation involves personal bias and we all know what that does to individuals.
    Aug 13, 2013. 10:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • I Won't Sell BlackBerry As Long As It Generates Cash [View article]
    I completely agree @Eld. As always time will prove it.
    Aug 13, 2013. 10:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • I Won't Sell BlackBerry As Long As It Generates Cash [View article]
    @wiesje, I don't think Watsa left $BBRY to become one of its "enemies" to the contrary I view Watsa as a moat - now the shorts should be on guard given that Watsa, CPP, and others can be a formidable force to reckon with if some of the hedge funds try to further mess around with $BBRY. I think what we are seeing now is the velvet gloves come off. I think it is a very smart move on part of Watsa and Blackberry. In fact, I won't be surprised if he increases his position further. If you have read Blackberry's press release - outright sale of Blackberry has been specified as the last option. To my knowledge this has always been the case - the new thing I took away from this press release was that Blackberry wanted to increase the "scale" at which BB10 is deployed - to me it means that Blackberry is trying to partner with the likes of Samsung. We will soon see how it goes on that front. IMO, if Blackberry announces a partnership with a really big player like say, Samsung the market is going to forget about it going private.

    I have had a similar line of thinking around Blackberry like Jacob's -when it comes to Canadian government funding Blackberry's research. It is also a way for the Canadian government to infuse money into Blackberry. Cash flow is equally important as well and like Jacob says it is one of the most important factor to keep track of.
    Aug 13, 2013. 10:24 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Avoid A Sale - 100% Undervalued: BlackBerry's Potential Playbook [View article]
    You will be the most happy person to see that happen Mr. KIA. Oh! for that matter you might be already at Blackberry's door steps to switch it off yourself :)
    Aug 13, 2013. 09:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on BlackBerry: Analysts worry about Fairfax, current performance [View news story]
    I think this move was done so that Watsa can ensure that he can have a say in the actual price in case they do decide to take it private.

    Now that he has resigned he can actively take part in the bidding process with the likes of CPP to back him in that effort.

    IMO, whatever happens is going to be quick though - they won't let this on.
    Aug 12, 2013. 10:01 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canada pension plan open to taking BlackBerry stake [View news story]
    @alext1379, I guess you are saying that there is no smoke without fire :)

    I very much doubt that Blackberry is putting itself up for sale - we will see. It is comforting to know that CPP has shown interest in case such a thing does come to fruition.
    Aug 11, 2013. 10:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Insiders Getting Restless [View article]
    ROFL, this news clip befits to be on TheOnion! Come to think of it, most news about Blackberry - even by the well established media - is in this category!

    In fact, Blackberry should willingly start contributing such news to the media - at least then the media won't have to use the words like, "...has learnt from reliable sources..."
    Aug 11, 2013. 11:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Insiders Getting Restless [View article]
    @Randall James, it is not without reason that private equity firms are eyeing to buy $BBRY for last 2 years - as you correctly pointed out the price of $BBRY was well north of $20 then - so if they found Blackberry to be valuable then, then by admission of logic, it is fair to say that they should be finding even more value now!

    "Far from being what you call a bad piece of journalism, this spells out the facts as they are."

    Fair enough, lets agree to disagree on this then :)

    "Equity firms have been snooping, but not Silver Lake, who was there on a different issue. Is that hard to understand?"

    I guess your capability to comprehend things is far better than mine so I thank you for helping me understand this.

    "Maybe now that the board is waving the white flag out the window it will be understood that "Deal or No Deal?" is more than a TV program."

    Nice strong ending to your note. Your comprehension level is truly above and beyond my level - I am speechless.
    Aug 10, 2013. 09:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Insiders Getting Restless [View article]
    @Marcap, I feel really sorry to see how journalism and peoples attention span has collapsed - if you have the money to buy, everything is up for sale; as far as people are concerned - in today's world of constant news few people have time to read beyond the headlines - if it made an headline news it must be true!

    @Marcap, it is unfortunate that in case of $BBRY we are on the opposite side of this transaction. I do read your comments with diligence and believe me it hurts that I am on the wrong side of this trade at this time. It hurts not because I feel that my decision to buy $BBRY was wrong (in fact, I feel sorry that I don't have money to buy it at this price!) but to see how the media and analyst are trying to malign the future of a good company - all that they are doing is spreading FUD about $BBRY in every possible way they can.

    With the latest leaked version of 10.2 that is running on my Z10 I am now certain that even the service providers here in US are under some pressure to not support $BBRY. I am happy that a bunch of smart guys at BerryLeaks have found a way (I am certain with $BBRY's help) to get latest leaked versions of BB10 (that they test out) out to people who own a Z10/Q10. I am amazed at how quickly $BBRY is adding features to BB10 platform. I am happy and thankful that the service providers are not shutting off service to the BB10 phones that are running these leaked versions.
    Aug 10, 2013. 09:08 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canada pension plan open to taking BlackBerry stake [View news story]
    If CPP is ready to take a stake to take it private (by hopefully paying a price that is higher than the current stock price) - then why doesn't it just buy a stake (or increase it further) at the current low price!

    Second, if you look at the original reuters article (towards the end of that article) the sources say that there were no talks about buyout, and second it also says that private investors have been trying to take Blackberry private for last 2 years - yesterday the stock hardly registered a blip on that news - which clearly means that the market is not buying this news (and correctly so).

    IMO, a company won't go through all the motions of name change and all that elaborate voting process if their intention was to take the company private in the near future.

    Ours is a democratic society, it is better to do the business (especially the one Blackberry is in) in the "open." AFAIK, Thorsten has given correct and honest guidance thus far and I personally have seen the level of improvements that are happening on BB10 through leaked releases and I am really impressed. Google/Android, Apple took ~5 years to get to where they are (Microsoft is still struggling to get a foothold after having spent 10 of billions of dollars for the last 2+ years). Blackberry is only in its first year since the launch of BB10/BES10, etc. and it already has done quite a bit.
    Aug 10, 2013. 12:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Insiders Getting Restless [View article]
    @Tufenk, if you read through the reuters article:

    it starts off with a headline proclaiming, "BlackBerry open to going private, sources say" but if you go further down in that article here is what it says:

    "The talks with Silver Lake did not involve any buyout or other transaction-related discussions, the source said."

    and later in that same article:
    "But private equity firms have circled the company for more than two years and have tried without success so far to figure out ways to structure a deal."

    So what was the whole point in printing this article about Blackberry going private only to counter that statement by saying that there was no talk about buyout!

    What a bogus piece of journalism - another news timed perfectly for the option closing!
    Aug 10, 2013. 01:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Short-Sellers Finally Begin To Cover [View article]
    Mr. Knowitall, it does sandbox it.
    Aug 7, 2013. 01:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Short-Sellers Finally Begin To Cover [View article]
    @goog2013_, to run a company it only takes a few good people. Just look at Apple - Steve Jobs - which school did he go to? It took a single person to steer the company back to profit. At one point people wanted to work at Microsoft but not at Apple!

    Technologically speaking Blackberry phones have been far ahead of the curve (even by today's standard). Just go and check with some of your learned friends (if you know somebody at Google, etc.) ask them about how efficiently Blackberry uses the radio spectrum, how it works on conserving battery usage. I have mentioned this before but I will repeat again the reason Mike Lazaridis used a track ball and didn't use a full touch device is because it consumes a huge amount of power. Second, using CPUs with too many cores just ends up consuming more power. External memory fetch also consumes power - that is one reason why the entire BB10 OS sits within the 2 GB space giving you a fast and responsive OS. No other OS can make that claim.

    I guess to think all the above didn't require any brain power - probably to you it was just as easy as throwing a stone in the pond and let the ripples push the boat!

    Google and Apple do have smart people - some of them are truly brilliant - but that doesn't mean that people working at Blackberry are duds or incompetent.

    Anyway, if people choose to stay in an ivory tower there is nothing much you can do about it.
    Aug 5, 2013. 11:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry rallying, possibly due to image leaks [View news story]
    I have to say that all the leaked OS versions so far have been very stable and the number of improvements that I have seen in such a short order of time is really amazing! Now the platform looks set on the correct trajectory. I don't think I will ever go back to the carrier supported version. Brilliant idea of leaking these versions to the general public - finally Blackberry found a way to quickly get the releases out to many of us who have been hit by the whims of these carriers here in US.

    The other smart thing they did was to provide a quick launcher app icon for Blackberry Hub. Now all one has to remember is that a swipe from the bottom up is equivalent to the Home and Start button and that one can swipe inward from all the edges of the phone and it responds with an action. Voila - gestures simplified! Now people can become power users as they become comfortable with the BB10 platform.

    One final thing I want $BBRY to do is bring the password screen/home screen up as soon as one clicks on the Power button and that should get people to play with the device without intimidation! Keep this feature as the default until user sets it to "power user" mode.
    Aug 5, 2013. 10:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment