By Lisa Johnston
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Barcelona, Spain — BlackBerry bowed to tradition, saying it plans a second half launch of a BlackBerry 10 OS smartphone with the traditional hard buttons and trackpad of pre-BlackBerry 10 OS phones.
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Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry released a BlackBerry 10 OS software update said to offer hundreds of improvements, many designed to help users find information they want more quickly.
Waterloo, Ontario – BlackBerry hired Eric Johnson as president of global sales, reporting to John Chen, executive chair and CEO.
The addition will “round out BlackBerry's new executive leadership team,” said Chen.
"The experience that the majority of the new leadership team has in working together previously will drive change within the organization at a faster pace,” Chen added.
Waterloo, Canada – BlackBerry’s operating and net losses surged in its fiscal third quarter as the company, vowing to remain in the smartphone market, said it entered into an agreement with Foxconn to manufacture a consumer smartphone for Indonesia and for other fast-growing markets early next year.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry instituted more management changes with the avowed intent to “strengthen the company's strategy, marketing and operations.”
James Mackey was appointed corporate development and strategic planning executive VP, and Mark Wilson was named marketing senior VP.
Previously, Mackey was corporate development senior VP at Open Text and head of corporate development at SAP, where he developed and led the company's global merger and acquisitions group and was involved in completing more than 40 acquisitions.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben will leave the struggling smartphone maker, and James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as chief financial officer, said CEO and executive chair John Chen.
Replacements for Tear and Boulben were not named.
BlackBerry also announced today that Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has resigned.
London – BlackBerry has collaborated with Porsche Design to produce a luxury smartphone that will retail for $2,350 through Porsche Design stores in the U.S. beginning Nov. 21.
The Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone from BlackBerry is an unlocked full-touch phone that can be used on GSM-based 4G LTE and 4G networks around the world, a spokesperson told TWICE.
Waterloo, Ontario – Embattled smartphone maker BlackBerry took itself off the market but will raise $1 billion from institutional investors and is getting new leadership.
BlackBerry took itself off the market after a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings did not finalize a tentative bid to take the company private. Today was also the deadline for receiving any competing bids, which apparently also did not materialize.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless became the first national carrier to commit to selling the BlackBerry Z30 with 5-inch HD display, but only through its online store beginning in November.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry will begin rolling out its updated BlackBerry 10 version 10.2 through carriers in many parts of the world this week, but a U.S. rollout won’t come until sometime this winter, the company said.
The update works with the company’s BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5 smartphones. The latter isn’t available in the U.S.