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BlackBerry CEO John Chen: Y'know what, we'll go back to enterprise stuff

Interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen says critics should quit dwelling on the snakebit smartphone vendor's past missteps and look instead to what the company plans to do tomorrow. In an editorial published by CNBC on Monday, Chen said that he has crafted a new strategy for the Canadian firm that leaves it "well-positioned for the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Dec 2013
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BlackBerry flings John Chen $89 MILLION to save troubled firm

BlackBerry has announced that its new chairman and interim chief John Chen will get $3m in salary and bonuses as well as stock options worth around $86m. The floundering mobile phone firm surprised everyone earlier this week when it said that instead of selling itself off to Fairfax Financial Holdings, it was going to axe chief …
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Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

Will BlackBerry be able to recover from its recent woes and once again become a profitable company? To hear BlackBerry CEO John Chen tell it, the chances of his turnaround strategy succeeding are about as good as a coin toss. In a newly published interview with the Financial Times that was conducted during the Mobile World …
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2014
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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

BlackBerry has said that it will finally consider selling off its smartphone-making business if it continues to be unprofitable. "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," chief exec John Chen told Reuters in an interview*. The Canadian phone biz reported poor sales again in its fourth quarter …
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BlackBerry chief Chen swings the axe at mobe-maker's executives

New BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen has begun his tenure at the battered smartphone vendor by shaking up its top executives, eliminating at least two positions in the process. The New York Times reports that Chen has shown the door to chief operating officer Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben, both of whom …
Neil McAllister, 25 Nov 2013
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Heins didn't have the beans. Can comeback king Chen fish BlackBerry out of jam?

BlackBerry’s plan for rebirth using the dream team of Alicia Keys and chief executive Thorsten Heins has failed. Sybase turnaround king and CEO-of-the-moment John Chen is now its new great hope. Heins lasted less than two years in the hotseat at BlackBerry. He was named CEO in January 2012, taking over from co-CEOs Mike …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013
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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, has hit out at Google’s decision to adopt Sammy’s KNOX security platform across the whole Android ecosystem. In a blog post on the official BlackBerry website Chen is quoted saying: While we applaud Google and Samsung for their plans, we don’t think it’s enough for security-minded enterprises. …
Simon Rockman, 04 Jul 2014
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'The Sims' takes reins of BlackBerry Messenger as old chief Bocking departs

The executive formerly in charge of BlackBerry's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) division has left the company, casting uncertainty on the Canadian firm's plans for its mobile messaging service. As first reported by tech website BGR, Andrew Bocking, a longtime BlackBerry veteran who had served as executive VP in charge of BBM, has …
Neil McAllister, 10 Feb 2014

BlackBerry and T-Mobile try $100 bribe to lure BBers to their side

In the latest round of the velvet-gloved boxing match between T-Mobile US and BlackBerry, the mobile operator's chief John Legere has told BB users that he supports them and wants to give them $100 credit towards any new handset they want. Legere's offer comes after BlackBerry said yesterday that it wouldn't be renewing its …
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FIGHT! BlackBerry,T-Mobile US CEOs clash in 'inappropriate' ad spat

Wireless carrier T-Mobile US would like to see its BlackBerry customers switch over to Apple's camp – and die-hard BlackBerry users are none too happy about it, to say nothing of BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The brouhaha began last week, when T-Mobile US reportedly sent emails to some of its customers offering them financing on new …
Neil McAllister, 19 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry CEO: I LOVE keyboards, so if you want them, you'll get them

According to BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen*, the hardscrabble smartphone maker's next wave of products will return to tried-and-true form factors, complete with the company's hallmark hardware keyboards. BlackBerry launched its all-touchscreen Z10 handset to much fanfare under previous CEO Thorsten Heins last January. But …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2014
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Qatari sovereign wealth fund among BlackBerry rescue party

A Qatari sovereign wealth fund has been identified as one of a number of backers to buy into failing flailing former mobile powerhouse BlackBerry. The investment was revealed in an SEC filing made by BlackBerry on Friday November 8. Qatar Holdings LLC joined a group of other investors led by Fairfax Holdings (the company which …
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BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

BlackBerry has said that it won't be renewing its licences with T-Mobile US after the operator apparently tried to lure its customers away from its handsets and onto Apple's Jesus mobes. “BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years. Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and …
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BlackBerry opens devices to third-party management – including its new, sub-$200 Z3

Ailing BlackBerry has launched its first new mobe since John Chen took over as CEO in November, and to help drum up interest in its flagging handset business, it says it will for the first time let customers use other companies' software to manage BlackBerry devices. Chen has repeatedly insisted that he won't dump BlackBerry's …
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2014
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This month's BlackBerry CEO vows: I won't axe the smartphone-making biz

Newly appointed BlackBerry CEO John Chen has wasted no time letting the world know that he has big plans for the troubled Canadian firm – and shutting down its ailing smartphone division isn't one of them. The former Sybase chief exec was introduced as BlackBerry's interim chief exec on Monday, following the unceremonious …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013

Fairfax shovels another $250m into buying BlackBerry debt

BlackBerry backer Fairfax Financial is set to buy another $250m of its convertible debentures, which should give the ailing mobile firm a much-needed shot in the arm. The companies said that Fairfax's generosity was part of an additional debenture option as part of BlackBerry's successful placement of $1bn worth of debentures …
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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

BlackBerry's forthcoming Passport handset may look odd at first glance, but the company claims it had good reason to break with traditional smartphone designs for its latest, square-shaped device. "We've been living in a rectangular world for quite some time and know it's a great ergonomic design that drives content, media …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2014
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T-Mobile US makes peace offering with $250 BlackBerry olive branch

In a move to calm outraged BlackBerry fanbois after suggesting they should get an iPhone, T-Mobile US is offering them $200 towards any newer handset available, be it a BlackBerry, Android gadget or iPhone. The limited-time offer is open to subscribers and anyone who signs up to the wireless carrier. Folks already on T-Mob US …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

BlackBerry's revenue slipped below a billion dollars in the fourth fiscal quarter for the first time since 2007, as its smartphone sales continued to slide, but its losses were slightly less than expected. The ailing Canadian firm reported a net loss of nearly $6bn for the year up to the start of March and a loss of $423m for …
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BlackBerry CEO: Reports of firm's death 'greatly exaggerated'

In a move oddly reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch, interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen has urged enterprise customers not to heave the ailing smartphone vendor onto the plague cart to be hauled away just yet. In an open letter distributed on Monday, Chen insisted that BlackBerry's recent misfortune was only a flesh wound, saying …
Neil McAllister, 02 Dec 2013

BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014

BlackBerry teased one the year's most whacky smartphone designs at its shareholder AGM yesterday, but it still isn't ready to disclose any more details. The firm then posted - and deleted - a statement about the BlackBerry Passport. BlackBerry's Passport is striking for a couple of reasons. It has a physical QWERTY keyboard that …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2014
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Forget phones, BlackBerry's new Project Ion is all about THINGS

With its smartphone sales circling the drain, beleaguered BlackBerry has announced Project Ion, a set of initiatives aimed at delivering services and infrastructure for everyone's favorite hot-button buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT). The project was unveiled in a brief presentation at the O'Reilly Solid conference on …
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2014
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Acer writes off MEELLIONS again, scraps raw materials

Beleaguered PC maker Acer is back in the red again after scrapping millions of pounds worth of raw materials inventory as the first move to "dig" itself out of a deepening hole. With a new broom on board - the latest CEO Jason Chen was plonked into the top job back in December - operating under the gaze of founder and returning …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2014

BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit

The company-formerly-known-as-RIM has nabbed former SAP exec John Sims to head up its global enterprise services unit, the business it hopes will be at the centre of its turnaround. BlackBerry said that Sims would be joining the company in January, after leaving his position as president of SAP's mobile services business. After …
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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

What BlackBerry and new CEO John Chen definitely don't need right now is bad publicity, but that's exactly what The Wall Street Journal has provided them, with a report that one of its remaining high-profile customers, the White House, is mulling over a switch from the formerly high-flying Canuckphone to devices from Samsung or …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Mar 2014
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BlackBerry board swatted away offers to break it up, sources claim

Despite all of the parties that were said to be interested in acquiring pieces of stricken smartphone vendor BlackBerry, breaking up the company was never an option that was on the table, sources claim. The Canadian firm spent six weeks trying to sell itself off but ultimately failed. Instead, it ended up with nothing more than …
Neil McAllister, 09 Nov 2013
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Happiness-challenged BlackBerry dumps CEO, gives up on sale

Thorsten Heins' brief reign at the top of BlackBerry (BB) all but ended today as the company formerly known as RIM dumped its chief exec and took down the "For Sale" sign outside its HQ. Heins was plonked into the hot seat in January 2011 replacing joint bosses Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as sales slumped, but he was unable …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013
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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

BlackBerry is staying in the handset market by the skin of its teeth by confirming two new models will arrive this year. The two new devices will be called BlackBerry Passport, a full touch device, and BlackBerry Classic, a QWERTY model designed to alleviate the awkwardness of BB10. The Passport and Classic will be released in …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jun 2014
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Prem Watsa takes control of BlackBerry as tech vultures circle firm

It could only happen at BlackBerry. A white knight rides to the company’s rescue, only for the horse to drop dead underneath him. So much for Prem Watsa’s rescue mission. The man dubbed the “Canadian Warren Buffet” has at last gained control of the company, as “lead director”, but at what cost? Five weeks ago BlackBerry’s board …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Nov 2013
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BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

BlackBerry has admitted that its made its some of its traditional users who stayed loyal to the company very fed up when it dropped some of its best-loved features. At Mobile World Congress today, the company formerly known as RIM said it would bring back the classic trackpad as well as Call ("Send"), End and Menu keys to a …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2014

BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

BlackBerry has rejoined the patent-infringement litigation party, filing suit in the Northern District of California against an iPhone-keyboard company, Typo Keyboards, cofounded by "media personality" Ryan Seacrest. "This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry's iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jan 2014
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Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?

Ford Motor Company will part ways with Microsoft for the next generation of its Sync in-car infotainment system in favor of technology from Canadian rival BlackBerry, sources claim. According to a report by Bloomberg, switching from Windows Embedded Automotive to BlackBerry's QNX real-time OS will both save Ford money and …
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2014
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NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri

This was the week when Google advised its tech spec-wearing minions not to be "Glassholes". That's right, the Chocolate Factory has simultaneously caved in to the zinginess of the moniker for those sporting Google Glass and made the term that much less cool... Of course, the Choc Factory's marketing folk were a being a little …

Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

"Selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year. There's nothing new about a "selfie" - it's a self-portrait - but a perfect storm of social networks and smartphones has given popularity to a word and an act even world leaders feel it's OK to do on really serious occasions. In keeping with a long tradition here at …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Dec 2013
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SAP lays down $5.8bn for Sybase

German giant SAP has bought Sybase for $5.8bn - a big premium for the database and mobile firm. The deal gives Sybase shareholders $65 per share - 44 per cent more than the shares have been worth, on average, over the last three months. SAP is using its own cash and a $2.75bn loan from Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital to pay …
John Oates, 13 May 2010
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Sybase comes to Mickey Mouse’s rescue

The CEO, chairman and president of Sybase, John Chen, has been named as the new board member of Disney to replace Stanley Gold who quit the Board in acrimony yesterday. Mr Chen has been swiftly named to help bolster the monster company behind Mickey Mouse, DisneyWorld et al and present the vision of a board independent from …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Dec 2003
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Sybase sets up embedded division

Sybase announced yesterday an "executive transition" and a new move to create an embedded computing division. John Chen, who joined Sybase in 1997 and was appointed co-CEO with Mitchell Kertzman as the other co-CEO, is now given both reins, and Kertzman stays as Chairman. The move was foreseen in February when Chen, who was …
Graham Lea, 23 Sep 1998
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Sybase results disappoint

Sybase says its first quarter results will be worse than expected because several large deals with telecoms companies have failed to come through. It expects these deals to go through next quarter and so hasn't changed its guidance on full year turnover and profits. The database company expects turnover for the quarter ended 31 …
John Oates, 05 Apr 2004
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Sybase posts profitable Q3

Sybase has beaten Wall Street expectations and turned predictions it would just break even during its third quarter into a profit. The database specialist posted a profits of $2.2 million on revenues of $210.2 million. That represents a fall in revenue from the same period last year, down from $233 million, but a significant …
Team Register, 20 Oct 1998
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Sybase gets it on with PeopleSoft

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence John Chen, Sybase Inc's long standing CEO, announced a slew of partnerships and new products in a bullish address to analysts at the firm's annual TechWave 2002 User event in San Diego, California this week, Madan Sheina write Chen opened by claiming that Sybase, a Dublin, California- …
ComputerWire, 07 Aug 2002
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Sybase's billion dollar baby

In the late 1990’s Sybase, like Informix, seemed to be on its way out. While other failing database companies (such as Informix) ended up being acquired, Sybase kept control of its own destiny. This meant overhauling its product portfolio, decoupling its mobile database (SQL Anywhere) and going on the acquisition trail. The …
Ian Murphy, 11 Sep 2006