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BlackBerry says partnership with health-care company Nanthealth offers growth

BlackBerry (TSX:BB) is reaching into the health-care sector with the purchase of a minority stake in U.S.-based technology company NantHealth. The Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone company said the partnership will collaborate on various projects that include a new BlackBerry device designed for the medical industry and an operating system that links medical devices to NantHealth's cloud-based networks. All of the infrastructure will be government-level privacy certified and allow health-care professionals to share information securely, it said.

Primecap Management boosts its stake in Blackberry to 10.4 per cent

TORONTO - BlackBerry (TSX:BB) appears to be getting a vote of confidence from California-based investment firm Primecap Management Co., which has boosted its stake in the company by about 60 per cent. The second-largest stakeholder in BlackBerry now holds 54.9 million shares, or about 10.4 per cent of the company's outstanding equity, according to figures filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That's an increase from a 6.5-per cent stake as of Dec. 31, 2013.

BlackBerry defeats NXP in U.S. trial over patents

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal jury in Florida on Monday ruled in favor of Blackberry Ltd in a lawsuit accusing the company of infringing three patents belonging to Dutch semiconductor company NXP BV. NXP in April 2012 sued BlackBerry, then known as Research in Motion, alleging that versions of the BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet infringed patents related to the design, data transmission and other features of those devices.

BlackBerry ending US licensing deal with T-Mobile; says strategies no longer complementary

NEW YORK, N.Y. - BlackBerry is ending its U.S. licensing deal with T-Mobile, saying the companies no longer have complementary strategies. The disconnect appears to be related to a T-Mobile promotion that BlackBerry took issue with last month.

BlackBerry revenue plunges 64 percent, shares drop

By Euan Rocha and Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller-than-expected loss on Friday as new chief executive John Chen slashed costs, but a 64 percent drop in revenue underscored the challenge Chen faces in turning around the struggling smartphone maker. The Canadian company, which has lost most of the smartphone market to Apple Inc's iPhone and gadgets powered by Google Inc's Android operating system, has laid off thousands and agreed to sell most of its real estate.

BlackBerry posts fresh losses, but sees upside

BlackBerry reported fresh losses Friday but offered some reasons for optimism as the smartphone maker struggles to escape from a death spiral. The Canadian firm reported a loss of $423 million in the fourth quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, as revenues sank. Revenues fell to $976 million in the fourth quarter -- down from $2.7 billion 12 months earlier. Sales of smartphones fell from 1.9 million to 1.3 million in the fourth quarter, the company said.

BlackBerry revenue falls below a $1 billion as company sells few new BlackBerrys

TORONTO - BlackBerry reported a steep drop in profit and revenue Friday as it transitions from a smartphone company to a software business under its new chief executive. Shares jumped 7 per cent in premarket trading as CEO John Chen cut expenses quicker than expected. The Canadian company lost $423 million, or 80 cents per share. Adjusted for one-time items, however, the company lost 8 cents per share, much better that the losses of 56 cents per share that Wall Street had expected, according to a poll by FactSet.

BlackBerry revenue falls below a $1 billion as company sells few new BlackBerrys

BlackBerry reported a dive in profit and revenue as the company transitions itself from a smartphone company to a software business. The Canadian company said it lost $423 million, or 80 cents per share, on revenue of $976 million — down from $2.7 billion in revenue the fourth quarter last year. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a loss of 56 cents per share on revenue of $1.1 billion. Adjusted for one-time items, however, losses were only 8 cents, and shares spiked 7 per cent.

New BlackBerry phones to cater to keyboard aficionados: CEO

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd plans to introduce high-end smartphones that cater to keyboard aficionados in the coming 18 months, in an effort to win back core corporate and government clients who have shunned the company's touch-screen devices. Chief Executive John Chen said in an interview that the company's engineers have designed at least three different next-generation handsets that are being "kicked around right now."

New BlackBerry phones to cater to keyboard aficionados: CEO

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd plans to introduce high-end smartphones that cater to keyboard aficionados in the coming 18 months, in an effort to win back core corporate and government clients who have shunned the company's touch-screen devices. Chief Executive John Chen said in an interview that the company's engineers have designed at least three different next-generation handsets that are being "kicked around right now."
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