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September 26, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Consumers have moved on from BlackBerry. T-Mobile will no longer sell the company's smartphones in its stores. And now a manufacturing partner wants out. Jabil Circuit, a Florida provider of electronics manufacturing services, said this week that it would "wind down" its relationship with the troubled smartphone maker. BlackBerry is Jabil Circuit's second-largest customer, accounting for 12% of its business. "We are faced with a strong possibility of disengaging with BlackBerry," Mark Mondello, Jabil Circuit's chief executive, said during a call with analysts Wednesday.
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March 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After kicking off a trade-in program specifically for loyal BlackBerry users, T-Mobile said it has experienced 15 times the amount of device trade-ins that it normally receives. But surprisingly, most of the customers are dumping their BlackBerry devices. An internal memo sent within T-Mobile indicates that 94% of customers participating in the BlackBerry trade-in program have switched to other types of devices, according to a report by TmoNews . VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor Those results are notable considering what led to T-Mobile launching the trade-in campaign in the first place.
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BUSINESS
October 14, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Still use a BlackBerry or thinking about buying one? The company wants you to know everything is going to be OK. BlackBerry has published an open letter as part of an all-out media blitz designed to reassure nervous customers that the Canadian company will not go under. "These are no doubt challenging times for us and we don't underestimate the situation or ignore the challenges," the company wrote in the letter, which it posted on its website Monday. "We are making the difficult changes necessary to strengthen BlackBerry.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Top tech executives, including BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt are in town this week for a two-day technology and media conference. Oasis: The Montgomery Summit -- for a decade known as the Montgomery Technology Conference before a name change this year -- will take place at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica on Wednesday and Thursday. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The invitation-only confab will feature panels, networking and presentations from chief executives of about 150 companies in the social, mobile, analytics and cloud sectors.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
In a stunning turn of events, BlackBerry announced Monday that its $4.7-billion buyout had fallen through, that it was no longer for sale and that Chief Executive Thorsten Heins was out. Shares of BlackBerry plummeted on the news, falling more than 16% in early trading in New York. Its shares were down 13% to $6.76 at 7:50 a.m. PST. The Canadian company said the slew of announcements marked the conclusion of its review of strategic alternatives, which had seen BlackBerry shopping itself around to several potential buyers in recent weeks.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
More bad news for BlackBerry (at this point, is there any other kind?): The Canadian smartphone maker will reportedly lay off up to 40% of its workforce by the end of the year. This coming from the Wall Street Journal , which cited unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" saying the cuts would be in all departments and occur in waves, "likely affecting several thousand employees. " PHOTOS: 10 signs it's time to upgrade your computer We called BlackBerry for comment and got the following statement: "We will not comment on rumors and speculation.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
BlackBerry is getting a much-needed lifeline, announcing Monday that it had struck a deal to be bought for $4.7 billion. The Canadian smartphone maker said it had signed a letter of intent with a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which will take the smartphone maker private.  PHOTOS: Top 11 cool, hidden features in Apple's iOS 7 "We believe this transaction will open an exciting new private chapter for BlackBerry,...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
These are heady days for the online on-demand entertainment service Netflix. The company's stock recently surged 22% after a strong earnings report and news that it signed up 2 million new subscribers in the first quarter of the year. The company's success has largely been credited to its move into original content -- particularly its political drama “House of Cards.” With David Fincher on the creative team, the show follows the political trials and travails of mercenary Democratic House whip Frank Underwood and his equally mercenary wife Claire.
FOOD
May 27, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To the uninitiated, the boysenberry may look like a big, blowzy, underripe blackberry, but it is in fact a noble fruit, as distinct from a common blackberry as a thoroughbred is from a mule. Large, dark purple, juicy and intense, it derives its unique flavor from its complex ancestry: sweetness and floral aroma from its raspberry grandmother, and a winy, feral tang from three native blackberry species. It's a California classic, emblematic of the joys of growing up in the Southland before it succumbed completely to sprawl.
FOOD
July 15, 2009
  Frozen blackberry souffle Total time: 55 minutes, plus freezing and optional softening time Servings: 8 to 10 Note: If the sugar crystallizes while cooking in step 3, try the step again in a clean saucepan and add one-fourth teaspoon corn syrup before cooking the sugar, but proceed with the rest of the step as written. 1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen blackberries 1 cup sugar, divided 1/3 cup blackberry or raspberry liqueur 1/4 cup water 4 egg whites 2 cups whipping cream 1. Cut a sheet of waxed paper that is long enough to fit around a 1-quart soufflé dish and fold it in lengthwise thirds to make a ribbon about 4 inches wide.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Following Facebook's acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp last week for $19 billion, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he would not hesitate to sell his company's messaging service for that much money. "I work for the shareholder. Standard answer. If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it," Chen told CNBC . Since the Canadian phone maker failed to attract last year what it would have considered to be an adequate buyer, BlackBerry has placed a great deal of its focus on expanding its BlackBerry Messenger brand.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
T-Mobile, which got into a bit of trouble with BlackBerry a few days ago when it encouraged its BlackBerry users to switch to the iPhone 5s, is trying to make amends. The wireless carrier said in a blog post that starting this Friday, it will offer a $200 credit to users -- including non-T-Mobile customers -- who trade in their current BlackBerry and upgrade to a new T-Mobile device, whether that's a new BlackBerry or another manufacturer's device. Existing T-Mobile BlackBerry users who trade in their BlackBerrys and choose a new Q10 or Z10 smartphone will get an additional $50 off. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The limited-time promotion came a day after BlackBerry CEO John Chen blasted T-Mobile in a blog post for targeting BlackBerry users with an offer to switch to the iPhone 5s for $0 down.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
BlackBerry's 2013 ended on a rough note, as the struggling phone maker accounted for less than 0.5% of U.S. smartphone sales during the fourth quarter, according to a report. The dismal sales figures came despite the introduction of the Blackberry 10 smartphone a year ago. The smartphone, running the company's latest version of its operating system, was supposed to help the Canadian company bounce back in the U.S. However, it appears that the company ended up taking a step backward.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
BlackBerry plans to sell the majority of its commercial real estate portfolio in Canada to bolster its financial position. The Canadian company said Tuesday that the real estate holdings, comprising more than 3 million square feet of space, would be sold through a combination of sale-leaseback and vacant asset sales. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 Despite the sales, BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said the company "remained committed to being headquartered in Waterloo and having a strong presence in Canada.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's back to basics for BlackBerry, as the Canadian phone maker has said customers should expect most of its future devices to come with keyboards built into the hardware. John Chen, the company's new chief executive, told Bloomberg that he is a big fan of the physical keyboard for which BlackBerry is known, and that he believes the keyboard could power the company's comeback. "I personally love the keyboards," Chen reportedly said. "So you will look to Blackberry going forward to do keyboards -- I wouldn't use the word exclusively, but predominantly.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple devices are still in high demand -- just ask New York City thieves. Products by the Cupertino, Calif., company, such as iPhones and iPads, accounted for more than 18% of New York's grand larcenies in 2013, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal that cites the New York Police Department. In total, more than 8,000 Apple devices were stolen last year, leading to a 13% increase in grand larceny arrests compared with 2012. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 The NYPD said thieves usually snatch the gadgets while on public transportation -- where users have their devices out and aren't paying close enough attention to their surroundings.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
YouMail recently updated its app to include the ability to easily ditch a telemarketer or stalker's call. It turns out that YouMail will be ditching BlackBerry. The company announced that it will suspend further development for the platform . "This was a tough decision, especially since the BlackBerry is what got us our first million registered users and put us on the map as a company," YouMail said in a blog post. "But over the past year we've seen our BlackBerry audience steadily shrink, with a steady exodus of those users moving to the iPhone and to Android.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
The thornless blackberries in Mary Steffens' backyard in Echo Park are going on three years, and one of the plants is finally setting fruit -- big, purple-black globes of nearly seedless, sweet-tart juiciness. Steffens got the plants from a friend at Ocean View Farms, the community garden in Mar Vista, but her initial planting site was too sunny. So two years ago she moved the plants to a spot that got late afternoon sun but was shaded during the hottest part of the day. “This is basically a Northern Californian berry,” she said.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
BlackBerry's interim chief executive is fighting back against competitors who claim the smartphone maker is on its last legs. John Chen, who replaced former CEO Thorsten Heins after his ouster in November, said in an Op-Ed article Monday that he's "not focused on who BlackBerry used to be -- I'm focused on what BlackBerry will be today and in the future. " The company has been suffering from huge subscriber losses, executive turmoil and widespread layoffs for months, and for many consumers, the brand is no longer a go-to when it comes to buying a new mobile device.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
No amount of hope or change can set President Obama up with an iPhone. The leader of the free world said he is not allowed to use the popular Apple device due to security reasons, according to Reuters. Obama revealed the limitation of his job at a meeting with youths on Wednesday to promote his healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' But it's not all bad for the president. Obama said he may not be allowed to use an iPhone, but he does get to use the iPad as his tablet.
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