BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) News: Difficult Time, Patent Portfolio & BBM Beta Testing

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Ottawa should help BlackBerry (TheStarPhoenix)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has put itself into play, but at this point no one knows whether it will be taken private or possibly sold to a foreign company. One thing is for sure: The company that created the smartphone, the pride of Canadian high-tech, has fallen on difficult times. And the question is, what can Ottawa do to help? If BlackBerry chief executive officer Thorsten Heins were having this conversation with Industry Minister James Moore, he would probably say something like: “Just give us the flexibility to make the right decision for the company, the industry and the country.”

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How BlackBerry handled past wealth: Little reward for loyal shareholders even in its heyday (ET)
It started in an unlikely place, far from the headquarters of more established technology companies, and grew to become a dominant player. Along the way, investors piled in, undeterred by the company’s policy of never paying a dividend. But then the technology changed, and the company struggled to keep up. Eventually it realized it could not continue as it was. It was broken up and acquired, with investors receiving a fraction of what their shares had been worth at the peak. …It was called Research in Motion until this year, when its corporate name was changed to that of its primary product, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Encryption Patents could be its Biggest Asset (eFinanceHub)
Days after BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) announced that it was for sale, few people recommended that the struggling phone manufacturer sell its patent portfolio to stay away from going into the red. While the sales of BlackBerry’s smartphones have been dull, still the company has a strong portfolio of 130 encryption patents. Actually MIT Technology Review recommended that these patents could be the biggest asset of company. What’s distinctive about security patents of BlackBerry is that they use what’s termed as elliptic curve cryptography, which is viewed as more efficient than RSA (Rivest, Shamir and Adleman) algorithms for small devices.

No video chat in BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android? (TheMobileIndian)
BlackBerry accidently made the BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS manuals available online and then pulled the plug on the document links. BlackBerry has already begun the closed beta testing of the BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android platforms. The BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android is expected to be made available in couple of months. However, if leaked documents are to believed, BBM on Android or iOS would not have the video chat facility. Actually, CrackBerry claimed to have spotted the official manuals of BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android that perhaps been accidentally made online. However, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) later pulled down those guides.