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BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) News: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Magazine-Style App, Sales Effort & More

Editor’s Note:  BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Flipboard for BlackBerry coming soon (The Full Signal)
BlackBerry10 users are in store for some good news this morning, as popular magazine-style app Flipboard has promised that its product will soon be available for select devices. And while that’s sure to bring a smile to at least a few faces, it may serve as more of a disappointment for anyone who might have noticed that the app had already appeared in the BlackBerry World store. Apparently, it wasn’t a done deal at the time, and Flipboard, pulled the app almost as quickly as it went up.

BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY)

BlackBerry’s cloudy future hurts BB10 smartphone sales effort (The Globe And Mail)
Over the past few years, mobile executive Ojas Rege noticed a gradual decline in the number of companies deploying BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).’s smartphones and services. In recent months, the slow exodus of customers has become a rapid one. There is mounting evidence, he said, that the company’s cloudy future is starting to turn away those who have always been the most loyal BlackBerry buyers – professionals who make the technology decisions for larger companies.

4 companies that could still buy BlackBerry, and why they probably won’t (Market Watch)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) may be inching closer to finding a buyer, but the relative dearth of easy candidates seems to have made investors still cautious on the idea – despite the recent share bounce. The stock has jumped more than 13% in the last three weeks, since the company announced the formation of a special board committee to evaluate “strategic options” [read: find a buyer]. However, the shares are still more than 20% below their level prior to the company’s disastrous earnings report on June 28. And that does not include the stock’s peak around the $18 mark in January before the formal launch of the new BlackBerry 10 handsets that have since been met with tepid demand.

What would Microsoft get by buying BlackBerry? (ZDNet)
As soon as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) revealed it is snapping up Nokia’s phone business, the suggestions started have that it should grab BlackBerry too. On the face of it BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s enterprise credentials and loyal user base might make it the next target for Microsoft. And yet: BlackBerry has a strong ecosystem and great technology (even if it no longer has the sales to match them), but they’re so different from the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) ecosystem and architectures (and in other ways too similar) that it’s hard for me to see what sense a tie up between Microsoft and BlackBerry would make.

Huawei has no interest in buying BlackBerry (BGR)
There may be a savior company out there that will bail out BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) but it apparently won’t be Huawei. In an interview with Reuters, Huawei board member Chen Lifang said that her company has no interest in buying BlackBerry or any other smartphone company because “we want to rely on ourselves.

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