Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Dec 2013 00:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

RIM grew into one of the world's most valuable tech companies. The BlackBerry became the indispensable accessory of business executives, heads of state, and Hollywood celebrities - until iPhone and Android came along and spoiled the party. Today the company, which has been renamed, simply, BlackBerry, is burning through cash as sales keep falling. On Nov. 21, BlackBerry shares closed at just above $6, the lowest it's been in almost 15 years.

Over the last two months, Bloomberg Businessweek spoke to dozens of current and former BlackBerry employees, vendors, and associates. Here is their account of the thrill of BlackBerry's ascension - and the heartache of watching its demise.

Aside from of course the personal tragedies that may arise from a possible complete BlackBerry collapse, I have little to no connection to the company or its products.

Except for one product.

I hope they release it as open source before it's too late.

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RE[2]: There is still chance
by anda_skoa on Sat 7th Dec 2013 12:42 UTC in reply to "RE: There is still chance"
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The reason Thom wants QNX open sourced is not to help BB's chance of survival. He wants QNX to exist after BB dies.

Sure, but QNX is not in any danger independent of BB's well fare.

First, it is a separate, fully self contained, business unit.
It is not merged with BB or replaced parts of BB.

Second, QNX is one of the big players in the embedded space, especially areas which require certifcation (e.g. medical) or the real-time and self-healing capabilities (e.g. automotive).

Assuming the worst fate for BB, it going bankrupt, QNX will just be sold again. Remember that this has already happened twice, without any negative impact on QNX or its products

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