One of BlackBerry's co-founders had held talks with private equity firms about making a joint bid for the struggling Canadian smartphone maker, The Wall Street Journal reported at the weekend.
Former BlackBerry co-chief executive
The report came just a day after BlackBerry said it would cut 4 500 jobs, or 40 percent of its workforce, in the face of hefty losses and weak sales of its new handsets.
Lazaridis and co-founder
News of the lay-offs showed BlackBerry's efforts at reviving its fortunes were a stunning failure and pushed the once high-flying firm one step closer to extinction, analysts said.
BlackBerry said it expected a loss of
Corporate customers such as
Still, BlackBerry continues to introduce new products. In addition to the Q10, Z10 and Q5 released this year, BlackBerry introduced the Z30 last week.
BlackBerry has hired PwC to evaluate the company for potential buyers, according to two people with knowledge of the move. - Sapa-AFP
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