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BlackBerry to end partnership with ‘creative director’ Alicia Keys

What do you mean, you didn't even know she was BlackBerry's 'global creative director'? Appointed a year ago, Alicia Keys was brought in to promote the new BB10 platform and Z10 handset. At the end of January, however, the partnership will…
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Outgoing BlackBerry CEO promises he’ll be firm’s ‘biggest fan’ in letter to workers

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins will step down from the top job this month. In a letter to employees, he said he was BlackBerry's "biggest fan", adding that he'll be "cheering from the sidelines" as interim CEO John Chen attempts to build…
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Drama continues as BB fires its CEO and fails to get acquired

BlackBerry's rocky road shows no sign of smoothing out – on Monday it announced the proposed $4.7 billion takeover deal by Fairfax Financial is off. In addition, Thorsten Heins, the man brought in to turn the company around, will step…
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BlackBerry may be selling, but Huawei says it’s not buying

For the second time in almost as many months, Huawei has denied rumors it's considering acquiring another mobile manufacturer. This time it's BlackBerry, but Huawei says it wants to go it alone instead.
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BlackBerry boss says company needs more time after ‘less-than-perfect’ Z10 launch

When things aren't going well, it's a good idea to ask for more time to rectify the situation. But just how much time does BlackBerry need, or have left? CEO Thorsten Heins said Tuesday the company is "driving night and day to deliver…
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BlackBerry CEO slams tablets, follow-up to PlayBook seems unlikely

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has a vendetta against tablets, slamming the devices in a recent interview. According to Heins, slates lack any long-term potential and make for a bad business model. A follow-up to the PlayBook seems like a…
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BlackBerry CEO says iPhone’s interface looks dated

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins talks about the state of the smartphone industry, says that iOS may be on the brink of a major decline. Though it was innovative when the iPhone came out, it's now old news and Apple isn't keeping up with the…
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BlackBerry Z10 now selling in 21 countries, CEO ‘encouraged’ by feedback

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said on Thursday he's "encouraged" by feedback from carrier partners regarding its new make-or-break Z10 handset, adding that he was surprised by the number of people switching to BB10 from other platforms.
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BlackBerry CEO says Z10 off to roaring start, though his claims it sold out in UK are questioned

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has said that the release of the Z10 handset in Canada on Tuesday "was the best day ever for the first day of a launch of a new BlackBerry smartphone," although claims made by Heins earlier in the week that…
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RIM rebrands its app store ahead of BB 10 launch, as CEO contemplates the future of the company

Research in Motion has rebranded its application store, now named BlackBerry World, and given it a makeover in time for BlackBerry 10's launch. Company CEO Thorsten Heins remains realistic ahead of its debut on January 30.
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‘Don’t underestimate BB10,’ RIM boss says during demo of upcoming BlackBerry OS [video]

As the iPhone 5 flies off the shelves and Samsung reports record profits, the boss of the firm that once ruled the smartphone roost has said in an interview that BlackBerry 10 – set for launch early next year – should not be…
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RIM boss Thorsten Heins hits back at BlackBerry-bashing NY Times article

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has hit back at a recent NY Times article that interviewed a number of disgruntled BlackBerry owners. In a letter published by the newspaper on Wednesday, Heins accused the piece of lacking balance and said there were…