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BlackBerry isn’t as screwed as you might have once thought

People have long been waiting for the final nail to be hammered into BlackBerry Ltd.’s coffin. The fortunes of the once-dominant smartphone manufacturer have all but evaporated, and now its devices occupy just 0.2 percent of the total smartphone market share. But now it looks like things are improving for the embattled Canadian company. Should we be optimistic about its future? Raymond James analyst Steven Li thinks so, and has rated BlackBerry Limited as set to outperform expectations, and potentially reach $10.50…

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Canadian police have had BlackBerry’s global encryption key since 2010

BlackBerry may be waning as a company — but it never lost its title as one of the more secure mobile operating systems. That’s about to change. A joint investigation by Motherboard and Vice found out that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the country’s federal police agency, has been in possession of BlackBerry’s global encryption key since 2010. “We don’t want the general public to know.” The information, which government lawyers have been fighting to keep out of public record, comes…

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BLACKBERRY PRIV ANDROID PHONE

Android fans who still desire a physical keyboard have got something to celebrate, because after months of rumors, BlackBerry released an Android phone. It’s called the Priv, and here’s everything we know so far. Support, price, and pre-order details for the Priv BlackBerry opened up orders for the Priv in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada in late 2015, and expanded availability to Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany in early 2016. Here are all the places where you…

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BlackBerry denies it talked to Samsung about a buyout

BlackBerry has flatly denied a report that it met with Samsung Electronics to discuss a proposed $7.5 billion buyout by the South Korean powerhouse. The Reuters news service reported on Wednesday that Samsung had offered to buy BlackBerry for between $13.35 and $15.49 per share. Its story cited documents and an unnamed source. The report sent BlackBerry’s stock up dramatically late in the trading day. Its shares on the Nasdaq (BBRY) ended at $12.60, up by nearly 30 percent. “BlackBerry…