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Freeing Up More Cash, BlackBerry To Dump Real Estate Properties

By Dave Forde / January 27, 2014

Their private jet was sold last year, and this week BlackBerry announced plans to divest the majority of if its real estate holdings in Canada. The smartphone maker will work with CBRE Limited to sell off its real estate portfolio through a combination of sale-leaseback and vacant asset sales. The properties to be offered for […]

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Top Canadian Ad & Marketing Stories For Week Ending January 10, 2014

By Dave Forde / January 13, 2014

Looking at our stats from last week, here are the most popular stories that you read about the Canadian advertising & marketing industry (or digital) on Profectio last week… TC Media Announces New Appointments in the Interactive Marketing Solutions Group MTS Announces Departure Of Allstream President To Take Place This Month Who Are Canada’s Top Female Founders? [Update] […]

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Blackberry Appoints New President, Devices and Emerging Solutions

By Dave Forde / January 8, 2014

Blackberry announced this week they have hired Ron Louks as the company’s President, Devices and Emerging Solutions and he will report directly to John Chen,  BlackBerry’s Executive Chair and CEO. Ron Louks joins BlackBerry from The OpenNMS Group, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Ron held many leadership positions over several […]

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Blackberry Sues Ryan Seacrest’s Startup Typo

By Dave Forde / January 7, 2014

BlackBerry issues a press release recently stating they were suing  ® Typo Products LLC, which is a startup founded by Laurence Hallier and TV host and media personality Ryan Seacrest, announced the Typo Keyboard would be available for pre-order this month. According to Blackberry, Typo is infringing on a patent owned by Blackberry, and they are blatantly […]

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Alicia Keys & Blackberry Parts Ways, No Surprise To Anyone…

By Dave Forde / January 7, 2014

As part of their big rollout event last January where they launched the Blackberry 10 and device, Waterloo-based Blackberry also announced they have hired Alicia Keys as their Global Creative Director. To start it was a role that no one really understood, I mean what does a Grammy-award winning singer/ writer bring to the table […]

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Blackberry Scores Small Victory, Secures BBM Pre-install Deal With LG

By Dave Forde / December 18, 2013

If Blackberry is going to survive the long game it is going to have to score a lot of small victories along the way, today the company has announced one of those victories with a new partnership with LG.  Blackberry’s BBM or Blackberry Messenger service will come preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite in markets […]

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John Sims Joins Blackberry As President, Global Enterprise Services

By Dave Forde / December 18, 2013

As Blackberry continues bleed executives  as the company that is currently in “transition,” CEO John Chen has stated in the public he plans to focus on the enterprise.   This week Blackberry appointed John Sims as President, Global Enterprise Services, officially starting in January 2014. Prior to joining, John was with SAP as President of SAP’s Mobile Services […]

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