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    Samsung in Talks to Buy BlackBerry for $7.5 Billion - Mac Rumors

    [Edit... in my haste to post I missed the s at the end of talks in title. Sorry]
    01-14-15 03:29 PM
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    Here's Why Samsung Would Want to Buy Blackberry - Businessweek

    Here's Why Samsung Would Want to Buy Blackberry

    Reports that Samsung has approached BlackBerry have sent the battered smartphone maker's stock soaring. Any deal is far from done, but it does raise the question: Why would Samsung want to acquire BlackBerry? Yes, the Korean conglomerate would get a robust suite of patents, BlackBerry's powerful (though unloved) new mobile platform, and a history of highly lauded hardware design. Still, there is really only one reason that the Canadian phone maker is attractive to Samsung right now: security. And security is the gateway to the highly valuable enterprise market.

    Samsung has already declared its long-term intentions to enter — and win — the business market for mobile tech. The company has been aggressively advertising (and pushing) its mobile security platform, which it calls KNOX. The only problem is that Samsung devices run on Google's Android operating system, which has a storied and rather dark history when it comes to security. So no matter how hard the company may push its security message, it could be unable to sneak out of Google's long shadow.

    Buying BlackBerry, along with its portfolio of patents and soft-touch leatheresque phone backs, however, changes the equation. If there is one area where the BlackBerry has been relatively unassailable, it is the security of its devices. Hey, even Obama uses a BlackBerry.

    While Apple has surged in enterprise with the iPhone and iPad, Android devices have been a relative laggard. And even Apple hasn't escaped the occasional security scandal (see the 2014 celebrity iCloud photo debacle, or BuzzFeed tech editor Mat Honan's terrible experience at the hands of hackers). Bringing BlackBerry into the Samsung family would create an undeniable security halo effect for the company's devices — one even Apple can't claim at the moment.

    The real losers here might actually be Google and Microsoft. The more stand-alone software components Samsung acquires — that are not core pieces of the Android platform — the further Google gets from its biggest market partner (see the Samsung's recent moves to introduce its own Tizen mobile OS). And Microsoft, once dominant in the business market, finds itself being beaten at its own game by Google's suite of low cost web apps, and completely unable to find a foothold in the world of mobile at all.
    01-14-15 03:48 PM
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    Please join this earlier discussion: http://forums.crackberry.com/news-ru...-enjoy-990555/
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    01-14-15 04:47 PM

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