It was recently reported that struggling retailer BlackBerry was going to be bought by Fairfax Financial in a $4.7 Billion deal (I wrote about that here). But it has recently come under speculation that Fairfax would not be able to raise the necessary capital to purchase the company. As a result, some big names including Cisco, Google, and SAP have entered into conversations about purchasing at least part of BlackBerry. The most appealing parts of the company are their secure server network and patent portfolio.
BlackBerry’s struggles have been well documented on this blog and can be read as part of this post on launching its most recent smartphone, and this one on cutting 40% of its workforce and facing $300M in charges.