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It’s a brave new dawn for the company formerly known as RIM. As BlackBerry launched BB10 yesterday we watched with interest. Does the new platform have what it takes to compete with Android?

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In order to try and crawl out of the huge financial hole it’s creating for itself, RIM recently announced a new strategy: it will attempt to license out its QNX-based OS to other phone companies and even automotive and computer developers. At the same time, RIM said they would still make their own line of BB10-based Blackberries. The talks about licensing soon lead to speculation that Samsung might be interesting in buying or licensing out the BB10 OS for future products, which Samsung quickly shot down. So Sammy might not be interested in licensing, but HTC might.

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Recent rumors suggest that Samsung and RIM may be partnering up in the near future, despite Samsung’s denial of such a move. As a result, RIM’s stock actually went up 13%. Regardless of what partners it may be working with, RIM CEO Heins reaffirms that BlackBerry 10 will be ready to license itself to other companies very soon.

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If you thought things are looking bad for RIM, they are about to get a whole lot worse.

They’ve lost $518 million in the last quarter, and they are about to cut 5,000 jobs, or around... a third of their global workforce. That doesn’t look like a company that it’s going to survive much longer on its own. But even more important than the bad news about the Blackberry’s sal...

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