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BlackBerry lays off 200 in Canada and Florida

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BlackBerry lays off 200 in Canada and Florida
BlackBerry has confirmed that it is laying off 200 people in Canada and Florida. While a definitive breakdown of the job cuts wasn't announced, there is speculation that some of those laid off worked on the BlackBerry 10 and Devices teams. The employees affected toiled for BlackBerry in Waterloo and in Sunrise, Florida.

There seems to be a sense of confusion about the company's future. CEO John Chen has been talking about security updates being made this year to BlackBerry 10, while the company's senior director of Asia Pacific product management, Damian Tay, made it clear that BB10 would soon be redundant. Tay basically said that BlackBerry's future is Android.

Having said that, BlackBerry reached out to us to clarify that BlackBerry is still committed to the BlackBerry 10 platform. The company referred us to a recent blog post which honestly did not do anything to clear up the situation. We already know that BlackBerry is planning to update BlackBerry 10 to make it as secure as possible for governments and the enterprise. But as far as making a new BlackBerry 10 handset is concerned, don't count on it. John Chen himself said to expect another Android powered model this year, most likely the Vienna.

Originally, there was speculation that BlackBerry was going to lay off as many as 2700 people. While it is not pleasant for the 200 involved, BlackBerry fans might be able to take some solace with the confirmation that the actual number of workers leaving the firm is much smaller.

source: MobileSyrup, Crackberry

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posted on 06 Feb 2016, 02:07 1

1. TheRealist (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


The future is Android ? I thought Blackberry was all about privacy and security.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 02:16 8

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12066; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Pretty secure when no one buys your products and use them.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 03:05 7

5. meanestgenius (Posts: 10493; Member since: 28 May 2014)


"Bringing PRIV to India is a key milestone, and over the coming months, you’ll see us continue to introduce PRIV to more new markets. But while PRIV on secured Android offers a choice in OS to new and existing customers, we want to also make very clear our ongoing commitment to the BlackBerry 10 platform, which enables industry-leading security and productivity benefits. As we’ve said before, consumer and enterprise fans of our workhorse BlackBerry 10 smartphones such as Passport, Classic and others can look forward to multiple security and privacy enhancements in 2016."

That was taken from here:

http://blogs.blackberry.com/2016/02/celebrating-priv-in-india-and-reiterating-our-commitment-to-the-blackberry-10-platform/

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 02:26 3

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12066; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I thought they were doing well or was it an exaggeration?

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 03:00 4

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 10493; Member since: 28 May 2014)


"As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. This means finding new ways to enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities, while driving toward sustainable profitability across all parts of our business. As a result, approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida. It also means that BlackBerry is actively recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions.”

That was from John Chen, and it was taken from here:

http://utbblogs.com/blackberrys-official-statement-about-todays-layoffs/

BlackBerry is also HIRING. This looks more like BlackBerry cleaning house in areas that show little to no growth within its organization, and that they are hiring in areas that show growth and that correspond to the direction that BlackBerry has moved in.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 03:19 2

6. Zeeya (Posts: 285; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


f**k them...

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 10:48 1

10. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Only if the female employee is at least a 9, Florida or ontario are far away from me.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 06:10 1

7. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Why would anyone choose to live and work in Florida anyway?

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 07:32 5

8. Acdc1a (Posts: 130; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


No state income tax, 300 days of sunshine, low corporate taxes, who wouldn't want to live and work in Florida?

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 07:43 3

9. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Anyone who doesn't want to deal with millions of hate filled Conservatives.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 13:55

12. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1044; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


The proper term for them would be regressive because they dont conserve, they regress.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 16:10 1

14. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Or racists. Yeah, they're real Christians.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 13:37

11. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


1. Ricans
2. Florida is boring

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 16:09 1

13. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Let me be the one who agrees with you. I've lived in South Florida over 40 years. The wages are peanuts, the traffic is horrendous, the rents are ridiculous, homeowner's insurance is obscene ($3k a year) and the schools are a joke. I'm just looking for the right opportunity to GTFO here.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 02:40 2

15. Bernoulli (Posts: 3808; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Come to Texas! You get to have several tax advantages, property tax is dirt cheap and there's so many blue eyed and brunette 9's and 10's walking around that love us minorities bro, and did I mention rack sizes? I just came out of the place from an f cup and such a small waist, seriously bro you're missing the party.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:14 1

16. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Thanks for the invite. Too old to be chasing skirts. Besides, why go out for hamburger when I get Ribeye at home. Been to Dallas and Houston but they're just as hot as Miami. Why don't you come down here and check out the Mamacitas that can rock your world.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:59

17. xq10xa (Posts: 670; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Florida is soooooo whack.

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