Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion (update: BlackBerry denies)

According to a source familiar with the matter, Samsung and BlackBerry talked about a possible acquisition last week. Samsung is interested in BlackBerry's patent portfolio...
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143 Comments

79. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Really I think Samsung should just wait a year or two then than can buy Blackberry for 25 bitcoin and a box of chocolates.

84. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's never going to happen as BlackBerry has denied this rumor entirely. But carry on with that wishful thinking.

89. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I love your sense of humor :)

93. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Charming, isn't it?

98. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I'm serious. Anybody called Meanestgenius has GOT to have a sense of humor;

101. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm serious too. Charming, isn't it?

103. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Aye! I surrender :)

83. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

"'BlackBerry’s policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation, and accordingly it does not intend to comment further.'" Well, it looks like someone broke policy by commenting on this "rumor/speculation".

91. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Beat me to it. These denials are standard fare. It doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean it's true, either.

86. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Regardless of what Wall Street reporters state, there is an elephant in the room by the name of Fairfax Holdings who happens to be the majority shareholder of BlackBerry. They infused the money to allow John Chen to come on board and do his thing. If Fairfax says no, all bets are off. My guess is Samsung doesn't want to pay BlackBerry for their security assistance ad infinitum and would rather just buy them out. Samsung has a well documented history of trying to welch on their obligations so BB should be careful not to get too much into bed with them if a buyout fails.

90. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

The buyout has failed, brother.

106. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Blackberry should have said yes. It would be great for Sammy (the patents) and great for BB (the sales they desperately need and the $7 billion).

108. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Back in November 2014, Samsung and BlackBerry signed a deal to integrate BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 into Samsung's KNOX security platform on select Galaxy phones and tablets. Things have escalated quickly since then, isn’t it?" -Florin T. (PA) "Isn't it?" You have to be kidding me. The correct phrase is "didn't it?". If you're not familiar with American-English phrases, don't bother trying to write them. Please. It only makes you and PA look foolish.

111. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Actually, "didn't it" is even more incorrect. The correct term would be "haven't they?" or more formally, "have they not?". "Isn't it" can be very informally used to replace "Isn't it so?". But "Didn't it" is just wrong altogether.

113. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Actually, the proper usage in this instance would be "haven't they" or the more formal "have they not". The use of the singular "it" would not be correct since the plural "things" had already been established.

118. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Now my brain hurts, and I also have no idea how to write it properly.

119. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

umm that's what I said. Except that you forgot the question mark, because "haven't they/have they not" are interrogative forms.

120. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I was just addressing the terminology, hence the quotation marks. A question mark is a punctuation signifying the end of a sentence. In any event, neither one of us are English majors to be ragging on each other. But "umm" should have been capitalized. ;-)

121. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

LOL It's just that you replied to the wrong person. I wrote that "Didn't it" was incorrect.

123. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

"BlackBerry’s policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation" So, basically, they won't tell you either way if they really talked to them or not....

126. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They won't just outright deny it, they noticed the stock jump from the rumors, they will let them egg on their own if need be.

124. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

the news is hot even though its not real ^^;;

134. sgamao

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

I see the following coming: Tizen 3.0 with the same UI of BB10, its icons, with Hub, Blend and Docs To Go. It's the next step for Tizen to differ from Android. QNX and BB infrastructure are going to be very useful to Samsung but they are not going to give up Tizen instead of BB10, i'm sure about that!
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