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He/it posts the same comment on numerous threads. It has no life. Most trolls drive-by but it pollutes the current discussions and continues to pollute.

It puts the lotion in the basket.

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It's not. 

Maybe AI should follow Google's lead and not allow nicknames to be used for posting and require a full name or email address before a post is accepted.
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It's not. 

Maybe AI should follow Google's lead and not allow nicknames to be used for posting and require a full name or email address before a post is accepted.

So you think the names displayed on Google are people's real names? 'kay
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I keep seeing people say this, but I don't think any of us will ever know.  To say that the patents turned out to be worthless assumes that for a patent portfolio to be worth anything that the company must aggressively sue other companies for every dime they can.  Google doesn't have a history of aggressively using their patents so money made from the portfolio from that path has been low.  However, many of Google's competitors do have quite the extensive history of aggressively using patents.  Had one of those aggressive competitors gotten ahold of Motorola's patent portfolio I think we all know Google would be one of the many targets with the newly purchased ammunition.  Would the lawsuits have cost Google more then the purchase price of the patent portfolio?  Nobody will ever know.

Had any of Google competitors gotten hold of MM patents and try to do what Google did with using SEP patents as a means of extortion, they would have had the same result as Google / MM .............. found guilty, in multiple courts, of abusing SEP patents and antitrust violation. So we do know that lawsuits against Google would not come close to the $12.5 Billion they paid for MM had their competitors gotten hold of MM patent portfolio. (Of course we have to assume that Google is willing to license out the patents,when given a FRAND offer, in the first place. It's a big assumption.)

 

But lets be realistic here. Google bought MM (and their patents) to prevent MM from going after other Android phone makers because they were more profitable (and by more profitable, I mean they were not losing $500 million a quarter) all the while using MM patents in their phones. Google saw this as the real threat to Android. So buying MM wasn't worthless in this regard. But you can't say that about MM patent portfolio when it comes to a means of warding off competitors from suing Google for non-SEP patents infringement.   


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What would be interesting is if Apple would purchase QNX RTOS or if Blackberry would open source QNX RTOS before it went down.

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They have some patents on elliptic curve crypto, don't they? Very desirable. But it's up to the board to decide what's in the best interest of shareholders, they must think they can make more money staying together than being sold off as parts.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

The title should have a 'their' before 'board'.

Better yet Apple's or BB's, not clear who's board refused without reading the article.
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post #48 of 50
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"Stakeholders"? I guess that means people other than shareholders? Seems like it would be in the best interest of the shareholders to break it up and sell it off while there is anything left of value. Of corse the Canadian government would probably try to block any such thing. Maybe they are a stakeholder?

Stakeholders also include bond holders and employees.  

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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
In addition to the investment, CEO Thorsten Heins resigned both his position and seat on the board, with former Sybase chief executive John Chen taking over in the interim.

 

Good luck with that John.  You did a fantastic job with Sybase, but the RDBMS software market is 99.999% enterprise-oriented, and after 13 years of innovation and growth at Sybase, the end result was SAP acquiring the company.  For just $5.8 billion.

 

BlackBerry just might be a much harder company to turn around.  They're being hit from all angles by Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft.  Might be too late to save this one.  But whatever.  We want you to make it work, John.  Somehow.  Anyhow.

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Originally Posted by akqies View Post

It looks lilt both Blackberry and the Canadian Gov't aren't too keen in outside buyouts. I'm all for national pride but not if the end result is less than selling it to an outside 3rd-party.

The government does not object to outside buyouts; it didn't interfere with Apple's purchase of NorTel's patent package. In tghis case, the government was not happy with a Chinese buyout.

 

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