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BlackBerry lay-off 4,500 staffs

Technology Desk |
Update: 2013-09-23 11:32:00

DHAKA: The BlackBerry, once the most coveted gadget of Washington’s political and business elite, appears to be near extinction as its parent company recently announced nearly $1 billion in losses for the second quarter.

It is the latest of dire announcements from BlackBerry in recent days as it falters in its competition with popular smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy and Apple’s iPhone.

BlackBerry said it would lay off 4,500 people, or 40 percent of its staff, and slash operational expenses in half. The company earlier in the week said it was seeking “strategic alternatives” that could include the sale of the firm.

The second quarter was particularly grim for the Ottawa-based company, formerly known as Research in Motion. The firm said that most of its write down would come from its inability to clear stockpiles of its latest BlackBerry 10 device.

Shares of BlackBerry were halted after dropping 17.1 percent to close at $8.73 on the news.

Source: WT

BDST: 1930 HRS, SEP 23, 2013
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