RIM Stock Up on Deal Chatter

(Reuters) – Shares in Research In Motion climbed nearly 4 percent on Thursday on market speculation the BlackBerry maker had hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to explore strategic options. RIM has been the target of a steady stream of takeover talk as its market valuation has crawled along at multi-year lows amid product delays and […]

RIM Shares Leap on Icahn Rumors

(Reuters) – Shares of Research In Motion jumped more than 6 percent on Tuesday on market speculation that activist investor Carl Icahn had taken a stake in the struggling BlackBerry maker. Traders “are saying Icahn has taken a stake, but nothing is confirmed,” BGC Partners tech analyst Colin Gillis told Reuters, as the shares rose […]

Question of the Week: Which Smartphone Maker Will Be Bought Next?

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Google’s $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobile Holdings is being touted as a game-changer for the wireless industry.

The deal has also started talk about which smartphone maker will be bought next. The most likely candidate? Research In Motion. The once high-flying RIM has been beset by troubles lately, including poor earnings, layoffs and its inability to make the Blackberry Playbook a healthy competitor to Apple’s iPad. And this was before Google agreed to buy Motorola Mobile.

Analysis: Google Deal Boosts RIM’s Allure—But for How Long?

(Reuters) – Google’s $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility brought a 9 percent gain for the beaten-down stock of tech rival Research In Motion on Monday as investors calculated what a similarly bulging premium would do for the BlackBerry maker’s asking price. But it also means one more well-heeled suitor has shunned RIM as a […]

Slideshow: VCs and PE Execs Who’ve Made the Leap into Pro Sports

Lately, new investors have been popping up from coast to coast in professional sports teams deals. As entrepreneurs’ companies and PE and VC portfolios rebound, some of the boldface names in charge of them are loosening purse strings to make the mega-ego purchases of professional ballclubs. That means that, possibly, PE pros Josh Harris and Steve Pagliuca could find themselves in a dispute not over how the carry is split in a club deal, but over who carried the ball the previous night in the Celts-76ers game.

Although these investors are savvy when it comes to LBOs, IPOs and dividend recaps, things haven’t always panned out the way they’ve wanted on the diamond/gridiron/hardwood/ice….

RIM Loops in Scoreloop

TORONTO, June 8 (Reuters) – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion bought social gaming company Scoreloop to help expand its Messenger application, challenged by this week’s launch of a similar instant messaging offering from Apple. Munich-based Scoreloop adds social elements, such as interactive play and social network integration, to existing mobile games. It can also enable […]

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Paul Grim: RIM’s Burning Platform

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop made the symbolic leap off of the burning platform, and joined forces with Microsoft. There were rumors that both Android and Windows Phone 7 were in the running to supplant Symbian and save the once-dominant mobile phone maker, and of course Elop’s prior tenure at Microsoft might have helped the process […]

Research in Motion Backs BlackBerry Partners Fund II

Research in Motion Ltd. is making a lead investment in BlackBerry Partners Fund II, the company said in a release. The new $150 million fund is expected to launch in June. The first BlackBerry Partners Fund was formed in 2008 with backing from Research In Motion, Thomson Reuters and the Royal Bank of Canada.

RIM, Visto Settle Patent Dispute

TORONTO (Reuters) – Research In Motion (RIM.TO) has settled a long-running patent dispute with tiny tech company Visto Corp, the last vestige of a patent controversy that once looked capable of shutting the BlackBerry maker down. Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM said it will pay Visto $267.5 million to settle all outstanding patent litigation over technology, ending […]

RIM Buys Dash Navigation

Research in Motion has acquired Dash Navigation Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of Internet-connected automotive GPS devices. No financial terms were disclosed. Dash had raised around $70 million in VC funding since 2005, from firms like Crescendo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Skymoon Ventures and ZenShin Capital Partners. www.dash.net

RIM Woes Could Attract a Takeover

TORONTO (Reuters) – The recent plunge in the market value of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion could leave the company vulnerable to a takeover from a well-capitalized buyer such as Microsoft Corp. RIM’s shares, which were worth more than $148 on the Nasdaq market just four months ago, now are trading around the $60 mark […]

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