BlackBerry ousts CEO, drops plan to sell itself

BlackBerry ousts CEO, drops plan to sell itself

TORONTO, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Canadian smartphone pioneer BlackBerry said Monday it was dropping plans to sell itself and it would seek a new chief executive officer.
Ex-Apple chief John Sculley said to eye BlackBerry

Ex-Apple chief John Sculley said to eye BlackBerry

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Former Apple Inc. chief John Sculley is exploring a bid for beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd., Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported.
WSJ: China's Lenovo eyes BlackBerry, signs secrecy deal

WSJ: China's Lenovo eyes BlackBerry, signs secrecy deal

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Chinese PC and smartphone giant Lenovo Group Ltd. has signed a non-disclosure deal to pursue possibly buying BlackBerry Ltd., The Wall Street Journal reported.

BlackBerry founders consider takeover of smartphone maker

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The two men who founded BlackBerry Ltd. say they may bid for the 92 percent of the struggling Canadian smartphone maker they don't already own.

Cerberus looks into buying BlackBerry

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Investment firm Cerberus Capital Management has requested access to the books at Canadian smartphone pioneer BlackBerry, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

RIM replaces top two executives

WATERLOO, Ontario, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Canadian electronics giant Research in Motion named Thorsten Heins to replace co-chairmen and co-chief executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.

RIM denies executives lied

WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Canadian company Research in Motion denied charges that its top executives lied about the reason for the delay of the next generation BlackBerry phone.

RIM says service is back for BlackBerry

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian company Research in Motion said Thursday BlackBerry smartphone service has been restored.

Mihalis "Mike" Lazaridis, OC, O.Ont (born March 14, 1961, Istanbul, Turkey) is the founder and CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), which created and manufactures the BlackBerry wireless handheld device. He is also a former chancellor of the University of Waterloo, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Born in Turkey to Greek parents, Lazaridis was five years old when his family moved to Canada in 1966, settling in Windsor, Ontario. At age 12, he won a prize at the Windsor Public Library for reading every science book in the library. In 1979, he enrolled at the University of Waterloo in electrical engineering with an option in computer science. In 1984, Lazaridis responded to a request for proposal from General Motors to develop a network computer control display system.. GM awarded him a $500,000 contract. He dropped out of college that year, just two months before he was scheduled to graduate. The GM contract, a small government grant and a $15,000 loan from Lazaridis' parents enabled Lazaridis, Mike Barnstijn and Douglas Fregin to launch RIM. One of the company's first achievements was the development of bar code technology for film; RIM plowed the profits from that into wireless data transmission; this led to the Blackberry's introduction.

On October 23, 2000, Lazaridis founded the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics with $100 million of personal funds, along with $10 million contributions from fellow RIM executives Jim Balsillie and Doug Fregin.

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