Will BlackBerry Ltd keeping making hardware? Time’s up for CEO John Chen’s profitability deadline

“Software is the new BlackBerry.” So screams the headline on BlackBerry Ltd.’s website just days before CEO John Chen hits his self-imposed September deadline to make the mobile company’s foundering hardware division profitable again or get out of the segment. BlackBerry highlights before its collapse 1996: Research in Motion launches the Inter@ctive Pager, the first…

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Why might Apple Inc be interested in McLaren? It’s a tech company disguised as a carmaker

On the face of it, U.K. supercar maker McLaren would seem an odd partner for Apple Inc. as the consumer electronics and software giant seeks to crack the global auto industry. With its racetrack heritage and gas-guzzling models priced from 126,000 pounds (US$165,000), Woking, England-based McLaren is a world away from the mainstream auto market, which Apple appears…

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