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BlackBerry reportedly lays off 1,000 workers in Waterloo

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According to reports on Friday, Canadian smartphone firm BlackBerry has laid off a third of all workers at its Waterloo headquarters.

A Mobilesyrup report says 1,000 staff members have been made redundant, which equates to about 35 per cent of the workforce.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, employees working on the BB10 and devices have been hit hardest with 150 job cuts coming from that team, according to the report.

A small number of employees at BlackBerry’s office in Sunrise, FL. have also been cut.

A statement from BlackBerry confirmed the axe had fallen, but failed to get into specifics on numbers.

The rather impersonal statement reads: “As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. This means finding new ways to enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities, while driving toward sustainable profitability across all parts of our business.

“As a result, a small number of employees have been impacted in Waterloo and Sunrise, FL. It also means that BlackBerry is actively recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions.”

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The writing has been on the wall for BB10 for quite some time and it now seems unlikely we’ll see many further devices featuring the operating system.

BlackBerry now seems to be placing its remaining hardware eggs in the Android basket. Had the company done that years ago, perhaps it wouldn’t be in this position today. Unfortunately for the smartphone pioneer, we’ll never know for sure.

Alister Roberts

February 5, 2016, 9:46 pm

Or about 200, if you want to be more accurate and less sensationalist

iFrank

February 6, 2016, 4:13 am

Which Waterloo?

toboev

February 6, 2016, 9:16 am

How come you cut and paste from your source most things except the true figure of 200? What is the problem you guys have discerning the truth from the sensational?

toboev

February 6, 2016, 9:17 am

Accurate, or sensational? Hmmm, that's an easy one. Ed, Trusted Reviews.

Alister Roberts

February 6, 2016, 10:00 am

To be fair (not sure why, but there you go) the lower number emerged after the original big number was spewed out and repeated by a number of websites of varying reliability. I find TrustedReviews infuriating at times: they do have some good articles and access to quite a lot of new technology, but then undermine their credibility with total tat like this. I'd rather they posted less, but could justify the 'trusted' part of their name more... but I'm not paying them so what do I know?

toboev

February 6, 2016, 10:26 am

Very true. But TR compound their childish affinity for journalistic sensationalism with a pigheadded resistance to correcting their articles, even after the truth has been exposed to them.

Be it simple typos (legion) or material departures from the truth, TR ain't bothered to put it right 9 times out of 10.

I'm guessing maybe their contributors are all freelancers who are paid per submission, and there is nothing in it for them beyond that. Not even professional pride.

Alister Roberts

February 6, 2016, 10:57 am

The author of this particular article is certainly a freelancer, according to the TR 'About us' section. I couldn't help but smile when I went through the list and saw there was a duplicate entry (a pair of Boxers). Anyway, in the grand scheme of things it's just a website with some interesting stuff on it that's sometimes right.

toboev

February 6, 2016, 11:12 am

Sheesh - they can't even get "About us" correct. That's very fitting! Thanks, made me smile too :)

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