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BlackBerry planning on return to its roots

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TORONTO -- BlackBerry's interim chief executive said Monday reports of the death of the company "are greatly exaggerated."

John Chen said in a letter to customers that BlackBerry is returning to its roots, refocusing on delivering devices and services to business users.

Chen was brought in as the interim chief executive and executive chair after talks to sell the company collapsed last month. He said in the letter that the company is aware that "BlackBerry is not for everyone."

Blackberry quickly lost dominance as the leading smartphone maker after the 2007 launch of Apple's touchscreen iPhone.

Chen said BlackBerry has substantial cash and said he'll refocus the company on four areas, including the handset business.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 3, 2013 B6

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