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Mobile Leadership Strategies

Three Executives Exit BlackBerry After Latest Layoffs

Daily Insight | Wally Swain | August 7, 2013

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It’s been a difficult several weeks for BlackBerry, as three top executives recently left the company not long after 250 employees were laid off from one of its testing facilities. A BlackBerry spokeswoman said the recent departures are part of the “second phase of our transformation.”

 

CBC News recently confirmed that Doug Kozak, vice president of corporate information technology operations; Carmine Arabia, senior vice president of global manufacturing and supply chain; and Graeme Whittington, vice president of service operations. BlackBerry spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger said the previous layoffs at the Waterloo, Ontario, facility and the departure of the three executives are part of the compnay’s rebounding effort that started earlier this year with the release of BlackBerry 10. In June 2012, BlackBerry—then called Research In Motion—slashed 5,000 jobs, or about 30 percent of its workforce at the time.

 

Yankee Group Senior VP of Research Wally Swain comments

 

“These kinds of executive changes are inevitable as a company tries to reinvent itself. There is no particular trend or obvious explanation for these three departures. Sometimes it is as simple as an executive volunteering because they were looking for a change anyway but did not want to abandon the ship in time of need. Sometimes it is as complicated as an executive who resists the necessary changes in their area. 

BlackBerry’s 2Q13 results made it clear it has to continue with cost reductions. BlackBerry 10 has not yet pulled the company out of the hole merely through top-line growth. These execs are just the next names on the list.”

Mobile Broadband Strategies

Vodafone to Launch LTE on Aug. 29

Daily Insight | Declan Lonergan | August 7, 2013

It looks like more and more options for LTE services will be coming to the U.K. on Aug. 29; not only will O2 launch its 4G services, but Vodafone recently announced it will also begin offering its high-speed services that day.

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Mobile Application and Cloud Strategies

Twitter Adds Login Verification to Mobile App

Daily Insight | Carl Howe | August 7, 2013

A few months ago, microblogging platform Twitter introduced two-step verification as a way to cut down on account hacks. Now the company is allowing users to use their mobile app to log in to their account with the two-step verification.

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Mobile Marketing and Commerce Strategies

Mozilla Signs Up Bango for Operator Billing

Daily Insight | Jordan McKee | August 7, 2013

Thanks to a partnership recently signed between Mozilla and mobile payments company Bango, users of the former’s Firefox OS marketplace can have the digital content they purchase billed directly to their monthly statements.

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Mobile and Connected Device Strategies

Google Enters Streaming Video Space with Chromecast

Daily Insight | Carl Howe | August 7, 2013

Following in the footsteps of chief rival Apple, not to mention other established players such as Roku, Google recently broke into the streaming video space with the release of Chromecast, a dongle that users plug into their television to stream digital content from mobile devices.

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