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Why Ford is choosing BlackBerry over Microsoft to power its sync voice-activated system, with Daniel Ives, FBR Capital Markets senior analyst, and CNBC's Jon Fortt.
Ford is reportedly favoring BlackBerry to power its sync voice-activated system. FMHR trader Pete Najarian would not buy the stock yet, while his brother Jon is more bullish.
The announcement, coupled with a report that auto maker Ford Motor Co plans to base its next-generation Sync system on BlackBerry's QNX operating system and no longer use Microsoft's Windows platform, helped send shares of BlackBerry up 8 percent in midday trading. Shares of BlackBerry rose 8.4 percent to $9.91 on Nasdaq following the news on Monday.
CNBC's Josh Lipton reports Ford Motor Company will drop Microsoft and turn to Blackberry to base its next generation sync system.
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Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
BBM will be available as a free download from the Windows Phone Store this summer, while BBM for Nokia X will be available from the Nokia Store when the Nokia X platform launches, BlackBerry said in a statement on Monday.
Every Mobile World Congress in the past four years has featured an announcement about one of these operating systems. This year is no different, as handset makers, carriers and chipmakers try to break the stranglehold that Google Inc and Apple Inc have on the software that runs the world's mobile phones.
Stocks drifted higher to close at session highs Thursday, with the S&P nearing its all-time high, as investors seemed to shrug off a mixed bag of economic and earnings reports.
CNBC.com Senior Writer John Jannarone discusses how BlackBerry's app lost ground to WhatsApp and other smart phone messaging services.
WhatsApp's massive purchase price suggests Blackberry's BBM has real value. But Blackberry may not have what it takes to harvest it.
Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:
BlackBerry shares were up as much as 9 percent in trading after the bell on Wednesday as the deal boosts valuation metrics around the company's own BlackBerry Messaging service.
Happy Thursday. Today at the Morning Six-Pack we're going to eschew all the silly WhatsApp jokes and get straight to the news.
Facebook has agreed to acquire WhatsApp in a deal of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares.
MasterCard and Visa announced a plan to endorse a mobile payments tech that could bring the idea of using your phone to tap-to-pay for purchases back.
The FCC says it will start over with its open Internet rules, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin. It will not try to reclassify its broadband as a public utility.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen criticized T-Mobile, calling ill-conceived a promotion that encourages customers using BlackBerrys to upgrade to iPhones.
CNBC's Jon Fortt provides insight on the battle between T-Mobile CEO John Legere and BlackBerry CEO John Chen after T-Mobile offered a deal to convince users to switch from BlackBerry devices to iPhones.