Adding to the growing list of companies that are potentially ‘interested’ in BlackBerry is Facebook. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, executives from the Waterloo-based company met with Facebook in California ‘last week to gauge interest in potential bid.’ No other specific details were revealed or what materialized from the meeting.
Facebook is the latest company that could swallow BlackBerry whole, or possibly split them into parts. Previous reports have indicated that Cerberus Capital Management, BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin, Cisco Systems, Google, SAP, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and former Apple CEO John Sculley have all express some sort of interest. However, only a $4.7 billion bid from Toronto-based Fairfax Financial has actually surfaced – which is expected to close by November 4th.
Going the route of Facebook, which is a massive social player, would strongly go against what BlackBerry declared as their core focus of becoming “the leading brand today for enterprise security, manageability and reliability.” However, anything is possible.