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High-flying phones, hands-free phones, cash-free wallets and messaging madness

Podcast - 20th November 2013

This week's headline-grabbing product launch is the Motorola Moto G, which promises a decent Android smartphone at a very attractive price.

We also discuss new rules about mobile phones on planes, a new campaign to ban hands-free calls in cars, falling SMS revenue, mobile wallets and BlackBerry's $1 million investment.

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BlackBerry achieves its $1 billion investment

BlackBerry has completed the $1 billion (£622 million) investment it announced earlier this month.

The deal - described as a private placement of convertible debentures - was arranged with shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings and other investors.

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A $1 billion rescue and an £8 million tariff

Mark Bridge writes:

We started last week with a change of plan from BlackBerry. No, it’s not selling itself to Fairfax Financial. Instead it’s aiming to raise $1 billion from investors. Cynics might suggest there wasn’t enough interest for a takeover.

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A new hope for BlackBerry... and a new challenge for Android

Podcast - 6th November 2013

It looks like BlackBerry is safe for the moment... but not with the takeover many had expected.

Meanwhile Google launches the Nexus 5, Nortel's patents are sent into battle, EE promises ever-faster 4G, the FAA allows electronic devices to be used throughout flights and we celebrate a record quarter for smartphone shipments.

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BlackBerry sets up new funding, drops sale plan and replaces CEO

BlackBerry has announced new plans for its future.

Instead of being bought by Fairfax Financial Holdings - a deal that needed to be finalised today - it’s aiming to raise $1 billion (£627 million) from investors, with a quarter of that money coming from Fairfax Financial.

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