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LIVE CHAT REPLAY: The death of Blackberry?

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si_blackberry_chat.jpgIn a move that shocked many, and vindicated some, Canadian smartphone giant Blackberry announced Monday that it had signed a provisional agreement to be bought by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.

Yes, just as pundit upon pundit has been predicting its demise, Blackberry has been sold.

This, on the heels of another startling announcement that 40 per cent of the company's employees were being laid off last week.

What do these measures spell for the once thriving Waterloo, Ont.-based tech company?

Some say nothing -- that a leaner workforce and new ownership can only benefit the fledgling company. Others say that this is the end, trading whispers about the liquidation of assets and the "death of Blackberry."

This week, on CBC Live Online, host Lauren O'Neil spoke to our guest panelists about what lies ahead for one of Canada's most important companies: Will Blackberry be able to recover from years of dwindling sales, the exit of several top execs and a severely slashed work force?

Special Guests for this episode include:

- Technology analyst Carmi Levy
- CBC Kitchener-Waterloo Online Host Andrea Bellemare

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