Early Dismissal Friday: BlackBerry's best/worst earnings

What has the maker of last-generation smartphones been up to? Oh, just you wait.

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Fans who will not get BlackBerry 10 on their PlayBooks, the tablet that sold about 100,000 units roughly two years ago. You might guess that more PlayBooks have been stolen from trucks than sold. Even if most of BlackBerry's own devotees skipped the PlayBook, they are now aligned with a company that only gently pushes out drips of new technology, and which turns back on pledges it made about upgrades just six months ago.

So there you have it: BlackBerry, the phone that was once the very epitome of "what the tech set are carrying around," now tells the world that they lost money this quarter, will lose money the next few quarters, and that their most innovative new thing can barely avoid being lapped by a third-place player in the smartphone game. Happy Friday.

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