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Rumor Mill: Lenovo preparing for a bid to acquire BlackBerry

Chinese computer maker Lenovo is reportedly preparing a bid for Canada's BlackBerry that could be made as early as this week, according to a Benzinga.com article that quotes an unnamed source. The news helped drive a spike in BlackBerry's share price.

Microsoft reportedly planning to launch heart rate-tracking smart watch this year

According to a report in Forbes, Microsoft in the next few weeks will launch a smart watch that will be able to track users' heart rates and will be able to work with Windows Phone devices as well as Android and iOS devices. Importantly, the smart watch will reportedly have more than two days of battery life.

As Google reportedly shelves Android Silver and moves ahead with Android-Chrome OS merger

According to a handful of new reports, it appears that Google is discontinuing a plan dubbed Android Silver that would have created a line of devices that featured a pure and unaltered version of Android, with the Android brand--and not the brand of the phone's manufacturer--front and center. Instead, now it appears Google is moving forward with efforts to combine its Android operating system for smartphones with its Chrome operating system for laptops.

Analysts predict Verizon will beat AT&T in postpaid net adds in Q3

Verizon Wireless is expected to post substantial progress in the third quarter with 1.3 million postpaid net customer additions, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. AT&T Mobility, for its part, will report the addition of 800,000 postpaid net customers, the analysts predicted.

Sprint slashes another 452 jobs at company headquarters, more to come

As part of its ongoing cost-cutting efforts, Sprint announced it has eliminated 452 jobs from its Overland Park, Kan., headquarters. This comes on top of approximately 5,000 jobs the company slashed between Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 of this year. And according to a report from the Kansas City Star, more job cuts are anticipated as part of the company's restructuring efforts.

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