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BlackBerry crumble: Chief executive out; new boss upbeat on future
It's not often a company's chief executive is led out of the C-level suite and onto the street. But after numerous quarters of poor performance and a failed bid to sell the company, BlackBerry's Thorsten Heins was replaced (after he resigned — though how far he was pushed remains unclear) by former Sybase chief John Chen. He took the role by the horns and said he's keeping the smartphone unit, saying the company would "reclaim our success."
Rise and fall of virtual currency Bitcoin
After rocketing by more than 6,000 percent in the course of just three weeks, virtual currency Bitcoin, crashed after reaching a peak of about $1,200 per Bitcoin. Was it a bubble? Most certainly. Will it stabilize out over time? Likely. But troubles concern many, not least after underground drug site Silk Road, which heavily relied on Bitcoin, was seized by the FBI and China all-but outlawed Bitcoin sent the currency plunging to its lowest levels in weeks.
Curved smartphones debut, shakes up mobile market
If you thought smartphone innovation was dead, think again. Not content with the "boring" flat and slate-like shape of modern smartphones, Samsung and LG were both quick to jump on the curved display revolution. Expect more from the curved smartphone space in 2014 where it's expected to emerge, particularly at the annual CES event in January.