BlackBerry shuts down product development center in Ottawa, laying off 90 employees

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BlackBerry has shut down its product development center in Ottawa. 90 employees that have worked on projects, such as the BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry 10, and the BlackBerry Z10, will be let go. This is a big, symbolic loss, as in better times, BlackBerry’s former CEO, Thorsten Heins, referred to its business in the Canadian capitol as “the epicentre of BlackBerry 10 development.”

The cuts apparently happened on the same day (March 18) in which BlackBerry announced that it had laid off 120 workers from its product development and wireless innovations teams in Waterloo.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has talked at length about BlackBerry’s plans to build a Security Innovations Center in Washington, and expressed a lot of confidence in the various technologies that the company is developing for the future.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]