BlackBerry met with Facebook about potential bid - WSJ


TORONTO, Oct 29 (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd executives flew to California to meet with Facebook Inc last week to gauge its interest in a potential bid for thestruggling smartphone-maker, according to a Wall Street Journalreport citing people familiar with the matter.

It remains unclear if Facebook is interested in placing abid. Both companies declined to comment on the WSJ report.

Any deal would be an alternative to a tentative $9 a shareoffer from a consortium led by its largest investor, PremWatsa's Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, which wants tobuy BlackBerry for $4.7 billion and take it private.

Other companies are also taking a look at the company'sbooks to decide whether to make an offer, according to industrysources.

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