BlackBerry confirmed some layoffs in a small statement to the WSJ from a company spokesperson: "I can confirm a small number of employees were laid off today." Exactly how many employees constitutes a "small number" remains to be seen.
The news comes within hours of a report that Fairfax Financial may be looking to take BlackBerry private along with a group led by Prem Watsa. The report caused a spike in the stock today, and could end up being the best possible result for BlackBerry at this time.
Update: BlackBerry has given us a official statement on this...
I noticed that you referenced the Cantech Letter regarding BlackBerry’s salesforce and thought I’d clarify that we are moving a small number of US-focused sales roles that were based in Canada to the US to be more closely aligned with our customers.
As previously stated, we are in the second phase of our transformation plan. As part of this transformation, BlackBerry will continually evaluate its organization – from top to bottom – to ensure we have the right people, with the right skills in the right locations to drive new opportunities in mobile computing.