BlackBerry Messenger, the one part of BlackBerry that everyone seems to agree is worth trying to keep around in some way, could end up being pulled out into a separate company, as BlackBerry examines ways to survive its never-ending smartphone sales decline.
The report in the WSJ claims a subsidiary company built entirely around BBM would have more freedom to make its own decisions (including the long-awaited cross-platform release), plus it would be a more valuable asset when viewed alone and unencumbered by the rest of the troubled BlackBerry business.
The report also suggests a version of BBM for the desktop might be in the pipeline, which might mean it's looking to build a sort of Google-rivalling integrated messaging universe all of its own. Couple this with the previously rumoured sale of its hardware division, and we might see a very different BlackBerry appear some time soon. [WSJ]