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Sources claim IBM eyeing up RIM's enterprise services arm with intent

Is there hope after all for beleaguered BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion? Maybe so, with tech titan IBM rumoured to be interested in making a move for the Canadian company's enterprise wing.

Following yesterday's snub by Samsung, RIM is apparently now drawing informal interest from the US computing giant, according to "people familiar with the situation" cited by international town crier Bloomberg.

Specifically, IBM is thought to be flirting with the fading smartphone behemoth's enterprise services division, which runs a network of secure servers for email and message handling on BlackBerry devices. After the company's patent arsenal, RIM's business-related scraps are regarded as pretty much the only bit of the company worth salvaging.

The anonymous source added that interest in rescuing RIM's mobile manufacturing division is non-existent. It is thought that CEO Thorsten Heins will now wait for rollout of the BlackBerry 10 range before deciding the company's next move, which may include deals to license out its native BlackBerry OS. The BlackBerry 10 is likely to descend in 2013 and may feature an Instagram-style photo filtering suite

Following the speculation, RIM experienced a slight boost in the stock market, with shares rising as much as 7.1 per cent in some markets.

It's been a bit of a rollercoaster for Research In Motion recently. The firm's ranks continue to deplete amidst its strategic restructuring drive, but the news that IBM may be moving to chat it up will surely get pulses racing in Ontario.

Similarly, RIM breathed a collective sight of relief earlier in the week, when a judge ruled to throw out a multi-million pound lawsuit against the company.