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BlackBerry head says company is ‘very much alive’

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TORONTO — BlackBerry’s interim chief executive said Monday reports of the death of the company ‘‘are greatly exaggerated.’’

Former Sybase CEO John Chen said in a letter to customers that BlackBerry is returning to its roots, refocusing on delivering devices and services to business users.

Chen was brought in as the interim chief executive and executive chairman after talks to sell the company collapsed last month.

He said in the letter that the company is aware that ‘‘BlackBerry is not for everyone.’’

BlackBerry quickly lost dominance as the leading smartphone maker after the 2007 launch of Apple’s touchscreen iPhone.

Chen notes that competitors are circling but that BlackBerry is ‘‘very much alive, thank you.’’

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