BlackBerry's Iffy Deal Already Has a Conflict

BlackBerry's deal adviser happens to be the auditor for the company that has offered to buy the maker of smartphones -- a possible conflict of interest.

BlackBerry Ltd., the maker of smartphones that aren't quite as smart as its competitors' smartphones, may have a savior after all. The company this afternoonsaid it has a tentative $4.7 billion buyout offer from a group led by a fellow Canadian company, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

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