The Digest: Lenovo rumoured to be buying BlackBerry (again)… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

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Industry rumours suggest Lenovo is looking to expand its smartphone operations by buying BlackBerry, says a report at ExpertReviews:

“The rumours boosted share prices for BlackBerry this week, a much needed increase following lukewarm reception to the company’s Passport smartphone earlier in the year. BlackBerry handsets used to be widely used by business professionals, but in recent years they have fallen out of favour as iPhones and Android smartphones became more popular.”

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Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K Display is the best desktop computer available, says a review at TechCrunch:

“It’s easy to say that Apple has created an all-in-one that’s ideal for creative professionals, especially those with a visual focus, with the iMac with Retina 5K display. But that’s not all the company has done with this machine; instead, they’ve built a computer that provides the future, today, for anyone with the financial capability to get it.”

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While on the subject of Apple, FirstPost has taken a peek at the company’s newly-launched Pay service:

“If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I’ll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That wallet-free day won’t be coming for a while, if ever, but Apple’s new payments system brings us much closer.”

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Nice work if you can get it … Microsoft’s Nadella gets $84m pay package, reports ABC News:

“Microsoft has given its new CEO Satya Nadella a pay package worth $84.3 million, most of it in the form of long-term stock awards. A regulatory document filed Monday shows Nadella got a salary for the fiscal year that ended June 30 of $918,917 and a $3.6m bonus. He also was given stock awards worth nearly $79.8m but most of the payments will be made over several years.”

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UK High Court instructs ISPs to block counterfeit sites, according to IT Pro:

“Five of the country’s biggest ISPs have been asked to prevent access to six websites selling counterfeit goods in a High Court ruling. Virgin, BT, EE, BSkyB and TalkTalk have been told to add an ‘access denied’ notice on the websites believed to be selling fake goods claiming to be authentic Montblanc-Simplo and Cartier International (collectively part of the Compagnie Financière Richemont group) products.”

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The tide is turning as consumers ditch online for physical shopping, says a report at ITProPortal:

“While the internet is not about to go away anytime soon, something surprising is happening – consumers are returning to brick and mortar stores through ‘webrooming’, the act of researching a product online and then buying in a physical store.”

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Stuart O’Connor