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iPhone overtakes BlackBerry in businesses, report says: News in brief

Margaret Hanley and Colin Steele, Editors

BlackBerry’s reign atop the enterprise market is over, according to a new study.

The results of a survey by wireless provider iPass showed that the market share of

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Apple’s iPhone among business users is 45%, compared to BlackBerry’s 32% (and Android’s 21%).

Research in Motion (RIM) is not going down without a fight, however.  The Verge this week obtained a picture of what it claimed to be the BlackBerry London, the first phone to run the new BBX operating system. But BGR reported that the BlackBerry London won’t ship until the third quarter of 2012, so RIM’s fortunes won’t exactly change overnight.

In the meantime, the company will have to hope its current OS and two new releases, the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380, will be enough to keep BlackBerry afloat.

Motorola approves Google acquisition

Motorola Mobility stockholders approved Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition bid Thursday.

More than 99% of the shares that voted (and 74% of all shares) did so in favor of the deal, which still needs an OK from the Department of Justice -- and that’s anything but a rubber stamp. Motorola and Google originally agreed to the acquisition in August.

Apple, as you know, makes its own mobile device hardware as well as software. And Microsoft is now buddy-buddy with Nokia when it comes to making Windows smartphones. So it only makes sense that Google is seeking similarly tight integration between its mobile hardware and software (even though the company says Motorola won’t get any preferred treatment over other Android device manufacturers).

Windows and Android on one laptop?

Lenovo is introducing some sort of hybrid laptop at the end of the month, but the details are shrouded in mystery.

The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid will run Windows 7 and another mode designed to provide instant Internet access for up to 10 hours of Web surfing on battery power. Slashgear reported that the Lenovo hybrid laptop will be able to dual-boot Windows 7 and another operating system, and The Verge said this second OS will be Android. We don’t yet know how they'll operate together.

Margaret Hanley is SearchConsumerization.com’s assistant site editor. Email her here. Colin Steele is SearchConsumerization.com’s senior site editor. Email him and follow him on Twitter @colinsteele.