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Research in Motion

  1. What’s in a Name? Research In Motion Officially Rebrands as BlackBerry

    The smartphone market pretty saturated at current. Folks can agree on that, right? Between Apple and Microsoft, there's a cornucopia of devices on the market right now. So, how does a company like Research In Motion move forward in this kind of atmosphere? Well, they announce a bunch of new phones, because of course. That's all fairly boring and standard, though. What's actually interesting is that Research In Motion has decided to succumb to peer pressure: They've changed the company's name to BlackBerry.

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  2. RIM Loses $147,200,000 in Patent Verdict

    In what continues to be a bad year, Research In Motion has now been ordered by a California jury to part with $147,200,000 due to patent litigation with Mformation Technologies. You see, back in 2008, RIM was sued by Mformation for infringing on their patent in regards to remote management systems for wireless gadgets. RIM claims that they were already using the technology when Mformation filed for the patent but it doesn't look good for the folks behind BlackBerry.

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  3. Samsung Totally Wasn’t Involved in This Bizarre Anti-Apple Flashmob [UPDATE]

    Last weekend, a group of black-clad people carrying pre-printed signs poured out of a black bus outside the Sydney Apple store. They chanted "wake up!" and shook their signs which bore the same slogan. Most assumed it was some kind of guerrilla marketing campaign, with Samsung being a likely candidate. However, the Korean electronics maker has denied any involvement.

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  4. RIM Cuts 2,000 Jobs

    Not too long ago, Research in Motion announced a grim future, highlighted by poor financials and inevitable layoffs. Now, the details of the layoffs have been made clear, with RIM announcing that they'll be cutting about 2,000 jobs from its global workforce. The 2,000 or so jobs make up about 11% of RIM's total workforce. Though RIM is cutting a significant amount of jobs, they also happened to make an acquisition, JayCut, which develops a cloud-based video editing app, in an effort to find synergy with their tablet, the PlayBook. Unfortunate that around 2,000 people will be out of a job, but maybe overall, some good may come out of it, in that RIM may be able to keep afloat and rebuild their empire. (StreetInsider via Techmeme,

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  5. Open Letter From Employee Calls Out BlackBerry, RIM Responds

    An open letter addressed to the management team at Research in Motion has surfaced online, which claims to be from an anonymous employee of the company and is highly critical of the BlackBerry maker. The BGR blog, which published the letter, says they have confirmed the identity of the author. But regardless of who wrote it, the letter is a detailed and unflinching critique of the company. In the letter, the author criticizes RIM for focusing too much on their carrier partnerships and not enough on end user experience. The unnamed author also voices concerns over how RIM operates, calling for everything from a better work place (the author compares the offices to "Soviet-era government workplaces"), to better product management, to a new CEO. The big wigs at RIM responded by posting their own letter. Theirs is mostly defensive, first calling the letter's authorship into question, and the sticking to their established patter: RIM is in transition, RIM is doing fine. They do, however, acknowledge that this is something of a pivotal moment for the company, and say they are taking those challenges seriously. They do not say they are directly addressing any of the letter's concerns. Read on below for the full text of both letters.

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  6. RIM, Playbook Might Be in Trouble: Announces Layoffs, Dismal Numbers

    In a much anticipated announcement, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion gave some grim news and cagey information about its financial situation and their new Playbook tablet. According to them, their net income for this past quarter was $695 million. This might seem like a lot, but it's pretty dismal compared to a net income of $934 million in the previous quarter, and $769 million in the same quarter last year. On top of the lousy financials, the company announced that it had shipped 13.2 million BlackBerry phones and 500,000 Playbook tablets. The fact that these are shipping and not sales numbers is particularly significant; RIM can ship as many units as it wants, but it won't matter if those tablets are sitting in packing crates or in retailer's stock rooms. The lack of sales numbers on the new Playbook tablets, which were released in April, and lower-than-average income would seem to suggest that the  Playbook is a flop.

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  7. Microsoft Teams with RIM, Brings Bing to BlackBerry

    At Research in Motion (RIM)'s BlackBerry World conference today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the beginning of a new, significant partnership between the two companies. Ballmer said that Microsoft will "invest uniquely" in forthcoming RIM devices by baking in Bing search and location functionality at the operating system level. From now on, Bing will be the default search engine in the BlackBerry web browser. Users will be able to change this setting, but Bing will likely expect to see a boost in user base from those satisfied with its performance, or just uninteresting in changing the devices settings. Additionally, Bing will be the default location app for new BlackBerries shipped to mobile carriers. This part of the deal has a major caveat, as the mobile carriers can sign separate deals with Google and supplant the Bing support.

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  8. First Look at the Dakota, BlackBerry’s Coming High-End Smartphone

    Boy Genius Report managed to snag an exclusive photo of the new BlackBerry Dakota, seen above, as well as the fairly pretty specs on the upcoming device, which can be seen after the break.

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  9. All Phone Chargers Will Be Created Equal (Soon)

    In a resounding case of "it's about freaking time," 2011 will be the year that chargers for almost all mobile phones start adopting a new standard based on the microUSB connector. The process began in 2009, when 14 prominent mobile manufacturers (including Apple, LG, Motorola, and Research in Motion, maker of Blackberry phones) realized that it might be nice to A) not have to throw away perfectly good chargers after a phone upgrade and B) be able to lend said chargers to others when their phones are dead. Finally.

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  10. WSJ: RIM Could Reveal BlackPad Tablet Next Week, Kill BlackBerry OS in Favor of QNX

    Research in Motion, the company behind the BlackBerry smartphone, has long been rumored to have an iPad-like tablet computer of its own in the works, supposedly known as the BlackPad: A New Wall Street Journal report has it that the BlackPad could be revealed to the world as soon as next week, when RIM will host its annual BlackBerry Developer Conference. According to the report, the tablet will have a seven-inch touchscreen, one or two built-in cameras, and chips made by Marvell, which already supplies chips for BlackBerry phones. There are two surprises, however:

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  11. Twitter Buys Tweetie: Developers Nervous

    In a move that has alarmed app makers, Twitter has acquired Atebits, the makers of Tweetie, the critically acclaimed Twitter app for iPhone and Mac. The $2.99 app has been reviewed in TIME and Wired, and won a 2009 Apple Design award. Loren Brichter, Atebits founder, weighed in on the Tweetie blog:
    It’s been a wild ride since 1.0, and over the last year and a half Tweetie has gone from a no-name app from a little known software company to an app hailed as one of the best mobile experiences around... and I’ve had the privilege of working with the folks at Twitter from the outside as their service evolved. Now I’ll be working with them on the inside. I’m happy to say that as of today Twitter is the proud owner of Tweetie - and I’m joining their mobile team and starting work on turning into, for iPhone and iPad.
    This marks Twitter's first foray into providing an official client for its microblogging service.

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