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  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 Releases Goofy BlackBerry Music Video, Somehow Warms the Cockles of Our Hearts

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that BlackBerry, and by extension Research In Motion, hasn't being doing so well as of late. It's not news to us, and it's not news to them. However, being a company on the decline doesn't mean you're out of business just yet. They're still flailing about, trying to garner any attention that they can. It's into this environment that they have now released a video of their leadership team, er, singing to developers. Seriously.

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  3. Yahoo! Ditches BlackBerry, Offers Variety of Phones to Employees

    In their continuing bid to remain relevant, Yahoo! is apparently going to replace the corporate phones of all their employees. The old mainstays, BlackBerry devices, will be replaced by their much cooler cousins -- like the iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920. Sure, this might come off as another stab at RIM, but really it's just Yahoo! attempting to get with the times.

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  4. Samsung, RIM Sued Because There’s A Patent For Buttons That Write “:)”

    Patents are aimed to protect innovators and make sure they get their due. When you invent something, a non-obvious something, you patent it and these wonderful laws will make sure that, for a limited time at least, you alone reap the benefits of your genius. After all, it was your idea. It's all great in theory, but patent trolls have been turning it on its head for a while, and the ever increasing amount of things that can be patented isn't helping. Someone patented menus and buttons that assist users in writing emoticons, for instance, and RIM and Samsung are being sued over it.

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  5. Leaked Memo Suggests Apple Providing Backdoor For Governments

    A recently leaked memo suggests that Apple, along with RIM and Nokia, may have made a deal with the Indian government, giving them a backdoor into software in exchange for market precense. The memo, sinisterly titled "Tactical network for cellular surveillance," was leaked by The Lords of Dharmaraja, the group responsible for the recent hack of Symantec. The document states that RINOA (Rim, Nokia, and Apple) were involved in the decision to "sign an agreement with mobile manufacturers in exchange for the Indian market presence."

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  6. BlackBerry Black Out Spreads To North America

    So Blackberry's have been experiencing an outage of sorts in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America for the past few days. Now, the trouble has started moving to users in the U.S. and Canada. The problems include questionable email service and no access to Internet browsing. The issues started at the beginning of this week and haven't been improving On Tuesday, RIM reported that the issue had been solved, only to report later that they were working on it. Unless solving it involves speading the issues to North American users, things aren't looking good. RIM has released a statement explain that:

    The messaging and browsing delays ... were caused by a core switch failure within RIM's infrastructure. As a result, a large backlog of data was generated and we are now working to clear that backlog and restore normal service.

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  7. British Government Ultimately Decides Not to Restrict Social Media

    Earlier this month, when the London riots were in full force, the Prime Minister David Cameron entertained the idea of restricting social media interactions because the networks were being used to organize attacks and perpetrate other illegal activities. Now, a few weeks later, the decision has been made to abandon those plans and leave social media networks untouched. After talks with representatives from Facebook, Twitter and RIM, it was announced that the government would "not seek any additional powers to close down social media networks."

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  8. In Wake of Riots, UK Prime Minister Proposes Social Media Restrictions

    The recent riots around London shocked the world, and the media was quick to pick up reports that rioters were using social media platforms such as Twitter to stay one step ahead of police. According to the Guardian, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that in response his government will seek a means to ban individuals using such services for nefarious means. Speaking to the House of Commons, Thinq_ quotes Cameron as saying:
    Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were, organised via social media. [...] Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. So we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.
    Cameron added that the Home Secretary Theresa May will be meetings with RIM, Facebook, and Twitter representatives to discuss the matter. Though this is the first announcement by Cameron, it comes after several arrests were already made for inciting violence via social media. The Guardian says that three people have been arrested in connection with their use of the BlackBerry Messenger service, and other arrests have stemmed from inciting violence through Facebook. (UK Guardian, Thinq_ via Slashdot, image via George Rex)

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  9. 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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  10. 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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