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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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  11. 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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  12. BlackBerry PlayBook Now Available in US and Canada

    Could the BlackBerry PlayBook, which hits retail locations in the US and Canada today, give the iPad a run for its money? Reviews are generally mixed, with most reviewers praising the tablet's hardware specs and QNX-based operating system while panning it for its lack of apps, most alarmingly a native calendar or email client. The PlayBook is a bit more enticing for current BlackBerry smartphone owners, since its powerful BlackBerry Bridge app enables synced email, calendar, and BBM, in addition to free tethering. Still, better to be deficient in apps with solid hardware and OS than to be the other way around; as such, the PlayBook is charitably being referred to as a "work in progress," with the final verdict on it to come in a few months when its app ecosystem is (hopefully) better populated. (via CrunchGear | RIM online store)

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  13. Report: BlackBerry Tablet Delayed Because Apple Is Buying All the Parts

    Not the sort of thing you want to happen when you're looking to break into a competitive market: According to DigiTimes, the reason Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet had its launch pushed back to April 19th is that Apple has been buying so many of the available touch panels to keep up with the red-hot demand for the iPad 2.

    Sources from touch screen panel makers also pointed out that PlayBook shipments were postponed for about a month from the original schedule due to a delay in software testing as well as shortage of touch panels because Apple already booked up most of the available capacity.
    (DigiTimes via Business Insider)

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  14. BlackBerry PlayBook Reportedly Slated for April 10th Launch

    According to Boy Genius Report's "multiple sources," BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet [specs] is due for an April 10th release. If this is indeed the case, the timing of the leak would be quite a coincidence, since today just so happens to be the day that Apple is all but certain to reveal the iPad 2 unto the world. Tech websites are making a big deal about this, apparently. The 7-inch HD tablet is specced to feature a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB RAM, front and rear cameras, an on-screen keyboard, and support for Flash 10.1 and HTML 5. (via BGR)

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  15. 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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  16. RIM Reveals BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

    The rumors were true, though it's not called the BlackPad: At BlackBerry DevCon today, RIM revealed their 7-inch tablet computer, to be called the BlackBerry Playbook.

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  17. 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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  18. RIM Announces BlackBerry Curve 3G; BlackBerry OS 6-Capable

    Research in Motion has officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 3G, the latest in its Curve line of smartphones. While the phone ships with BlackBerry 5, RIM says that the Curve 3G is also capable of running BlackBerry 6, the new OS that was revealed with the announcement of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 last week. But there'll be some time before you can run it: "BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, subject to carrier certifications, in the coming months."

    The biggest mystery: On what carriers will the Curve 3G be available? The release says only that "various carriers and distribution partners around the world" will carry the phone. Following the cosmic unfairness of AT&T, already fatted with iPhone-exclusive lucre, getting the BlackBerry Torch 9800 exclusively as well, the variousness is at least encouraging; however, we want to know -- is this phone coming to Verizon or not?? says that T-Mobile will "certainly" carry the Curve 3G.

    Full release:

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  19. Saudi Arabia Blocks BlackBerry Messaging

    BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia report that the country's three wireless companies have suspended BlackBerry messaging service. On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabian government announced its intention to do so on grounds of national security: "The manufacturer of the devices [RIM] couldn’t meet the regulatory requirements of the commission and it is not in accordance with the regulations and conditions of licenses issued to service providers, at its present state."

    The phones can still make and receive regular calls.

    Saudi Arabia is RIM's largest market in the Middle East, with roughly 700,000 users; any hope for BBM to come back?

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  20. Boy Genius Report joins and the Boy Genius Shares His Name

    While one tech blogger is getting a lot of attention -- some unwanted -- over what may be the tech scoop of the year, another is getting some of his own and for a whole other reason. Boy Genius Report, one of the top mobile and tech news sites on the internet today, is joining the fold as one of's latest and most high profile acquisitions.

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