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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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