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Amid Own Turbulence, BlackBerry Splurged on a Jet

Firm says it was to replace 2 others, but now ditching all

(Newser) - BlackBerry's been having a rough patch lately. It made headlines Friday with a second-quarter loss of almost $1 billion and plans to cut 40% of its worldwide workforce; then, USA Today notes, the company postponed its launch of BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS because the Android version was...

RIM Gets Ready to Do or Die With BlackBerry 10 Launch
 RIM Rolls Out BlackBerry 10 

RIM Rolls Out BlackBerry 10

And it's RIM no more, plays up 'beautiful' new phones

(Newser) - The six-city launch of the new BlackBerry 10 phones and operating system is now complete. One of the biggest shockers from the event: Research in Motion is scrapping its name, and will now be known simply as BlackBerry. Other developments:
  • CEO Thorsten Heins underscored the "heartfelt and brutal honesty"

Dell Must Reinvent Itself or Perish
 Dell Must Reinvent 
 Itself or Perish 

Dell Must Reinvent Itself or Perish

Tech giant should buy RIM, writes Richard Saintvilus

(Newser) - Dell is in a tailspin, with earnings down 18% from last year. What to do? Reinvent itself—by buying Research in Motion, the creator of the Blackberry, writes Richard Saintvilus at TheStreet . By gearing up for battle against Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon in the mobile device market, the PC...

You Know Things Are Bad When ... RIM Selling Jet

As part of BlackBerry maker's move to cut costs by $1B

(Newser) - Pity poor, poor RIM, which will soon have to make do with just one of its two private jets. Bloomberg spoke with two sources who revealed that the decision to sell the nine-passenger Dassault Aviation SA F50EX is part of the company's plan to trim operating costs by a...

BlackBerry's Last Hope: Windows

 Last Hope: 
Farhad Manjoo

BlackBerry's Last Hope: Windows

Farhad Manjoo thinks an alliance is RIM's only chance

(Newser) - Research in Motion's latest earnings report was such a train wreck that just looking felt wrong. "If you're betting that RIM's toast, you're probably right," writes Farhad Manjoo of Slate . Its grasps for the consumer market have failed utterly, "and it's obvious...

How RIM Killed the BlackBerry
 How RIM Killed the BlackBerry 

How RIM Killed the BlackBerry

Co-CEOs, resistance to innovation hurt company

(Newser) - Research in Motion is announcing its earnings today, and they're "going to be terrible with a scoop of worse for August," an analyst tells CNET . How did things get so bad for the BlackBerry maker? It started at the top, the Wall Street Journal says in a...

BlackBerry Maker In Freefall

RIM warns that it's going to lose money again this quarter

(Newser) - Research in Motion shares plummeted almost 8% in pre-market trading today, after the BlackBerry maker warned that it would lose money for the second straight quarter thanks to ever-dwindling sales. Analysts had been slashing their estimates on BlackBerry, but all assumed it would at least be profitable, the Wall Street ...

BlackBerry Surrenders on Consumer Market

Maker RIM will instead focus on business customers

(Newser) - Struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said today it will cede most consumer markets after failing to compete with flashier touch-screen phones such as Apple's iPhone and models that run Google's Android software. Instead, RIM said it will return to its roots and focus on business customers, many...

RIM's Co-CEOs Step Down
 RIM's Co-CEOs Step Down 

RIM's Co-CEOs Step Down

Balsillie, Lazaridis insist it had nothing to do with investor pressure

(Newser) - A big shuffle at Research in Motion last night, as Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis—who have served together as co-CEOs for two decades—stepped down, turning over the top position at the struggling company to former chief operating officer Thorsten Heins. Balsillie and Lazaridis also gave up their co-chairmanship,...

Is India Spying on US With Help From RIM, Apple?

Leaked memo from India’s Military Intelligence suggests so

(Newser) - An internal memo from India’s Military Intelligence posted online by hackers contains some disturbing allegations: It claims RIM, Nokia, and Apple provided the Indian government with backdoor access to their mobile devices in exchange for "Indian market presence." The story was initially picked up by Manan Kakkar,...

Your Android Phone May Be Spying on You

Carrier IQ insists it's just a 'diagnostic tool'

(Newser) - A hidden piece of software in your Android phone may be watching your every move and sending that information to an unknown recipient, a security researcher has alleged. In a video posted earlier this week, Android researcher Trevor Eckhart shows a program called Carrier IQ logging keystrokes, text messages, and...

BlackBerry Users Sue RIM Over Outage

Lawsuits say firm hasn't taken responsibility for disaster

(Newser) - Research In Motion has been slapped with a pair of lawsuits over its recent protracted email, IM, and web outage , one on behalf of users in the US and the other on behalf of users in Canada. The US suit, filed yesterday in California, was filed by user Eric Mitchell...

RIM: Sorry About BlackBerry Outage ... Want Free Apps?

Company will hand out at least 12 premium apps in apology move

(Newser) - In an attempt to appease the tens of millions of angry customers who were affected by the days-long BlackBerry outage last week, Research In Motion is handing out $100 worth of free premium apps starting Wednesday. "We’ve worked hard to earn [customers’] trust over the past 12...

Text, Email Backlog Blamed for BlackBerry Outage

Network failure spread after backup system failed, RIM says

(Newser) - The BlackBerry service outage that has spread worldwide and annoyed millions of users started with the failure of a link in Research In Motion's European infrastructure, the Blackberry maker says. The back-up system also failed, and the subsequent backlog of European texts and emails caused the outage to spread...

BlackBerry Hit By Day 3 of Outages

 BlackBerry Outage Hits US 

BlackBerry Outage Hits US

Millions in Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, and more lose service

(Newser) - BlackBerry's epic service outage finally struck North America today, as users in the US and Canada lost access to various communication services. Today is the third straight day of outages, which began in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India, Reuters reports. RIM blamed the problem on a core...

Blackberry Music Service in the Works

RIM aiming to take on iTunes

(Newser) - Blackberry maker Research in Motion is aiming to give itself an edge in the smartphone market with a new music service designed to run on its instant messaging system. The new service, to be called BBM Music, will allow users to access and share up to 50 songs at a...

BlackBerry Rolls Out New Touch Phones

But will it be enough to save Research in Motion?

(Newser) - Research in Motion rolled out three long-delayed new BlackBerry devices today that it hopes will stem its slide toward irrelevancy. All three devices run on the BlackBerry 7 OS, and all sport touch screens. The flashiest offering may be the Torch 9850/9860, RIM’s first all-touch screen BlackBerry, but there’...

BlackBerry Maker Slashes 2K Jobs

Changes follow 12% drop in revenue

(Newser) - Research In Motion, the company that makes BlackBerry phones and tablets, is deleting about 2,000 names from its employee email list. The company announced it will cut the jobs—about 11% of its workforce—and reorganize its executives in order to better compete with Apple's iPhone and Google'...

Harry Reid & Co. Want to Kill Checkpoint-Dodging Apps

Apple, Google urged to stop selling apps that help drivers dodge police

(Newser) - Want to know if there's a checkpoint ahead targeting speeders or drunk drivers? There's an app for that—many, in fact—but Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Tom Udall say there shouldn't be. The four senators have written to Apple, Google, and BlackBerry, urging the companies to stop...

Wall Street Yawns as Apple Posts Highest Earnings Ever

Shares fall as iPad sales disappoint

(Newser) - Apple Inc. had one doozy of a quarter, reporting a whopping $20.34 billion in revenue and $4.31 billion in quarterly profits—both good for company records, according to the company’s statement. “We are blown away” by the results, Steve Jobs said, boasting that iPhone sales had...

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