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RIM CEO Heins: BlackBerry Can Rebound

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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins told a British newspaper that the BlackBerry platform can survive in a competitive smartphone landscape. continue…

Why RIM Says BlackBerry 10 Will Be Worth Waiting For

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Research In Motion’s rise and downfall has been well-documented, even more so after the it announced its less-than-stellar Q1 performance in June. Aside from the disappointing numbers, investors weren’t particularly happy with the fact that the first BlackBerry 10-powered device won’t be available in the market until next year. According to RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, he’s buying more time to deliver the most polished BlackBerry experience yet, instead of launching a half-baked product. The message Heins is trying to send is simple:… continue…

RIM Delays BlackBerry 10 Again, Will Lay Off 5,000

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Research in Motion is delaying the launch of its BlackBerry 10  – again – and laying off 5,000 people from its workforce of 16,500. Although the layoffs were expected, it wasn’t until Thursday that it announced the size of the move. As for BlackBerry 10, the company is banking its entire future on the new operating system, and the unit behind it is said to be the only area of the company sheltered from the job cuts. BlackBerry 10 was supposed… continue…

RIM Expected to Lay Off 2,000 This Week

Research in Motion is expected to announce another round of layoffs this week, reportedly about 2,000 people of its total workforce of 16,500. Cuts could come across all units, except for those involved in the company’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. Reuters says the company plans to bring its headcount down to about 10,000 by early next year. The Globe and Mail, however, reports that job cuts have been ongoing for months as RIM struggles with declining market share, down to 7… continue…

RIM’s Apple Store ‘Wake Up’ Flash Mob Was Just Silly

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The Apple Store in Sydney was the scene of a mysterious protest last week, with people chanting and waving placards that read “wake up.” After Samsung, the number one suspect, denied any involvement, BlackBerry Make Research In Motion came forward. Surprise! The company that was once the leader of smartphones, which has failed to stop Apple and Android OEMs from eating away its market share, wants Apple’s customers to wake up. But wake up from what, exactly? It’s one thing… continue…

RIM’s Reset and What It Means for Mobile Developers

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Research In Motion’s Blackberry has served the enterprise well over the last 15 years, providing secure, reliable two-way communication for business users. What do RIM’s challenges mean for mobile developers? Tell us in the comments below. But times are changing with Android and iOS devices sweeping through the consumer market. Suddenly, everybody has a smartphone with super easy-to-use voice, messaging, and Internet capabilities. Where RIM’s Blackberry niche was helping enterprise IT departments manage their devices, businesses are now challenged to… continue…

PayPal, HP, RIM and Other People Moves

David Marcus, the former CEO and founder of mobile payments startup Zong, is the new president of PayPal, a post vacated when Scott Thompson became CEO of Yahoo. Marcus joined PayPal as vice president of mobile last year when it acquired Zong for $240 million. American Express has lured Neal Sample away from eBay as the company focuses on technology to compete with PayPal. Sample will be senior vice president of technologies for its digital payments initiative called Serve. At… continue…

BlackBerry Maker RIM Reportedly Lays Off Executives

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BlackBerry Maker Research in Motion has let go some senior vice presidents and vice presidents, reports the Globe and Mail. “Lots of high level people within RIM were let go today,” a source told the newspaper. “Quite a few. Big shake up.” Sales and marketing staff, which were targeted for layoffs in the summer, have been targeted yet again, according to this person. RIM’s latest quarterly results were, as everyone thought they’d be, bad.  The Wall Street Journal says: The… continue…

RIM to Release BlackBerry 10 Alpha to App Developers

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Research in Motion is preparing for tomorrow’s earnings announcement, which is widely expected to confirm Wall Street’s dismal expectations. RIM previously postponed its annual investor presentation – usually revealed during the Blackberry World in May — until it launches the BlackBerry 10 later this year. The new Blackberry is expected to use faster and more efficient chipsets, but will rely on the same OS used in the disappointing Playbook. RIM plans to give alpha versions of the BlackBerry 10 to attendees of Blackberry… continue…

Blackberry Playbook’s Better – But That Doesn’t Mean Good

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Blackberry’s Playbook 2.0′s generated lots of talk since it was unveiled, most of it saying, basically, “too little, too late.” Of all the reviews I’ve seen, I like best the one Lance Ulanoff posted at Mashable. It’s more measured than most, and gives the Blackberry the benefit of the doubt. Not that fairness is going to make RIM’s road any easier. I’m still trying to imagine the meeting where they decided to bridge the Blackberry with the Playbook, rather than… continue…