Feeds

Judge rejects US govt Blackberry ban immunity request

DoJ unconvinced by RIM's contingency plan?

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

RIM vs NTP trial judge James Spencer has denied a US Department of Justice demand that all the parties concerned work out a way to ensure DoJ staffers can continue to use their Blackberries even if the judge orders the service to be shut down.

The request, reported by Reuters, speaks volumes not only about RIM customers' fears regarding the possible shutdown (which is due to be debated in court this coming Friday, February 24), but also that RIM's attempts to calm such fears by announcing a workaround solution aren't proving as successful as it hoped.

RIM said earlier this month it would offer a software update that will allow it to switch upgraded Blackberry servers and devices to an alternative push email system that doesn't infringe NTP's patents, as both district and appeals court verdicts have ruled the current system does. RIM's pitch is that users can upgrade ahead of time, which will ensure they get continuity of service no matter what the court rules.

RIM has yet to post its so-called 'multi-mode' software. It's clearly not an ideal solution, or RIM would have released it by now. That it hasn't suggests it would rather not ship the update at all, if only to spare its customers the upgrade process, and is waiting until it gets a clearer idea about how Friday's hearing will go. The snag with such an approach is that RIM runs the risk of shipping too late to give users the opportunity to update their systems ahead of time and be covered against any potential injunction.

If Judge Spencer does impose a ban, RIM will be hoping it has plenty of time before the injunction takes effect for it to ship the update and for its users to install it. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?