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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

Struggling mobe-makers Blackberry knocked back the chance to have pint-sized pop prince Justin Bieber as a brand ambassador at the peak of both RIM and Bieber's careers, claims a senior Blackberry staffer. The fresh-faced Canadian pop heartthrob asked for $200,000 and a fistful of free handsets to represent RIM, but the now- …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Dec 2013
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SECRET RIM patent cheque to Nokia revealed at last - and it's a big 'un

RIM handed Nokia a first payment of €50m to put an end to the companies' patent disputes, and plans to pay ongoing royalty payments, the firm revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Canadian BlackBerry-maker settled with one-time mobile leader Nokia just before Christmas, but both companies …
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Is this the sleek new BlackBerry mobe that will save RIM jobs?

A gallery of the first BlackBerry handset running RIM's new QNX-powered operating system has spilled onto the interwebs. Portions of the device, which are awaiting approval from mobile network operators, have been glimpsed for several months - but this is by far the fullest detail available. The photos reveal a lush high-end …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2012
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RIM bribes coders: Make BlackBerry 10 apps, GET A FREE SHINY

The first 100 developers to build applications for BlackBerry OS 10 using Appcelerator's Titanium cross-platform kit will get free devices as RIM attempts to kickstart its mobile platform. The next 10,000 developers will get free access to cloud services. Those wanting the freebies will have to download the BB10 version of …
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2012

RIM sets date for BlackBerry 10 reveal

Research in Motion has finally set an official launch date for BlackBerry 10. The full reveal will take place at event to be held on 30 January 2013. The much-hyped BlackBerry 10 platform will be announced "simultaneously in multiple countries across the world", the company says in its BlackBerry blog. While we have yet to hear …
Caleb Cox, 12 Nov 2012
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Nokia RIM shot: Seeks royalties after winning wireless patent spat

RIM's decision to take its Nokia patent licensing troubles to an arbitration tribunal has backfired somewhat, as the adjudicator found the Canadian firm wasn't sticking to its side of the cross-licensing bargain the two firms struck nearly 10 years ago. The tribunal said that Research in Motion is "not entitled to manufacture or …
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OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network

As of today teenagers and other BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls to each other - if they're on RIM's stealth 'social network in hardware', BBM. RIM announced the news last month, but the updated app is now available in its App World store. Users of version 7 of BBM version 7 will be able to make calls over …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2012
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Nasdaq's RIM shot: BlackBerry maker ejected from top 100

A US index of top performing non-financial companies has booted out RIM, Netflix and Electronic Arts after the trio's fortunes fell too far. The Nasdaq-100 is updated every year and is broadly based on market capitalisation with some weighting. The disappointing share performance of the former tech darlings led to their removal …
Bill Ray, 19 Dec 2012
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RIM extends BB10 port-a-thon after dev stampede

Developers have ported another 19,000 apps to BlackBerry 10, leading Research in Motion (RIM) to extend the deadline for its various programs aimed at encouraging coders to commit to its platform. As we noted last week, a previous port-fest saw 15,000 apps readied for the new version of the other major fruity mobile operating …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2013
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RIM writes Nokia a fat cheque as pair bury the patent hatchet

Peace has broken out between patent battling firms Nokia and RIM: the pair have signed a technology licensing agreement that will kill off all litigation between them. Nokia announced that, as part of the deal, it will take a one-off payment as well as ongoing payments from the BlackBerry biz, but it wouldn't reveal any details …
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RIM PlayBook trumps new iPad in UK channel sales - analyst

RIM's once little-loved BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has outsold the latest iPad in Blighty's IT distribution channel, according to an analyst. More than 802,000 touchscreen tablets were sold in November and December compared to nearly 118,000 units in the same period of 2011 - and Apple accounted for just a quarter of this latest …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013
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RIM gets thumbs up from Visa for pay-by-bonk security tech

RIM is hoping its reputation for superior security will smooth its path into wallet management as it gains Visa approval for the TSM platform that it is pushing to network operators. Everyone planning secure NFC apps needs a Trusted Service Management (TSM) platform, but the four big SIM providers already have approved TSM …
Bill Ray, 17 Jan 2013
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RIM's Heins beams: BB10 must walk the walk before we talk the talk

RIM will leave the door open for those wishing to license its QNX-powered smartphone operating system - but not just yet. CEO Thorsten Heins has told Die Welt that BlackBerry OS 10 must prove itself in the marketplace before any deals can be cut, but he didn't rule out any agreements. “First we have to fulfil our promises. If …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2013
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RIM doses PlayBook with 4G super serum

In a bid to improve the flavour of its chunky 7in tablet and make it more tasty for punters, RIM has spiced up its PlayBook with a little 4G LTE sauce. Essentially an existing PlayBook but with added faster mobile broadband tech and a clocked-up processor, the "4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook" - to give it its full name - goes on …
Tony Smith, 02 Aug 2012
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RIM blows on the dice, gets ready for its FINAL THROW

In a matter of hours RIM will reveal the pricing, specification and launch date for the new BlackBerry OS 10 device on which the future of the whole company depends. The phone needs to be perfect but will live or die on RIM's ability to exceed, not merely match, the offerings of the competition. The launch is scheduled for 10am …
Bill Ray, 30 Jan 2013

Lenovo considering RIM buyout to boost mobile biz

Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming says the company is actively pursuing ways to improve its position in the mobile device market, spurring speculation that the Chinese firm may be planning to cozy up with Research in Motion – or even swallow it whole. In an interview with Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2013
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BlackBerry 10: Dozens of networks probe the final RIM shot

RIM reckons more than 50 network operators are testing its BlackBerry 10 handsets, which sounds impressive until one remembers that testing is just a first step on the long journey to market. Nonetheless, the trouble mobe maker is keen to prove its radio electronics and phone performance are up to scratch. "We have passed a …
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2012
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'Sub-arctic' atmos at RIM UK as jobs apocalypse looms

Workers at RIM European's headquarters in Slough have been warned job cuts are coming, it is understood, after CEO Thorsten Heins threatened in June to axe 5,000 staff globally. Employees were called into a meeting on Tuesday afternoon and told of the redundancies, a Register source said, adding that the cuts are deeper than …
Anna Leach, 20 Sep 2012
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RIM ramps up resolutions for BB10 range

Research in Motion announced display resolutions for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 models this week, allowing developers to crack on immediately with app development. While Rim's first release will feature a display with a res of 1280 x 768, the company has encouraged developers to 'letterbox' their content to 16:9 proportions ( …
Caleb Cox, 16 Aug 2012
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Report: RIM plans six BlackBerry 10 handsets for 2013

RIM might not have a stand at CES and it isn't holding any press conferences, but its executives are busy on the floor talking up the handsets coming out at the January 30 launch. CMO Frank Boulben told FierceWireless that the launch would see two handsets running the BlackBerry 10 operating system, one full touchscreen device …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2013
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IBM sniffs RIM, winks at BlackBerry big biz unit

IBM is reportedly interested in snapping up the enterprise services division of troubled BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion. Well-placed sources whispered to Bloomberg that Big Blue could help Canadian mobile biz RIM by taking the unit off its hands, and has already made an informal approach about it. The enterprise services …
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RIM shares jump as analyst decides it isn't as dead as he thought

Analyst Peter Misek has told investors he thinks RIM could yet pull out of its nosedive, predicting a 20-30 per cent chance of BlackBerry 10 gaining significant market share. In a note to investors, reported by eWeek, the Jefferies & Co analyst tells clients that operators have been surprisingly impressed with the new BlackBerry …
Bill Ray, 22 Nov 2012
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Patent scrap loser RIM ordered to cough up $147m

RIM has been ordered to pay up $147.2m (£94.3m) for violating a patent covering device management. A court in the US Federal District of Northern California ruled that the troubled handset maker's BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) infringed a design owned by Mformation Technologies. The nine-figure payout was calculated from …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2012
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Home Depot pulls out of newly-named RIM, gets in bed with Apple

Home Depot is the latest US company to drop BlackBerry, handing out 10,000 iPhones to executives and other management staff and wiping out 3 per cent of BlackBerry's share price in the process. News of the decision left BlackBerry shares down, but it remains unclear if Home Depot made its decision before or after the launch of …
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2013
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RIM gifts new BlackBerry dev handset to select few

Research in Motion has kicked off the next phase of its BlackBerry 10 Developer Program with a giveaway of a brand-new BlackBerry developer device. Dubbed the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C, the new testing device is the first to incorporate what RIM describes as "our industry-defining BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard." Since launching …
Neil McAllister, 30 Nov 2012
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RIM tax break gives firm $14m profit for third quarter

A settlement of an outstanding tax issue, which netted $166m, has allowed RIM to declare a quarterly profit for the first time in many financial announcements. The company said that in its third fiscal quarter of 2013 – and no, that's not a typo – its revenues fell 5 per cent to $2.7bn, down 47 per cent from the same period last …
Iain Thomson, 20 Dec 2012
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Sacked British RIM staffers to get minimum legal payout

Staff at RIM's UK headquarters were upset to see their VP tweeting about foie gras as they learned that the hundreds of them who will lose their jobs by the end of the year will be receiving the bare minimum redundancy payout that the government allows. A source told The Reg that the staffers who will be out the door before …
Anna Leach, 19 Oct 2012

Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

Friday's writedown of almost $1bn of inventory confirms the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile OS as one of the most catastrophic of modern times. Nobody, it seems, wants BB10 in 2013. BlackBerry has vastly over-estimated the demand for its shiny, modern new platform and announced a retreat from the consumer market. Gone are 4,500 …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2013
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US judge gives RIM its $147m back in patent spat

Beleaguered Canadian mobile firm Research in Motion has managed to get a patent verdict against it overturned, saving the BlackBerry maker $147.2m. A US court overturned the ruling that RIM had infringed on a patent of Mformation Technologies and said the firm no longer needed to hand over the jury award of $147.2m. Mformation …
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RIM adds 15,000 new BlackBerry 10 apps in one weekend

Research in Motion's BlackBerry App World store gained a healthy new crop of apps over the weekend, thanks to the company's "Port-a-thon" promotion, which offered developers $100 apiece to bring their existing apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform. In a Twitter post late Saturday night, Alec Saunders, RIM's VP of developer …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2013
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RIM good for secret jobs: BlackBerry 10 cleared for Restricted data

BlackBerry 10 has passed the US Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) certification, meaning devices based on the platform can be used to send classified data between government agents. Despite a drop in US government uptake of its kit, this is still something unique to RIM. Apple and Android have both made huge strides …
Bill Ray, 08 Nov 2012
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Campaign to reduce RIM jobs gets underway

The axe has started swinging at RIM in the latest round of job cuts, the beleaguered BlackBerry maker has confirmed. The Canadian firm plans to slash at least $1bn from operating expenses by next March, the close of its fiscal 2013, amid industry talk that as many as 6,000 heads could roll. A company mouthpiece told The Channel …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
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RIM slashes BlackBerry PlayBook tablet prices

RIM has taken an axe to the prices it charges for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the UK - again. You can now pick up the 16GB version of just £169. It was priced at £399 at launch, and yesterday would have set you back £249. That's roughly a third off in 24 hours. The 32GB now costs £199, the 64GB tablet £249, down from £ …
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2012
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RIM tempts tablet coders with free PlayBooks

RIM is offering software coders free tablets if they'll make their Android apps available through its PlayBook app store. RIM's 7in tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, runs Android apps using special translation software. Android code needs to be tweaked for the RIM runtime then repackaged and code-signed before it can be made …
Tony Smith, 03 Feb 2012
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RIM: BlackBerry sales to US gov still on the rise

The White House and American government departments are still buying BlackBerrys, RIM's senior VP of security told Bloomberg, claiming that RIM had increased its share in the federal contract market. RIM's BlackBerry, one of few handsets to be security-approved by the Feds, is the top seller in US federal markets, said Scott …
Anna Leach, 10 Apr 2012
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16GB BlackBerry PlayBook flushed away by RIM

Ailing Canadian device maker Research In Motion (RIM) is killing off its entry-level BlackBerry PlayBook. In a mailed statement to The Channel, RIM confirmed it is halting the production line for the 16GB version. "The 16 GB PlayBook will continue to be available for distributors and retailers while quantities last," said RIM's …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jun 2012
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RIM opens BlackBerry 10 marketplace for submissions

RIM has opened its BlackBerry App World store to applications for its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system, with a truckload of incentives to get developers onside. "This is a huge opportunity to be the first into the store and capitalize on app-hungry BlackBerry users," announced Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of developer …
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2012
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RIM begs devs: Build for BlackBerry 10, we'll bung you $10K

Developers who get BlackBerry 10 apps in quick will get their income bumped up to $10,000 if they make more than $1,000, as RIM gets in the drinks at the last chance salon. The "10K Developer Commitment" kicks in this autumn, and applies to applications submitted before BlackBerry World which will be early next year. …
Bill Ray, 05 Sep 2012
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RIM PlayBook price cut specials become standard

Reg Hardware Mobile Week The massive reductions RIM has made to the price of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet are no longer one-offs but appear to have become the norm. RIM's own online shop now lists the 16GB PlayBook at the "new low price" of $199 (£125) and, as Lilliputing notes, the site no longer refers to the reduction as …
Tony Smith, 29 Feb 2012
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RIM's new BlackBerry Curve 9320 tempts teens

RIM churned out another BlackBerry this week: the Curve 9320, a low-cost Qwerty handset pitched at yoof. The 9320 sports bog-standard specs that include a 2.4in, 320 x 240, a 3Mp camera and 512MB of Ram. BlackBerry Curve 9320 It also runs RIM's soon-to-be-superseded BlackBerry OS 7.1, but an update to the forthcoming BB10 is …
Caleb Cox, 09 May 2012
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Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

A "leak" of more than a hundred screenshots purporting to be from the release version of BlackBerry OS 10 has washed up on a blog. For those readers fascinated by setup screens, user licence agreements and configuration dialogue boxes, a treat awaits you here. For those of you who are not, we can summarise: it's very much as …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2013

BlackBerry BES: Hey, biz bod, fancy an upgrade on that RIM job... for FREE?

BlackBerry’s Annus horribilis, which has seen the company bombed out of the consumer market has an upside for enterprise users. So keen is the company formerly known as RIM to get its installed BES 5 base onto its new, BYOD-friendly BES 10, it has waived the upgrade fees. Customers who already have a BlackBerry support contract …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2013
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RIM adds VoIP digivoice calls to BBM youngster-messaging ware

BlackBerry Messenger 7 will support VoIP calls as well as messaging, and is available now to download to BlackBerry OS 6 or better, with 5 to follow soon. It's a beta version, but adds a Voice Call button to the BBM experience, when the other party has the software installed and is connected to a Wi-Fi network, instantly turning …
Bill Ray, 14 Nov 2012

RIM: We topped December smartphone sales chart

The popularity of RIM's BlackBerry may be on the wane elsewhere but here in the world, it was the most popular smartphone platform for the second year running in the UK, RIM claimed today. Citing over-the-counter sales data from European market watcher GfK, the embattbled smartphone maker said it accounted for, on average 27.7 …
Tony Smith, 30 Jan 2012
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RIM shares bounce on BlackBerry 10 optimism

The number of BlackBerry users is up slightly, despite the aging OS and hardware, lifting RIM shares that that already been buoyed by previews of the shiny new OS10. Overall users hit 80 million, up from 78 million earlier this year, resulting in a 3 per cent jump in RIM shares, though that's also thanks to the unveiling of …
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2012
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RIM ends Reg headline pun filth (and launches two new phones)

As expected, RIM today unveiled its much-delayed QNX-powered smartphone operating system, BlackBerry OS 10, along with two new handsets. The Canadian company also changed its name from Research In Motion to BlackBerry along the way. (It's quite a drastic way of evading our double entendres, but needs must.) The first device out …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jan 2013
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RIM: What's all the 'bleeding' fuss about BlackBerry developers?

Alec Saunders, RIM's VP of developer relations, wishes the press and analyst community would get its "bleeding" story straight about the BlackBerry developer community. On Friday, AllThingsD reported on a study by Baird Equity Research that showed BlackBerry developer loyalty at an all-time low and trending downward, claiming …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2012
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RIM rolls out PlayBook OS2 update

Research in Motion launched its refreshed tablet operating system today, with the BlackBerry PlayBook OS2 now available for download. The news is a relief for PlayBook owners who are finally privy to standard tablet functionality such as e-mail, calendar and contacts apps. RIM BlackBerry PlayBook The BlackBerry Bridge app has …
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2012
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Samsung denies sniffing around RIM

A blog which reported Samsung was looking to buy RIM triggered a jump in the Canadian company's shares, before Samsung had the chance to deny it was interested in the company. The shares in RIM went up by 8 per cent on the BGR.com story, which claimed the only thing preventing a sale was RIM's CEO holding out for more money. The …
Bill Ray, 18 Jan 2012
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RIM reshuffles UK and European team ahead of new OS

RIM is reshuffling its European management team ahead of the launch of BlackBerry 10, with a new UK boss and the creation of a new, EU-wide managing director. Stephen Bates, who had headed up RIM in the UK, is being shifted to a new role as regional managing director of Europe. Rob Orr, a vice president with the company's Europe …
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2012