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BlackBerry shuts the doors on its ‘Center for Excellence’

Months after it opened, BlackBerry has officially closed down its “Center for Excellence.” The company had opened the center last February in conjunction with the local government to support and protect tech jobs in the city of…  …

Smartphone maker BlackBerry to cut 4,500 jobs

BlackBerry Friday said it would cut 4,500 jobs as the struggling Canadian smartphone maker retrenches in the face of hefty losses and weak sales of its ne handsets. BlackBerry said it expects a loss of $950 to $995 million in second quarter. The company’s highly-publicized launch of the BlackBerry 10…

BlackBerry CEO calls iPhone interface outdated

BlackBerry CEO calls iPhone interface outdated (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View In this May file photo, Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), delivers the keynote speech during the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Fla. Heins told the Australian Financial Review that the…

BlackBerry to withdraw from Japan

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry will not launch its new models in Japan, reports said on Friday, effectively heralding a pull-out from a booming smartphone market where it is being beaten by Apple. The Canada-based company, which is hoping its long-delayed BlackBerry 10 series will turn around flagging global fortunes, will…

BlackBerry maker out to capitalize on rivals

Research In Motion launched a new software platform Tuesday that lets businesses manage smartphones made by rivals that have been devouring the BlackBerry maker’s market share. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion was launched as a “next-generation mobile device management solution” for companies faced with a growing trend of employees wanting to use…

Web-apps key to Blackberry comeback: developer

By The Guardian  How can RIM get its mojo back for developers? The company’s technical director of the BlackBerry Web Platform Laurent Hasson gave a keynote speech at the London Web Summit this morning outlining why web-apps may be the key to BlackBerry’s comeback. He started by admitting that a…

BlackBerry messages help crack Canada mafia murder

MONTREAL — Canadian police used the BlackBerry messages of suspects in the assassination of a New York mafia boss to crack the case, a Montreal-based newspaper reported Thursday, citing “several sources.” Five suspects in the killing of mobster Salvatore Montagna, who was gunned down in November and had criminal links…

RIM Indonesia chief named suspect in BlackBerry chaos

Indonesian police named Research In Motion’s country director a suspect for negligence Monday after a BlackBerry promotion turned chaotic and left dozens injured and others knocked unconscious. Andrew Cobham, president director for Research in Motion (RIM) in Indonesia, and British security consultant Terry Burkey were named as two of four suspects in the incident…

Indonesia threat over BlackBerry porn sparks anger

A threat by Indonesia to curb BlackBerry smartphone services unless the company filters pornographic sites prompted a wave of angry protests online on Sunday. The row is the latest in a series of controversies that BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has found itself in, as a number of governments…

Dubai police chief calls BlackBerry a spy tool

Dubai police chief says planned Blackberry curbs linked to spy worries Worries about spying by the U.S. and Israel spurred plans to sharply limit BlackBerry services in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai’s police chief said in comments that suggest a tough line in talks with the smart phone maker. The…

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