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  • World's Greatest Hacker Says Obama's BlackBerry Can Be Breached

    02/13/2009 3:27:55 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 35 replies · 1,112+ views ^ | Friday, February 13, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    There's a new "holy grail" for hackers — President Obama's super-secure BlackBerry. Despite warnings from his advisers, the president insisted on keeping his beloved PDA, which now has specially designed superencrypting security software. But that just makes cracking into it more challenging — and, yes, it can be done, says the world's most famous hacker. "It's a long shot, but it's possible," Kevin Mitnick told "You'd probably need to be pretty sophisticated, but there's people out there who are."
  • Obama's BlackBerry brings personal safety risks(electronic bull's eye)

    02/13/2009 9:23:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 56 replies · 1,632+ views
    CNET ^ | 02/12/09 | Chris Soghoian
    Obama's BlackBerry brings personal safety risks by Chris Soghoian When the mainstream media first announced Barack Obama's "victory" in keeping his BlackBerry, the focus was on the security of the device, and keeping the U.S. president's e-mail communications private from spies and hackers. The news coverage and analysis by armchair security experts thus far has failed to focus on the real threat: attacks against President Obama's location privacy, and the potential physical security risks that come with someone knowing the president's real-time physical location. Serial numbers Before we dive in, let's take a moment to note that each mobile phone...
  • Obama not taking sides in UNC-Duke

    02/12/2009 5:00:52 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 19 replies · 701+ views
    The News and Observer ^ | February 11, 2009 | BarbBarrett
    "If I said anything contrary to Duke, I might not be able to find my Blackberry," he said.
  • Meet Obama's bodyman: The White House 'Chief of Stuff' who caters to the President's every whim

    01/25/2009 10:37:02 PM PST · by yankeedame · 68 replies · 2,596+ views ^ | 25th January 2009 | Sharon Churcher and Caroline Graham
    Meet Obama's bodyman: The White House 'Chief of Stuff' who caters to the President's every whim ...a tiny cubicle just outside...the Oval Office sat Reggie Love, a 6ft 5in, 18-stone, shaven-headed, muscle-packed... ...the man is fast, athletic and tough... he is not one of the new President’s official bodyguards. Heavy duty: Reggie Love, President Obama's bodyman, lugs bags to a car and, right, on the campaign trail ...Reggie, a charismatic and immaculately dressed 26-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, spends more time with Mr Obama than anyone else - even the First Lady...he is the President’s ‘bodyman’.... The personal protection role...
  • For a High-Tech President, a Hard-Fought E-Victory

    01/23/2009 4:15:22 AM PST · by Loyalist · 44 replies · 964+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2009 | Jeff Zeleny
    WASHINGTON — There is one addiction President Obama will not have to kick: his BlackBerry. For more than two months, Mr. Obama has been waging a vigorous battle with his handlers to keep his BlackBerry, which like millions of other Americans he has relied upon for years to stay connected with friends and advisers. (And, of course, to get Chicago White Sox scores.) He won the fight, aides disclosed Thursday, but the privilege of becoming the nation’s first e-mailing president comes with a specific set of rules. “The president has a BlackBerry through a compromise that allows him to stay...
  • Obama's Cell (Vanity, song parody)

    01/19/2009 7:16:20 PM PST · by VideoPaul · 6 replies · 371+ views
    YouTube ^ | 1/19/2009 | Paul Phillips
    Song parody of Eric Carmen's "All By Myself". The mainstream media is so infatuated with Barack Obama that they are running "news" features on his Blackberry cell phone! What's next, a live report on what salad dressing he chose with lunch?
  • Reid turns nose up at Papa John’s Pizza

    01/19/2009 5:54:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 94 replies · 2,827+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/14/2009 | Betsy Rothstein
    Papa John’s Pizza is celebrating its 25th anniversary, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid couldn’t care less. During an interview with The Hill last week, Reid (D-Nev.) stopped mid-sentence to check his BlackBerry for what could have been a very important e-mail. A message from Rahm Emanuel? A breaking development on the Senate floor? Not quite. “Help Us Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary With a $0.25 Pizza!” read the e-mail from Papa John’s. Reid snapped, “Purchase a pizza for a quarter? I don’t like pizza, and I especially don’t like Papa John’s Pizza!” Reid then tried to get back to the...
  • Obama may keep BlackBerry after all(Not giving it up)

    01/17/2009 7:22:47 PM PST · by Red Steel · 58 replies · 1,702+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/17/09 10:18 AM EST | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    Chalk up one possible win for Obama: He might be able to keep his BlackBerry after all. He's been resisting the advice of lawyers and others to give up the e-mail device upon taking office because he views it as his connection to the outside world. “I think we're going to be able to beat this back,” Obama said in a CNN interview of the pressure on him to give it up. “I think we're going to be able to hang onto one of these. Now, my working assumption, and this is not new, is that everything I write on...
  • In W.H., Obama staff will say cu l8r 2 im ["It sucks. It's really going to slow us down,".....]

    01/17/2009 6:04:23 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies · 1,512+ views
    n W.H., Obama staff will say cu l8r 2 im By: Ben Smith January 17, 2009 08:24 PM EST Barack Obama may get to keep his Blackberry, but David Axelrod is losing his IM. The lawyers broke the bad news to Obama aides at a briefing Friday morning convened by incoming Deputy White House Counsel Cassandra Butts: Not only are they leaving the modern world to enter a White House where some of the clunky desktop computers still run Windows 2000 but—worst of all—they'll be forced to surrender form of communication staffers have relied on for the last two years...
  • Butterfingers Obama lets Blackberry slip

    01/17/2009 4:26:35 PM PST · by hjaze · 44 replies · 1,536+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 17th of January 2009 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama's cherished Blackberry slipped through his fingers Friday — but it was only a butterfingers moment. Obama, who has been reluctant to relinquish the device when he becomes president, dropped his Blackberry and its hard plastic case onto an airport tarmac as he emerged from his fortified vehicle. A Secret Service agent hustled to pick it up.
  • Obama refuses to surrender Blackberry

    01/16/2009 4:57:14 PM PST · by Red Steel · 99 replies · 2,510+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 16 07:24 PM US/Eastern
    Despite legal and security hurdles, president-elect Barack Obama says he has a plan to retain his beloved Blackberry once he moves into the White House next week. Interviewed by CNN Friday, Obama said the smartphone was among the tools that he would use to stay in touch with real Americans and avoid becoming trapped inside the presidential "bubble." "I think we're going to be able to hang on to one of these. My working assumption, and this is not new, is that anything I write on an email could end up being on CNN," he said. "So I make sure...
  • Used BlackBerrys sold for $20 at McCain-Palin blowout, contacts and emails included

    12/13/2008 4:05:04 AM PST · by paudio · 11 replies · 947+ views ^ | 12/12/08 | Laura June
    Some operatives at Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. booked over to the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters' yard sale yesterday, and they saw some ultra cheap Blackberrys -- just $20 a pop, probably an inventor's discount -- so they picked up a few, undoubtedly thinking they'd make nice holiday gifts. They were kind of surprised to find that, after giving the 'Berrys some juice, one of them had 50 contacts for "campaign leaders, politicians, lobbyists and journalists" as well as hundreds of emails.
  • McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded Blackberry to FOX Reporter [oops]

    12/12/2008 6:46:23 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,579+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va. - Private information at bargain prices. It was a high-tech flub at the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters in Arlington when a MyFoxDC investigative reporter bought a Blackberry device containing confidential campaign information.
  • Mumbai attacks: Terrorists monitored British websites using BlackBerry phones

    11/30/2008 10:33:19 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 891+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 29 Nov 2008 | Damien McElroy
    Indian officials suspect the Islamic terrorists in Mumbai may have British links after examining BlackBerry phones they used to monitor news reports. Key figures in the terrorist gang were equipped with the devices that meant they were able to monitor British news, even when the authorities turned off power. A senior officer in the country's elite Black Cat commando unit told the Telegraph, the gunmen were able to trawl the internet for information once they lost cable television feeds to the two luxury hotels and office block. The men looked beyond the instant updates of the Indian media to find...
  • Barack Obama Still Fighting to Keep His Blackberry

    11/27/2008 7:20:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,048+ views
    Technology Expert ^ | November 28, 2008
    It's become a cause for some: to let Barack Obama keep his BlackBerry when he takes office. What stands in the way? The primary concern has been the Presidential Records Act, which requires all presidential documents to be put in the official record. Now, realistically, no matter what people say, it's not so much about national security as it is as making sure that if a "Watergate" happens, We The People have plenty of evidence to back it up. Ans as that's the issue, what's the problem. We can track his cell phone calls. We can track his emails. So...
  • Obama may have to bury his beloved BlackBerry

    11/17/2008 6:27:31 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 38 replies · 987+ views via AP ^ | November 17, 2008 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON - Before he ran for president Barack Obama quit smoking. Now that he's won the job, he may have to break another addiction: Checking his BlackBerry for e-mail. The president's e-mail can be subpoenaed by Congress and courts and may be subject to public records laws, so if a president doesn't want his e-mail public, he shouldn't e-mail, experts said. And there may be security issues about carrying around trackable cell phones
  • NBC Takes Dig at McCain Tech-Savvy, Distorts Adviser’s Blackberry Comments

    09/17/2008 9:14:21 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 10 replies · 180+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 17, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, Ariz., has acknowledged his technological shortcomings, but some in the media continue to portray him as a techno-phobe with no meaningful contributions to that sector of the economy. The September 16 "NBC Nightly News" examined McCain's rhetoric on the campaign trail in the wake of a serious banking crisis. Correspondent Kelly O'Donnell reported one campaign advisor cited McCain's legislative effort opening the door to technological advancements as evidence of his ability to steer Americans through the turbulent time. "And Brian, when an adviser today was stressing John McCain's economic credentials, he told reporters that...
  • McCain Adviser: BlackBerry A 'Miracle' He 'Helped Create' (Idiot Adviser Flaps Piehole)

    09/16/2008 9:49:14 AM PDT · by steve-b · 30 replies · 150+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/16/08
    McCain senior domestic policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin said Tuesday the BlackBerry mobile e-mail device was a "miracle that John McCain helped create."...
  • Smart phones, stupid people

    04/28/2008 2:23:28 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 8 replies · 122+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | April 28, 2008 | Robert X. Cringely
    A Mexican press attache walked off with "six or seven" Blackberries belonging to US officials at a summit between the presidents of Canada, Mexico, and some guy named Bush in New Orleans last week. Press officer Rafael Quintero Curiel was captured on video tape picking up the smart phones, which were deliberately left outside a meeting room by officials. He was promptly canned. Apparently, the theft went undetected until White House staffers noticed an unusually large number of visits to Tila Tequila's MySpace page on their data account. (Note to my more literal minded readers: that was a joke.)...
  • from Blackberry to iPhone

    02/24/2008 3:44:32 PM PST · by h2ny2 · 4 replies · 126+ views
    I am converting from blackberry pearl, outlook 2007 to iphone and entourage 2008 on macBook Pro. Anyone have any idea what to do and how to sync notes from outlook? I still can not believe that you can not just simpluy export from outlook, and import in entourage. Speaking of stupidity in software design.
  • BlackBerry Service Out in N. America

    02/11/2008 2:26:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 59 replies · 70+ views
    AP ^ | Monday February 11, 5:23 pm ET
    NEW YORK (AP) -- An outage has disconnected BlackBerry smart phones across North America. AT&T Inc. says the disruption Monday is affecting all wireless carriers. AT&T first learned about the problem at about 3:30 p.m. EST. There's no word on the cause or when the problem might be fixed. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion did not immediately return a phone call.
  • Palm Losses Widen

    12/18/2007 8:08:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 59+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2007 | Rachel Konrad, AP Technology Writer
    Palm Inc. swung to a loss in the fiscal second quarter, failing to meet Wall Street expectations amid withering competition from consumer electronics rivals. The maker of the Treo smart-phone said Tuesday it lost $9.63 million, or 9 cents per share, on revenue of $349.63 million in the three months ended Nov. 30. In the year-ago period, Palm earned $12.77 million, or 12 cents per share, on revenue of $392.91 million. Excluding one-time items such as stock-based compensation expenses and nearly $1 million in restructuring charges, the Sunnyvale-based company said it would have lost $7.84 million, or 7 cents per...
  • need help on my blackberry

    10/12/2007 8:02:56 AM PDT · by edcoil · 10 replies · 406+ views
    10-11-07 | edcoil
    I am changing my email address and want to change it on the blackberry however the manual does not cover very well deleting or renaming email to the unit.
  • Staff at Artorius Deny Involvement in Penetration Op Aimed at Hillary Clnton's Presidential Campaign

    09/17/2007 12:14:35 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 2 replies · 98+ views
    Artorius Castus Blog ^ | 17 Sept 2007 | Patrick Truax
    The Staff here at Artorius categorically deny any allegations of involvement, prior knowledge or planning, in the successful insertion op at Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters. "We have absolutely no knowledge of how all the campaign's BlackBerrys were compromised," claimed a Senior Artorius Contributing Editor, who coincidently was in the area at the time. The amount of data, voicemails and personal BlackBerry communications, is not known at this time, but what is known is that they were compromised for at least four hours. Claimed a tight lipped Clinton staffer, "we are trying to assess the damage now."
  • BlackBerry maker throws new Curve at consumers [a mid-sized device with full keyboard]

    05/03/2007 7:15:55 AM PDT · by bedolido · 4 replies · 269+ views
    NWCN ^ | 5-3-2007 | staff writer
    The Curve, a new model of the BlackBerry device. NEW YORK - BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. is introducing its third new model in less than a year, a mid-sized device geared toward consumers who might prefer a full keyboard for typing text rather than the abridged one on the popular Pearl. The Curve, named for its smooth edges, will be offered first by AT&T Inc., though no launch date or pricing was disclosed in a news release Thursday. The device has a front trackball below the screen to navigate its menus, a feature that RIM introduced last year...
  • Master of None

    02/23/2007 6:18:45 AM PST · by joeystoy · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | February 23, 2007 | J. Martini
    Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a hater. This world is full of things I HATE! I hate SUVs. I hate cell phones. I hate Blackberrys! Not the sweet and juicy kind that grow on vines. No, I'm referring to the ubiquitous annoying kind that are attached to the hands of self-important biz nerds. These are people SO critical to the success of their respective enterprises they can't be out of communication range for even one second. Curiously, this phenomenon is most evident among the job descriptions whose decisions are the least vital and the most subjective. Are you listening all...
  • BlackBerry Addicts Also Can't Resist This Little Game

    02/17/2007 9:18:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1,825+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 17, 2007 | SUSANNE CRAIG and GREGORY ZUCKERMAN
    When Richard Fuld, chief executive of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., couldn't control his addiction, he took drastic measures. In October, he had the game BrickBreaker taken off his BlackBerry. "I was playing so much," says Mr. Fuld, who had used it to relax on the plane or in the car. He missed it so much he had it reinstalled, but it's no longer on the main menu. That removes the temptation, he says, "for the most part." In this era of startlingly realistic video games, BrickBreaker is straight out of the Stone Age. Yet it has developed a cult following,...
  • Blackberry Streaming Radio?

    10/12/2006 3:54:50 PM PDT · by discipler · 2 replies · 405+ views
    I need some help here. I know we have some Blackberry lovers out there and I need some information from you. Do you know whether Blackberry can stream audio the way the PocketPC can. With my PPC-6700 Sprint phone I can stream all of the talk radio I want. But my relative has a Blackberry and would like to do the same. Any suggestions?
  • ABC Mocks The 'CrackBerry' But Most BlackBerry Users Like the Convenience

    08/28/2006 1:55:22 PM PDT · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 18 replies · 798+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | August 25, 2006 | Ken Shepherd
    Perhaps it’s a symptom of a strong economy and a high standard of living, but often the media find negative angles to technology that makes our lives, and our work, easier. That’s the spin ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson” recently gave about the BlackBerry, the portable email devices made by Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM). The segment likened the little devices to “alcohol, drugs and gambling” in their power to “disconnect” people from other people. But missing from correspondent Dan Harris’s August 23 report: more than three-fourths of the device’s users say the e-mail device has improved the way...
  • (VANITY)Need FReeper Input on Taking the Smart Phone/Blackberry Plunge

    07/05/2006 9:04:54 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 7 replies · 375+ views
    I currently use a cell phone and a Palm PDA, but I'm considering integrating the two and taking the plunge with a combo "Smart Phone" cell phone/pda device. However, I fear becoming addicted to constantly checking email, not ever really getting away from work, etc. I already check work email occasionally when I'm off work & at home, but it does take some effort to access our system, so it's easy to keep under control where I'm not constantly thinking about work. I'd like to hear from other FReepers who took the plunge. Are you "addicted" to your Smartphone? Is...
  • Is "Suretype" synonymous with "abbreviated keyboard" (for Blackberry)?

    06/28/2006 6:47:28 AM PDT · by rudy45 · 2 replies · 178+ views
    I am looking for a Blackberry device, but want to be sure what I'm getting in terms of keyboard. I see that some Blackberry devices have a "regular" QWERTY keyboard. On the other hand, others have an abbreviated keyboard, that is they have two (or more?) letters per key (like a telephone keypad). It seems that these latter devices are associated with "suretype" technology. Can I assume, therefore, that "suretype" and "abbreviated kayboard" are synonymous? That is, when I see the term "suretype" it means the device has the abbreviated keyboard? Thanks.
  • Harper Government 'concerned' about Chinese espionage

    04/15/2006 7:16:59 PM PDT · by Caged in Canuckistan · 6 replies · 535+ views
    CTV | Robert Fife
    Harper Government 'concerned' about Chinese espionage News Staff The federal government is "concerned" that Chinese spies are stealing Canada's industrial and high-technology secrets, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay told CTV. "We're very concerned about economic espionage," MacKay said in an interview with CTV's Question Period, to be broadcast Sunday on CTV at 12 p.m. ET. While in opposition, the Conservatives challenged the Liberal-led government to act on reports of Chinese espionage. While acting as the Conservative foreign affairs critic, Stockwell Day called on former prime minister Paul Martin to address the issue during a visit to Beijing in January...
  • Can BlackBerry stop RedBerry in China?

    04/24/2006 11:03:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 207+ views
    The Register ^ | 24th April 2006
    If Orange launched a push email service called OrangeBerry in the UK, BlackBerry's maker could shut it down. But China Unicom is launching RedBerry this month, and there may be little Research In Motion (RIM) can do. "China Unicom's RedBerry brand not only incorporates people's familiarity with the BlackBerry brand name, but it also fully embodies the symbolic meanings of China Unicom's new red logo," the company said. It acknowledged that RIM's BlackBerry is the most successful application of push email technology. Peter Bullock, a partner with the Hong Kong office of Pinsent Masons and a specialist in intellectual property...
  • D.C. mental health department scolded for BlackBerry spending

    03/13/2006 11:35:56 AM PST · by JZelle · 5 replies · 357+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-13-06 | Jim McElhatton
    The D.C. Department of Mental Health in fiscal 2005 spent more than $30,000 on hand-held BlackBerry technology, prompting criticism from a D.C. Council member who says the money could have been put to better use. "I understand everybody likes these gadgets," said D.C. Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent and chairman of the council's Committee on Health, which oversees the mental health department. "I wouldn't buy myself a BlackBerry," he said of the wireless e-mail devices. Speaking at a council oversight hearing of the department last week, Mr. Catania told mental health officials he had concerns about several other...
  • Is Blackberry Settlement Coming To Computers Too?

    03/09/2006 5:19:17 PM PST · by US_MilitaryRules · 17 replies · 631+ views
    Is Blackberry Settlement Coming To Computers Too? The $612 million settlement last week will seem small compared to more than 150 computer/semiconductor manufacturers and consumer electronics companies worldwide now being sued or put on notice for industry wide patent infringement that is validated by recent licensing or court settlements by Intel, AMD, HP, Casio and last week Fujitsu. Publicly traded Patriot Scientific Corporation co-owns and markets core microprocessor architecture technology patents which affects every computer manufactured since 1994 and semiconductors which run faster than 120 MHz. These microprocessors put into everything from office copy machines and automobiles to DVD players...
  • Settlement Reached in BlackBerry Dispute

    03/03/2006 2:46:00 PM PST · by July 4th · 67 replies · 825+ views
    AP ^ | 3.3.2006 | Peter Svensson
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device, Friday announced it has settled its long-running patent dispute with a small Virginia-based firm, averting a possible court-ordered shutdown of the BlackBerry system. RIM has paid NTP $612.5 million in a "full and final settlement of all claims," the companies said. The settlement ends a period of anxiety for BlackBerry users. At a hearing last week, NTP had asked a federal court in Richmond, Va., for an injunction blocking the continued use of key technologies underpinning BlackBerry's wireless e-mail service. RIM, which is based in...
  • Bye-bye, BlackBerry? (Federal court hearing scheduled for Friday that could lead to the shutdown)

    02/23/2006 10:10:45 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 1,223+ views
    A federal court hearing scheduled for Friday that could lead to the shutdown of BlackBerry devices throughout the United States is forcing longtime BlackBerry users to think about life without their mobile gadgets. On Capitol Hill, where "CrackBerry" addiction is rampant, some thumb-typists are even expressing their anxiety in poetry. "'Freedom!' will the joyful say, Released from slavery today! Yet others'll suffer horrid angst if their little screens go blank," Larry Neal, deputy staff director for communications at the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote in an 18-line poem. Tongue-in-cheek poetry aside, to millions of BlackBerry users,...
  • U.S. Issues Rejection in BlackBerry Case

    02/22/2006 12:48:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 691+ views
    Richmond, Va. -- The U.S. patent office on Wednesday issued its first of several anticipated final rejections of patents held by NTP Inc. related to Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry device, two days before a judge will hear arguments on an injunction on the wireless e-mail service. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expected to issue final rejections of four other patents at the heart of the court case, but it's unclear when those actions could come. Another uncertainty is whether the agency's act will sway U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer, who has made it clear he is...
  • Microsoft Venture Adds to Blackberry Woes

    02/12/2006 8:32:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 155+ views
    AP Business ^ | Sunday February 12, 10:17 pm ET | Laurence Frost,
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has won backing from major cellular networks for a new generation of phones designed to transform mobile e-mail from executive accessory to standard issue for the corporate rank-and-file. The partnerships, with operators including Vodafone and Cingular, to be announced Monday at a mobile industry gathering in Spain, could spell more trouble for the embattled Blackberry and other niche e-mail technologies, analysts say. Unlike the Blackberry and its peers, phones running Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile operating system can receive e-mails "pushed" directly from servers that handle a company's messaging -- without the need for a...
  • Fifth and Last NTP Patent Rejected [Blackberry Case]

    02/01/2006 7:08:50 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 5 replies · 628+ views
    CIO ^ | 1 February 2006 | Al Sacco
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has issued a non-final rejection of a fifth patent in NTP’s lawsuit against Research In Motion (RIM), according to a lawyer for NTP, Reuters reports. Research In Motion is the maker of the popular BlackBerry handheld, and the case could lead to a shutdown of RIM’s U.S. sales and services. The PTO has currently issued non-final rejections of all five patents in the BlackBerry infringement case, currently pending before a federal judge, the article says. James Wallace, an NTP attorney, said the company has the opportunity to respond within 30 days, after which...
  • Bruins keeping it close

    10/08/2005 6:49:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 278+ views
    Live from the Rose Bowl ^ | Right now | Old Ben
    This report comed to you live from The Rose Bowl in Pasadena,CA. Old Ben is cheering for the fiesty Bruins. Who at half time trail by amere six points to number ten ranked Cal. Sent via hanheld wireless. GO BRUINS!
  • Hearing set on possible BlackBerry blackout

    01/28/2006 4:19:01 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 16 replies · 562+ views
    The next legal skirmish for Research in Motion in its long-running patent battle with NTP will take place Feb. 24 in a federal courtroom closely watched by customers worried that RIM's BlackBerry service could be shut down. U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer this week set the date for a hearing to consider a possible injunction against RIM, maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device. NTP has asked the court to close down the BlackBerry service in the U.S. and the manufacture and sale of the handhelds themselves. Both companies are scheduled to file opposing arguments in the case with...
  • Wireless World: Premature predictions?

    12/23/2005 11:50:56 AM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 364+ views
    UPI ^ | December 23, 2005 | UPI
    Predictions that the maker of BlackBerry wireless e-mail technology was about to collapse due to protracted and bitter patent litigation were premature, experts are now telling United Press International's Wireless World. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week rejected patent claims by NTP, the developer that has been suing Research in Motion, the owner of BlackBerry. The surprise move comes after lengthy litigation, which RIM was losing, and which led many to say that RIM might be shuttered, and even caused the U.S. government to develop contingency plans in the event that the wireless service went dark. By Gene...
  • Wireless World: Lawsuit a marketing move?

    12/16/2005 1:22:40 PM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 278+ views
    UPI ^ | December 16, 2005 | UPI
    CHICAGO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed this week against Microsoft Corp. might be part of a sophisticated marketing and media strategy to better position the wireless software company filing the patent case, Visto Corp., as an another, viable alternative to the Blackberry mobile e-mail system, experts tell United Press International's Wireless World. The maker of Blackberry, the popular, hand-held device for mobile messaging, recently lost a crucial court ruling in a separate patent case which threatens to shutter its national network here in the U.S. That case is ongoing, and a judge may issue an order permanently prohibiting...
  • BlackBerry Service Faces Shutdown

    12/16/2005 7:41:36 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 952+ views
    Times (UK) ^ | December 16, 2005 | Rhys Blakely and Agencies
    The BlackBerry service, based on the handheld e-mail device that has become a must-have tool for the business elite, could be shutdown in the United States after a bitter legal battle over a key patent. This week, NTP, a small firm that holds a crucial patent that allows e-mails to be sent to mobile devices, announced a licence agreement with Visto Corp - an arch-rival of Research In Motion. (RIM), the company that created the BlackBerry. The announcement could put further pressure on RIM to settle a patent claim from NTP which could be worth up to $1 billion (£565...
  • Settlement Rejected in BlackBerry Case

    12/10/2005 7:53:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 463+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 10, 2005
    TORONTO, Dec. 9 (Reuters) - The patent holding company NTP Inc. has rejected an offer by Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device, to settle their patent dispute and the two sides are not currently negotiating, NTP's co-founder, Don Stout, said Friday. Mr. Stout said Research In Motion had made an "unacceptable" written offer Thursday to settle their patent infringement case, a lawsuit that could shut down the popular BlackBerry e-mail service in the United States. "They have responded yesterday in a manner which is unacceptable so we're not negotiating," Mr. Stout said. Research In Motion did not...
  • NTP Seeks Royalty Payment To Settle BlackBerry Dispute (5.7% royalty)

    12/09/2005 11:04:31 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 190+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/9/05 | MARK HEINZL
    TORONTO -- NTP Inc. would settle its longstanding patent-infringement dispute with Research In Motion Ltd. for a payment equal to 5.7% of RIM's future U.S. BlackBerry revenue, according to a person familiar with the situation. It's not clear what amount such a royalty would represent, though it would likely be at least several hundreds of millions of dollars. NTP's patents last until 2012. RIM's revenue in the latest quarter was $490.1 million, and most of its BlackBerry subscribers are in the U.S. Walterloo, Ontario-based RIM and NTP, a Virginia patent holding firm, in March had announced a preliminary settlement in...
  • Fearful Messagers Cross Their Thumbs [Blackberry addicts worried]

    12/02/2005 7:12:51 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies · 853+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2 December 2005 | Yuki Noguchi
    Todd Boulanger's day starts when his BlackBerry's alarm rings at 7:15 a.m. He rolls over and checks the wireless device for e-mail. The Washington lobbyist checks it 30 times a day, sometimes at two-minute intervals. He e-mails Hill staffers, co-workers, friends, clients and his wife, all of whom check their own BlackBerrys just as religiously, and respond within minutes. Such devotion has brought lots of money to BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., but courts have repeatedly decided the underpinning technology belongs to a tiny Northern Virginia patent holding company, NTP Inc. In coming weeks, a U.S. District Court judge...
  • RIM's U.S. sales future in judge's hands (Blackberry Maker Accused of Patent Infringement)

    11/30/2005 1:39:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 611+ views
    The Star ^ | Nov. 30, 2005 | DAVID PADDON
    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's attempt to enforce a $450-million-US settlement with NTP Inc. was denied today by an American judge who now will consider whether to block sales of the e-mail device in the United States. RIM shares (TSX:RIM), which were halted before the judge's ruling, fell $5.62 or 7.4 per cent, to $70.38 after trading resumed in Toronto. In New York, where a higher volume of the stock is traded, the shares fell $4.38 to $60.54 US. U.S. District Judge James Spencer's decision in Richmond, Va., is a victory for NTP Inc., a Virginia-based patent company that maintains...
  • Networking: Feds calls BlackBerry essential

    11/16/2005 5:12:39 PM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 31 replies · 790+ views
    UPI ^ | November 14, 2005 | UPI
    CHICAGO, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The feds are intervening in a 5-year-old patent case against Research in Motion Ltd., the Canadian-based developer of BlackBerry, arguing in court papers filed last week that the networked wireless computing devices are essential and a network outage could cause severe problems for the U.S. government. "The injunction would, literally, prevent RIM from providing the services that would be essential for the federal government, as well as state and local governments, to continue their use of the BlackBerry devices," the U.S. Department of Justice argued in a court filing. By Gene Koprowski