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March 29, 2014

Signs Blackberry is getting desperate: They’re suing people

  • victory A while back, you may have heard of this device, funded by Ryan Seacrest, that puts a keyboard on your iPhone. The Typo earned a little press early on, but then Blackberry sued. The mobile also-ran won its lawsuit this week, proving that they don’t like Ryan Seacrest or something.
  • threats The victory came on the heels of an announcement by the company’s CEO earlier this week that it would take action against people leaking early details about its products. “[W]hen curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action,” CEO John Chen wrote. “We will always take appropriate actions to prevent leaks from happening and in some cases this means prosecuting individuals — internally or externally — who leak confidential information.” So in other words, Blackberry doesn’t understand the tech industry runs on leaks.
13:48 // 3 weeks ago
January 3, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 3, 2014

As the situation in South Sudan continues to worsen—leading the U.S. State Department to draw down its presence in the country—the department says it remains committed to offer humanitarian aid to the war-torn region.

Best way to win the lottery: Forget you bought the ticket, and don’t check it until a couple weeks after the fact. That’s what happened to Mega Millions winner Steve Tran.

Blackberry has nothing left—not even Alicia Keys—but its keyboard, so now they’re stuck suing Ryan Seacrest over his wannabe iPhone version.

A World War II-era bomb was discovered during an excavation project in Germany. It exploded, killing one.

General Mills is dropping all GMOs from Cheerios, but is it just an empty gesture?

21:06 // 3 months ago
November 4, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 4, 2013

The Miami Dolphins appear to have a workplace harassment problem. Last week, offensive tackle Jonathan Martin abruptly quit the team for emotional reasons. That got the rumor mill spinning, and the details look pretty bad: Apparently one of his co-workers, guard Richie Incognito, had been saying very racist things to Martin, as well as making threats against his family. Incognito, who was suspended after the details of graphic text messages were leaked to the press but defends his innocence, will probably have to go incognito to play in the NFL ever again.

Coveting chocolate-covered potato chips? You’re probably a millennial woman, according to the Lay’s marketing team.

This helium-filled hard drive doesn’t rise, but it does hold a lot more storage space as a result.

Prince Charles could be getting an audit pretty soon.

Blackberry is screwed.

19:34 // 5 months ago
October 29, 2013

BBM is proving to be quite a bit more popular than actual BlackBerry phones

  • 10M users signed up for BlackBerry’s BBM service during the first 24 hours that the traditionally BlackBerry-exclusive messaging service was available for download on Android and iOS last week.
  • 20M new users joined the BBM service during its first week outside of the BlackBerry ecosystem, bringing the new total to 80 million, a 33 percent increase from the 60 million previously registered for BBM. source

» By the way: Apparently one of the suitors for the on-the-market company is Facebook. Ponder that for a few minutes.

15:14 // 5 months ago
September 28, 2013
It’s really hurting me. I can’t imagine what the employees must be thinking. Everyone is talking about the most likely scenario being that it will be broken up and sold off for parts. What will happen to the Waterloo region, or Canada? What company will take its place?
BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis • Discussing the fate of the company he helped build from scratch nearly three decades ago (as Research in Motion—it only picked up the BlackBerry name earlier this year). The company, which announced a massive financial loss this week, is in the midst of being sold. It’s quite likely that the company may drop out of the devices businesses for good. The Globe and Mail has a lengthy piece on the demise of one of Canada’s most-important tech companies.
15:44 // 6 months ago
September 23, 2013
One of the best signs BlackBerry is doomed? This chart, which shows that one of its traditional strongholds, Congress, has largely given it up for the iPhone. Blackberry was sold today for a downright pathetic amount.

One of the best signs BlackBerry is doomed? This chart, which shows that one of its traditional strongholds, Congress, has largely given it up for the iPhone. Blackberry was sold today for a downright pathetic amount.

17:23 // 7 months ago
September 3, 2013

the60sproject says: I think your Nokia post—particularly the theverge re-blog part—ignores the real thrust of this story as it focuses on the end of the "Nokia smartphone." While the company is certainly an iconic name in the mobile universe, Nokia's problems stem from the fact that it (like RIM) never really evolved into the smartphone era. In fact, almost all the phones shown in your post are simple old-style cellphones, not smartphones. How the un-innovative Microsoft will get a win from this is beyond me.

» SFB says: One thing worth keeping in mind is that a “smartphone” in 2001 isn’t the same as a smartphone in 2013. For one thing, I don’t think RIM BlackBerry was anything other than a smartphone company. Meanwhile, Nokia’s use of Symbian software, while hopelessly outdated now, was foundational in building out the space worldwide—they got the fundamentals down so everyone else could focus on next steps. Even if the company itself merely created the template that other companies followed, they proved it could happen. I think that both companies failed to adapt to the touchscreen era, but the fact that we equate touchscreen with smartphone these days only proves how far iconic companies like RIM BlackBerry and Nokia have fallen behind.

But that said, in regards to your point on Microsoft, check out what Farhad Manjoo wrote today—he suggests the move is an implicit admission that the OEM model doesn’t work for the company anymore. That’s a big deal. — Ernie @ SFB

20:01 // 7 months ago
August 13, 2013

How BlackBerry Fell

newyorker:

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Vauhini Vara explains what killed BlackBerry: http://nyr.kr/15wUIee

“Although BlackBerry has been in trouble for some time—it underwent a public ‘strategy review’ of its business plan a year ago—its decision to put up a giant, blinking for-sale sign suggests it has become especially desperate.”

Photograph by Lucas Jackson/Reuters.

Sometimes, the decisions you don’t make are the ones that do you in.

12:39 // 8 months ago
January 30, 2013
Nokia usually isn’t in a place to talk when it comes to mobile competition — unless the target of its mockery is BlackBerry.

Nokia usually isn’t in a place to talk when it comes to mobile competitionunless the target of its mockery is BlackBerry.

18:38 // 1 year ago
BlackBerry’s new global creative director, Alicia Keys, tweeting from her device of choice three days ago. Two weeks ago Last year, she said she was an “iPhone junky.” (ht @samradford)

BlackBerry’s new global creative director, Alicia Keys, tweeting from her device of choice three days ago. Two weeks ago Last year, she said she was an “iPhone junky.” (ht @samradford)

11:29 // 1 year ago