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Eating blackberries is easy; but eating BlackBerry would be more challenging. That was the conclusion of one analyst commenting on the rumors this week that Microsoft might be thinking of buying BlackBerry-maker RIM. Barry Richards of Paradigm Capital in Toronto told The Canadian Press that, in view of RIM's colossal $50BN market cap, "We are running out of possible acquirors and we are now left with Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and maybe Nokia." RIM reported first-quarter revenue in June of more than $1BN for the first time ever, while net profits jumped 73% to $232.2M, making the Canadian high-tech company a very big mouthful for anyone else to swallow. (20%over Microsoft's own market cap, for example.) Gartner's Ken Dulaney called the Microsoft acquisition rumors "stupid" and said he would give it "zero possibility" when asked by a reporter.  Neither RIM nor Microsoft is ... (more)

Virtual BlackBerry

RIM announced plans to expand its support for Windows Mobile-based devices with a new software application suite that will enable devices from third-party manufacturers to benefit from the popular BlackBerry software applications and services. RIM plans to begin offering the new software application suite later this year for select devices based on Windows Mobile 6. Once installed, the software will provide users with a virtual BlackBerry application experience, including support for BlackBerry email, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and oth... (more)

J2ME Now in NeedTEXT Shell Wireless System Administration Tool for BlackBerry

(April 16, 2003) - System administrators and other IT staff can now securely access their servers and networks from RIM's Java-based BlackBerry handhelds, using NeedTEXT Shell software from Epoch Integration Inc. NeedTEXT Shell software operating on the BlackBerry wireless platform provides a behind-the-firewall solution that enables the handheld to securely access a command-line interface, allowing IT users to manage servers, routers, and other network equipment. Administrators can use all of their standard command-line tools such as telnet, SSH, and FTP, to detect, diagnose, an... (more)

The BlackBerry Heads East

(March 26, 2002) - The wisdom of developing handheld devices based on truly global standards like Java - and GPRS - is being demonstrated dramatically in the case of Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion, known simply as "RIM" to anyone who already loves the company's BlackBerry wireless e-mail device. In an announcement timed to please Sun Microsystems as much as Hong Kong-based Hutchison Telecommunications, the world has learned this week (the week of JavaOne in San Francisco) that Hutchison Telecom is to be the first mobile operator anywhere in Asia to offer the BlackBerry ... (more)

BlackBerry Meets Advanced Wireless Security Standards for Government and Corporate Customers

(September 11, 2003) - Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the availability of its S/MIME Support Package v1.5 for BlackBerry. This software add-on product provides S/MIME (Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) support for Java-based BlackBerry handhelds and is now commercially available to all government and corporate customers. "S/MIME support is an important purchasing requirement for many of our customers including the U.S. Department of Defense," said Don Morrison, chief operating officer at Research In Motion. "With the availability of S/MIME support for Java-bas... (more)