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RIM and its customers yesterday won the "unfettered right" to continue in the BlackBerry-related wireless business when RIM and NTP, Inc. signed a binding term sheet that resolves all current litigation between them. RIM agreed to pay to NTP US$450 million in final and full settlement of all claims to date against RIM, as well as for a perpetual, fully-paid up license going forward. As part of the resolution, said RIM in a statement, "NTP will grant RIM and its customers an unfettered right to continue its BlackBerry-related wireless business without further interference from NTP or its patents." NTP and RIM will be finalizing the terms of this resolution in a definitive licensing and settlement agreement in upcoming weeks. The $450M amount relates primarily to settlement of past damages, and includes the judgment and money escrowed to date totalling US$137 million (t... (more)

Sybase 365 Launches AvantGo for BlackBerry

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., a provider in the delivery and settlement of messaging interoperability as well as the management and distribution of mobile content, has launched the AvantGo client for BlackBerry smart phones, from Research In Motion (RIM). BlackBerry users can now access updated, customized content from thousands of mobile Web sites anytime and anywhere – in either an online or offline mode – in a format that is optimized for BlackBerry smart phones. AvantGo for BlackBerry caches content locally, providing enhanced navigation, faster brows... (more)

Maximizer Software Partners with McObject to Improve Mobile CRM on BlackBerry Devices

Maximizer Software announced its partnership with McObject to enhance mobile productivity on Maximizer’s mobile CRM offering for BlackBerry smartphone devices. “Accessing up-to-date information on customers is critical to sales executives and other professionals in the field. Increasingly, they require this capability from their BlackBerry smartphones rather than laptops,” said Will Anderson, executive vice president of technology, Maximizer Software. “Maximizer Software is pleased to partner with McObject to improve mobile professionals’ ability to... (more)

Vlingo Launches Version 3.0 to Deliver 'Hands-Free' Control of BlackBerry Smartphones

Vlingo Corporation has announced version 3.0 of Vlingo, offering a rich feature set that provides users with "hands-free" control of their BlackBerry smartphones. Using the power of voice, Vlingo already enables users to send and reply to emails and text messages, search the mobile Web, dial the phone, look up contacts, and launch built-in applications -- just by using their voice. With Vlingo 3.0, users gain an enhanced text-to-speech read-back feature for easy hands-free confirmation of what was spoken, the ability to speak action requests such as "send," and support for wired ... (more)

Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Nokia – The Only Four Big Enough To Eat RIM

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 Canadi... (more)