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(May 2, 2002) - BEA Systems, Inc. and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) have forged a strategic relationship to deliver a framework that eases the development and delivery of mobile enterprise Web services applications for the thousands of organizations using BlackBerryTM. BEA and RIM plan to jointly deliver a simple and flexible framework for developing and deploying mobile Web services on the BEA WebLogic Enterprise PlatformTM. The goal is to bring BEA's integrated development framework, BEA WebLogic WorkshopTM, and the unique characteristics of BlackBerry together in a single solution to support an always-on, push-based architecture with end-to-end security and back-end integration to corporate systems. The framework is intended to extend the power of Web services application development to provide independent software vendors (ISVs) and in-house corporate develo... (more)

RIM Wins "Unfettered Right" To Continue the BlackBerry Success Story, Pays NTP $450M

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 o... (more)

Diversinet Mobilizes Blackberry Authentication

Diversinet Corp.  has announced support for fellow Canadian company Research in Motion's BlackBerry 7100 Series of business phones. BlackBerry 7100 users can  now use the Diversinet MobiSecure Token for what is known as  "strong authentication," operating through the Diversinet MobiSecure Authentication Service Center. (Strong  authentication requires users to possess additional physical hardware in addition to a password. ) "Reliable, standardized, strong authentication services have become essential to both corporations and the average person as they conduct more and more every... (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)

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)