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BlackBerry claims no spam, attacks Apple's iMessage service

08/22, 2:26pm

Poorly messaged article omits features of iMessage to bolster BB10

BlackBerry has attacked iMessage in a blog post, as it attempts to try and convert more users to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The post, written by head of product and brand marketing for BBM Jeff Gadway, latches on to recent reports about spam messages on iMessage, and lists off ways the service allegedly beats Apple's messaging platform.

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BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone launches publicly

07/31, 1:45pm

BBM for Windows Phone includes chats, excludes BBM Voice, Channels

BlackBerry has made its BlackBerry Messenger app available to download in the Windows Phone store. Previously only available as a closed beta on the platform, and already out on iOS and Android, the version offered is still in beta, though BlackBerry has taken the time to make BBM fit in with the Windows Phone user interface styling, and some features don't appear to have been included.

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BlackBerry launches BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone beta

07/10, 7:44pm

Beta test ahead of official launch, some features like Voice to be added later on

Users of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) are going to able to use the service on a new mobile platform. Today, BlackBerry announced that the messaging service has made its way to Windows Phones, starting off with a limited run in beta. The company wants to focus on providing an introduction to the program with its first release.

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Briefly: BBM testing on Windows Phone, Xbox One upgrade credit offer

07/08, 1:49pm

BlackBerry Messenger commences private beta on Windows Phone store

BlackBerry has put the BlackBerry Messenger app in the Windows Phone store, though it is not available to everyone. The listing, which follows the earlier BBM launch on iOS and Android, hints at a near-future release of the messaging app on the platform, though according to CNET, the app is being tested in a private beta ahead of its launch, with only whitelisted users able to install the app from the store.

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BlackBerry Messenger due to hit Windows Phone in coming weeks

06/20, 9:02am

BlackBerry CEO confirms impending app launch still on schedule

BlackBerry is preparing to release the Windows Phone version of its BlackBerry Messenger app, one the company said it would release by the summer. The messaging client, joining the iOS and Android versions as well as BlackBerry OS devices, was advised by CEO John Chen as coming out on time, though he stopped short of providing a specific release date.

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Briefly: BlackBerry 'Heartbleed' updates, Amazon gains BBC shows in UK

04/14, 10:14am

BlackBerry will update iOS, Android BBM apps over Heartbleed security flaw

BlackBerry has added itself to the list of companies working to fix issues caused by the 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL security flaw. Senior vice president Scott Totzke told Reuters that, though the majority of BlackBerry products are unaffected, by not using OpenSSL, it will still need to issue updates to Secure Work Space corporate e-mail and the BlackBerry Messenger clients for iOS and Android.

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Briefly: BBM for Android on Gingerbread, Streaming music on UK charts

02/19, 5:32am

BlackBerry updates BBM app to work with Android 2.3

BlackBerry has opened up BBM for Android to users of older devices. BlackBerry Messenger can now be downloaded and used on smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 or later, though the older version of the mobile operating system will not have access to new additions to the app, such as BBM Voice, BBM Channels, and Glympse real-time location sharing.

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BlackBerry updates BBM for iOS, Android with BBM Voice, Channels

02/13, 12:24pm

Free voice calls between BBM users reaches non-BlackBerry OS devices

BlackBerry is rolling out a number of changes to its BlackBerry Messenger app for iOS and Android, as the app reaches version 2.0. BBM Voice and BBM Channels, two features already in use by BlackBerry device owners, are included in the update along with Dropbox integration, and a collection of smaller updates to the app.

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BlackBerry reveals updates for BBM iOS, Android in early 2014

12/20, 7:22am

BBM voice, video calls still being worked on

BlackBerry is still working on adding voice and video calling to BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android, the company has revealed. The free calling over voice and video will be making its way to the app during 2014, along with a number of other additions, such as BBM Channels and what the company claims to be faster and easier sharing of content and locations.

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BlackBerry signs deal with LG to preload BBM app onto smartphones

12/18, 12:14pm

LG G Pro Lite is first to have BBM preinstalled

BlackBerry Messenger will be preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite in the future, BlackBerry has revealed. The BBM client for Android will first appear on the smartphone as a standard pre-install and via the LG App Manager under the new bundling agreement and will also be installed on to a number of other LG smartphones, though LG has yet to reveal what hardware will carry it.

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BlackBerry adds iPad, iPod support to BBM, adds sharing options

11/15, 5:32am

Minor bug fixes included within updated BlackBerry Messenger app

Just as promised by the company yesterday, BlackBerry has updated BBM for iOS, allowing it to be run on iPads and iPods. At the same time, BlackBerry Messenger receives a number of bug fixes relating to the Android version, with both versions also gaining more options for sharing and connecting with other users on the service.

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BlackBerry Messenger reaching Wi-Fi iPads in next 24 hours

11/14, 5:26am

Updated app brings BBM to iPads without cellular connection

BlackBerry Messenger will be coming out for Wi-Fi versions of the iPad within the next 24 hours. The messaging service, already available on iPhones and cellular iPads as well as Android smartphones, will spread to the tablet as the existing app gets updated, though there apparently will not be a tablet-specific version of the app.

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BlackBerry removes queue for app, video and voice calls due in future

10/28, 8:18am

Audio and video calls coming within months, BBM Channels also due

BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iPhone will have voice and video calling in the future, according to a company executive. The extra communication options for the app comes at the same time as the phone manufacturer removes the queue from the app, allowing anyone that has downloaded it access without having to wait any longer.

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BBM suffers from fake Google Play reviews, iOS app bug

10/24, 1:33pm

iOS bug, fake Google Play reviews mar BBM app launch

BlackBerry's second attempt at launching its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for Android and iOS has run into issues again, after a promising start. Suspicious reviews on Google Play are suggesting some form of review shilling is taking place, and the phone manufacturer is also looking towards fixing an issue found in the iOS version of its messaging client.

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BlackBerry Messenger hits 10M downloads within 24 hours of launch

10/23, 5:38am

Majority of BBM downloads on iOS, users still waiting for access

BlackBerry Messenger has been downloaded more than 10 million times in its first 24 hours of availability. The app for Android and iOS, free on both platforms, is said by the company to be the top free app in more than 75 countries, including the US, UK, and Canada, which BlackBerry calls one of the "best single-day openings for a mobile app to date."

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BBM to launch for Android, iPhone within hours [Update: Now live]

10/21, 1:26pm

BlackBerry post says BBM coming for Android, iOS in hours

Monday saw the long-awaited launch of BlackBerry Messenger for smartphones on both Google's Android and Apple's iOS platform. BlackBerry confirmed the release of BBM for the world's leading mobile platforms today in a post to the company blog. The app is already live in Apple's iTunes App Store, and it is said to be live in Google's Play Store, but some users have reported difficulty in downloading the Android version.

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BlackBerry executive explains BBM for iOS, Android launch pause

09/24, 6:13am

Leaked Android BBM app had 'issue,' swamped servers

BlackBerry will probably not be rolling out its BlackBerry Messenger app to iOS and Android for the rest of this week. A blog post by Andrew Blocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry, went into more detail about the Android leak and why the company decided to temporarily pull the app from distribution just hours after it first launched on iOS.

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BlackBerry Messenger app rollout stalled over Android app leak

09/23, 7:59am

Leaked BBM Android app blocked, iOS app unaffected

The launch of BlackBerry Messenger on platforms other than the company's smartphones has hit a roadblock, after both the Android and iOS versions of the app were pulled from the relevant app stores. A leaked version of its Android app apparently caused more than 1.1 million users to try out the service within eight hours, before the app was even released.

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Briefly: BlackBerry Messenger hits iOS, LoveFilm gains AirPlay

09/21, 10:14pm

BlackBerry starts regional release of BBM app on iOS

BlackBerry Messenger for iOS is now available to download. The BBM app from the troubled smartphone manufacturer, heading to Android in the near future, has appeared in a few regional versions of the App Store in Asia and New Zealand according to The Next Web, with other regions expected to go live soon after midnight in each area.

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BlackBerry Messenger for Android, iOS due this weekend

09/18, 3:42pm

Android on Saturday, iOS on Sunday

The Android version of BlackBerry Messenger will go live on Saturday, September 21st, followed by an iOS release on Sunday, BlackBerry has confirmed. The launches may be timed to coincide with a rumored Friday event in Jakarta, Indonesia. Regardless, the apps will mark the first time BBM has expanded beyond BlackBerry devices.

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BlackBerry Messenger could launch on Friday for Samsung Galaxy phones

09/17, 1:42pm

Three-month Samsung exclusive for BBM denied by BlackBerry

BlackBerry Messenger could be launching at the end of the week, with Samsung Galaxy smartphones being its first outlet, according to a report. The BBM app is said by Samsung Nigeria's Twitter feed to go live on Friday, though it is not clear if it will be also going live on other Android devices, or even through iOS, at the same time.

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BlackBerry reveals BBM iOS app, says it is stuck in approval process

09/06, 8:30pm

Encrypted messaging app still has following, but no longer king of privacy

A BlackBerry executive revealed a final version of the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for iOS in a tweet this afternoon, mentioning that the app was submitted for approval two weeks ago and using the hashtags "#waiting" and "#BBM4ALL." The move, first confirmed last month, is part of the company's plan to diversify its offerings onto other platforms, as a huge percentage of the company's former base have moved on, following BlackBerry's thus-far unsuccessful attempt to play catch-up to its rivals.

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BlackBerry accidentally leaks iPhone, Android BBM app launch site

08/30, 2:12pm

Website wording suggests iPad BBM app could be delayed

BlackBerry could be extremely close to launching BlackBerry Messenger on Android and iOS, based on an accidental leak. A landing page declaring "BBM for Android and iPhone is here" was visible for a brief period of time yesterday, shortly before the phone manufacturer realized its mistake and pulled the pages from view.

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BlackBerry allegedly considering making BBM service a subsidiary

08/27, 3:39pm

Making BlackBerry Messenger independent could help sale prospects

BlackBerry is considering moving the BlackBerry Messenger service into its own subsidiary, according to a report. The move by the troubled phone manufacturer would in theory give BBM the ability to work more independently from the rest of the BlackBerry business, at a time when the company is working to roll out BBM onto other platforms, such as iOS and Android.

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BlackBerry leaks BBM manuals for iOS, Android, hints at launch

08/23, 5:41am

BlackBerry Messenger seemingly on-track for late-summer launch

BlackBerry could be launching the cross-platform version of its messaging system in the near future, after user guides for BlackBerry Messenger on Android and iOS were discovered. The appearance of the manuals on BlackBerry's support pages, now removed, suggest that the app will be released before the end of the summer, as previously advised by the company.

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BlackBerry Messenger heading to Samsung Galaxy phones in near future

08/06, 9:42am

Initial launch on Galaxy devices in Africa, general Android and iOS to come

BlackBerry Messenger will be heading to Android soon, with Samsung devices being the first to receive it. The app will be made available in both Google Play and the Samsung App store in the near future, with Galaxy smartphone users based in Africa initially being able to download it, suggesting that it will reach other regions, other Android devices, and iOS soon.

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BlackBerry opens up BlackBerry Messenger to iOS, Android this summer

05/14, 1:24pm

Messaging system for BlackBerry phones will work on other platforms

BlackBerry will be expanding access to its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service to new platforms this summer, in a move that has surfaced in rumors a number of times in the past. Users of iOS and Android devices will be able to download a free app for their device in order to use the service, with the core BBM functionality initially available and other aspects expected later in the year.

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RIM adds free Wi-Fi calls to BlackBerry Messenger 7

12/10, 11:14am

BlackBerry 10 update page launched at same time

Research in Motion has updated BlackBerry Messenger to include free Wi-Fi calling between BBM users. BBM 7.0 with BBM Voice allows its users to make calls without using the cell network, such as in signal blackspots, and also lets users still send messages to one another while in the middle of the call, as well as other updates to the app.

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Leaked images show off BlackBerry Messenger redesign

06/26, 4:10pm

New BBM user interface, color scheme

Following on the heels of an image leak that was claimed to show off the first two BlackBerry 10 devices, additional images of a revamped interface for BlackBerry Messenger on BlackBerry 10 have surfaced. N4BB.com has acquired two images that appear to reveal the reworked messaging service. The UI is believed to have been redesigned to take advantage of the OLED screens said to be featured on RIM's forthcoming phones.

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RIM wins BlackBerry Messenger trademark fight

06/02, 6:29pm

Complainant in different industry, BBM allowed to be used by RIM

BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has won a rare victory in court. The Federal Court of Canada has ruled that RIM can continue to use the acronym BBM, for BlackBerry Messenger, as an analyst firm challenging the trademark operates in an entirely different industry.

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Rumor: RIM drops plans to bring BBM to Android, iPhone

05/25, 9:48am

Unnamed source disputes rumored BBM on other platforms

Research in Motion may not open up its BlackBerry Messenger service as previously thought. Rumors that the BBM service would expand to Android handsets and iPhones, as evidenced by a photo of a beta app, are in doubt following the replacement of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie by chief executive Thorsten Heins, according to an unnamed source speaking to the Wall Street Journal.

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BlackBerry Curve 9220 official with BBM key

04/18, 9:40am

BlackBerry Curve 9220 aims at developing world

RIM out an end to at least one rumor on Wednesday with the BlackBerry Curve 9220. Its new entry smartphone is the first to have a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger key. Hitting the side-mounted BBM button launches the app from wherever the user is in the OS, making it easier to respond to a message or share something as soon as it shows.

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Rumors: BBM seen on iOS/Android, BlackBerry PlayBook 4G soon

04/13, 6:10pm

RIM may be close to BBM Android and PlayBook 4G

RIM could be getting close to releasing a pair of major projects based on a pair of tentative rumors in mid-week. One possible sighting emerging from TechnoBuffalo had BlackBerry Messenger being run on an Android device for testing purposes. The lone shot had few extra details, but conspicuously showed an "iPhone test" contact entry, suggesting RIM was developing for both platforms.

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RIM employee attacked at BBM party dies of wounds

04/09, 12:10am

RIM event marked by tragic death

The stabbing at RIM's party for BlackBerry Messenger has resulted in further tragedy as London's Metropolitan Police have reported that the victim has died of his wounds. Philip Sherriff, one of RIM's UK employees, passed on early Sunday. His attacker is believed to be Ashley Charles and has already been charged with attempted murder.

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BlackBerry 4G PlayBook prototype slips out

04/06, 7:55am

BlackBerry 4G PlayBook spied in detail

Removing doubts around earlier rumors of a BlackBerry 4G PlayBook, a CrackBerry forum poster revealed overnight that he had access to at least three of them. Showing both the SIM tray and the presence of a "mobile network" settings pane, user fakedeadmau5 proved that the design was fundamentally the same as the seven-inch original save for cellular hardware. He also showed a rudimentary BlackBerry Messenger app, suggesting that RIM had at least been trying to get BBM working on cellular PlayBooks after failing to get it working on Wi-Fi only.

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RIM recruiting for iOS mobile app developers

03/22, 2:05pm

RIM may bring BlackBerry services to iOS users

RIM may break a longstanding policy against apps for non-BlackBerry platforms if a job listing is an indicator. The position for a Senior iOS Mobile Developer wants someone who can design and write enterprise iPad and iPhone apps. As proof that apps themselves are important, any potential hire has to show examples of published App Store titles.

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IDC: iPhone now outselling BlackBerry even in Canada

03/22, 9:00am

iPhone overcomes BlackBerry Canadian bias

A hybrid of new data collected by both IDC and Bloomberg has shown that the BlackBerry is no longer the top-selling smartphone in Canada. Despite a home zone advantage, RIM was outsold in all of 2011, at 2.85 million iPhones to 2.08 million BlackBerrys. The result was a stark reversal of 2010, when RIM had shipped about 500,000 more smartphones; RIM had been shipping five times as many phones in 2008, when the iPhone 3G was just new to the country.

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RIM tries new tact with ‘Be Bold’ ad campaign

02/02, 5:40am

RIM launches new ad campaign to boost share

RIM has started a new ad campaign aimed at highlighting the simplicity and workhorse-like nature of its smartphones, focusing on the streamlined strengths of its platform. One of the features that gets renewed emphasis is RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service, which has helped to make it one of the most popular handsets among teens in the UK. The new spots include phrases such as ‘I’m about action, not distraction’ as well as ‘we need tools, not toys,’ playing on one of the hackneyed criticisms of the iPhone.

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RIM CEO: we're looking into BBM on other platforms

01/27, 4:25pm

RIM CEO hints BBM may be open to iOS and Android

RIM's new CEO Thorsten Heins has continued his interviewing with hints the company might not be as closed to the possibility of BlackBerry Messenger on other mobile platforms as once thought. He told CrackBerry that he was still committed to the core BlackBerry platform and there weren't immediate plans, but that the company "should never rule this [possibility] out." The company did have staff exploring the possibility, but it would only go ahead if it was logical.

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Detailed BlackBerry leak shows Curve's BBM key, media server

01/26, 12:45pm

BlackBerry 2012 roadmap exposed in huge detail

An extremely detailed RIM roadmap has leaked to BGR that shows even more than what was shown yesterday. Along with confirming the 1.5GHz, 3G- and NFC-equipped PlayBook refresh, the scoop shows that the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and 9320 will make BlackBerry Messenger a central feature. Both will have a built-in BBM key on the side, making a return to chat a one-button feature.

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Rumor: RIM trying to court buyout from Samsung

01/17, 2:40pm

RIM said optimistic in hoping for Samsung takeover

A contentious rumor Tuesday alleges that RIM has been trying to get a buyout offer from Samsung. The "trusted sources" for BGR had the company talking to anyone interested in buying some or all of the BlackBerry maker, but co-CEO Jim Balsillie was reportedly "going hard" for a Samsung deal. Samsung might want the company for adding enterprise-grade services and expanding or replacing ChatON with the more tightly integrated BlackBerry Messenger.

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RIM faces verdict in 'BBM' suit, may have used BBX knowingly

12/23, 2:15pm

RIM sued by BBM Canada for misusing name

RIM was found Friday to be facing another lawsuit over one of its core products. Broadcast group BBM Canada is now known to have sued RIM on August 12, 2010, and to face a hearing on January 11, 2012, for allegedly misusing the BBM term to refer to BlackBerry Messenger. Unlike most such cases, BBM Canada could point to genuine cases of confusion, the Globe and Mail said, with staff being mistaken for RIM workers and an analytics branch being mistakenly called for messaging help.

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Indonesia may block BlackBerry service over Singapore envy

12/09, 12:20pm

Rebuffs RIM after it chooses Singapore for servers

Malaysian government officials have threatened to end RIM's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service in that country. This rebuff comes after RIM chose to place a new server operation in Singapore. The Indonesian Telecommunication Regulation Body (BRTI) claimed to The Jakarta Post that the potential action is due to security reasons.

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RIM's India exec leaves amid BlackBerry snooping pressure

11/03, 8:05pm

Company appoints interim leader

Research In Motion has confirmed that Frenny Bawa, managing director of the company's Indian division, has stepped down from her position to pursue other interests. Although the executive's reasons for leaving RIM were not fully disclosed, the announcement follows strong pressure from the Indian government to gain access to encrypted communications sent via BlackBerry Messenger.

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Rumor has AirPlay Mirroring, iMessage enroute to Mac OS X

10/31, 7:45am

Apple may take more iOS features to Mac soon

An as yet unverified rumor asserts that Apple's "Back to the Mac" philosophy will continue with two more key additions. A 9to5 tip had both AirPlay Mirroring and iMessage in development. Although code references have alluded to iMessage coming to iChat, Apple was supposedly working on both a stand-alone app and an integrated client to determine which was better, possibly the same strategy used for FaceTime.

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UK stores: price-cut BlackBerry PlayBook still not selling

10/27, 5:25pm

British retail claims little effect to price drops

Steep BlackBerry PlayBook price cuts may not have had much effect in the UK, according to unofficial stories from local retailers. They claimed that sales had been given a "slight uplift," The Register said, but that results were still "disappointing." The nearly four-day BlackBerry outage was a partial factor, as it rattled confidence in the whole platform, tipsters said.

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PlayBook 2.0 may wait until February, fall short of iMessage

10/25, 4:20pm

BlackBerry PlayBook may lack e-mail until Feb 17

The promised BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 update might not arrive until February if rumors from within RIM prove true. Despite promises by company CEOs that the update would be available soon after it was shown off at BlackBerry DevCon last week, BGR understood the tablet wouldn't get native e-mail and other basics until mid-February, possibly February 17. RIM's problems overcoming the one-device limit inherent to the BlackBerry has reportedly proven tougher to overcome than once thought.

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RIM rules out BlackBerry Messenger on other platforms

10/18, 9:15pm

Reps shoot down talk of Android compatibility

Research In Motion has reportedly ruled out the possibility of expanding BlackBerry Messenger service to additional platforms. When pressed by DevCon attendees inquiring about Android support in the future, BlackBerry Developer Program senior director Chris Smith claimed there are "no plans for it." Vice president of developer relations Alec Saunders also claimed he "wasn't aware of it."

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RIM claims fixed BlackBerry in Asia, Europe [U: down again]

10/11, 9:05am

RIM revives BlackBerry in Eastern hemisphere

(Update: new failure) RIM's Eastern hemisphere BlackBerry outage was restored early Tuesday morning. The company said that services had been brought back online and apologized for the drop. No cause was given, however, despite over 20 hours of outages in Africa, Asia, Europe, and hte Middle East.

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RIM would shut BlackBerry Messenger if ordered by UK

09/15, 2:50pm

A same time argues BBM helpful in times of crisis

RIM, the makers of Blackberry smartphones and the operator of the BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM), told a UK investigative committee that it would shut down BBM during incidents like the recent riots and other if ordered, but not voluntarily. Stephen Bates, RIM UK Managing Director, told members of the British Parliament that the company would obey the law but that BBM wasn't inherently wrong. Social media could have positive uses in a crisis, and suspending messaging services such as BBM was not a "good way to move forward," Bates said.

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