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August 08 2012

14:11

January 23 2012

12:35

Research In Motion: Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have stepped down

memeburn :: Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, released a statement today announcing that co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have stepped down in a management shuffle. As a result of mounting pressure by shareholders who watched RIM’s stock price tumble 75% last year, eventually falling below book value, RIM announced that Lazaridis who founded RIM in 1984 will become vice chairman, while Balsillie will continue to sit on the board forgoing any operational roles.

Continue to read memeburn.com

January 07 2012

21:19

ZDNet, India: Have RIM, Nokia & Apple provided Indian Military with backdoor access to cellular comm?

ZDNet :: On January 6th reports of Symantec being hacked surfaced. The group of hackers behind the attack were from India. The hack got covered since the hackers claimed to have acces to Norton’s source code. Earlier today I came across scans of a set of documents that are internal communications between the Indian Military. The documents claim the existence of a system known as RINOA SUR.

[Manan Kakkar:] In exchange for mobile presence in India, RIM, Nokia and Apple have allegedly provided backdoor access for the Indian intelligence to spy on communication.

Continue to read Manan Kakkar, www.zdnet.com

December 30 2011

14:05

comScore Nov 2011 U.S. mobile subscriber market share: Google 46.9pc, Apple 28.7pc

comScore | MobiLens :: 91.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in November, up 8% from the preceding three month period. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 46.9% market share, up 3.1 percentage points from the prior three-month period. Apple maintained its #2 position, growing 1.4 percentage point to 28.7% of the smartphone market. RIM ranked third with 16.6% share, followed by Microsoft (5.2%) and Symbian (1.5%).

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Nov. 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2011
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens   Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers Aug-11 Nov-11 Point Change Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A Google 43.8% 46.9% 3.1 Apple 27.3% 28.7% 1.4 RIM 19.7% 16.6% -3.1 Microsoft 5.7% 5.2% -0.5 Symbian 1.8% 1.5% -0.3

comScore MobiLens service measures and reports about trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers. Findings might be an indicator for other regional markets as well.

More findings - continue to read www.comscore.com

July 26 2011

05:45

Nortel's 6,000 patents - Google's Ken Walker: patents are "government-granted monopolies"

Apple Insider :: Google Senior Vice President and General Counsel Ken Walker had indicated in April that Google was interested in a collection of 6,000 patents from bankrupt Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel because "many of [Google's] competitors have larger portfolios given their longer histories." The search giant succeeded in placing the initial "stalking horse" bid, but ultimately lost out to a group consisting of Apple and other competitors, including as Microsoft, Research in Motion and Sony.

Shortly after the auction's results were announced, he posted a short statement describing the outcome as "disappointing for anyone who believes that open innovation benefits users and promotes creativity and competition," but declined to comment more on the matter.

Apple Insider interviewed Ken Walker calling for patent reform in the U.S. as he characterized patents as "government-granted monopolies".

Continue to read Josh Ong, www.appleinsider.com

July 05 2011

21:20

May 2011 top smartphone platforms - Google's Android is blowing everyone away

comScore MobiLens :: 76.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in May 2011, up 11 percent from the preceding three month period. Google Android ranked as the top operating system with 38.1 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers, up 5.1 percentage points. Apple strengthened its #2 position with 26.6 percent of the smartphone market, up 1.4 percentage points. RIM ranked third with 24.7 percent share, followed by Microsoft (5.8 percent) and Palm (2.4 percent).

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending May 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2011
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens   Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers Feb-11 May-11 Point Change Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A Google 33.0% 38.1% 5.1 Apple 25.2% 26.6% 1.4 RIM 28.9% 24.7% -4.2 Microsoft 7.7% 5.8% -1.9 Palm 2.8% 2.4% -0.4

Information provided by www.comscore.com

July 03 2011

18:23

HP's Touchpad not an option to Apple's iPad: "we're going after the enterprise space"

Business Insider :: HP's TouchPad tablet launched to tepid reviews this week, and HP is already backing away from it as an answer to the iPad. Instead, HP is going after a much weaker competitor: Research In Motion, RIM. Developer relations head Richard Kerris told The Loop yesterday that the TouchPad is really an enterprise play: “We think there’s a better opportunity for us to go after the enterprise space ..."

HP's strategy - continue to read Matt Rosoff, www.businessinsider.com

 

July 02 2011

19:54

nielsenwire - Smartphones now majority of new cellphone purchases (US)

nielsenwire :: Apple iOS up, Android flat, Research In Motion, or RIM down among recent acquirers. Smartphones continue to grow in popularity. According to Nielsen’s May survey of mobile consumers in the U.S., 38 percent now own smartphones. And 55 percent of those who purchased a new handset in the past three months reported buying a smartphone instead of a feature phone, up from 34 percent just a year ago.

"In US, Smartphones Now Majority of New Cellphone Purchases" - Continue to read blog.nielsen.com

June 26 2011

20:02

Why the auction of 6,000 Nortel patents on Monday is interesting for Google, Apple, Microsoft & Co

paidContent :: One of the most pivotal events at the intersection of patent law and the mobile industry kicks off on Monday, when the fate of 6,000 Nortel patents will be put on sale before a who’s who of mobile industry giants. Google, Apple, Research in Motion, Ericsson, Microsoft, ZTE, and patent holding company RPX have all been rumored or confirmed to be interested in the patent portfolio. The winner of these patents could be poised to unleash a new wave of lawsuits against the mobile industry ...

Tom Krazit, paidContent on what you need to know about the historic auction.

Continue to read Tom Krazit, paidcontent.org

June 17 2011

22:00

Blackberry - Research In Motion's (RIM) astounding collapse in The U.S.

Business Insider :: Blackberry | Research In Motion (RIM)'s share of the U.S. market collapse right around the time Verizon decides to throw its weight behind Android. As RIM's marketshare in the U.S. collapsed, so did its average selling price per phone. Sure, RIM is proud of its expansion into other markets, but they're not as valuable to RIM.

The chart can be found here Jay Yarow, www.businessinsider.com

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