Research in Motion Changes Name to BlackBerry…

Of all the things I was expecting to come out of the BlackBerry 10 launch today, Research in Motion changing it’s name to “BlackBerry” was not one of them.

I’ll be the first to admit just a few years ago when the BlackBerry was the predominant smartphone platform in the industry, a significant number of BlackBerry users had no idea that the name of the company that built their device was Research in Motion.  Even today, although RIM is a pretty popular name, many people who know the acronym, don’t know what it stands for.

I guess I can understand why RIM would change its name, but, changing the company name to the name of the product???  That one is going to have to grow on me.

BlackBerryarkable just doesn’t have the same ring to it…

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BlackBerry 10 Launch Event Media Invitations Sent Out

Research in Motion recently sent out media invitations for the BlackBerry 10 Launch event being held in New York City on January 30th.

To say that BlackBerry 10 is RIM’s last, best chance to remain an independent player in the the today’s smartphone industry currently dominated by Android and the iPhone is a bit of an understatement.

There is, however, no shortage of rumors which  indicate that BlackBerry 10 is absolutely a rock solid mobile operating system and several use adjectives like “ground breaking” when describing its features…

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Can BlackBerry Benefit From The Recent Samsung/Apple Infringement Case Ruling?

I started this debate with a co-worker on Friday of last week simply stating that if this ruling against Samsung holds up this would be a wonderful opportunity for BlackBerry to regain some much-needed market share in US.  The question is how can RIM exploit this ruling for its benefit and capitalize to gain lost and new users in the US Market?

I have said plenty of times before that RIM would have a good possibility to sneak in as Samsung and Apple fight over patent rights. Don’t think for one second that RIM is not paying very close attention to the developments in this case and are thinking of ways to benefit from it. To be honest it should have been RIM vs Apple from the get go, but that’s just my own personal opinion and thoughts.

Maybe this is the beginning of a much-needed change in the smart phone market of today. We must maintain diversity so I side with Apple for some of the patent rulings , but we also must not put ourselves in Robot mode as well.  The question still remains, can RIM benefit from the recent Samsung/Apple Infringement Case? Leave us some feedback , we would love to hear your responses!

RIM To Cut 2000 Jobs By June 1st

According to a Globe and Mail report, Research in Motion is preparing to cut 2000 jobs or more by June 1st, one day before its first quarter ends.

Research in Motion currently has about 16,500 employees and this round of layoffs marks the second major reduction in force this year for the BlackBerry maker.

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Research In Motion Hires Law Firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP To Work Out Restructuring Plan

According to a Reuters report, Research in Motion has hired law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP to work out a restructuring deal that could include selling assets, seeking joint ventures or licensing patents.

The report claims that RIM was “very far down the road” in discussions with carriers to implement Jim Balsillie’s plan of enabling RIM’s network services on low end smartphones which could have added as much as $4 billion in revenue.

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RIM to Announce Year-End and Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results on March 29, 2012

Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) will be reporting results for the fourth quarter and year-end of fiscal 2012 on March 29, 2012 after the close of the market.  A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET. The call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 or through your personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet at www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 pm by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4466496#. A replay of the webcast will be available on your personal computer or BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET April 12, 2012.

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Press Release: Research In Motion Names Thorsten Heins President and CEO

Waterloo, ON – The Board of Directors of BlackBerry® maker Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that, acting on the recommendation of its Co-Chief Executive Officers to implement the succession plan they previously submitted to the Board, it has unanimously named Thorsten Heins as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Heins was also appointed to RIM’s Board. The Board acted after conducting its own due diligence. Both appointments are effective immediately.

Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. As Vice Chair, he will work closely with Mr. Heins to offer strategic counsel, provide a smooth transition and continue to promote the BlackBerry brand worldwide.

Mr. Heins said he looks forward to continuing to work with Mr. Lazaridis, globally recognized as a technology pioneer. He said, “Mike created a whole new way of communicating and I look forward to continuing our close collaboration.”

On the transition to CEO by Mr. Heins, Mr. Lazaridis said, “There comes a time in the growth of every successful company when the founders recognize the need to pass the baton to new leadership. Jim and I went to the Board and told them that we thought that time was now.  With BlackBerry 7 now out, PlayBook 2.0 shipping in February and BlackBerry 10 expected to ship later this year, the company is entering a new phase, and we felt it was time for a new leader to take it through that phase and beyond.  Jim, the Board and I all agreed that leader should be Thorsten Heins.”

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Research in Motion Employees can pick up the BlackBerry PlayBook for $100

Word on the street is that Research in Motion is offering the 16 GB BlackBerry PlayBook to its employees for just $100.

Each employee is eligible to snag up to 5 devices, so, if you know someone who works for RIM and you want to get an credibly cheap tablet, you may want to hit them up for a favor…

 

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