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US Secretary of State to Negotiate with RIM and UAE

Early in the last century phosphate deposits were important, later countries were undermined for their copper and we all still fight over oil. No one is fighting over the Internet and telecommunications yet but it amplifies the importance of these technologies that the Secretary of State of the United States, Hillary Clinton, would weigh into […]

Research In Motion Roars, Will the Autocrats Flinch?

After making some far too carefully paced and diplomatic statements to the press on Monday, Research in Motion’s co-CEO and founder, Michael Lazaridis, has come out swinging in a battle that define the future of Blackberry and maybe the very idea of what the Internet will be in the international arena. In a fiery retort […]

Research In Motion Claims To Be Saying “No, Not, Never”

Despite threats of closing down their service in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, leaks from sources inside Kuwait and India that they have already conceded some access and threats from other countries to do the same, Research in Motion is claiming that they have not given in to opening their system. Mike Lazaridis […]

Research In Motion makes concessions to India & Kuwait

As the Blackberry market share comes under increasing pressure by the Apple iPhone and eventually Google’s Android, the importance of international markets becomes ever more apparent. Several days ago I wrote about the failed negotiations and clash between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia that to their announcement that the service would be terminated […]

Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Block Blackberry

Today, the United Arab Emirates announced that it will start blocking Blackberry email, messaging and web browsing features starting on October 11. Almost immediately following this announcement, Saudi Arabian telcos were ordered to begin blocking the messenger service of Blackberry later this month. The UAE cited security concerns as the primary reason to take this […]

iPad International Data Plans, Will Cost Deflect User Acceptance?

The acceptance or rejection of a device or user pattern is not just dependent on great industrial design, interface and user experience -price and availability can be just as much a part of user experience. A successful product acceptance and the subsequent user pattern change depends on many factors. None can be ignored if the […]