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Foreign Domains, Sure.ly You Jest

What does Violet Blue, a self proclaimed Open Source Sex expert and an authoritarian Islamic government, such as Libya, have in common? Well, just about nothing, unless you want your domain name to include the suffix ly, all the rage in name branding domains¬†these days. Here also lies all the makings for a considerable conflict […]

Research In Motion, Death of a Thousand Cuts

After loud and strident statements by both RIM and their founder, Mike Lazaridis, that they would not allow the penetration of their network and the monitoring requested by many authorities of countries they provide the Blackberry service, they now appear to have capitulated to some degree in Saudi Arabia. Research In Motion is not talking […]

Saudi Arabian Blackberry Ban is About Social Control

Research in Motion’s Blackberry service was granted a reprieve on Friday, when the scheduled shutdown was to take place, they have agreed to wait until Monday, August 9th to finish testing on servers in Saudi Arabia. Yes that is correct, RIM has agreed to route messages through servers in Saudi Arabia before they are whisked […]

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 […]