Research in Motion Limited (RIM)
- Homepage: http://www.rim.net/
March 2006: "Research In Motion Limited is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data."http://www.rim.net/company/index.shtml
August 2011: 'Research In Motion has already agreed to provide the British police information from the BlackBerry Messenger network — used by many rioters to organize and strategize — under certain circumstances, he said. They might consider allowing “protocols” for easier access in future. RIM has previously negotiated with Saudi Arabia and India to allow some monitoring of users’ messages.'http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/world/europe/26social.html
May 2011: "Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Nokia's Symbian don't make kill switches available to their handsets."http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mobile/05/12/kill.switch/index.html
January 2008: "Rather than depending on patents, large information technology companies can increasingly rely on their market power and cross-licensing relationships. As a result, they are trying to rein in huge patent settlements like the $612.5 million award that NTP Inc. won from Research In Motion, the maker of the popular BlackBerry wireless device.."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/business/13stream.html
April 2006: Mr. Campana, who died in 2004, was a founder of NTP, and his patent push yielded a bonanza for the company, which will receive $612.5 million in a settlement reached last month in its patent infringement suit against Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/16/technology/16wireless.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Opponent (past or present) NTP Organization Jan 13, 2008 Opponent (past or present) Visto Corporation Organization May 2, 2007
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 25, 2011 In Britain, a Meeting on Limiting Social Media
QUOTE: British officials and representatives of Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry met Thursday to discuss voluntary ways to limit or restrict the use of social media to combat crime and periods of civil unrest, while trying to dodge charges of hypocrisy and censorship that trailed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call to restrict use of the networks after this month’s riots.
New York Times May 12, 2011 Why gadget makers wield a 'kill switch'
QUOTE: When you buy a video game from Best Buy, you don't give the retailer the right to barge into your house whenever it wants. So why do we give that permission to software companies? Most popular smartphone operating systems and other electronic gadgets include what security researchers refer to as a kill switch. This capability enables the company that makes the operating software to send a command over the Web or wireless networks that alters or removes certain applications from devices.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 12, 2010 Apple’s Spat With Google Is Getting Personal
QUOTE: Google and Apple had worked together to bring Google’s search and mapping services to the iPhone...Mr. Jobs, Mr. Schmidt and their companies are now engaged in a gritty battle royale over the future and shape of mobile computing and cellphones, with implications that are reverberating across the digital landscape.
New York Times Jul 23, 2009 Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses (Gadget Lab: Hardware that Rocks Your World)
QUOTE: Apple claims that hundreds of thousands of iPhones are being used by corporations and government agencies. What it won’t tell you is that the supposedly enterprise-friendly encryption included with the iPhone 3GS is so weak it can be cracked in two minutes with a few pieces of readily available freeware.
Wired Jan 13, 2008 Two Views of Innovation, Colliding in Washington
QUOTE: ...in changing the nation’s patent laws, Congress runs the risk of throttling the little guy — the Stephen Wozniaks and the Steven Jobses — who strike out from their garages with novel ideas that change the world. On the other hand, consumers have clearly benefited from the ability of large technology companies like Intel and Microsoft to use their prodigious market power to drive down prices.
New York Times Apr 16, 2006 In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent
QUOTE: For legal and technology experts, the tale of Mr. Goodfellow's pioneering work is evidence of the shortcomings of the nation's patent system, which was created to reward individual creativity but has increasingly become a club for giant corporations and aggressive law firms.
New York Times Mar 01, 2006 Innovation Bites the Dust
QUOTE: Patent trolls...buy dozens of seemingly obscure patents and then spend time looking at which large public companies may have in some way infringed upon them....are often short sellers who swoop in when the large company's stock drops on word of the infringement suit and then sell when it rebounds.
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