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BlackBerry Sales Doubled in UAE After Price Cuts

It seems like John Chen’s recent price cuts for devices is going over well around the world. The National is reporting that BlackBerry is seeing a doubling of sales in the UAE in February compared to January. This is coming from retailer Jacky’s Electronics COO who said that price cuts are starting to move devices….


BlackBerry Sells Their US Headquarters in Las Colinas, Texas

BlackBerry has been pitching their Las Colinas office campus to buyers for months according to Dallas News (via and they finally got a bite. Canadian investor Brookfield Property Group purchased the Riverside Commons 6 building 460,000 square foot office. BlackBerry bought the buildings in 2009 and has since laid off many of their employees…


BlackBerry Considering Selling Personalized BBM PIN Numbers

It seems like BlackBerry is working double time to vastly improve BBM while also monetizing it. Their latest effort may revolve around selling custom BBM PIN numbers just like states offer custom license plates. PIN numbers in BBM are actually an interesting concept because it is one of the only messaging systems that lets you…


BlackBerry Patents Tactile Touch Sensitive Display Keyboard

BlackBerry was awarded a patent recently for what seems to be the touch sensitive keyboard we heard about coming to the Windermere codename device. The keyboard is intended to be a touch sensitive part of the device which is very innovative. spotted this new patent for a physical keyboard that somehow overlays a touch…


Video of John Chen’s Latest Bloomberg Interview Now Available

We told you a bit about the Bloomberg interview BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, had this week. Now Jay pointed out to me that the video of the interview is now available on Bloomberg TV. Its actually great to watch and get a feel for Chen in a more casual environment and he even tells jokes….


BlackBerry Promises to Honor $10K Developer Commitments so Nobody Misses Out

We heard from two developers this week about some concerns with the final BlackBerry $10K developer commitment. In case you don’t remember, last year BlackBerry attracted developers by promising $10,000 in revenue for any app that was Built for for BlackBerry approved and made at least $1,000 in sales. Now that the program has finally…


BlackBerry CEO Confirms He Likes “Research In Motion “A Lot Better”

John pointed out to me that I glossed over a part of the Bloomberg interview we just mentioned. In it BlackBerry CEO John Chen was asked about the name change to BlackBerry from Research In Motion or RIM. He stated that “I personally like Research In Motion a lot better” but don’t worry he has…


CEO John Chen Heads to the White House for “Customer Outreach”

BlackBerry’s CEO headed to the White House recently to talk to President Barack Obama and other staff about where he is taking BlackBerry. He told Bloomberg that “As part of my meeting customers I have briefed the White House from an IT perspective.” He said it was “just customer outreach — and they were nice…

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