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The Pentagon is Absolutely Not Ordering 80,000 New Blackberry Phones

blackberryThe Pentagon has just denied reports that it placed an order for 80,000 new Blackberry phones, but not before the phone maker’s stock jump from $9 per share to $11 per share.

According to a statement to The Verge, the Department of Defense said, ” Absolutely no new orders have been placed for new BB devices. The DISA press release put out Jan. 16 never alluded to any devices being purchased. The 80,000 BBs and 1,800 non-BB devices referenced in the release are legacy systems already in DoD inventories.” Read more

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BlackBerry Posts $4.4B Q3 Loss

Blackberry BoldStruggling smartphone maker BlackBerry posted a $4.4 billion loss for its third quarter that ended Nov. 30. It earned $1.2 billion in revenues, a 56 percent decrease from the $2.7 billion it earned in the same period last year.

The smartphone maker has shopped for a buyer, installed new management (multiple times), and continues to shift strategies to try to fight its way out of this downward spiral. It introduced 10 new smartphones earlier this year, but now says it will “drive greater focus on services and software,” such as the BBM messaging app. Read more

Blackberry Z10 Could Inadvertently Reveal Users’ Porn Habits

Blackeberry Messenger allows users to chare what they are currently listening and watching – but that could also mean porn. Users on Crackberry forum posted a screenshot demonstrating this very vulnerability. The messenger client revealed the user was currently “listening to”

Blackberry’s default setting does not share videos or songs to the messenger’s status updates, so you have to turn on the “show what I am listening to” feature in order to have an embarrassing porn update slip into your status. Consider yourself warned.

RIM Exceeds Expectations, Sells A Million BlackBerry 10 Phones

Research in Motion sold 6 million smartphones for the fiscal fourth quarter 2013, including about a million BlackBerry 10 devices, the company revealed in its financial report released on Thursday. The 1 million units sold exceeded expectations. Analysts had predicted about 915,000 units to sell during the quarter, according to reports.

Here is more from the financial report: “Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was approximately $2.7 billion, down $49 million or 2% from approximately $2.7 billion in the previous quarter and down 36% from $4.2 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2012.”

The  introduction of a new operating system and these new touchscreen phones last month were considered BlackBerry’s last ditch effort to stay relevant in the mobile business, which is now largely dominated by Apple and Android devices. The initial sales have analysts pleased. “I thought they were dead. This is a huge turnaround,” Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies told The Washington Post.

In the financial statement, BlackBerry also revealed that it shipped approximately 370,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets during the quarter.

BlackBerry 10 Selling Well in UK & Canada

RIM launched the BlackBerry 10, the company’s new comeback smartphone, in the UK and Canada this week. Sales appear to be going well in these markets, depending on who you ask.

European Managing Director Stephen Bates at RIM told Mobile Industry Review on Tuesday that, ”Stores sold out and the feedback — very important from store staff on the ground — is that the customer reaction has been great.”

BGR called these numbers into question, pointing out that while the sales may be going well, the expectations were very low and stores were only carrying very small supplies in both countries. Here is more from the blog: “A number of industry watchers followed up the BlackBerry Z10′s launch in the UK with customary checks at various retailers. While these checks did reaffirm earlier reports of widespread stock-outs, they also found that by and large, retailers didn’t have many Z10 handsets to begin with.” Read more

Neil Gaiman & BlackBerry Team Up for Storytelling Project

Novelist Neil Gaiman and BlackBerry have teamed up to create a storytelling project called A Calendar of Tales.

Gaiman will write a new tale for every month of the year, drawing inspiration and illustrations from his millions of online fans. The project will create “an amazing calendar showcasing your illustrations beside Neil’s stories.” We’ve embedded a video explanation above.

Here’s how to join the project: “Why is January so dangerous? Tweet your answer to Neil’s question and your thoughts could be the inspiration for his January story. Make sure you’re following BlackBerry so if you’re lucky enough to be chosen by Neil we’ll be able to contact you directly. If you’re not a follower, we won’t be able to use your tweet. Start sending Neil your tweets from 5pm GMT 4th February and get them in by 5pm GMT 6th February.”

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