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Sundance 2006.5: Black(Berry) Monday

Sundance 2006.5: Black(Berry) Monday

In the middle of the chaos that is Sundance, I stumbled upon this following story on CNN… Meanwhile, everywhere you go, there are BlackBerries (myself included) buzzing and typing away in-between screenings, meetings, and at parties. In fact BlackBerry has sponsored a few parties at the fest. It makes you wonder what Sundance (and the entertainment industry as a whole) would do if there was no more BlackBerry. From CNNMoney.com:

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion was dealt a setback Monday after the Supreme Court turned down a request to review a major patent infringement ruling against it. The move takes away yet another barrier between BlackBerry users and service interruptions. There are more than 4 million users of the BlackBerry e-mail service. Research In Motion (RIM) had petitioned the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that could lead to a shutdown of most U.S. BlackBerry sales and service…

…But analysts said the Supreme Court decision wasn’t surprising and that a blackout of the BlackBerry service is unlikely, even if an injunction is issued. That’s partly because RIM has been preparing a contingency plan. “Not much has changed from yesterday to today,” Rob Sanderson, an analyst with American Technology Research, said. He expects RIM to either settle with NTP or implement design changes to its system if faced with an injunction. RIM has not publicized details of its contingency software workaround designs but it said in a statement that “it intends to implement (them) if necessary to maintain the operation of BlackBerry services in the United States.” A settlement is another outcome more likely than shutdown of the service, according to Ben Bollin, an analyst with FTN Midwest Research.

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