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RIM to refocus on enterprise, says CEO

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said he had conducted a "personal reality check" on the company

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins has outlined a strategic overhaul of the Canadian device vendor aimed at refocusing the company on its enterprise service roots. But he conceded simultaneously that many of the firm’s traditional strengths are no longer valued as highly as they once were by its customer base.

RIM to lay off 2,000 staff

2,000 RIM staff will lose their jobs as part of the cost-cutting move

Canadian vendor Research In Motion has announced that it is to lay off 2,000 staff as part of the cost-cutting programme the firm unveiled in June. The Blackberry manufacturer said that the cuts, which will affect more than ten per cent of its workforce, were “a prudent and necessary step for the long-term success of the company.”

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BlackBerry gets VoIP

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the fruits of last year’s acquisition of Ascendent Systems on Tuesday. The company launched the weightily titled BlackBerry Mobile Voice System for Seamless Enterprise Voice Integration, which basically allows a BlackBerry to connect to the corporate PBX. Using the platform, BlackBerry smartphone users can remain logged into their [...]

BlackBerry throws a Curve ball

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) this week rolled out the BlackBerry Curve, its smallest and lightest full QWERTY smartphone to date. The Curve, also known as the 8300, follows on from the successful design of the Pearl and the features of the Pearl’s bigger, more business like brother, the 8800, by packing a full [...]

RIM to restate financials

Blackberry maker, Research in Motion on Monday announced that a review of its stock options grants will cause the company to restate its financial statements for fiscal 2004, 2005 and 2006 and Q106. The Canadian firm said it anticipates taking a $250m (£130.13m) charge after having mispriced the bulk of the stock-option grants awarded in [...]

BlackBerry gets PTT

Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian vendor behind the BlackBerry device said Thursday that it has tapped Kodiak Networks to integrate push to talk (PTT) functionality on a number of devices. The first device to feature the Java PTT client will be the BlackBerry Pearl available from Cingular Wireless. The PTT feature set will include, [...]

SEC to have a look at RIM’s books

Blackberry firm, Research In Motion (RIM), confirmed that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made an informal inquiry into the company’s stock-option grants and practices. RIM is one of several hi-tech companies that have recently been subject to increased scrutiny over option practices. The Canadian vendor recently said its original estimate of an [...]

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