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Thursday, October 27, 2005

BlackBerry Jam

Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry,have hit the headlines twice in the past couple of days for the wrong reasons. Firstly the US Supreme Court rejected an application to put on hold a case that NTP has brought as a result of what NTP claim was RIM's stalling tactics over settlement of a patent violation by RIM. The case could cause RIM to have to stop selling BlackBerry devices.

Separately, a bug in a dot release of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server has caused the BBC to suspend use of BlackBerrys.

The company said in a statement: "RIM has developed and tested a fix for an obscure bug identified in a specific service pack release for BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The bug was isolated to version 4.02 and does not exist in version 4.03 or other earlier versions. RIM is aware of a single reported incident of the bug and responded promptly with a fix."

RIM said that the problem, whereby people seemingly got parts of messages intended for others, "did not generate any external risk".
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