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RIM Reports Quarterly Loss but Cash Pile Grows

Research In Motion Ltd reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday and the struggling BlackBerry maker managed to increase its cash pile in the run-up to the launch of its make-or-break line of next generation devices.

Wall Street Watch this Week: Betting Against BlackBerry

All the smartphone hype now is about the iPhone 5 and the latest Androids. But once, it was the BlackBerry people couldn't live without. Well, Research In Motion is still making them, and folks are still buying them. How many will become clearer this week when RIM reports its quarterly results.

How to Make Your IPhone 5 Upgrade Cheaper: Recommerce

When Apple fans start shelling out for the new iPhone 5 Wednesday, most will be retiring older, but still perfectly good, smartphones to the backs of desk drawers -- or the trash. But the smart tech junkies will be getting paid cash for their former phones by selling them on "recommerce" sites.

Wall Street this Week: Keep an Eye on RIMM, Homes, Cards, Schools

Here's some of what will shape the week ahead on Wall Street: BlackBerry-maker RIMM will make a sour report; homebuilder earnings will be up and down; University of Phoenix grades itself; and American Greetings gets a condolence card. Oh, and watch out for window dressing!

3 Ways the Video Game Business Could Bounce Back

Folks aren't buying video games the way they used to -- and that's a problem for the industry. But if the big players are willing to consider some outrageous strategies, they can buy themselves some bonus lives.

BlackBerry Loses to Apple Again

You know things are going from bad to worse for BlackBerry farmer Research In Motion when some of the stodgiest companies on the planet start trading in their BlackBerry smartphones for shiny new iPhones. The most recent defector from RIM: Halliburton, the fuddy-duddy oil-field services giant that critics associate with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, Dick Cheney, and no-bid contracts in Iraq.

Off the RIM: The Worst Co-CEOs of 2011 Step Down

BlackBerry maker RIM's maligned co-CEOS Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis are stepping down, and co-COO Thorsten Heins is taking the reins solo. And while the markets aren't sure about Heins yet, he has one thing going for him his predecessors didn't.

Why BlackBerry Maker RIM Will Never Be Great Again

It has been a horrible year for Research In Motion, and things may not be getting any better for the BlackBerry maker come 2012. Despite all of the buyout speculation, RIM's stock has been a disaster. In fact, it's a foregone conclusion that RIM is toast.

RIM Rumor or Reality: Is a BlackBerry Buyout Coming?

Major tech companies including Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia have been eyeing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, according to recent reports. True, we shouldn't jump to any conclusions based on the words of "unnamed sources." But all of the attention RIM's getting does make sense.

Could BlackBerry's Maker Pull Off Apple-like Revival?

It's hard to imagine two companies more different than Apple and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion: Apple's on top of the world, and RIM has fallen off a cliff. But the RIM of today bears a striking resemblance to the Apple of 1997.

How to Give Greener Electronic Gifts This Season

If you want to give your loved ones environmental peace and joy, you might want to hold off on buying them the latest hot gadgets as gifts. E-waste is a dirty problem that lingers far beyond the time when Christmas present becomes Christmas past.

Google Maps Adds Floor Plans for Airports, Stores

Google is solving a problem that many of us have, but that of few us suspected would be dealt with by a smartphone: It's taking its popular mapping platform indoors with interior floor plans of select buildings, among them major airports and large retailers.

Microsoft's Next Big Thing: 4 Game Changing Ideas

Microsoft's next quarterly report arrives Thursday, and it's hard to get too excited. It's still the world's largest software company, and it's growing. It just happens to be as sexy as Abe Vigoda. But Microsoft could still innovate its way out of its slump. Here are four things we'd love to hear Microsoft say on Thursday.

RIM Tries to Say 'Sorry' With Free BlackBerry Apps

Following the massive outage in service that affected tens of millions of BlackBerry users worldwide last week, Research in Motion said it would provide $100 of free premium apps to each customer, ranging from games to technical programs, including SIMS 3, iSpeech Translator Pro and Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant.

The Big Blackout: Time to Dump Your BlackBerry?

This week, Research In Motion's Blackberry network suffered a massive outage that spanned continents and cut off the cellular oxygen to millions. Competing phone carriers and handset makers are certain to jump on the chance to woo some of those frustrated customers.

BlackBerry Blues: Why Apple's a Better Bet Than Research In Motion

Everyone but Research In Motion seems to know that many of today's BlackBerry owners will be on Android or iPhones by the time their two-year service contracts run out. RIM may have a beefy base of users now, but it might be smart to check again in a year or two.

Six Ways to Save on Your Phone Bill Through the Cloud

Communication is increasingly moving off the grid and into the cloud. For cellphone users -- especially ones with smartphones -- there are a host of online tools and apps that can help reduce usage on carrier plans and save money. Here are a half dozen easy options.

Apple iMessage Takes Aim at RIM's Blackberry Messenger

Apple recently introduced iMessage, a new service that lets users send text messages, photos and videos between all Apple devices. This could challenge Research in Motion's BlackBerry Messenger service, which has been a unique selling point as the company struggles to compete with Google's Android and Apple's iPhone.

Is BlackBerry Maker RIM Ripe for a Rebound?

Investors have abandoned Research In Motion, which may finally make it a good investment again. Twenty months ago, the smartphone company's shares traded at $85. The stock now changes hands at around $49. But there are good reasons to expect that it won't stay that low for long.

BlackBerry PlayBook Not Ready for Prime Time?

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer debuts Tuesday, and for the many folks in the corporate world already armed with BlackBerry phones, the addition of a PlayBook may make sense. But there are a host of reasons why the average consumer may find the device not quite ready for the spotlight.