Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation’s biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. …
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Blackberry plans Heartbleed patches as mobile threat scrutinized

The company logo is see at the Blackberry campus in WaterlooBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said it plans to release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the "Heartbleed" security threat. Researchers last week warned they uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly used to keep data secure, potentially allowing hackers to steal massive troves of information without leaving a trace. Security experts initially told companies to focus on securing vulnerable websites, but have since warned about threats to technology used in data centers and on mobile devices running Google Inc's Android software and Apple Inc's iOS software. Scott Totzke, BlackBerry senior vice president, told Reuters on Sunday that while the bulk of BlackBerry products do not use the vulnerable software, the company does need to update two widely used products: Secure Work Space corporate email and BBM messaging program for Android and iOS.



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Amazon to unveil smartphone in time for winter holidays: WSJ

Amazon CEO Bezos demonstrates the Kindle Paperwhite during Amazon's Kindle Fire event in Santa MonicaAmazon.com Inc is preparing to launch its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company's plans. The Internet retailer would jump into a crowded market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The company has recently been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle. Amazon has made great strides into the hardware arena as it seeks to boost sales of digital content and puts its online store in front of more users. Amazon recently launched its $ 99 Fire TV video-streaming box and its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets already command respectable U.S. market share after just a few years on the market.



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Apple is planning a major iTunes overhaul to stop it from getting crushed by Pandora

Apple is planning a major iTunes overhaul to stop it from getting crushed by PandoraBack in the days when MP3s were all the rage, Apple’s iTunes Store was the go-to place to pick up music for your iPod. But now that streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify have made it cheaper than ever to just stream music to our devices, people have stopped shelling out money for MP3s. This is a problem for Apple, which has seen digital music sales steadily decline even after it launched its iTunes Radio streaming service last year in an effort to get more people to buy music they like. Billboard now says that Apple wants to dramatically overhaul the iTunes Store to help it keep up with the times and this might include “an on-demand streaming service, an



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BlackBerry defeats NXP in U.S. trial over patents

The company logo is seen at the Blackberry campus in WaterlooA federal jury in Florida on Monday ruled in favor of Blackberry Ltd in a lawsuit accusing the company of infringing three patents belonging to Dutch semiconductor company NXP BV. NXP in April 2012 sued BlackBerry, then known as Research in Motion, alleging that versions of the BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet infringed patents related to the design, data transmission and other features of those devices. The lawsuit originally covered six patents, but NXP later dropped its claims related to three of the patents. Jurors needed less than a day of deliberations before ruling in BlackBerry's favor, in a trial that began on March 24, court records show.



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T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’

T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’The feud between struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry and scrappy wireless carrier T-Mobile is one that most people probably didn’t even know was taking place. And those who did know at one point have likely long since forgotten about it. If you’re one of the few people still tracking the ongoing fight, however, you were no doubt shocked when the ordeal came to a head earlier this week and BlackBerry decided to sever ties with the carrier, ending its long-standing agreement and preventing T-Mobile from selling new BlackBerry devices beginning later this month. Of course, things didn’t end there. Cutting ties with T-Mobile was probably a smart move for BlackBerry. As T-Mobile CEO John Legere pointed out on Twitter, T-Mobile sells almost



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Google’s Nest halts home alarm system sales over possible defect

A Nest smoke/carbon monoxide detector is installed in a home in ProvoNest Labs Inc, the maker of smart thermostats that Google Inc acquired for $ 3.2 billion, called a halt to all sales of its smoke alarms on Thursday after it discovered a possible defect that could cause users to turn it off unintentionally. Nest co-founder and Chief Executive Tony Faddell said that, under a unique set of circumstances the alarm's "Nest Wave" feature, which allows a user to switch off the device with a wave of the hand, could be inadvertently activated. Faddell, one of the creators of Apple Inc's iPod, apologized in the blogpost for a problem that was discovered during recent laboratory testing. "The fact that it could even potentially happen is extremely important to me and I want to address it immediately." He did not specify that set of circumstances.



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Video: BlackBerry is about to start cashing in on BBM’s success

Video: BlackBerry is about to start cashing in on BBM’s successWhen BlackBerry released BBM for Android and iOS last year, it gave the company a much-needed hit that helped spark hope that the one-time smartphone titan could get a fresh injection of revenue from its popular messaging service. On Tuesday, BlackBerry released a new update for BBM that delivers one of the many ways the company plans to make money from the service: Stickers.  For the uninitiated, Stickers are basically little cartoon characters that replace the traditional emoticons in your BBM chats and make them more colorful and expressive. They’re essentially BlackBerry’s attempt at adding optional in-app purchases that have help companies such as Candy Crush Saga maker King rake in huge sums of cash and interested users can buy packs of



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BlackBerry revenue plunges 64 percent, shares drop

A man walks by a Blackberry sign at the Blackberry campus in WaterlooBy Euan Rocha and Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller-than-expected loss on Friday as new chief executive John Chen slashed costs, but a 64 percent drop in revenue underscored the challenge Chen faces in turning around the struggling smartphone maker. "John Chen did what John Chen is known for. Shares of BlackBerry, whose share of the global smartphone market was below 1 percent at the end of 2013, rose in early trading but closed down 7.1 percent at $ 8.41. BlackBerry's Nasdaq-listed shares were trading above $ 60 in early 2011 but dropped sharply that year, and have not risen above $ 20 since.



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BlackBerry wins court order against TV host Ryan Seacrest’s Typo

Seacrest arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood(Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd won a preliminary injunction on Friday to ban Ryan Seacrest's Typo Products LLC from selling a $ 99 iPhone case after a judge agreed that television host's company had likely infringed on BlackBerry's patents. U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco said that the Canadian mobile phone maker had established a "likelihood" of proving that Typo infringed its patents, while mentioning that Typo had not sufficiently challenged the patents in question. The preliminary injunction prohibits Typo from the sale of its keyboard, which is a part of the relief sought by Blackberry. "BlackBerry is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC was granted.



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