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Well, I noticed a few articles this week and I have been trying to find the time to put it all together, but it's all moving so quickly it's getting crazy.....

But what's even more telling about this is the news (rumour?) that Vodafone here in the UK would appear to be actively engaging with existing customers who are currently using Blackberry servers/services and advising them to switch to MS PocketPC devices? This must be music to Jason's ears?

Oh, and if you are at all interested in what might be on the roadmap for Mobile devices this year make sure you have a look at Communicators, smartphones and PDA in 2006 - the forecast

First there was Behind the scenes in the RIM/NTP patent war from Engadget:
If you thought the Blackberry patent battle between RIM and NTP was just a fight between a successful wireless company and a greedy patent farmer, this lengthy article from the Toronto Globe and Mail may be an eye-opener. It's the story of the late Tom Campana, a failed wireless messaging entrepreneur, who founded NTP to protect his patents, which were all he had left after his business collapsed. It's enough to almost make you root for NTP, oddball patents and all.

Then RIM-competitor Good sued by NTP-ally Visto, also from Engadget:
We're sure that there's a soap opera or at least an after-school special to be made surrounding the ongoing drama in the wireless email industry. As if the
RIM/NTP saga wasn't juicy enough, NTP-partner Visto has just filed a suit against RIM-competitor Good Technology charging, guess what- that the GoodLink service is infringing on Visto patents. This is the third such major suit brought by Visto, who have previously targeted Microsoft (for push email in Windows Mobile 5, and not for calling their upcoming OS "Vista") and Seven Networks, but unlike NTP (who have seen all of their patents stricken down by the USPTO) a reaffirmation of one of Visto's patents in the Seven case seems to give Visto's claim some foundation. There's a good lesson in this for all the Junior Achievers out there: if you grow up to be a patent troll, and you've spent years in court spouting prior art this and injunction that, make sure to hedge your bets by aligning yourself with another lawsuit-happy company whose bargaining position is a bit stronger.

And hot on the heels was this very funny conundrum for the Dept. of Justice DOJ begs judge to halt Blackberry shutdown - seems like they've realised that this might really backfire on their own IT dept?
The US Department of Justice has filed a brief with the judge hearing the RIM/NTP patent dispute case, begging that the court exempt government agencies from a potential shutdown of the Blackberry service later this month. According to the filing, users from 138 government agencies would need to be kept connected; the government also argued that suggestions by NTP that federal employees be filtered out and kept connected could not  "be realistically implemented." One suggestion by the DOJ was for the shutdown to be delayed, but for sales of new Blackberrys to private customers to be halted. An estimated 200,000 Blackberry users work for the government, and the government and RIM have argued that shutting down the service could impact national security. A hearing has been set for February 24, after which the judge may impose an injunction shutting down RIM's service

 

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2006 7:13 PM C500/C600 SmartPhone (or replacement) , Exchange and Push Email , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips | Back to top


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