Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Dec 2013 00:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

RIM grew into one of the world's most valuable tech companies. The BlackBerry became the indispensable accessory of business executives, heads of state, and Hollywood celebrities - until iPhone and Android came along and spoiled the party. Today the company, which has been renamed, simply, BlackBerry, is burning through cash as sales keep falling. On Nov. 21, BlackBerry shares closed at just above $6, the lowest it's been in almost 15 years.

Over the last two months, Bloomberg Businessweek spoke to dozens of current and former BlackBerry employees, vendors, and associates. Here is their account of the thrill of BlackBerry's ascension - and the heartache of watching its demise.

Aside from of course the personal tragedies that may arise from a possible complete BlackBerry collapse, I have little to no connection to the company or its products.

Except for one product.

I hope they release it as open source before it's too late.

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Won't miss it.
by cmost on Sat 7th Dec 2013 19:30 UTC
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Blackberry, like a lot of tech companies, fills a niche until something supersedes it. In this case, the iPhone and now the explosion of cheap yet powerful Android phones have rendered Blackberry and its unique set of apps and features all but obsolete. It wasn't that long ago when Palm Pilots ruled the day. Now, seeing one out in the wild is as rare as seeing Big Foot. Things come and they go.

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