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RIM and Microsoft strike up a licensing deal for exFAT

RIM and Microsoft strike up a licensing deal for exFAT

Struggling BlackBerry platform holder RIM announced today that it has reached a licensing deal with Microsoft, but instead of RIM licensing out its tech like CEO Thorsten Heins has suggested many times in the past, RIM is the one paying out the licensing fee this time around. The deal gives RIM access to Microsoft's Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology, a system that allows for the easy transfer of large files between PCs and other devices like smartphones.

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BlackBerry sales dwindle to nil in “meaningful number” of US stores

BlackBerry sales dwindle to nil in “meaningful number” of US stores

BlackBerry sales in the US have ditched and some stores have failed to sell a single handset from RIM's range in the past month, according to analyst checks, painting a dreary picture of the Canadian company's future. "We believe that current run rates are roughly one-fifth of those we saw in the US just eight months ago," Pacific Crest's James Faucette told AllThingsD, adding ominously that "we found a meaningful number of carrier retail locations which had not sold a single BlackBerry in over a month."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 7, 2012

Friday is here once again, marking the beginning of the weekend. We need it too - we were traveling all around the country from press event to press event this week. Today, no such event took place, but that doesn't mean there was a lack of noteworthy news. There were tons of iPhone 5 rumors and news today, starting with the rumor that we might see one or two iPod lines get updated at Apple's upcoming press event. Speaking of that press event, Apple has started to prepare the Yerba Buena Center for its September 12 conference, and today we were told that the pricing structure of one of the iPhone 5's models might be similar to that of the iPhone 4S.

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BlackBerry 10 will be available at Verizon on launch day

BlackBerry 10 will be available at Verizon on launch day

It's hardly a secret that RIM is suffering in a big way, and the company is hoping that the eventual release of BlackBerry 10 will be able to pull it out of this rut. RIM has been given a glimmer of hope in the form of a Verizon announcement, with the company's chief marketing officer Tami Erwin telling CNET that Verizon will offer at least one BlackBerry 10 device when the operating system launches.

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BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone leaks in video and photo form

BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone leaks in video and photo form

If you're waiting for the next generation of RIM's software-toting smartphone, you'll be glad to see the BlackBerry 10 L-Series appearing tonight in a single leaked photo and a hands-on video that'll have you freaking out. You'll be seeing a Battery, a SIM card, and more all-touch interface action than you can handle. The battery is an LS1 1800mAh meaning this device is more than likely near-complete and ready for prime-time action and the software is looking quite square.

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BlackBerry 10 ready for licensing soon according to RIM

BlackBerry 10 ready for licensing soon according to RIM

The outlook for RIM continues to cloud up as more and more consumers and business users leave the BlackBerry line of smartphones and head to Android or the iPhone. RIM is betting big on the BlackBerry 10 operating system in hopes that it will help turn the company's fortunes around. I think it's going to take more than a decent operating system to lure people back to the BlackBerry smartphone; the company needs compelling hardware as well.

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Samsung denies BlackBerry 10 interest (again)

Samsung denies BlackBerry 10 interest (again)

RIM's stock may have received a surprise boost over rumors of Samsung sniffing around its technology, but that surge could swiftly sour after denials by the Korean company that acquisition or licensing is under consideration. Analyst chatter earlier in the week prompted renewed speculation that Samsung might make a play for BlackBerry 10, as a way of diluting its reliance on Android, but the company was quick to dampen down chatter.

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RIM stock jumps thanks to reported Samsung deal

RIM stock jumps thanks to reported Samsung deal

Things aren't looking too good for ol' RIM, and haven't been for a while, but the struggling BlackBerry developer got a ray of light today in the form of a stock boost. RIM's stock climbed 4.2% to $7.62, Bloomberg reports, thanks to renewed rumors that Samsung may be looking to license BlackBerry 10 from the company. Samsung may also be interested in buying out the beleaguered RIM, but so far the company's intentions aren't clear.

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RIM doing the sums on BlackBerry 10 licensing admits CEO

RIM doing the sums on BlackBerry 10 licensing admits CEO

RIM is investigating licensing out BlackBerry 10 to rival manufacturers, building reference designs that it would then allow other companies to produce in bulk. Again denying that RIM is in a financial slump, CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed to the Telegraph that the company is "investigating" the possibility of licensing the upcoming new platform, revealing that "we're working with the financial advisers to see if we do this where it would take the company."

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