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January 3, 2012        7:10 AM PST

Co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are preparing to relinquish their titles as co-chairmen, possibly giving way to independent director Barbara Stymiest, according to a report by theFinancial Post. Stymiest is the leading candidate to replace the two, the Post said, citing anonymous sources.

RIM said in a statement that a committee of independent directors was reviewing the company’s governance structure, and would report its findings by January 31. It added the committee is on track to meet this target, and that the board would have 30 days to publicly respond. The company didn’t comment on Stymiest being named a favorite to take over as the chairmanship.

Such a move would come after several investor calls for a change within the beleaguered company, which has seen its market share erode and stock price plunge after several critical miscues in the past year. During the last call, Lazaridis and Balsillie sounded more contrite than usual, taking their annual salary down to $1 and vowing to right the ship while asking for some patience.

But investor patience has been wearing thin, and nearly hit its breaking point when the executives disclosed that the first next-generation BlackBerry 10 smartphone wouldn’t hit the market until late 2012.

While some investors have been calling for a complete ouster of Balsillie and Lazaridis, the move to replace them as co-chairmen would help assuage some concerns that the two have too much control over the company. The Post is reporting that a committee of seven independent directors is looking at the board’s structure, including the benefits of having an independent chairman and the business need for Balsillie and Lazaridis to have significant roles on the board.

The two are hard to move because they are the second and third largest shareholders in the company, with a combined 12 percent of outstanding shares.

Lazaridis and Balsillie have led the company during a sharp slowdown in growth this year, with RIM’s latest wave of BlackBerry smartphones barely making a dent in a market that also includes the iPhone 4S and a wave of Android smartphones. Its attempt to breach the tabletmarket with the PlayBook also stumbled early. The company has cut the price of all of its PlayBooks–including the higher end 64GB model–to $299.



Barbara Stymiest was born on June 13th, 1956 according to

June 13th, 1956

6 + 13 +1+9+5+6 = 40 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = How can I help?


June 13th, 1956

June 13th

6 + 13 +2+0+1+1 = 23 = her personal year (from June 13th, 2011 to June 12th, 2012) = Leadership.  Taking action.  Leading the way.

23 year + 12 (December) = 35 = her personal month (from December 13th, 2011 to January 12th, 2012) = Inheriting a leadership role at RIM.

35 month + 3 (3rd of the month on Tuesday January 3rd, 2011) = Taking care of things.




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Blackberry phones on display
10 October 2011     10:45 ET

Millions of Blackberry owners across Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been left without services following a server crash.

Owners of the smartphones were unable to browse the web, send email or instant messages.

The problem appears to have originated in a data centre in Slough which handles Blackberry services for the affected regions.

Blackberry UK said it knew about the problem and was “investigating”.

In a tweet sent around 14:42 BST, the company said: “Some users in EMEA are experiencing issues.”

A subsequent statement said Blackberry was: “working to resolve an issue currently impacting some Blackberry subscribers in Europe Middle East and Africa.”

It apologised for the inconvenience that the ongoing problem was causing its customers.

Earlier on 10 October mobile operators in the UK, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and other nations pointed the finger at Blackberry owner RIM when replying to tweets from customers complaining about the problems.

Business and consumer

Many corporate customers said they had not lost service, suggesting that the problem was with Blackberry’s BIS consumer systems, rather than its BES enterprise systems.

“Blackberry runs two infrastructures,” explained Simon Butler, a Microsoft Exchange consultant at Sembee.

“The understanding I have is that the BIS service has crashed.

If you have got companies that are shifting their allegiance to other players in the market and you stop being able to provide them that concrete, reliable service, then that’s going to have a detrimental effect.”

Stuart Miles

“The business side runs on a different set of servers, although enterprise Blackberrys can still use messenger and the consumer services, so they are also affected,” said Mr Butler.

Such a major outage will still come as unwelcome news to Blackberry’s owner RIM, which has been losing market share to smartphone rivals – in particular Apple’s iPhone.

Many corporate clients have switched to the device after Apple made a concerted effort to improve its support for secure business email systems.

“If you have got companies that are shifting their allegiance to other players in the market and you stop being able to provide them that concrete, reliable service, then that’s going to have a detrimental effect,” said Stuart Miles of

Online complaints

The first signs of trouble emerged about 11:00 BST but seemed to have escalated with tags about Blackberry and its BBM service trending on Twitter.

The only functioning service on Blackberry seemed to be text messaging, prompting many users to voice their frustration online.

In an early report, The Daily Telegraph quoted one Twitter user as suffering “serious Blackberry outrage”.

Others lamented the loss of the free BBM network saying they did not know what to do without it.



Millions of BlackBerry users remained without service on Wednesday as a three-day network outage spread to North America, causing massive frustrations for people who rely on these smartphones for business and personal communications.

“BlackBerry subscribers in the Americas may be experiencing intermittent service delays this morning,” Research in Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, said in a statement. “We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience. We will provide a further update as soon as more information is available.”

The outage now impacts people on nearly every continent, according to the company’s statements.

An “extremely critical issue” on the BlackBerry network caused the outage, Stephen Bates, RIM’s managing director in the U.K., told CNN’s Richard Quest. He added: “We’re putting all of our focus with all of our engineers and all of our network specialists on trying to understand the nature of why this backup system didn’t work as it should have …”

The service outage started on Monday with customers in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, before spreading to South America and Asia on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning it appeared to hit the United States and Canada. The outage appears primarily to affect text messaging and Internet access from the mobile phones, not necessarily their ability to place calls.

No customer e-mails have been completely lost, and they will be delivered eventually, RIM said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, according to CNNMoney’s Julianne Pepitone.

In a statement released Tuesday, the company said the “messaging and browsing delays being experienced by BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure. Although the system is designed to failover to a back-up switch, the failover did not function as previously tested.”

The company said it is working “around the clock” to fix the problem.

“A large backlog of data was generated and we are now working to clear that backlog and restore normal service as quickly as possible,” the Tuesday statement said. “We apologize for any inconvenience and we will continue to keep you informed.”

There are about 70 million BlackBerry users worldwide. RIM has not commented on how many users are affected, but reports suggest the number of users without some sort of service has climbed into the millions.

BlackBerry users, many of whom use the devices primarily for business purposes, were angered by the outage.

Overheard on BlackBerry outage not all bad

Many people took to Twitter to both complain about lost productivity and to make light of the situation.

“COME ONNNN. Sort it out #blackberry. This is ridiculous in this day and age,” a Twitter user named @Suzy__G wrote.

“OK, this #Blackberry business is now SERIOUSLY pissing me off,” CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted.

Later, he said: “One positive of the #Blackberry crisis – my personal trainer can’t get hold of me. #OrderingBurgers.”

“#DearBlackberry I can’t work, I can’t study, please, please come back from that coma!” @marianaae wrote.

“What did the one #Blackberry user say to the other?……….nothing….,” said another Twitter user, @giselewaymes.

“And iPhone users everywhere smile smugly and search for the ‘I Told You So’ app,” wrote another.

A website called popped up to track developments.

People who visited the site on Wednesday afternoon were greeted with a red screen and a giant word: “Yes.”

This is not the first time RIM has faced a major service outage.

“I have been an analyst for 25 years and have watched RIM wrestle with this same outage problem time after time. Every few years we get pinched by yet another major problem,” tech analyst Jeff Kagan said in a statement.

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This outage, however, comes at a particularly bad time for RIM, since it faces increasing competition in the smarpthone market, Kagan says. Apple’s iPhone and phones on the Google Android operating system have been gaining ground, and the new iPhone 4S goes on sale Friday.

The tech blog Electronista wrote:

“RIM’s outage is now one of its largest in recent memory and is now edging even closer to the iPhone 4S launch than before, leading to a possible temptation for those already looking to upgrade their phones. Commentary on Twitter has shifted gradually from frustrated patience to open anger and has led some to remark that they’re now likely to switch to the iPhone, Android, or another platform.”



Monday October 10th, 2011

October 10th, 2011

10 + 10 +2+0+1+1 = 24 = the service outage’s life lesson and personal year = Showing who’s in charge.  Need to take charge.

24 + 10 (October) = 34 = the service outage’s personal month = Server crash.  Escalate.  Instant messages.  Texting.  Circuits.  Wires.  Satellites.  Communication difficulties.  Things happened really quickly.  Spreading like wildfire. 

34 + 10 (10th of the month on Monday October 10th, 2011) = 44 = the service outage’s personal day = Twitter.  Tweets.  Trending.  How it is.  It is what it is.

34 month + 11 (11th of the month on Tuesday October 11th, 2011) = 45 = the service outage’s personal day (on Tuesday October 11th, 2011) = Apologies.  Investigating.  Issues.  Fixing what was broken.  Things went/go horribly wrong.

34 month + 12 (12th of the month on Wednesday October 12th, 2011) = 46 = the service outage’s personal day = Delays.  Still no service.  Working around the clock.  Backlog.  This is ridiculous in this day and age.





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