Meanwhile in Canada

Canadian Mounties Arrest Major Mafiosos By Intercepting Their BBMs

Good job, Mounties. (Wikimedia Commons)

As if you needed yet another reason not to use a BlackBerry, you can’t even use them to carry out organized crime anymore.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) used intercepted BlackBerry messages to make 33 mob-related arrests in the province of Québec, effectively dismantling two major Italian organized crime cells. Here’s how the RCMP described the operation — called Project CLEMENZA — in a press release: Read More

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Booting Up: BlackBerry Really Hopes That Keyboards Are Going to Save Them

The future. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons,by ScaredPoed)

Careful where you tread, Ryan Seacrest: BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company’s future devices will “predominately” feature physical keyboards. [The Verge]

We’re just going to leave this headline here: “Path Closes $25 Million In New Funding.” [Recode]

Since you need another music streaming service, Beats Music is launching next week for $10 a month. [Fast Company]

An Uber car was attacked by striking taxi drivers in Paris. Apparently, they’re not so pleased with the influx of competitors encroaching on their turf. [CNet]

NBC News is taking a ten percent stake in NowThis News, a Lerer Ventures-backed news agency that specializes in producing short clips for Vine and Instagram. “It allows them to experiment in this new medium without putting their legacy brand at risk,” said Mr. Lerer. [New York Times]

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Booting Up: T-Mobile CEO Hates Cell Phone Carriers Just As Much As You Do

The future. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons,by ScaredPoed)

T-Mobile CEO John Legere spoke bluntly about his competitors: “This industry blows. It’s just broken. It needs change.” So, the company is paying people’s early termination fees if they switch over. [Ars Technica]

Some say drones are the future, but BlackBerry thinks it’s keyboards. [Recode]

If you’re judging by the reviews, everybody loves Yahoo’s News Digest app. Most likely because they’re all fake. [BuzzFeed FWD

Last year, music streaming increased 32 percent while sales of albums and singles dipped 6.3 percent. Disturbingly, the most-streamed song was “Harlem Shake” so think about that for a while. [WSJ]

Yahoo is looking to spend cable-like money (think $1 to $2 million an episode) on original shows to finally get people to notice it. [AdWeek]

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Booting Up: Target Swears That Your PINs Weren’t Stolen and Everything is Fine

#prayers4Target (Photo: Flickr)

It looks like BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis won’t pursue a bid for his company as he “severely reduced” his stake in the troubled phone company to just 4.99 percent. [The Verge]

Um, millions of “dogecoins” were stolen in the lamest heist ever. [BuzzFeed FWD]

Taiwan has fined Apple nearly $700,000 for meddling with the prices of its iPhones. [Wall Street Journal]

Target is lashing out at reports that peoples’ PINs were also stoles in last week’s security breach. [CBS New York]

Gyft, a gift card website, claims more people used bitcoins than credit cards on its website during Black Friday. [AdWeek]

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Booting Up: Edward Snowden Says His ‘Mission’s Already Accomplished’ Because He Has Other Plans, Bye!

We're going to need some mouse ears. (Photo by Brian Harkin/Getty Images)

Edward Snowden, wringing his hands out in the sink and grabbing a towel, said his “mission’s already accomplished” in terms of disrupting everything. [Washington Post]

Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey is adding another job to his resume: joining Disney’s board of directors. Shareholders will vote on the appointment in March. [AdWeek]

Whatever the hell is going on at BlackBerry isn’t good. It shelved plans to release two new phones and axed its annual conference event. [The Verge]

The inside of an Amazon warehouse looks exactly how you imagined.  [AllThingsD]

In response to the City of Seattle wanting to cancel Uber from operating, the on-demand car app is offering Alaska Airlines customers credits from downtown to the airport.[Seattle Times]

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Booting Up: Looking At BlackBerry’s Earnings Report Is a Neat Way to Feel Depressed

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley. (Photo: Sound Ctrl)

BlackBerry’s Q3 earnings are atrocious: it racked up a $4.4 billion net loss with a 50 percent decrease in phones shipped. It’s now refocusing its efforts to selling phones in Indonesia. [BI]

Foursquare secured $35 million in fresh funding because collecting badges is cool. [Verge]

Instagram says its ads are going great and everybody loves them. [AdWeek]

WhatsApp has garnered 400 million monthly users without spending a dime on advertising. [CNet]

Wall Street Journal might be getting rid of AllThingsD, but it’s keeping the D. Its new tech section will be called “WSJD,” which um… [BuzzFeed]

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Booting Up: Everybody Is Using ‘Cyber Monday’ As An Excuse to Shop Today

Betabeat at the mall.

An estimated 131 million people are expected to shop online today, which doesn’t seem that different from any other day. [NBC News]

Under interim CEO John Chen, BlackBerry is going to trick people in “emerging markets” into buying its products. [AllThingsD]

“@instagram.com” email addresses could be a thing. [TechCrunch]

The tech community has little interest in helping Kanye fulfill his DONDA dreams. [Valleywag]

Ben and Jerry’s ads on Instagram are less aggravating than other brands’ promos are. [AdWeek]