Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg raved about his company, declaring the social media giant a “mobile company” during a conference call discuss quarterly earnings. [Betabeat]
More importantly, is that a picture of the Zuckster at a rave? According to the DJ shown in the image at left, the photo was taken three years ago. [Gawker]
Note to BlackBerry: Next time you launch a big new product, maybe better to firm up your release date before you hire Alicia Keys to sing your praises. [Bloomberg]
Sometimes matching a business model to a celebrity founder is like picking out the right pair of shoes to go with a pair of new pants. ShoeDazzle, the online shoe-seller cofounded by Kim Kardashian, dropped its subscription model a year ago. Now the subscription package is back. [AllThingsD]
A man was shot dead in Georgia after a GPS error lead him to the wrong house. [Gizmodo]
Poor BlackBerry. It’s not like the struggling mobile company doesn’t know what we all think of it. To add insult to injury, its competitors are jumping into the fray, helping usher BlackBerry further towards irrelevance with an oh snap promoted tweet targeted at Twitter users interested in mobile phones. Read More
Betabeat is no stranger to technically questionable counterterrorism missions, thanks to the season we spent recapping the absurdist exploits of one Jack Bauer. But last night’s deranged episode of “Homeland” still threw us for a loop. Implausible CIA sexcapades are one thing, crystal clear Blackberry video chat is another. Read More
If you’re not Beyonce and you’re still carrying around a Blackberry, chances are you are over 55, wear a three piece suit to work or–like a family itself–you are desperately beholden to a family plan from which there is no escape.
Where once we touted Blackberry Curves like prized possessions, obsessively BBMing friends and humblebragging about the jitters induced by that phantom blinking red light, we now cluck our tongues in derision at the behind-the-times fogies who dare to wield a device that isn’t an iPhone or Android. Read More
It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. You finally wrack up the nerve to send that sultry message to your lover via text, only to discover that you accidentally sent it to everyone in your address book. For 24-year-old swimming teacher Craig Evans, this wasn’t a nightmare–it actually happened. Unluckiest dude ever? Read More
If you had to assign every smartphone maker a musical genre, picking out Apple’s would be easy: aging, inoffensive alt-rock. (Hence the Foo Fighters appearance at this month’s iPhone 5 presser or Coldplay “jamming” at its big music event in 2010.) Corporate, with a fading patina of cool.
But you needn’t search through your Spotify account to find the genre that best fits BlackBerry. RIM has chosen for itself: cheese rock. In order to woo developers turned off by declining BlackBerry usage, executives have filmed a cover of REO Speedwagon’s “Keep on Loving You,” which debuted at something called a “BlackBerry Jam Americas” this month.
Like the much-maligned power ballad, the video seems to imply, BlackBerry is outdated, clunky, and makes you cringe if anyone catches you near it. Read More
BlackBerry makers Research In Motion (RIM) have faced a host of troubles recently, including a widespread European service outage, and now comes perhaps the worst news of all: people just aren’t buying BlackBerrys anymore. Toronto’s Globe and Mail reports on the Canadian smartphone maker’s diminishing market share: Read More
Troubled star of Mean Girls (and some other movies, we guess) Lindsay Lohan was snapped leaving the DREAM Hotel in Manhattan yesterday, wielding the very same ultra-rare, ultra-expensive Blackberry that Beyonce has. Oh no she didn’t!
The phone is a special edition device designed by Porsche, but with the functionality of the Blackberry Bold 9900/9930. Sorry, guys: It’s infinitely more swag than the typical fare you can snag at your local Verizon store.
The phone favored by Ms. Lohan and Queen Bey costs a pretty penny for peasants like us: a Blackberry Bold P’9981 will run you $2,145. So, probably none for Gretchen Wieners bye.
(h/t David Shapiro)