BlackBerry Gets Tough On Remaining Fans With Legal Action Against Leakers

BlackBerry, this is not how you handle a zealous fan base. CEO John Chen published a blog post today in which he promised that the company would pursue legal action against a “party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public.” Ugh.

This is tiresome because it represents the company taking an inexplicably tough stance against something which arguably works to its benefit. Leaks are not in fact “distracting, and at their worst downright misleading to our stakeholders,” as Chen claims, but a natural part of the gadget and mobile device ecosystem, and an expression of genuine interest from people who might actually want to purchase your products.

There’s a reason this open letter of admonition and warning is an exceptional case – other device makers know that ultimately, rumors and early reports at worst generate buzz around products, and at best attract some eyeballs that may otherwise not have been tuned to your company to begin with. Chen, in his post, argues that this latest leak crosses the line into “criminality,” hence the need for legal action.

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BlackBerry, this is not how you handle a zealous fan base. CEO John Chen published a blog post today in which he promised that the company would pursue legal action against a “party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public.” Ugh.

This is tiresome because it represents the company taking an inexplicably tough stance against something which arguably works to its benefit. Leaks are not in fact “distracting, and at their worst downright misleading to our stakeholders,” as Chen claims, but a natural part of the gadget and mobile device ecosystem, and an expression of genuine interest from people who might actually want to purchase your products.

There’s a reason this open letter of admonition and warning is an exceptional case – other device makers know that ultimately, rumors and early reports at worst generate buzz around products, and at best attract some…

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The Awesome Easter Egg In Sergey Brin’s Old Resume

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Sergey Brin probably doesn’t need a resume anymore.

Back when he was a student at Stanford, however, it was a different story. You couldn’t just Google him. He had to lay out his achievements in a boring text doc like any other non-19th-richest-person-on-the-planet.

Someone stumbled upon his old Stanford student site (complete with totally awesome 90’s GIFs), and it’s been spreading around all day.

His now decades-old resume details his many projects and publications that lead up to one big project in particular — from developing “parallel algorithms for image processing” to working on “indexing multidimensional data for near-neighbor searches”. You know, the usual stuff.

The best part, though, is tucked away somewhere the casual observer generally wouldn’t think to look: the source. As highlighted by commenter pitchups on HackerNews, his resume contains a bit of fine print visible only within the page’s source code, detailing Brin’s mid-90s objectives:

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Filipino Accelerator IdeaSpace Picks Country’s Top 20 Tech Startups

interesting #Local #startup scene #Philippines #ideaspace

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Many of the brighter ideas coming out of tech startups in the Philippines are health-related, with a heavy slant on mobile technologies.

Filipino incubator, IdeaSpace just whittled a list of 700 entries from startups down to just 20.

These 20 will eventually be halved further. IdeaSpace is offering 10 slots to startups to get six months incubation support and funding of up to $120,000 (PHP 5 million) each, to be decided on April 5. Teams from outside the Metro Manila area will also get housing support.

A look at the list of finalists reveals that healthcare is a top concern, and like many tech ideas in Asia’s emerging markets, the heavy reliance on mobile technologies is apparent. IdeaSpace would not provide more details on the startups’ models, in order to protect their intellectual property, it said.

  • AgriCultureTechnology – monitors growth of aquatic livestock
  • Armtech – affordable water purification machine for…

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