Tomorrow’s Headlines Today: Blackberries Cease, Withdrawal Causes Massive Crime

Apparently the ubiquitous Blackberry handheld email device may be coming nearer and nearer to a drop dead date:

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (CA:RIM) (RIMM) on Wednesday was pushed closer to a possible shutdown of its U.S. mobile e-mail service after a judge refused to delay a patent infringement case and rejected a disputed settlement with patent holder NTP Inc.

Still pending before Spencer is a request by NTP to move forward with an injunction that would halt U.S. sales of the BlackBerry and shut its service.

Can you imagine if all those horrid little blue boxes just stopped working? Oh God, what a paradise! No more jerks at poker games throwing them across the table. No more execs emailing me at 10pm to tell me their power is out and why oh why doesn’t their computer work. No more assholes on the Metro paying attention to their Blackberry and not the little girl they’re elbowing.

Can we vote in favor of shutting it down anyway?

4 Comments so far

  1. Stacey (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 2:32 pm

    My thumbs are already twitching…


  2. wayan (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 2:44 pm

    I heard that Justice and the Hill have submitted briefs (hopefully boxer briefs) in support of RIM, as the loss of Blackberry’s would impact productivity too much.

    Me, I wanna film the mass CrackBerry withdrawl. It would be Washington Psychotronic Film Society worthy.


  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 2:46 pm

    Absolutely, Wayan. That would make a helluva documentary. IT Guys dancing in the streets, Frustrated Suits screaming and clutching whisky bottles…


  4. Don (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 3:22 pm

    I am speechless with joy at the thought of all those things croaking out with one voice, then being silent.



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