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BlackBerry Friday: PlayBook at $300 Off

Soon you’ll be able to buy a BlackBerry PlayBook for the same price as Amazon’s new Kindle Fire: $199.

With the holidays nearly upon us — and a stockpile of unsold PlayBooks sitting in inventory — Research In Motion is giving its struggling tablet its steepest price cut yet. Tomorrow, a number of Canadian retailers will slash $300 off the PlayBook’s list price across the entire line. That means $199 for the 16 gigagbyte model; $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. And, come Black Friday, Staples and others presumably will do the same in the U.S.

So, $199 — not bad for the tablet that was to be “a quantum leap over anything that’s out there.”

[Image credit: Staples]


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik