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RIM Investigating Release of Tool That Could Make PlayBook Actually Interesting

The researchers who said they had come up with a way to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet have now posted details on how others can follow in their footsteps.

By installing the update, users can gain access to the Android Market, one of the researchers, known as Neuralic, said in a posting on Twitter.

RIM said it would look into the matter and potentially update its software in response.

“RIM is aware of reports that a security researcher has released a tool designed to allow BlackBerry PlayBook users to jailbreak their tablet,” the company said in a statement to AllThingsD. “RIM is following its standard security response process to investigate the functionality and impact of this tool and if needed, RIM will develop, test, and release a software update that is designed to minimize the potential adverse impact to our customers.”

That said, RIM might be best off using the jailbreak as a selling point for the tablet, which has lagged expectations and been on an inventory-clearing fire sale since Black Friday.

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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