John Paczkowski

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RIM CEO to New COO, CMO: Welcome to My Nightmare

Research In Motion has filled two vacant slots on its executive team, hiring a chief operating officer and a chief marketing officer. Kristian Tear, formerly an executive VP at Sony Mobile Communications, will serve as the company’s new COO. RIM also tapped Frank Boulben, who previously served as EVP of strategy, marketing and sales for LightSquared, as CMO.

Both are important hires for RIM, which has been without a CMO since 2011, and without a COO since Thorsten Heins became the company’s new CEO in January. They join the company at a difficult juncture, as it scrambles to launch its new BlackBerry 10 OS this fall, and again go head to head with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, operating systems that have bled RIM of market share with hardware that resonates with consumers and far more well-established application ecosystems.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus