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Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY) News: Battle with Critics, BBM to Hit Apple Inc. (AAPL) & Google Inc (GOOG) App Stores in Summer & More

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), T MOBILE US INC (NYSE:TMUS), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)

BlackBerry’s New Lawyer Is Getting Busy (Bloomberg)
Steve Zipperstein prosecuted failed savings-and-loan associations in the 1980s and investigated the government’s siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, in the ’90s. Now the battle-hardened lawyer has joined Canadian smartphone maker Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) to fight its critics. Zipperstein, who turns 54 this month, was lured out of retirement in Santa Barbara, California, last spring year by an offer to become BlackBerry’s chief legal officer. He joined the Waterloo, Ontario-based company in July to handle everything from patent disputes to privacy issues, and says his time as a Justice Department lawyer and federal prosecutor in Los Angeles will serve him well in defending Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s interests.

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Long-awaited keyboard BlackBerrys hit US stores (ECNMag)
Modern Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) with physical keyboards are now available in the U.S., months after the touch-screen versions went on sale. T MOBILE US INC (NYSE:TMUS) began selling the BlackBerry Q10 on Wednesday. It has Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which addresses shortcomings that allowed the iPhone and Android devices to surpass the once-pioneering BlackBerry in sales and prestige. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) also have plans to sell the Q10 in the U.S. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) Wireless started taking orders last week and says it will ship by Thursday.

BlackBerry Messenger will hit iOS and Android stores this summer, but not on June 27 (ComputerWorldUK)
BlackBerry Messenger, a free messaging and social networking application for BlackBerry devices, will be coming to iOS and Android app stores at some point, but not June 27 as tweeted by T-Mobile UK early Thursday. T-Mobile did send out a new tweet later today, saying: “Sorry folks, we got over-excited about the BBM app coming to Android/iOS. No specific availability date yet, stay tuned for details.” A Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) spokeswoman issued a email statement in between the T-Mobile tweets disavowing the initial T-Mobile report. “We will communicate an update as soon as we have an availability date to share,” the spokeswoman said. She noted that when BBM for Android and iOS were announced on May 14, the company said it would be available this summer, subject to approval by the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play.

RIM Courts CIOs, Employees With BlackBerry 10, Software (WSJ)
Hello, CIOs? It’s Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) calling. We’d like you to give our new BlackBerry 10 devices and software a chance. To reverse four years of declining smartphone market share losses, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is trying to win CIOs and corporate users over with new management software and handsets, including the keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Q10 U.S. carriers are making available this month. To support the comeback, senior executives are regularly meeting with current and prospective customers to promote new technologies, RIM COO Kristian Tear told CIO Journal in an interview at RIM’s office here.

Neil Gaiman and BlackBerry Launch The Finished Keep Moving Project: A Calendar of Tales (BerryreView)
In case you don’t know who Neil Gaiman is, he is the best selling author of Stardust and The Graveyard Book.. He collaborated with thousands of fans worldwide to find inspiration to write 12 short stories, one for each month of the calendar. He also used 9,000 artwork contributions (illustrations, paintings, drawings, digital images) and 6.3 million people have been following the progress of this project. The calendar is highly interactive and you can listen to it and look at each month as it’s listed on the right side. We have June up for this month, but you really should take a look for yourself, the artwork and stories are beautifully done and very detailed.