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UD: SPECIAL REPORT

The Blackberry Crisis

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We interrupt your BrickBreaker play for this UD Special Report.

As you may have heard, if a company called NTP gets its way, your Blackberry gets the kibosh.

Don't panic. Here is what you need to know:

A lawsuit pending in a Virginia federal court pits NTP, a patent holding company, against Research in Motion (RIM), the company that makes your Berry go hum. NTP, claiming RIM is using technology they do not own, has filed an injunction asking the courts to block RIM from continuing to use the technology. Basically, if NTP doesn't start receiving fat checks from RIM immediately, your brand new 8700c could go dark in January.

UD BOTTOM LINE
Last Friday, there was progress in settlement talks (on the table: NTP getting approximately 5% of RIM profits), however there's no agreement yet. Also, RIM has a backup system standing by, but insiders have said it's a far cry from the real deal.

If you work for a large company, your IT department is running point on this one and you can stand down. If not, perhaps it's time to slip into something a little more luxe anyway, such as the Treo 700 or Nokia's new monster, the E61.

This has been a UD Special Report.

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