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Is There Any Hope for Research in Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) Stock?

Die hard BlackBerry fans are more worried than ever that Research in Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) may soon meet its maker.

The recent declines in profit, sales and RIMM stock -- which has plummeted 51% in the past six months -- has sparked mounting anxieties that the end for Research in Motion is imminent.

Speaking to these fears, RIM's new Chief Executive Officer, Thorsten Heins, vowed yesterday (Tuesday) that he will lead a turnaround for the beleaguered company, starting with a successful 2013 launch of its next-generation BlackBerry 10 phones.

Like a preacher on a pulpit, Heins maintained in an address to besieged shareholders that he would convert RIM into a "lean, mean, hunting machine."

"I have assembled a leadership team for RIM that's truly capable of taking us into the future," Heins promised.

BlackBerry fanatics, who helped coin the catch phrase "CrackBerry" to refer to their "addiction" to the iconic mobile phones, are pleading for RIM to make it - but it may be too late.

"If RIM continues to be run as it is, we believe that the company will eventually fail," wrote Nomura analyst Stuart Jeffrey in a June note to clients.

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Google's Android an iPhone Killer?

The struggle for dominance in the smartphone market is heating up and Google Inc.'s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android operating system for handsets appears to be winning the war against Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone system.

When Apple debuted the iPhone 4 on June 24 it broke sales records. In the first three days, the company sold 1.7 million devices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, France and Germany, the most for any version of its top-selling product.

But the popular device has been plagued by misfortune - including the suicide of a Chinese worker, lost prototypes, reception problems, and an inauspicious introduction to the press and public when Chief Executive Steve Jobs could not get the phone to connect to the Internet.

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HP Shakes Up Smartphone Market With $1.2 Billion Palm Buyout

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) today (Thursday) bought Palm Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) in a $1.2 billion deal that marks a giant step by the computer firm into the burgeoning smartphone market and brings to a close speculation about a struggling company that was running out of options.

The deal will catapult H-P, the world's largest tech company in terms of revenue, into direct competition with a handful of other tech giants - including Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Microsoft (NYSE: MSFT) - in the rapidly growing smartphone market.

H-P said it would pay $5.70 a share in cash for Palm, representing a 23% premium over its Wednesday closing price.

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Price Wars Likely to Spur Smartphone Explosion in 2010

Are you one of those holdouts who hasn't yet jumped into the high-tech world of smartphones? Well get ready, because the mobile-phone makers of the world are about to make you an offer that will be very difficult to refuse.

This may be the year when cheap prices finally drag millions of behind-the-curve consumers into the blossoming smartphone market, unleashing unprecedented strains on broadband networks as handset makers wage a price war in the midst of booming demand.

"The smartphone market will become ultra competitive in 2010," analyst Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics told Reuters.

More than 1 billion mobile devices will access the Internet in the New Year, research firm International Data Corp. (NYSE: IDC) says. That's catching up to the 1.3 billion users that use a PC to go online, and the rate of growth for mobile users is 2.5 times the growth rate for PC use.

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Research In Motion Shares Nosedive After Missed Sales, Earnings

Shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (Nasdaq: RIMM) plummeted in after hours trading yesterday (Thursday) after the company missed Wall Street’s earnings and sales expectations. For its second quarter ended August 29, RIM reported net income of $475.6 million, or 83 cents per share on revenue of $3.53 billion. That compares to a net […]

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Hot Stocks: Motorola Throws Hat Into Smartphone Ring

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) last Thursday charmed investors when it revealed its Cliq smartphone, which will compete head on with Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone and Research in Motion Ltd.'s Blackberry. Motorola's stock is up nearly 12% since the announcement, as investors are hoping the new phone will be enough to win back some of […]

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