R.I.P. Russell Shaw

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Russell ShawMan, what a way to start the week… Russell Shaw, the voice behind BlackBerry Beat, passed away Friday, March 14th. at around 6:45 PM EDT in a hotel room, apparently due to illness. BlackBerry Beat was one of the first sites I was introduced to when starting at BlackBerry Cool, and has since been an incredible source of patent news (although the blog certainly had its editorial moments, too). Aside from that, Russell was also in charge of ZDNet’s IP-Telephony blog and the popular BBHub before that. He was an accomplished author, a knowledgeable journalist, and a pillar of the BlackBerry community. His contributions to the world of technology will not soon be forgotten.

  • Zax

    RIP Russell

    You will be missed. :(

  • Zax

    RIP Russell

    You will be missed. :(

  • ADG

    I knew Russell in Atlanta GA back in the late ’70′s, early ’80′s when he was still a well-known and respected music critic and journalist, prior to his move to the Left Coast. I ran sound for a local band, and Russell always used to try and get my goat by saying that I “had a pussy ear” (Russell liked BIIIG BASS!) He could always be found backstage talking and joking with the musicians and their entourages. Russell was a kind and gentle soul, who went on to become one of the elder statesman of Tech Revolution jouralism. After having discovered Russell’s Blackberry Beat blog several months ago, I emailed him and we were able to catch up on the past 25 years of our respective lives. I feel very fortunate to have had that opportunity and to have known such a grand fellow. Russell, you will be missed, but not forgotten….

  • ADG

    I knew Russell in Atlanta GA back in the late ’70′s, early ’80′s when he was still a well-known and respected music critic and journalist, prior to his move to the Left Coast. I ran sound for a local band, and Russell always used to try and get my goat by saying that I “had a pussy ear” (Russell liked BIIIG BASS!) He could always be found backstage talking and joking with the musicians and their entourages. Russell was a kind and gentle soul, who went on to become one of the elder statesman of Tech Revolution jouralism. After having discovered Russell’s Blackberry Beat blog several months ago, I emailed him and we were able to catch up on the past 25 years of our respective lives. I feel very fortunate to have had that opportunity and to have known such a grand fellow. Russell, you will be missed, but not forgotten….