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RIM Launches The Entry-Level BlackBerry Curve 9220 in India

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RIM has announced the global launch of the BlackBerry Curve 9220 beginning with the India. The device is available for R. 10,990, or $215 USD.
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BlackBerry Messenger Viral Videos Taking Over Asia

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A while back we posted some videos RIM did of different people and the way they use BBM. The videos featured tattoo artists, DJs and shop owners, all talking about how they use BBM in their daily lives and careers. The campaign has now spread to Asia, where we can get a glimpse of how BBM is used in other countries. Hit the jump and check out some cool videos of BBM being used in India and Indonesia.

Up next, RIM will be making some videos around how BBM can be used to organize against corrupt governments and topple dictators. No? C’mon! Do it!
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RIM to Offer Cloud Computing-Based System for India to Monitor BBM

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It looks like RIM and India have made some headway recently as RIM has agreed to offer monitoring on cloud-based computing instead of setting up a local server and the Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to this solution. In a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Vice-President (Government Relations) of RIM, Mr Robert Crow, said, “As per the compliance schedule agreed to by both Research In Motion and the Ministry of Home Affairs, RIM infrastructure is ready to receive and process via the cloud computing-based system lawfully intercepted BlackBerry Messenger data from Indian service providers.”
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Ban Avoided as RIM Proposes “Lawful Access” to BlackBerry Email in India

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The Indian Government withdrew the threat to ban BlackBerry services for 60 days after RIM sent a proposal to give security officials “lawful access” to encrypted data. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has demanded real time access to encrypted emails and IM communications and said it will take the next 60 days to review the proposal from RIM.

This news raises a couple of big questions:

1) What did RIM propose?
2) What is “lawful access”?
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RIM to Host Industry Forum in India to Highlight Sensible Security Debate

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India is sticking to its August 31st deadline for RIM to come up with a way for the government to get access to encrypted BlackBerry email. The deadline is fast approaching but there isn’t much RIM can do because as they have stated many times before: there is no master key to decrypt BlackBerry email. That would defeat the entire purpose of encryption.

In an effort to calm the situation, RIM has offered to lead an industry forum in India focused on supporting the lawful access needs of law enforcement agencies, while preserving the legitimate information security needs of corporations and other organizations in India.
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Indian Government May Require BES Emails be Sent to ISPs

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The Indian government’s telecom department has suggested a workaround for accessing encrypted BlackBerry emails. The workaround involves getting unencrypted copies of emails from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server sent to an internet service provider’s monitoring system. Security agencies will be able to work with the ISP’s to obtain any information they desire from these corporate emails.

While BlackBerry corporate email is fully encrypted on a BES when moving between BlackBerrys, it remains unencrypted while it resides on the BES. “Feeding the email from the enterprise server to the ISP’s monitoring systems can, accordingly, help security agencies access the communication in pure text form,” DoT proposal said.
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