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RIM releases patch for BES PDF security threat (BlackBerry Bytes)

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RIM logoRIM released a security patch earlier this week to fix a security vulnerability related to the PDF distiller in the BES’ BlackBerry Attachment Service. If left unchecked, the vulnerability would allow malicious code to be hidden within a PDF attachment to cause memory corruption or execute commands on the BlackBerry.

The security threat affects BlackBerry Enterprise Server software version 4.1 Service Pack 3 (4.1.3) through 4.1 Service Pack 6 (4.1.6) and BlackBerry Professional Software 4.1 Service Pack 4 (4.1.4). BES admins, act now! Click the link below to read RIM’s security advisory.

Vulnerabilities in the PDF distiller of the BlackBerry Attachment Service for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server

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BlackBerry JDE 4.6.1 now available (BlackBerry Bytes)

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RIM has now officially released the BlackBerry JDE 4.6.1 on their handy developer site. One would assume that it includes support for the BlackBerry Curve 8900, which runs OS 4.6.1, but if anyone notices new additions, post about it in the comments. RIM considers this a ‘premium resource’, so you’ll have to log in to download. Click the link below and you’re well on your way!

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/

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Google Sync and Google Mobile Search for BlackBerry updated (BlackBerry Bytes)

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For all you Googleheads out there, the Big G has released updates to a few of their BlackBerry applications. Google Sync has has been updated to version 0.5.12 and personal favorite Google Mobile Search has been updated to version 4.1.135. No change logs for either update, but Google works in mysterious ways. You can download both updates by pointing your BlackBerry Browser at the link below:

http://mobile.google.com

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Certicom seeks rival offers to RIM’s hostile takeover bid (BlackBerry Bytes)

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On Wednesday we told you that RIM had made a $66 million offer to Certicom’s shareholders in an attempt to purchase the encryption software company. The offer had been made directly to shareholders due to stalled negotiations with Certicom management.

Today, we can tell you that Certicom has refused a request by RIM for exclusive buyout talks, and is now inviting offers from other interested parties. Certicom says it has been in talks with other companies about a possible deal but mentioned none specifically. The company has formed a special committee of its board and hired TD Securities Inc. as a financial adviser to consider RIM’s proposal and seek other bids.

RIM is offering no new statements on the matter beyond what was made Wednesday, so we’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out.

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RIM to announce Q3 2009 fiscal results December 18th (BlackBerry Bytes)

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Thursday, December 18th will likely be one of the most important days of 2008 for RIM. On the 18th, RIM will report their Q3 2009 fiscal results after market close. Considering RIM’s sliding stock price and their lowered Q3 outlook, the focus may just be on how bad the numbers are.

RIM will hold a conference call and live webcast at 5 pm ET on the 18th, which can be accessed by dialing 800-733-7571 or by logging on at www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml. As always, you can expect the live blogging coverage of the conference call you’ve come to expect from BlackBerry Cool.

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GPS now unlock for Verizon BlackBerry 8130 and 8330 (BlackBerry Bytes)

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A bunch of people have sent us emails that Verizon has now unlocked the GPS functionality for the BlackBerry 8130 and 8330. This will allow Verizon subscribers to finally use BlackBerry Maps (by selecting the ‘internal GPS’ option in your settings)! However, Google Maps will not work as Verizon deems it a ’security risk’.

You’re going to need OS 4.5 to experience GPS freedom on your Verizon BlackBerry. Thankfully, we have all the information you need to upgrade to OS 4.5 at the links below.

BlackBerry OS 4.5 now available from BlackBerry.com/Upgrades. No, seriously.
How To: Upgrade your BlackBerry Software

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RIM offers $65.6 million to buy Certicom (BlackBerry Bytes)

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RIM announced plans today to offer CDN $1.50 a share in cash to buy encryption software company Certicom Corp in a deal worth about CDN $66 million. The offer represents a 76.5% premium over the December 2nd closing price of Certicom stock.

RIM said it is making the offer directly to Certicom shareholders because it has been unable to advance the transaction with management since starting talks in February 2007. The offer is not subject to financing conditions and will be funded by cash on hand, said RIM. It expects to formally commence the offer by Dec 12.

RIM’s offer comes only a day after the Waterloo company cut their Q3 revenue outlook in the face of slowing subscriber growth.

|via Reuters|

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Stephen Hawking to join RIM backed institute (BlackBerry Bytes)

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This item may be secondary to the latest in BlackBerry news, but it’s still pretty cool nonetheless. Scientist and reoccurring Simpsons character, Prof. Stephen Hawking, has been appointed to the post of Distinguished Research Chair at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The institute was founded by Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM.

In announcing that Prof. Hawking will visit PI for extended periods each year, PI Director Neil Turok said, “The appointment marks a new phase in our recruitment that will see leading scientists from around the world establish a second ‘research home’ at Perimeter Institute. I am delighted that Stephen has agreed to accept the first of a projected 40 such visiting Chairs. We look forward to hosting Stephen in Waterloo, Ontario, to benefiting from his wise mentorship and guidance which has been so successful in Cambridge, and to the many stimulating scientific collaborations which will undoubtedly emerge.”

Hawking will take his chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics starting in the Summer of 2009. Who knows, with his proximity to RIM, maybe he’ll help with the next generation of BlackBerrys?

|via CN|

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BlackBerry 4.7 JDE has been updated (BlackBerry Bytes)

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The BlackBerry 4.7 JDE beta that saw release in early October has received an update. The beta update includes device simulators much closer to the final Vodafone and Verizon BlackBerry Storm builds, as well as the final accelerometer APIs. Developers should expect the final JDE release in the coming weeks.

BlackBerry OS 4.7 JDE

|via BBNews|

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BlackBerry Media Sync 1.0.1.6 now available (BlackBerry Bytes)

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Our good pal Ronen has posted that, in addition to the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Media Sync has also received an upgrade. Media Sync is a nifty piece of software that allows you to sync your iTunes playlists with your BlackBerry. The update moves Media Sync from 1.0.0.18 to 1.0.1.6, so don’t expect much more than a few bug fixes and new device (read: BlackBerry Storm) support.

|via BerryReview|

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