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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|

Stephen Hawking at Canada’s Perimeter Institute

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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. Perimeter Institute has been set up through the vision and philanthropy of Mike Lazaridis, creator of the BlackBerry, and others in a public-private partnership, to conduct scientific research, educational outreach and foster a culture of innovation in Canada.

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|

BlackBerry 4.7 JDE has been updated (BlackBerry Bytes)

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BlackBerry 4.7 JDE

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|

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|

Desktop Manager 4.7 now available (BlackBerry Bytes)

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We told you all the way back in July that you wouldn’t see the BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.7 until the BlackBerry Storm was ready to be released, but with a UK launch last Friday and the same happening in the US this Friday, that time is now. We don’t yet know what new features or upgrades away DM 4.7, but we’re downloading now and will post if we find anything of note. If you can’t wait, hit the link below to give it a try yourself.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.7

Telus BlackBerry Pearl 8130 $0 until December 25th (BlackBerry Bytes)

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Probably hoping to take the sting out of a $50 Rogers BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, Telus is offering the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 for free until December 25th with a 3 year contract and $45 minimum data plan. We recommend purchasing the Pink Pearl 8130, so Telus will donate $25 to Rethink Breast Cancer.

Telus Pink BlackBerry Pearl 8130

|via MobileSyrup|