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RIM offers the chance to instantly win a BlackBerry and more

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RIM has launched a new campaign on their WinWithBlackBerry site. The contest offers the chance to instantly win prizes such as one of 10 BlackBerry devices, accessories and discounts.

It seems Jim Balsillie had a hand in this contest because you can also win a ton of hockey prizes. You can win hockey jerseys, game tickets and an all expenses paid trip for 4 to a “North American Hockey League finals game” and $2,000 spending cash.

The contest works on points, and the more you participate in the contest, the more points you get.

Check out WinWithBlackBerry for registration and more contest details.

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Happy Canada Day! The Best of Canadian Culture

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Happy Canada day folks! BlackBerry Cool would like to present what could be considered “The Best of Canadian Culture.” Feel free to comment your personal favorite Canadiana. Here they are in no particular order:

Canadian companies

RIM isn’t the only company making headlines. Canadian Scientific Research and Development Credits make it possible for many Canadian companies to invest the budgets necessary for great products.

Hockey

The Make it Seven campaign has done a great job of promoting Canadian hockey. It’s a big part of Canadian culture and we’re proud of our nation’s dominance in the sport.

French Canada

It’s great to live in an officially bilingual country, founded on two distinct cultures (anglo and franco). Canada’s French history can be seen in Quebec, the Acadian East Coast and our First Nations Peoples.

The East Coast

Theirs a well-deserved stereotype about Canadians that they’re polite and friendly. The maritimes is a great place to experience this friendly vibe. Go during lobster fest!

The West Coast

Whether you’re skiing in the Rockies or on a beach in Vancouver, the West Coast is an outdoorsman’s dream.

Prairies and Central Canada

Canada’s natural resources are an economic competitive advantage. We have vast amounts of wheat, softwood lumber, minerals and a booming oil economy. Did you know we’re the largest exporter of oil to the US?

Aboriginal and First Nations People

Canada’s First Nations People represent a Canada that was totally different than it is today. While it hasn’t been an easy transition for these cultures, they remain a huge part of our culture and nationhood.

Canadian Music, Film, Arts and Entertainment

There isn’t one unified Canadian taste in music, film or the arts. All we can do is present some openly Canadian examples. Some good recent Canadian bands include Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and The Stills. Trailer Park Boys is a great Canadian show about degenerate life in Halifax. Canada is also a great place to film popular hollywood movies. Government subsidies make it very cost effective to film in Canada.

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Jim Balsillie and the makeitseven campaign update

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[ED NOTE: If you've registered at makeitseven.ca, you have already seen the message from Jim Balsillie. I thought I'd repost the letter for those who haven't seen it and to encourage more registrations.]

A message from Jim Balsillie:

Yesterday, Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes filed documents in court confirming his receipt of our offer to purchase the team for US$212.5 million, that the offer expires June 30, 2009 and that it is conditional upon moving the team to southern Ontario. We learned that the court has moved up its date to hear arguments on the question of relocation to June 9th and Judge Baum has said he will rule on this issue shortly after. If he rules the team can be relocated, the Judge has also indicated he will move the date of the auction we have asked for up to June 22nd.

We have maintained from the beginning that we need to be in control of the team by then to know if we can move it this year, or if we have to keep it in Glendale for another year and then move it to its new home, Copps Coliseum, where we have secured the rights to a long-term lease.

We are moving ahead. In the days ahead, I will have more exciting details to share with you about bringing this team to Canada.

In the meantime, we need our voices to be heard. Currently, we have over 130,000 people signed up www.makeitseven.ca and we need to reach out to hockey lovers throughout Canada and the world to expand our movement. If each of you were able to get one friend to sign up, we could mobilize over a quarter of a million people in an online movement.

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Bell partners with QuickPlay for Mobile TV services, NHL first offering

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Bell has made two recent announcements which show that 2009 will be a big year for them in terms of multimedia content. Firstly, Bell announced yesterday that they have reached a deal with QuickPlay Media to power their live and on-demand services, including live TV and radio.

Wayne Purboo, president and CEO, QuickPlay Media said “QuickPlay is excited that Bell Mobility has chosen us to power its mobile TV services and to build on our long-standing relationship, which now enables Bell to provide subscribers with the option to watch both live and on-demand content on most video-enabled mobile devices. With our flexible mobile video solutions our customers are equipped to not only meet the demands of their customers today, but to accommodate changing mobile content demands and associated service requirements in the future.”

Bell’s first offering is an exciting one for Canadians: live NHL games on NHL Audio, in-game and post-game video highlights, live NHL games through NHL Centre Ice Mobile and real-time text message alerts. For $8/month, Bell subscribers get all this as well as NHL wallpapers, ringtones, Mobile Video Exclusives that has pictures from the past, Fantasy tips and Game of the Week insight.

NHL on Bell Mobility

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Balsillie tapped to buy the Buffalo Sabres?

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Oh, wouldn’t this be a great late Christmas present for the Jim Dog. Despite fervent denial from the Buffalo Sabres, rumors are flying that the National Hockey League team is both up for sale and that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie is one of the potential suitors.

“We are not in negotiations to sell the team and as we have stated in the past, we will never entertain discussions to move the team out of Buffalo,” Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said in a statement, which was isused in response to a story in this week’s Western New York Hockey magazine.

Despite the official denial, unnamed sources continue to insist that the Sabre’s billionaire owner, Tom Golisano, is listening to offers and that Quinn or an associate has had discussions with Balsillie. Basillie has been connected to potential purchases of both the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins in the past. Hopefully, we’ll see the Waterloo BlackBerrys someday soon.

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The Hockey News for BlackBerry gets updated

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Hockey is one of the few things that makes the cold drudgery of Canadian winter bearable. Following the slow death spiral of the Maple Leafs is something that can cheer me up on even the bleakest day.

To keep me and other hockey loving BlackBerry users up to date, The Hockey News has released an update to their popular mobile application, which has seen 18,000 downloads since launching in mid-September. Here’s what hockey fans get with the latest edition of The Hockey News Mobile:

    Live scores while games are played, including scoring summaries
    Skater and Goalie standings to track your Fantasy picks
    Division and Conference standings
    Rich colour pictures, THN and CP coverage from across the league

To download THN Mobile (for free!), http://thn.mobi You can see more photos after the jump.

The Hockey News Mobile for BlackBerry

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Jim Balsillie talks on The Hour

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Jim-DogAny Canadian readers out there might recognize the name George Stroumboulopoulos, but anyone else will probably just get their tongue tied. He’s a big talk show name on Canadian TV, and took some time to talk to Jim Balsillie about BlackBerry, hockey, and international governance. It’s great look at RIM’s co-CEO - he comes off as really down-to-earth despite some great achievements, so if you’ve got 10 minutes, take a looksee behind the jump.

Continue reading ‘Jim Balsillie talks on The Hour’

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