Man, 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.