Could it be that Blackberry was chosen to allow security services to spy on Obama?
RIM were said to have deals with Russia, China and of course US to allow snooping.
Reality and perception do not always mix well.
Yes indeed, it is an ad driven future.
Ads + Freemium apps is where it is all at. Bit obviously if you can continue to have your cake an eat it, then those offshore stocks assets are snuggling up big time.
This reminds me of that recent comment, I think from Foxconn.
Maybe they knew about this when they said they would not reduce their prices just to obtain an Apple contract.
Were they already gloating about Apple being famous for penny pinching but now shooting itself in the foot?
So they were simply far too keen for a Sharp cut price deal.