Is today the day that Judge James Spencer will order RIM to shut down its US network, leaving millions of BlackBerry users either in the lurch or dependent upon a somewhat sketchy workaround? Or will Spencer decide to delay his ruling in light of recent patent rulings against RIM's archrival, NTP? Will RIM CEO James Balsille decide he can't stand the pressure anymore, and just write a big check to NTP to end the long-running conflict? Or will Spencer just throw out the case once and for all and wash his hands of the whole mess? One thing is certain: all eyes will be on a courtroom in Virginia, where Spencer's hearing is already in progress. To help you sort things out (or, more likely, to just feed into your insatiable obsession with this case), here's a handy compendium of the latest reports on the RIM-NTP showdown:
- ZDNet - Will there be a BlackBerry shutdown? Eight experts tell me.
- ZDNet - Yes, there will be a BlackBerry injunction
- Forbes - RIM's Last Shot?
- BBC - Ruling due on BlackBerry shutdown
- BBHub - OK, here's my prediction on patent ruling
- BBHub - Lesson for all in RIM-NTP dispute: should software be patentable at all?
- RIMarkable - BlackBerry Friday is finally here… Will anything change?
- Chicago Tribune - BlackBerry brigade not worried: they see options
- Kevin Maney - Hug your BlackBerry today