On the death spiral at Research in Motion

Research in Motion, the Canadian company that makes Blackberry handsets has just turned in an abysmal quarter's earnings. Across the board, from the top line, to operating earnings, to the bottom line, and to unit sales, results were poor. RIM is in a death spiral. This shouldn't come as a surprise, of course, since the company has been imploding for the better part of two years.

But here's the frame to use as I set it two years ago regarding the Coming Apple iOS – Android Wars:

I see a future computing world which is networked and platform independent. And that means gatekeepers of bandwidth and content will be the winners in that world. Over the short-term Microsoft and the telcos will play their part in protecting their legacy franchises in these arenas. But ultimately, peopl...


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