RIM Lays Off 2000 And Axes Its COO, But No News On A Response To iPhone And Android Hot

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If you're one of those people sticking with your BlackBerry, the news is not good.


RIM Tuesday announced a layoff of 11%, some 2000 employees. Just five years ago, the company employed only 5,000. So there's plenty of room to cut heads still, and RIM probably will need to do so.


Release of the company's PlayBook tablet a few months ago fizzled when it was released with an incomplete set of features. For instance, it had no native email app. For RIM, which is the king of email distribution over mobile devices, this was strange. Yet no solution has yet been announced. 


While its COO got thrown under the bus Tuesday, its top manager remained in place. But they were coming under increased scrutiny. They were asleep at the switch when iPhone rolled out and even as Android followed, and it's hard evidence to see a turnaround in sight even as RIM rolls out its new QNX operating system.




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