Research in Motion has released a long-awaited Twitter for BlackBerry application. The beta release, which is available at BlackBerry App World, includes tweet and message notifications as well as profile editing.
Research in Motion gave analysts a peek Monday at OS 6.0, the upgraded operating system for BlackBerry phones, and Wall Street liked what it saw, according to various reports. RIM, which has been under pressure to bring more advanced features to its smartphones, said it would take time to integrate the software -- which includes more touch-friendly features and a new Web browser -- into all its devices. "It is much more modern, Web 2.0-oriented ... on par with Android, iPhone, WebOS," said Avian Securities analyst Matt Thornton.
Swisscom has inked a deal to acquire AT&T's Wayport Wi-Fi networks in Europe for an undisclosed sum. Wayport, which was purchased by AT&T for $275 million in 2008, provides hot spots in airports, hotels and McDonald's restaurants.
Nokia President Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo says the company is shifting from a focus on hardware to provide phone users with more Internet-based content as demand for mobile services improves around the world. Kallasvuo said the company was pursuing its goal through acquisitions.
Comments from Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg have leveled some expectations about when Verizon Wireless is likely to begin offering service for Apple's iPhone. Despite rumors, analysts say Verizon Wireless will probably wait until after it has completed construction of a new, high-speed network, a time line that extends beyond this year.
Businesses that pair BlackBerry smartphone use with Research in Motion's server technology can improve their return on investment from 560% to almost 3,000%, according to a Forrester Consulting report that RIM commissioned. Also, RIM will soon issue an update to the BlackBerry's instant-messaging software for enterprise customers, according to a report.