Biz Briefs: Sour Berries?

Suddenly the market for BlackBerrys isn't quite so sweet. The handheld device--made by Research in Motion (RIM), which pioneered on-the-go e-mail in 1999--is facing stiff competition from a brambly bunch determined to break the BlackBerry's monopoly. In July, Motorola and Microsoft took aim with their wireless e-mail phone, called Q, which will hit stores early next year. Motorola is also rolling out an iTunes phone with Apple. That's more bad news for RIM. Because the BlackBerry is mainly limited to e-mail on its proprietary platform, many execs are switching to smart phones like Palm's Treo that run content-rich software from start-up...

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