The Verge: BlackBerry will die on January 4th — for real this time

The Verge: BlackBerry will die on January 4th — for real this time. “Dear friends, we’re gathered here today to mourn the death of that once-beloved monarch of the mobile world: BlackBerry. And, yes, I realize that this is not the first time we’ve announced the death of the company or its devices (and, for reasons I’ll explain below, it likely won’t be the last) but this is a very definite ending for legacy BlackBerry hardware.”

New York Times: Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends

New York Times: Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends. “As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said.”