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BlackBerry Delayed + NEW EBay Redesign + Emergency Help on Social Media

Posted By: Jon Jackson · 10/11/2012 7:45:00 AM

Next Generation BlackBerry Delayed

Research In Motion shares were down almost five per cent after an analyst predicted the next generation of BlackBerrys likely won't hit shelves until March. While RIM had hoped for a January launch, a March rollout is "more likely." With no new BlackBerry products to sell before then, retailers have grown cautious about holding RIM inventory. RIM’s current share price is $5.00, while Apple’s is hovering around $640.00.

EBay Redesign

EBay has redesigned its website to encourage visitors to browse and collect items they might want to buy later with something it calls the "feed."The feature, reminiscent of Pinterest, shows users items based on things they purchased in the past or items they've clicked on the site. Shoppers can also edit their feed by adding or removing categories and individual items. EBay has also announced a mobile app called “EBay Now” which is currently being tested in San Francisco.

Asking for Emergency help over Social Media

While this isn’t true yet - More than a third of Canadians who responded to a new survey believe their calls for help over social media could serve as a stand-in for 911 calls. The poll of about a thousand Canadians found 35 per cent believe first responders such as firefighters or police would respond to a plea for help that was put out over social media. Of that group, 74 per cent said they would expect help within an hour. Police say (Toronto) they monitor social media for some non-emergency situations, but say 911 is the only appropriate way to seek urgent help.

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