RIM begs forgiveness with free apps

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced that it will offer Blackberry users a selection of smartphone applications to help ease the pain after a global service outage prevented users from emailing and texting for several days last week.

Blackberry customers, which number over 70 million, experienced service interruptions and delays over a period of approximately 3 days in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, 1.5 days in Latin America and Canada, and 1 day in the United States.

Update: Satellite malfunction leaves Shaw Direct customers without most HD channels

Beginning around 6:30 am Thursday morning, Shaw Direct customers began telling Digital Home that they were no longer able to receive numerous television channels, including most HD channels.

The source of the problem is a malfunctioning geostationary communications satellites launched by Telesat Canada called Anik F2

Blogger down and posts lost

Blogger, Google’s blogging and online publishing service, announced earlier this week that its blogging platform would go into read-only mode on Wednesday night at 10pm Pacfic Time for some routine maintenance.

Google said the shutdown would last about an hour, however, a day and a half later, bloggers are still unable to post.