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"The whole problem is that the rest of the planet is using consumer devices," Disabato said. "RIM needs to manufacture something that consumers want or they are not going to be around much longer, unless of course the government steps in like it did with Iridium because they couldn't afford to have that satellite network go down."
In other RIM news, the company is moving to combat pirated apps on its devices. Alec Saunders, RIM's vice president of developer relations, took the gripe to Twitter. In an exchange with a developer, Saunders said he's seen apps from developers uploaded by others and charged for by people who don't own them.
"We're removing sideloading for consumers," Saunders said. "Piracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don't want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android Market. Pretty sure we've got a solution for devs."