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RIM unveils its slickest smartphone ever—the Porsche BlackBerry (price tag: nearly $2,000)

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That’s right: in the midst of the worst period in Research in Motion’s history—with executives ousted, share prices plummeting, lawsuits and image problems even the Black Eyed Peas couldn’t fix—the BlackBerry maker is launching a sleek, sexy and absurdly over-the-top smartphone (though not quite as over-the-top as this one). Co-designed by Porsche Design, a subsidiary of the world-renowned luxury sports car manufacturer, the Porsche Design P’9981 retails for $1,890 and is available at the Porsche Design store in Yorkville (natch). The product launched in Dubai last year, and apparently sold out instantly. Word is the phones are also selling briskly at Harrod’s in London. Just think: RIM only has to sell 529,101 of these bad boys to recoup the $1 billion in savings the company is looking for by the end of its 2013 financial year. [Wall Street Journal]

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QUOTED: A brand strategist explains why the Black Eyed Peas couldn’t fix RIM

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They did lots of promotion with the guys from the Black Eyed Peas trying to be cool, and we told them that cool … was not an attribute that they were going to displace Apple from at all. I’m not sure they quite ever got that.

Matthew Kelly, a brand strategy consultant who worked with Research in Motion from late 2009 to early 2011, on some early signs of an identity crisis at the now-struggling tech giant. Kelly says that when RIM should have been focusing on innovation and new products, it was instead straining to seem hip, rather than stodgy and out of touch. Apparently, copious shots of the Playbook in a Black Eyed Peas music video (they start around the 2:15 mark) didn’t quite do the trick.  [Global News]

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Justin Bieber is officially milking this whole Mariah Yeater thing

Justin Bieber knows how to beat a dead horse. By now, we all know that Mariah Yeater lied about mothering the Biebz’s baby (note: Eden Wood would still very much like to have Bieber babies), but he won’t let up—he’s taken to tweet-taunting the young lady, and now he’s announced that a song on his upcoming album Believe is about the woman who falsified claims of Biebsy’s less-than-a-minute man status. Bieber told the Daily Mail that his album will take its cues from more rarified influences: Black Eyed Peas, Fergie and, um, Jesus Christ.

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Dispatches from the Brit Awards: Twitter reveals little animosity between Justin Bieber and Brit winners Arcade Fire

The Grammys have come and gone, but the animosity Justin Bieber fans have unleashed at poor Esperanza Spalding—the musician who won Best New Artist over the Biebs—has yet to ebb. The 16-year old sensation, however, is taking the high road by celebrating fellow nominees and their wins, including Arcade Fire. Tweeting live from The Brit awards yesterday, he used the hash tag #Canadianswag to congratulate the Montreal band for their recent wins.

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Battle of the Blades finals: the good, the bad and the snuggly

Hard to believe this year’s Battle is coming to an end. There have been high highs (Georges Laraque’s devil costume), low lows (Toller Cranston’s crusty commentary) and loads of twists, turns and bare midriffs along the way. All of the BOTB pairs have worked their butts off over the past seven weeks (Kelly Chase literally so—the former fatty dropped 50 pounds during his Blades run), but in the end, there can be only one winner. So for one last time, we cast our vote for who should stay (or, in this case, win), who should go and who should get it on.

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Fergieless Black Eyed Pea fails to excite even the regulars at Ultra

Not that anyone really noticed, but Apl.de.ap made an appearance at Ultra last night (Image: Nicola Genin)

We got the feeling it was not such a good night for Black Eyed Pea Apl.de.ap. Last night, Ultra Supper Club had him deejaying—even singing!—but the half-full club couldn’t match his energy on the opening evening of TIFF. Even 2007’s opening party hosted by Australian supermodel Rachel Hunter had a bigger turnout. Rachel Hunter!

At least Apl’s return to Ultra showed there are no hard feelings after his bandmate Fergie fought with Perez Hilton at the downtown nightclub following last year’s MuchMusic Video Awards. Mr. De.ap looked like he was having a blast while deejaying, jamming his fingers in the air as he played hip hop, including his own Black Eyed Peas tracks, to which he sang along.

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Today at TIFF: Score and Fubar II premiere, TIFF opening event at Spice Route and more

Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties and screenings.

• 4 p.m. Stella Artois Film Screening Party at the Drake Hotel
• 5 p.m. TIFF Opening Cocktail at Spice Route
• 6:30 p.m. Score: A Hockey Musical world premiere at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin)
• 8 p.m. Score: A Hockey Musical world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall
• 9 p.m. Inside Job at Ryerson Theatre
• 10 p.m. TIFF 2010 Opening Gala at the Liberty Grand
• 10 p.m. Red—Canada Through the Lens of the New York Times, featuring Caitlin Cronenberg at Pears on the Avenue
• 10 p.m. APL.DE.AP (of the Black Eyed Peas) DJ set at Ultra
• 10 p.m. Ame’s One-Year Anniversary Party at Ame
• 11:59 p.m. Fubar II world premiere at the Ryerson Theatre

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Bonnie Brooks is singing along to the Black Eyed Peas

Bonnie Brooks with Sarah Jessica Parker (Image: George Pimentel)

Bonnie Brooks, president and CEO of The Bay, is no stranger to the media, but we’re always hearing the same stuff about her: she’s from London, she worked in Hong Kong for retail giant Lane Crawford, and she is going to revitalize The Bay. But for some reason, the Globe and Mail’s auto section was able to draw out some details we hadn’t read before. Here’s four things we learned:

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Black Eyed Peas + James Cameron = 3-D humps

Now imagine this in 3-D (Image: Jorge Mejía Peralta)

We were a little surprised that after James Cameron decried the “stupid stuff” emerging from 3-D cinema (i.e. Clash of the Titans) he would make a 3-D film about a band whose previous hits include “My Humps.” The Black Eyed Peas, fresh off the success of “I Gotta Feeling,” which broke the Billboard record for topping the charts for 20 weeks, will be the stars of Cameron’s next blockbuster 3-D flick.

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