BlackBerry has spent much of the past year trying desperately to make its phones seem more like iPhones, so one can only imagine how troubling it must be to executives at the company’s Waterloo headquarters that a start-up co-founded by Ryan Seacrest has managed to solve the problem by taking the opposite approach: instead of turning BlackBerries into iPhones, Typo Products LLC is selling a special snap-on case that endows an iPhone with a BlackBerry-style QWERTY keyboard.
Having broken up with one celebrity, BlackBerry is now suing another. The Canadian Press reports that the Waterloo-based smartphone maker has filed a lawsuit against Typo Products, a company co-founded by all-purpose personality delivery system Ryan Seacrest. Typo’s product is a snap-on keyboard for Apple iPhones, designed to mimic the very same QWERTY keyboard that, by some analyses, ruined BlackBerry’s future. (It’s available for preorder.) BlackBerry’s allegation is that the mimicry is so close that it constitutes intellectual property theft. Sorry, Seacrest.
An Ottawa-based media monitoring company combed through 50,000 tweets to gauge how Canada’s television coverage stacks up against the U.S.’s—and, in terms of viewer satisfaction, things are looking bad for the Americans. Media Miser looked at tweets with Olympic-themed hashtags made during the first three days of the London games; of those referencing Canada’s broadcaster, CTV,about half were positive, while a whopping 83% of tweets related to NBC, America’s lone holder of Olympic coverage rights,were disparaging. Use of the hashtag #nbcfail surged as disgruntled NBC watchers lambasted the lack of live event coverage, oddly timed cuts to commercials and irritating commentary, as well as some accidental spoilers and a host of other problems. This makes the uncertainty over Canada’s domestic media rights to the next few Olympics all the more alarming. Sure, CTV’s not perfect, but we really don’t relish the thought of Ryan Seacrest as our guide to the games. [Globe and Mail]
Ryan Seacrest is attempting to go “viral” on the Internet (Viral! Internet! Words young people know and use!), and he’s asked Justin Bieber to help. The Biebz admits that he himself isn’t enough to make a video reach Seacrest’s 100 million views goal, so Biebsy hangs with some puppies and babies, and references Double Dream Hands. Then Kathy Griffin shows up swearing and demanding everyone partake in the Cinnamon Challenge. It’s weird and awkward, but we watched it anyway. Twice.