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By KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | December 22, 2005
The patent battle between the maker of the BlackBerry device and a small Virginia-based patent-holding company called NTP got us looking for Web sites for BlackBerry users, as well as those meant to shed light on the world of patents. ibbug.org Here is the International BlackBerry User Group, or IBBUG. For the BlackBerry's 3.65 million users around the world, the user group site has links to news and other sites, such as bbhub.com, a BlackBerry blog, where users were reporting BlackBerry sightings in the movie Syriana.
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October 2, 2013
From: Coteaux du Languedoc, France Price: $15 Serve with: Grilled red meat, hearty stew This grenache-syrah red blend from the south of France delivers a lot of black cherry, blackberry and Mediterranean herb flavor. It's a full-bodied, moderately complex, earthy wine with enough tannic backbone to age and improve, but it's smooth enough to drink now. It's a Kysela Pere & Fils import, which is always a good sign. -- Michael Dresser
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February 24, 2006
A high school junior in Howard County, Serena Fasano, made news this week for earning a patent on a protein she discovered, a yogurt component that kills diarrhea-causing bacteria. In Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide if a Gaithersburg drugmaker, MedImmune, can sue a California company - to prevent it from charging royalties on what MedImmune claims is a flawed patent on a biotech technique. And today in Maryland and across the nation, about 4 million BlackBerry users are on edge over a federal appeals court hearing on whether the phone-e-mail service - dubbed "Crackberry" because users are so dependent - violates a Canadian company's patent and thus should be shut down.
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April 9, 2013
2009 Ferrari-Carano Tresor From: Sonoma County, Calif. Price: $50 Serve with: Prime rib, rack of lamb Yes, it's expensive, but if you are looking for a special-occasion red wine that you can drink with pleasure now, this is a fine choice. It's a Bordeaux-style blend of exceptional elegance and style. It's complex and rounded, with flavors of black cherry, blackberry, vanilla and chocolate. It's structured to age well but there's really no need to wait. -- Michael Dresser
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December 24, 2009
The second BlackBerry outage in less than a week disrupted service for millions of users on two continents Tuesday and Wednesday. The company behind the service, Canada's Research in Motion Ltd., blamed a software upgrade for the problem, which it said was confined to North and South America. RIM said BlackBerry users were unable to send or receive e-mails and instant messages but did not lose phone service. Many users also found the Internet inaccessible. RIM said the disruptions began around 1:45 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, worsened around 6:30 p.m. and began to be fixed around 11:30 p.m. Service appeared restored by Wednesday afternoon.
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Gus G. Sentementes | April 18, 2012
The great news for Baltimore and Maryland is that the University of Maryland Baltimore County's president, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, was named to Time's annual Top 100 influential people today. Another person on the list : Walter Isaacson, known recently and most famously as the official biographer of Steve Jobs. Mr. Isaacson was in Baltimore on Saturday, where he was a featured speaker at the CityLit Festival. I had the pleasure of introducing him to a crowd of hundreds.
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By DAVID COLKER and DAVID COLKER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 2, 2006
The BlackBerry, with its ability to send and receive e-mails on the go, is the coolest of the smart phones. Until you actually have to use it as a telephone. It is then that the wide-bodied BlackBerry, shaped to accommodate a full keyboard, becomes a bit less cool. A BlackBerry-toting lawyer friend of mine said it's like slapping a frozen waffle against your ear. The wide shape is great for thumb typing, but it's bulky to carry, and when you're on the run it can be hard to line up the ear holes with your ear. What's more, the standard BlackBerry has a dim screen and a relatively slow Internet connection.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN REPORTER | December 21, 2007
Seven months after a jury awarded it more than $12 million in a patent infringement lawsuit, Annapolis-based TeleCommunication Systems Inc. has filed a similar suit - this time against the makers of the addictive BlackBerry. The suit, which TeleCommunication said it filed yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, alleges that BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. is infringing upon a patent that governs the way wireless users access e-mail applications. It asks the court to award damages and issue an injunction to prevent RIM from further infringement.
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By James Granelli and Alex Pham and James Granelli and Alex Pham,Los Angeles Times | April 19, 2007
For as long as 14 hours, belts across America didn't vibrate. Thumbs stopped clacking on tiny keyboards. People were transported to a more innocent age, a time when sitcoms could be watched uninterrupted and breakfast meetings had to be arranged by - gasp! - phone. The BlackBerry e-mail network went down about 8 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, and David Hyman, an online music executive, suddenly knew how it felt to be an addict. He was trying to retrieve electronic messages as he drove across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.
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By Cox News Service | June 10, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO - Taking huge steps to expand its cell phone business, Apple Inc. is introducing a faster version of its industry-changing iPhone, revamping its software to add more features for business users - and substantially slashing prices. When it hits the stores July 11, the 8-gigabyte version of Apple's new 3G (third-generation cellular) iPhone will start at $199, about a third the price of the original iPhone just a year ago. Apple promises the new model will download Web sites and Internet data about twice as fast as older versions.
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February 6, 2013
From: Barossa Valley, Australia Price: $18 Serve with: Beef or venison stew, leg of lamb This full-bodied red blend of mourvedre, tempranillo, grenache and carignan - - some of the great grapes of Spain and southern France - is lush, ripe and, yes, layered. Its complex flavors of blackberry, blueberry, earth, chocolate and smoked meat give it a burly elegance. It may soon turn over to the 2010 vintage, so snap it up if you see it. - Michael Dresser
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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
My blackberries had some brown parts on the berries early in the season, but that seems to have gone away. Now I'm having trouble with those little berry "balls" turning white. Each of those little juice-filled spheres that make up a blackberry is known as a druplet. Brown ones occur when a tarnished plant bug has inserted its mouth part into a druplet here and there. That may happen early in the growing season. The juice from these berries are still useable for jelly, sauce or any recipe that puts the berries through a strainer.
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Gus G. Sentementes | April 18, 2012
The great news for Baltimore and Maryland is that the University of Maryland Baltimore County's president, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, was named to Time's annual Top 100 influential people today. Another person on the list : Walter Isaacson, known recently and most famously as the official biographer of Steve Jobs. Mr. Isaacson was in Baltimore on Saturday, where he was a featured speaker at the CityLit Festival. I had the pleasure of introducing him to a crowd of hundreds.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2011
Call me a throwback, but I still like these big zins that are so oafish to those afflicted with sensitive Euro-palates. At least when, like this well-crafted wine from Edmeades, a high alcohol level (15.5 percent) is concealed behind gobs of fruit. This full-bodied red boasts intense flavors of blackberry, cassis and chocolate that combine to give it a Porto-like character without the sweetness. Somehow its manages to be burly and smooth at the same time. Serve it with food with the muscle to wrestle with it. From: Mendocino County, Calif.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2011
From : California Pice : $14 Serve with : Red meat, pasta This imaginitive California blend delivers excellent value at an attractive price. It's a medium-bodied red wiith gripping flavors of blackberry, blueberry and herbs — not complex but very satisyfing. It's not meant for extended cellaring so the use of a screwcap shows wisdom on the part of the winery.
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By Dan Rodricks | July 30, 2011
A question for people who've been around a little longer than I have - those of you who remember when Young Tommy was mayor and the Orioles were worth watching in August: At classic Maryland crab feasts, were there always a couple of grumbling, impatient people who'd just rather have a hamburger? I'm trying to determine if what I perceived at a recent feast of steamed hard crabs is a modern trend - people made a little edgy, even a little ornery, by getting too much spice on their fingers and not being able to use their smart phones while dining.
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By JEAN MARBELLA and JEAN MARBELLA,jean.marbella@baltsun.com | January 25, 2009
After such an action-packed, eventful week, I think this ranks as my favorite news item: After satisfying all the security concerns, such as the potential for the device to leak classified information or his GPS coordinates, President Barack Obama is getting to keep his BlackBerry. I'm not actually a full citizen of CrackBerry Nation, whose ranks famously include the new geek-in-chief. Yet. I only got mine a month ago, as a Christmas present, and still haven't gotten all the applications fired up. But already, fiddling around with it when I'm in a WiFi spot, I can totally understand why Obama was loath to give up having this connection to the rest of the world in the palm of his hands.
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By Rasheim T. Freeman | June 10, 2004
The new RIM BlackBerry 7280 series ($400) is a solidly performing pager, personal digital assistant and tri-band phone that works in more than 100 countries. Tri-band telephones work across the bandwidths or networks of the United States, Europe and the Far East without requiring the user to change the SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card in the phone. Besides its global reach, the 4.8-ounce handheld unit has an online calendar and e-mail service that can be synchronized with the popular e-mail programs such as Microsoft Outlook and IBM Lotus Notes.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2011
This medium- to full-bodied red wine has a touch of earthiness — not at all unpleasant — that distinguishes it from a Napa cabernet. It's a bit more rustic, leaning more to blackberry than black cherry, and adds elements of smoked meat, chocolate and pepper. It's quite drinkable now and probably wouldn't gain much with age. All in all, a hearty, flavorful cabernet that goes down easy. Wine Find: 2007 St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon From: Sonoma County, Calif. Price: $17 Serve with: Steak, lamb
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By Jasmine Wiggins | April 6, 2011
For whatever reason, the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever had have been in the South. While I was living in Birmingham, Ala., I developed a soft-spot for pimiento cheese sandwiches glazed with just the right amount of butter. A lovely woman whom I used to sublet from made them perfectly. I also used to frequent with my friend and co-worker, a great coffee and lunch spot called Urban Standard located in Downtown Birmingham. They served up amazing coffee and a very simple, but delicious grilled cheese sandwich with balsamic jam. It always made me feel like a little kid again, especially accompanied by one of their strawberry cupcakes.
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