Jim Balsillie

Former BlackBerry Exec Urges MPs to Regulate Facebook, Google ‘Surveillance Capitalism’

While speaking before a parliamentary committee about the democratic and economic risks posed by companies like Facebook and Google, the former Research in Motion chairman Jim Balsillie urged MPs to implement strict data-privacy rules similar to those to be introduced later this month by the European Union (via Financial Post). Balsillie said data-harvesting giants like Facebook and Google are entirely driven...

Former BlackBerry CEO Admits Company’s Bid to Beat iPhone ‘Blew Up’

Former BlackBerry co-chief executive Jim Balsillie has today admitted publicly that the company’s reputation was dealt a major blow by the touchscreen-based BlackBerry Storm, which was a “rushed attempt to fend of Apple’s iPhone”. While speaking to the audience in a fireside chat at an Empire Club of Canada event in Toronto, Balsillie said, "It was...