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RIM CEO storms out of BBC interview

BlackBerry maker RIM's CEO Mike Lazaridis has stormed out of an interview with the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones after the tech journalist probed him about the company's troubles in India.

Lazaridis got a bee in his bonnet because the BBC man suggested that RIM and its BlackBerry hardware had "a security issue" in India, a claim which the CEO petulantly described as "unfair".

Perhaps Cellan-Jones' words were unwisely chosen, as the issue with the Indian government is that BlackBerry's bomb-proof messaging and email services are so secure that the Indian government couldn't crack them, leading to threats of bans if RIM didn't allow them access to the company's servers. But you would think a company executive of a global organisation - who is no stranger to dealing with daft questions from the world's media - would have exercised a modicum of patience in setting the hack straight rather than bowing to the off-camera mutterings of his media minder, and calling the interview to an abrupt end.

Maybe Lazaridis was in a strop having read the raft of negative reviews (opens in new tab) of the soon-to-be-released Blackberry PlayBook, which was meant to be a viable contender to the iPad's crown but is starting to look like a bit of a let-down.

A complete edit of the full interview is due to be broadcast later in April on the BBC News 'Click' slot, but you can see Lazaridis throwing his toys out of the pram in the clip below. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.