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RIM Blackberry BBM, BIS Fiasco: Co-founder says Sorry on Youtube

Mike Lazardis, the co-founder of Research in Motion, has publicly apologised to the tens of millions of Blackberry users in a video posted on Youtube where he appears in a black RIM polo.

Surprisingly enough, the video, which was posted three hours ago, has only been viewed 315 times up til now. We wonder how many thousands of views a similar apology by Steve Jobs would have had over the same period.

The transcript of the video reads as follows:

"I'm Mike Lazaridis, founder of Research in Motion. Since launching BlackBerry in 1999 it's been my goal to provide reliable real-time communications around the world. We did not deliver on that goal this week. Not even close.

I apologise for the service outages this week. We've let many of you down. But let me assure you that we're working round the clock to fix this. You expect better from us, and I expect better from us. It's too soon to say this issue is fully resolved.

But let me give you more detail about what's happening. We're now approaching normal BlackBerry service levels in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. We continue to monitor the system very closely.

We're working very hard to continue to stabilise the system, and we're seeing steady improvements. We expect to see continued progress, and possibly some instability, as the system comes back to normal service levels everywhere.

We know that you want to hear more from us, and we're working to update you more frequently through our websites and social media channels as we gather more information.

I'd like to give you an estimated time of full recovery around the world - but I cannot do this with certainty at this time.

For those of you affected, I know this is very frustrating. We're doing everything in our power to restore regular service levels, and we're working tirelessly to restore your trust in us. We'll update you again soon. Thank you."

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.