BlackBerry Outage Spreads to U.S.

    CHESTER, VA - AUGUST 21:   A woman works on her Blackberry phone after she got instructions on how to receive text message about who will be the running mate of Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) during a campaign stop at John Tyler Community College August 21, 2008 in Chester, Virginia. The media have been reported that Obama will announce who is his running mate in Springfield, Illinois on Saturday.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    More bad news for BlackBerry. Disruptions to the smartphone’s service, now in the third day, have spread to North America. Research in Motion said a switch failed and then a backup failed as well, causing disruptions to phone users in Europe, the Middle East, India, Latin America, Africa—and now apparently Japan, Singapore, the U.S., and Canada. The disruptions in North America appear to be relatively minor, consisting of delayed or missing emails.The company said that the problem has been fixed, but that it will take time to work through the “backlog” of data. Several carriers have offered users compensation for the inconvenience, and may request compensation from RIM itself in turn.

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