Private Investigator and Former NYPD Officer Arrested in Bribery …

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Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ), and William J. Bratton, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department ( NYPD ), announced today the arrest of JOSEPH P. DWYER and RONALD G.

BUELL on charges that DWYER, a private investigator often retained by Court-appointed attorneys in the Southern District of New York, paid bribes to BUELL, then an NYPD Officer, so that BUELL would access a confidential federal law enforcement database to obtain personal information about potential witnesses in federal criminal cases. DWYER was also charged with mail fraud for improperly billing the Criminal Justice Act fund which provides public funds for indigent defendants in connection with the bribery scheme. DWYER and BUELL were arrested this morning, and presented this afternoon in Manhattan federal court before U.S.

Magistrate Judge James L. Cott.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: As alleged, private investigator Joseph Dwyer bribed NYPD officer Ronald Buell for confidential reports from a federal law enforcement database, and, at least in some instances, asked the public to foot the bill.

Private investigators assisting criminal defendants can and should do many things to serve their clients, but bribing law enforcement officials for confidential data is not one of them.

Any private investigator who pays such a bribe, and any law enforcement officer who accepts one, should expect to be prosecuted.

To read this article in its entirety visit www.fbi.gov1

References

  1. ^ Private Investigator and Former NYPD Officer Arrested in Bribery Scheme to Obtain Reports from Federal Law Enforcement Database (www.fbi.gov)

BlackBerry scores patents for wearables, conference calling …

Each week on Tuesdays, the USPTO publishes approximately 3500 patents, and this week was a rather large one for BlackBerry. As noted by Bloomberg1, BlackBerry had a total of 26 patents published this week and while we generally don’t look towards patents for much info due to the sheer amount that get processed and never seen again, the patents published this week for BlackBerry are rather telling and hit on a lot of recent topics such as wearables, conference calling, new devices and enhanced security. We’ve gathered up all the patents from this week for everyone to go through, but as noted, there’s a few stand out items here.

As we know from OS leaks, BBM Meetings looks to be powered by Zoom2 and BlackBerry hasn’t really kept its launch date a secret – it’s published right on the BBM Meetings page3 – which also happens to be the date of their Enterprise event in San Francisco4.

But just because BBM Meetings is powered by Zoom doesn’t mean BlackBerry can’t bring their own additions to the service, and there is several patents in this latest batch that show that to be the case.

Next on the list is wearables. BlackBerry hasn’t been hot on the idea of wearables in the sense we’re all thinking these days, but a ‘wearable’ in a more traditional sense hasn’t been ruled out according to these recent patents. Rather than creating a new smart watch or something like that, BlackBerry has the groundwork laid5 for having a wearable that offers the ability to unlock your device when it is within close proximity, the ‘clasp’ is closed and on your wrist and more.

All part of their enhanced security solutions that could be in the works. BlackBerry smart card reader6 evolved.

Finally, new device input methods. The BlackBerry Passport kicked7 a lot of this off so there’s a chance some of the patents are still filtering through for that but BlackBerry CEO John Chen has noted there will be more innovative devices coming out of Waterloo. Most notably, a concept device the company plans to take with them to Mobile World Congress8 in March.

It’s not a stretch of the imagination that some of the patents here could be for that device even though a lot of the patents were several years ago.

At this point, they’re just patents and some are old but given the scope of some of them and their similarities with recent remarks; they’re really hard to ignore.

Have a look through them and see if any stand out for you and drop your thoughts on them in the comments.

References

  1. ^ Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com)
  2. ^ Zoom (zoom.us)
  3. ^ it’s published right on the BBM Meetings page (meetings.bbm.com)
  4. ^ their Enterprise event in San Francisco (crackberry.com)
  5. ^ BlackBerry has the groundwork laid (www.freepatentsonline.com)
  6. ^ BlackBerry smart card reader (press.blackberry.com)
  7. ^ BlackBerry Passport kicked (crackberry.com)
  8. ^ Mobile World Congress (crackberry.com)

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New Lenovo BlackBerry Buyout Rumor Surfaces

The last time Lenovo1 was mentioned in a BlackBerry2 (BBRY) buyout rumor3 the mobile device maker still was known as Research in Motion. That was January, 2013 and much has transpired since for both companies.

New chatter now has emerged in a Benzinga4 report that Lenovo this week may offer BlackBerry a $15-a-share buyout proposal with possibilities the price could climb as high as $18 a share, according to a source familiar with the matter. BlackBerry issues currently trade hands at about $10 a share so a $15 a share price would give the mobile maker, which hasn t seen much black ink on its balance sheet in a while, a whopping 50 percent premium on current share value.

Lenovo previously has been mentioned a number of times as a likely BlackBerry suitor and the Chinese PC maker, fresh off finalizing its acquisition of IBM5 s (IBM) former x86 business, has yet to flat out deny its interest in the mobile device manufacturer.

But with Lenovo s $2.91 billion buyout of Google6 s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility business likely to finalize before the year is out, what would the Chinese PC maker want with the still unprofitable BlackBerry?

The last time Lenovo seriously considered making a bid for BlackBerry it was rebuffed by the Canadian government7, which refused to sanction a takeover by the Chinese-owned company based on national security issues.

At the time, according to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail, Lenovo wanted to put forward a formal proposal to buy BlackBerry but never followed through because Canadian government officials let it be known in talks with the mobile maker that a bid would not be welcomed.

This time around, neither Lenovo nor BlackBerry offered to shed any light on a possible buyout.

In a related move, last week Lenovo said it will open a new Internet of Things (IoT)-related company operating under a separate name and brand to develop and sell connected smart devices and services in China.

The new business is slated to open its doors on April 1, 2015.

The vendor believes there s a strong market opportunity in the consumer mobile device segment in China, not only for hardware but also for software and application development.

Lenovo s new company will exclusively focus on direct-to-consumer sales, marketing and product development using an internet-based business model.

Chen Xudong, currently president of Lenovo s China geography and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets unit, will serve as chief executive of the smart devices business.

He is credited with building Lenovo s China business in PCs, tablets and smartphones.

References

  1. ^ Lenovo (www.lenovo.com)
  2. ^ BlackBerry (www.blackberry.com)
  3. ^ buyout rumor (thevarguy.com)
  4. ^ Benzinga (www.benzinga.com)
  5. ^ IBM (www.ibm.com)
  6. ^ Google (www.google.com)
  7. ^ rebuffed by the Canadian government (thevarguy.com)

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