RIM may be the culprit behind the "Wake Up" protests

Desperate times must call for desperate measures, if last week's reports of a "Wake Up" protest is an example. A video blogger, Nate "Blunty3000" Burr, managed to "catch" protesters shouting "Wake up!" and marching between an Apple Store in Sydney, Australia and a bus labelled "WAKE UP."

With apologies to Samsung, sites on the Internet ran rampant with speculation that they were behind the marketing stunt. Samsung Electronics Australia publicly denied involvement the day after the video surfaced.

So if it wasn't Samsung, who else? Another Android handset manufacturer? Nokia? Or are they activists protesting working conditions in Apple's Chinese factories? The folks at Macworld Australia did some digging, and uncovered an unlikely culprit behind this stunt: Research in Motion.

Surprised? Except this time, there are some evidence paths leading to RIM that amount to more than hearsay. Consider what they found:

  • The Doubleclick account identifier buried in the source for the Wake Up countdown page, "2215527," has several hits to RIM's Australian site. This was verified via a Google search for '"doubleclick" 2215527'. (But don't try that right now. All you can see are references back to Macworld's story on other sites.)
  • The YouTube video blogger that posted the video above has some RIM affiliations in the past, starting with this preview of the Playbook on his YouTube channel.
  • Although this third point is fairly weak, it is worth nothing that the timer on the Wake Up page corresponds to a few moments prior to the release time of Blackberry 10, on July 2 at 12:30 PDT. The date was revealed in an anonymous email to Macworld Australia.

It should go without saying that any publicity, good or bad, can only benefit the company behind it. Except in the case of RIM, their last bit of "publicity" was that major service outage last year. One can only hope this revelation, if true, stays strictly within the realm of blood thirsty warriors in the virtual smartphone wars.

Thanks to FMH for the tip!

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RIM already waked up as they restructured (and are still restructuring) their management (new CEO, CMO, COO...).
They are also heading for a new product : BB10, wich is innovating (innovative touch screen keyboard, timemachine camera...) without sacrifying their assets (physical keyboard, security...)
It is maybe time for Apple to "Wake Up" as their OS is being stagnant, just like the iPad2 > iPad3 upgrade that only brings best resolution and more problems (overheating, too sharp screen, wifi connection problem...).

Please know that I do not agree with the methods but with the message.

So on one side we have a bunch of people with too much time on their hands. They take idiotic things way too seriously and think they're the Knights Templar for some company/00nerdy secret agents.

On the other side we have... oh.

And in the middle you have people making wild assumptions based on some well crafted 'evidence'. I owned a Blackberry at one time - maybe it is I who is behind all this.

Shadow: "I'm going to start some s**t and you'll never know it was me"
Macworld: "We know it it was based on cookie crumbs we found at the Keebler factory"

The thing thats gets me about all the people who 'love' their iproducts is that they won't even try out other products just because they are happy enough with the way they work. How are you ever going to find something that you might like better if your not even willing to give it a try...
I own a Android now but when android 5, iOS 5 and WP8 all come out, you can be damn sure that i will be trying out all of them before i make a decision which one to buy, rather than just stay with the OS i'm currently on because i'm too lazy or too single-minded to try and find something that i find i might actually like better.

neokal said,
The thing thats gets me about all the people who 'love' their iproducts is that they won't even try out other products just because they are happy enough with the way they work. How are you ever going to find something that you might like better if your not even willing to give it a try...
I own a Android now but when android 5, iOS 5 and WP8 all come out, you can be damn sure that i will be trying out all of them before i make a decision which one to buy, rather than just stay with the OS i'm currently on because i'm too lazy or too single-minded to try and find something that i find i might actually like better.

Why does it get you? why do you care?.. seriously?

I'm one of those iProduct lovers, i have no desire to switch.. i've been through lots of different products in the past and i've never been happier with my setup. I'm in the Apple eco-system up to my neck (mac,appletv,ipad,iphone,apps,purchases) .. i'm always looking at the competition but nothing jumps out that makes me think wow, i need to switch.

People like what they like and they can buy what they want and it really shouldn't upset anyone else unless they are inflicting their reasoning on to you... trying to preach etc.

neokal said,
The thing thats gets me about all the people who 'love' their iproducts is that they won't even try out other products just because they are happy enough with the way they work. How are you ever going to find something that you might like better if your not even willing to give it a try...
I own a Android now but when android 5, iOS 5 and WP8 all come out, you can be damn sure that i will be trying out all of them before i make a decision which one to buy, rather than just stay with the OS i'm currently on because i'm too lazy or too single-minded to try and find something that i find i might actually like better.

I'm happy with my wife, but you're right. How am I going to find something I might like better if I'm not willing to try other girls? I'm sure she'll understand. Thanks for my way out!

omgben said,

I'm happy with my wife, but you're right. How am I going to find something I might like better if I'm not willing to try other girls? I'm sure she'll understand. Thanks for my way out!

Thought Steve Jobs was dead?

I dont understand the campaign at all... ok it's got them a little publicity but why should Apple product owners 'wake up' Apple make nice products that people want, RIM do the opposite. RIM have been asleep for years so maybe they should pay people to shout WAKE UP outside their HQ.

Oh **** off RIM. Everything you've done for the past few years has been absolute junk. This money they spent could have gone into something better towards the company.

How the friggin hell can you do this without your name anywhere, it's just ****ing stupid.

Nashy said,
Oh **** off RIM. Everything you've done for the past few years has been absolute junk. This money they spent could have gone into something better towards the company.

How the friggin hell can you do this without your name anywhere, it's just ****ing stupid.

Exactly my sentiments.

Apple should send "Wake Up" messages to RIM's head office, and more specifically their senior management team. Where the hell have they been for the last few years? How have they failed to get into the market that iOS and Android has completely dominated? They've been asleep for the last few years and are now paying the price!

I think the first and third points are far more indicative that RIM was behind it than the second. It's sad to see companies with such a lack of common sense. Can they collectively not realize how much damage this kind of stunt does to their reputation?

Who cares about the reputation of a dying company? This is called survival. They (RIM) are in it to win it otherwise they're bust so just go home. When you're about to die you get pretty desperate to save yourself.

So... were these the RIM employees trying to save what's left of their crumbling company or the hundreds that were recently terminated in the last 60-90 days??

No, this is obviously wrong. Apple fans needed someone to blame. Without any evidence they decided that the "hater" Samsung was at fault, and since they are never wrong it was Samsung behind it.

nohone said,
No, this is obviously wrong. Apple fans needed someone to blame. Without any evidence they decided that the "hater" Samsung was at fault, and since they are never wrong it was Samsung behind it.
There are some wonderful antipsychotic drugs that can help with whatever it is you have.

Shadrack said,
Calm down, Tweak, and have some more coffee.

The fact is, Apple fan boys will run around screaming "hater" if you profess anything but the greatest of praise for the glorious Apple. But then they will gladly attack some company that they have not one shred of evidence for doing something "wrong," and for something Apple has done themselves. And when they are proven wrong, they shrug their shoulders, say "oh well" or "get over it" and move on to the next way they can sacrifice for the great fruit. They are worse than the "haters" they hate so much.

(Disclaimer: this is not done by all Apple fans, but there are many of them)

and how are (looking at your actions) any different? infact your far worse then any fanboy as you go looking for storys where you can vent your hatred.

evo_spook said,
and how are (looking at your actions) any different? infact your far worse then any fanboy as you go looking for storys where you can vent your hatred.

So a group of people invent a conspiracy theory - and that is what it was, a conspiracy theory - to villanize a company without proof that they were behind it. And when it is pointed out exactly what happened, I am accused of being on mind altering drugs and being worse than people who completely made up an attack against a company that did nothing. But, just as I said would happen, ignore what was done and move on to the next target who does not praise Apple.

nohone said,

So a group of people invent a conspiracy theory - and that is what it was, a conspiracy theory - to villanize a company without proof that they were behind it. And when it is pointed out exactly what happened, I am accused of being on mind altering drugs and being worse than people who completely made up an attack against a company that did nothing. But, just as I said would happen, ignore what was done and move on to the next target who does not praise Apple.

Well personally, I mock you because you sound bats**t crazy.

Awww.... they are jelly... Cute huh?
(WHOEVER made this, obviously was/is)

GS:mac

DISCLAIMER: I don't actually want RIM to fade into oblivion, I actually fancy their Playbook for example as I have said numerous times and I always find it sad to see big names die.
So, please don't read too much into my words, mkay?

"The YouTube video blogger that posted the video above has some RIM affiliations in the past, starting with this preview of the Playbook on his YouTube channel."
As someone who's watched a few of his videos in the past, (namely Meatspace,) he doesn't strike me as someone who would've been in on this, not to mention the fact that in his video he seems a little freaked out by it to me...