Blackberry Outages Sweep North AmericaS

White collar professionals across America are spinning their trackwheels in vain today, the day the Personal Digital Assistants died. Widespread BlackBerry outages in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India reached North America today, leaving thousands of cubicle dwellers in the U.S. and Canada mashing their fingers against microscopic keypads in vain.

Messaging and email services are at their worst state in two years. (Apparently there was a big outage back then too? Why do people still use these things?) Globally, BlackBerry's RIM network has suffered disruptions for three days. Meanwhile, I can't get RIM's service update site to load. Is that just me? Anyway, good day to buy stock in Apple. [Reuters, RIM, images via Wikimedia and Shutterstock]