Research In Motion ( RIMM) shares were rising, gaining 2.57% to $8.76, after the company announced its BlackBerry 10 platform would launch early next year. In a statement, RIM said the launch event will happen on Jan. 30, 2013, taking place in multiple countries around the world. The company said the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones would also be unveiled at the event. "In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience -- the BlackBerry Flow -- that is unlike any smartphone on the market today," said Thorsten Heins, president and CEO in the press release.
Microsoft ( MSFT) shares fell 1.73% to $28.33 after CEO Steve Ballmer called sales of the company's Surface tablet "modest." Ballmer was interviewed by French newspaper Le Parisien; he cited limited availability online and few retail stores as the reason for the slow start to sales. Interested in more on Microsoft? See TheStreet Ratings' report card for this stock. -- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York >Contact by Email. Follow @Commodity_Bull