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Long-spurned BlackBerry poised to win affection anew

NEW YORK — The struggling company BlackBerry, formerly Research in Motion Ltd., offered hundreds of free devices at an event in Manhattan Wednesday to launch its long-delayed revamped smartphone. The crowd cheerfully accepted — a good omen given how BlackBerry lately couldn’t seem to give its phones away.

Better yet, the phones are worth paying for. Using an overhauled operating system, the Z10 touchscreen phone is a smart, snappy little marvel that ought to put BlackBerry right back at the leading edge of the industry.

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