RIM and the UAE Shake Hands and Avoid Banning of BlackBerry ServicesS

A couple months of wrangling between the United Arab Emirates and RIM over the overseas storage of BlackBerry data have come to a close today, with a ban on email and BBM being lifted. Hear the joyous clicks of BBMs!

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said that BlackBerry's data services "are now compliant with the UAE's telecommunications regulatory framework," however it's not known whether RIM obliged and agreed to housing a data center in the Emirates, as per the government's requests. Perhaps they handed the government security access?

Either way, this means that UAE residents' communication will now be monitored for potential security threats, and that other countries—such as India—will be hardening their stance in talks with the Canadian RIM. [WSJ]