“Shares of Research In Motion approached nine-year lows Friday as its Blackberry service went down in Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” The Associated Press reports.

“It was around this time last year that the longest BlackBerry outage in many years left customers outraged. The three-day blackout interrupted email and Internet services for tens of millions of frustrated users,” AP reports. “The timing of the outage Friday could not have been worse. Thousands of people line up outside of Apple stores for the launch of the iPhone 5, sending shares of Apple Inc. to an all-time high.”

MacDailyNews Take: The timing couldn’t have been better. Perhaps this will mercifully expedite putting DCW out of its zombielike misery.

AP reports, “Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. declined 41 cents to $6.50 in afternoon trading. The stock has lost more than half its value for the year.”

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