It’s a very sad day for the BlackBerry community. Russell Shaw, author of the superb BlackBerry Beat blog at ZDNet, among many other publications, passed away on Friday. He was 60. Beyond ZDNet, he wrote plenty for The Huffington Post, and actually ran a second blog for ZDNet, IP Telephony, which focused on VoIP services. And, as if he couldn’t be any more into the BlackBerry, he also wrote for BBHub. So we’ve lost a great contributor, but beyond that, a great man — I didn’t know him personally, but I haven’t read an ill word about him, before or after his death. The last real big news he gave us was of the BlackBerry slider patent app. He was always great with the patent applications, both with finding them and with explaining them to those of us who don’t understand the technical terms. Rest in Peace, Russell. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.