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BlackBerry manufacturer buys Gist

Acquisition will bring social media aggregation tool to BlackBerry platform

Research In Motion (RIM), the company that designs and manufactures BlackBerry smart phones, has purchased Seattle-based contact management firm Gist, both companies announced today. "We're excited that the Gist team is joining RIM and bringing their expertise in providing customers with a contextualized, streamlined, and consolidated view of information about their contacts to the BlackBerry platform," said Alan Brenner, senior vice president of the BlackBerry platform, in a blog post. Gist is a Web-based software tool that gathers a person's social media and e-mail contacts in one place and aggregates their online content, including blog posts, tweets, Facebook updates, e-mails, links and attachments.Gist offers iPhone and Android mobile application versions of its tool, a Gist Gadget for Google Apps, and also works with "will be interesting to see if RIM will shut the service down in favor of using it exclusively for BlackBerry users. I can imagin...