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BlackBerry manufacturer buys Gist

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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 Salesforce.com.It "will be interesting to see if RIM will shut the service down in favor of using it exclusively for BlackBerry users. I can imagin...