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Research In Motion plans to integrate IBM's Lotus Instant Messaging and Web conferencing software into its BlackBerry wireless devices later this year.  BlackBerry owners will be able to reach their existing corporate IM contacts, and also implement server-based message tracking to help their companies avoid potential problems with Sarbanes-Oxley and other transparency guidelines. "Enterprise instant messaging is an important application for our customers, and wireless instant messaging will be a very complementary addition to the existing suite of productivity applications available to BlackBerry users," Mike Lazaridis, president of RIM said in a statement. "Together Lotus Instant Messaging and BlackBerry will offer greater opportunities for organizations to support their mobile work force with enhanced communication and collaboration capabilities." Research in ... (more)

Abaco Extends Enterprise Mobile Capability on BlackBerry Handhelds

(August 16, 2002) - Abaco, Inc. has announced the success of its initiative to enable enterprise application functionality from J2METM-based BlackBerryTM handhelds from Research In Motion (RIM). Abaco's Atoma mobile enterprise framework now helps extend the functionality of the BlackBerry solution by enabling mobile professionals to access important corporate applications and data. Using its patent pending technologies for transaction-based synchronization, mobile application development, sophisticated device and peripheral support, and robust SAP connectivity including support f... (more)

RIM's Lawyer: NTP Patent Covers "Old Technology," But Not BlackBerry

RIM's lawyer Henry Bunsow is adamant: the five patents registered by Thomas Campana - an electrical engineer who developed the technology in the mid-80s for private U.S. firm Telefind Corp - and administered by the holding company NTP, Inc., cover a device that was "old technology" - i.e., much more like a pager that receives e-mail than a dedicated wireless e-mail device such as a BlackBerry. Bunsow made this assertion yesterday to a federal appeals court panel. The three-judge U.S. Circuit Court has to decide whether or not to uphold the $53.7 million in costs and damages award... (more)

Handmark Debuts ZAGAT TO GO v5.0 for Windows Mobile, Palm, BlackBerry

Handmark, creator of the award-winning Pocket Express mobile Internet experience, and Zagat Survey, the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based dining, travel and leisure information, today announced the availability of the new ZAGAT TO GO v5.0.  Enhancements include the addition of the Top Hotels, Resorts and Spa guide listings and the America's Top Golf Courses guide, as well as updates to the most comprehensive restaurant listings available for smartphones. With automated wireless content and rating updates, detailed street-level maps, and turn-by-turn driving dire... (more)

Virtual BlackBerry

RIM announced plans to expand its support for Windows Mobile-based devices with a new software application suite that will enable devices from third-party manufacturers to benefit from the popular BlackBerry software applications and services. RIM plans to begin offering the new software application suite later this year for select devices based on Windows Mobile 6. Once installed, the software will provide users with a virtual BlackBerry application experience, including support for BlackBerry email, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and oth... (more)