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BlackBerry juiced up with integrated services

Antony Savvas

RIM has announced a slew of third-party integrated service deals for its BlackBerry smartphones, sharpening their ability to compete against Apple's iPhone.

BlackBerry users will now be offered integrated services such as Microsoft Live Search, MySpace, TV programming service TiVo, Ticketmaster, and music library Slacker.

The Microsoft Live Search deal will give users location-based search results according to where they are using the device.

As well as these service deals, BlackBerry users will be offered Google Apps optimised for their devices, and instant messaging from AOL.

Last year, RIM launched an integrated Facebook application, and it says this has proved popular.

RIM hopes the new integrated services will help its products against the emerging Apple iPhone, which is marketed as a quick way to access integrated web services.

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