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RIM to Acquire Chalk Media

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BlackBerry Cool has been big fans of Vancouver based Chalk Media since we first met them at WES in 2007. Their Mobile Chalkboard application, which allows companies to quickly and easily push rich media to employees (called “pushcasts”) was also quite popular during this year’s Best of WES People’s Choice competition.

It seems as though RIM was also impressed, as today the two companies have entered into an arrangement agreement for RIM to acquire Chalk in an all-cash transaction at a price per share of CDN $0.142 or CDN $23,125,000. Concurrently with the execution of the Arrangement Agreement, RIM has made a loan to Chalk in the amount of CDN $2.2 million, which will provide additional working capital to fund Chalk’s operations until the completion of the transaction.

Hopefully this acquisition will lead to some great push-media capabilities built into the next generation of BlackBerrys.

BlackBerry Cool Best of WES: People’s Choice Winners

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BlackBerry Cool Best of WES People\'s Choic Winners

We’ve tallied all the votes, and we’re now ready to announce the winners of BlackBerry Cool’s First Annual Best of WES: People’s Choice Contest. Reader participation is a huge deal here at BBCool HQ, so we were touched to see so many people voting for their favorite BlackBerry products and services. One of the most startling aspects of the contest was seeing just how close the voting was in many of the categories — you guys really like a lot of different things! To that end, we’re going to post the top three favorites in every category.

Thanks to everyone who voted!

Consumer
1st - Viigo - Viigo
2nd - Unify4Life - Unify4Life
3rd - Zumobi – Zumobi

Click here to see the rest of the winners!

Rove just gave away $1000! Would YOU like to win $1000?

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This is fresh off the press folks: a friend at Rove just told me that they’ve given away their first of three $1000 Amazon.com gift certificates to one Jeff Kucaj, who was lucky enough to have the key that fit the magic box. There are still two keys left, so make sure to stop by their booth (#248).

Of course, if your key doesn’t fit, you still have another way to make a quick grand by participating in Chalk’s ‘How much do you love your BlackBerry?’ contest. Head to booth 114 for more info on how you can win.

Not at WES? Don’t worry! You can still win a sweet BlackBerry Cool prize pack. READ THIS POST to find out how easy it is to win.

SPECIAL WES 08 CONTEST: How Much Do You Love Your BlackBerry?

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Our buddies at Chalk have a great contest lined up for WES, where attendees can send in pictures showing their devotion to the little mobiles from Waterloo that rule our lives (or at least our thumbs). Some of the samples they’re showing off include some racy bedside photography, happy marriages, and states of Zen-like calmness facilitated by BlackBerry.

The prize is a cool $1000 in cold cash, but is available only for WES attendees, which is a bit of a bum deal… but not to fret, BBCool is running the at-home side of things, so y’all don’t feel left out. We’ll be giving out an awesome prize pack chock-full of software and accessories to the reader who can best show off their BlackBerry love in picture format. If you’ll be at WES, be sure to pick up a copy of Rolling Phone at booth 114 to see how you can win $1000 or have a shot at the random $500 draw. Don’t get too down if you can’t make it to the show - just fire up the camera, get your Klondike Bar groove on, drop a comment with a link to your picture (Photobucket and Flickr are always good options) and enjoy the WES coverage.

Last week’s winner behind the jump…

BlackBerry Cool Podacst: Episode 28

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BBCoolFor our last show before WES, we talk with Neverfail and BoxTone about their recent partnership, as well as the spiffy lounge at WES, followed up by a talk with SugarSync about their desktop and mobile file access apps, and then Chalk about their exciting plans for WES, which include a prize-packed contest. As usual, we run down the news, namely the BlackBerry 9100’s flip form factor coming to light, Canadian government stepping into the ongoing Indian debacle, and RIM’s post-WES plans for certification. You can grab the MP3, XML, or iTunes.

WES Exhibitor Spotlight: Chalk

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Chalk is all about the “pushcast.” Their flagship product, Mobile chalkboard allows you to quickly and easily push rich media to employees. Video, audio, images, and text can be combined with tests and surveys and then sent out in a mobile-friendly version. You can even specify which model you’ll be sending to and chalkboard will tailor the content appropriately. We talked with them at last year’s WES, and since then they’ve told us that they’ll be releasing version 5.0 of the software at this year’s, so keep an eye out.

Mobile Chalkboard updated

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The next news out of CTIA is that the enterprise multimedia communications solution, Mobile Chalkboard, has been updated to version 4.3. What’s new, you ask? “The new version of Mobile chalkboard has enhanced functionality including deeper integration with productivity applications and a more sophisticated reporting suite.” Hmmm… Kinda vague, huh? Regardless, we talked to Chalk back at WES, and we’re happy to see their product continuing to evolve. It’s mostly used for corporate training on the go, but but can push any enterprise media to a wide number of devices.

Chalk becomes BlackBerry Alliance member

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Remember Chalk? Looks like they just got into the Independent Software Vendors Alliance Program offered by RIM, meaning perks galore. Application support, beta previews, marketing materials, sales resources, training, the whole nine yards. Based on our interview at WES, their training software, Mobile Chalkboard, looked pretty solid, so good on them for getting ISV Alliance membership.




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