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Gist Social Address Book Now Available for the Torch

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Gist lets you organize your contacts and keep them updated by leveraging the social connections. Gist gives you access to your contacts’ updates with a menu button press, integrating deep into the BlackBerry and giving you a Super App experience. But of course we would expect this considering the company was aquired by RIM.

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RIM Confirms Acquisition of Contact Management Company Gist

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Back in December we heard rumors that RIM was in talks to acquire the contact management provider Gist and today it has been confirmed. Gist, which surprisingly doesn’t even have a BlackBerry app (unlike Xobni), has been acquired for an undisclosed sum. The company has likely been acquired to help RIM do some new and creative things with their contact management system and Address Book.

Gist hasn’t been around for long, having only launched in 2008 as a free web app that let you manage personal and professional contacts from Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Salesforce.com, among other sources.

So what can we expect from this Gist and RIM partnership?
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RIM in Talks to Buy Social Business Profile Company Gist

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Rumor has it that RIM is currently in talks to acquire Gist, a startup created by ex-Microsoft TA McCann. The company collects profiles about people in your business network by scraping data from sources such as Rapleaf. The social profile is displayed alongside when the contact emails you, much like Xobni does for your Outlook inbox. The acquisition could have some interesting implications for your BlackBerry Address Book, and perhaps the success of Xobni tipped someone off at RIM that this sort of social inbox should be native on the device. Overall, it looks like RIM is really ramping up its acquisitions.