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BlackBerry Gets Its Own App Store

Watch your back, Apple: Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, has launched its own online app store. The move into online applications, The Wall Street Journal reports, “is part of a larger push by the Canadian company to appeal to more customers.” “It’s a one-stop device shop,” Co-Chief Executive Mike Lazaridis said today. While Apple’s app store offers more than 15,000 applications for its iPhone, RIM expects about 1,000 new applications to be posted by partners for the BlackBerry this week, including business programs for customer management, social-networking services, and the music service Shazam.