San Francisco – BlackBerry smartphone maker Research in
Motion (RIM) (NASD:  RIMM) on Monday introduced a new tablet computer, the BlackBerry
PlayBook, and complementary BlackBerry Tablet operating system. Targeted at
business professionals, the PlayBook sports a 7-inch screen, dual HD cameras,
Wi-Fi and support for Adobe’s Flash.

The device was built upon operating system
technology acquired by RIM from QNX.

RIM has created a complementary
advertising service that supports a number of leading ad networks, and said
that developers will be able to integrate the BlackBerry messaging service
within multiplayer game and location-based service apps.

No pricing details
were announced for the PlayBook, which is expected to be introduced in the U.S.
in early 2011, before distribution expands internationally in the second



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