Everyone thought that the April 1st announcement of the BlackBerry App Store was a joke. However, members of the CrackBerrry Nation were quickly rewarded with the launch of the BlackBerry App World earlier this morning. However, that’s not the end of the good news from the folks at Waterloo, Ontario.
Just after the BlackBerry App World launch, our cohorts at Futurelooks uncovered a story about a merger that will be heard around the wireless world. It appears that Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerrry, and Palm Inc, creators of the HOT NEW Palm Pre smartphone due later this year, have decided to join forces. The article at Futurelooks is thin on the financials, but they did dish on how the two companies would co-exist under the new arrangement and what the new “PalmBerry” will mean to the company’s handset selection. What’s most surprising is their choice of CEO after the transition of power: Bono from U2.
Bono’s company, Elevation Partners, owns 39% of Palm Inc. The band also recently signed a deal with Research In Motion after their sponsorship met some bumpy roads over at Apple. The board of directors unanimously agreed that Bono would be the most suitable leader of the new company into the future and brings both the star power and the charisms to battle the Apple iPhone and Steve Jobs.