RIM shines light on browsing with Torch Mobile acquisition


BlackBerry creator RIM has acquired open source web browserdevelopment company Torch Mobile.

The acquisition was announced this week but finer details such as how much the company was bought for and when staff will transfer to RIM's employ have not yet been disclosed.

"Torch Mobile is excited to announce that our company has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM), one of the most renowned mobile technology companies in the world. Our team of developers will join RIM's global organisation and will now be focused on utilising our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry platform," claims a statement on Torch Mobile's home page.

"Torch Mobile's team of highly skilled developers has been actively involved in Open Source development and includes contributors, Committers and Reviewers of the WebKit project. As part of RIM, these developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community."

At the end of last year, RIM acquired content delivery platform developer Chalk Media for C$23 million.

Maggie Holland

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