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RIM reaches out internationally

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BlackBerry App World is now available in 27 additional worldwide markets, bringing the total number of markets to 101.

BlackBerry smartphone users are downloading an average of more than 2-million apps per day from BlackBerry App World and there are more than 20 000 BlackBerry apps available today.
“There is high demand for BlackBerry apps and we’re delighted to be opening up the BlackBerry App World online store to customers in an additional 27 markets today,” says Alan Brenner, senior vice-president: BlackBerry Platform at Research In Motion. “It’s never been easier to develop apps for BlackBerry smartphones and we look forward to seeing the rich catalogue of personal and business oriented  apps continue to grow.”
In seperate news, Research In Motion is making a lead commitment to BlackBerry Partners Fund II, a new $150-million independent venture capital fund focused exclusively on mobile computing and which will have a broader international mandate than the first fund.
"We are very pleased with the positive impact of the first Fund on our mobile ecosystem and we look forward to BlackBerry Partners Fund II bringing additional resources and support to mobile innovators in a broader range of international markets," says Jim Balsillie, co-CEO at Research In Motion.
The first BlackBerry Partners Fund has made 13 investments to date in mobile start-ups in Canada, the US, Israel and Ireland.