BlackBerry ogłosiło dziś oficjalnie sprzedaż swojego komunikatora BBM w wersji przeznaczonej dla klientów indywidualnych. W rękach firmy ma pozostać odmiana eBBM/BBM Protected, która będzie rozwijana niezależnie od nowego właściciela platformy.
Waterloo, ON- April 01, 2014 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire BBMâ˘, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $1,6 billion, including $400 million in cash and approximately $1,2 billion worth of Google Inc. shares. The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million in restricted stock units to be granted to BBM's founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.
BBMâ˘ has built a leading and rapidly growing real-time mobile messaging service, with:
- Over 85 million people using the service each month;
- 80% of those people active on a given day;
- Continued strong growth, currently adding more than 200 000 new registered users per day.
The acquisition supports Google Inc. and BBM's shared mission to bring more connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core internet services efficiently and affordably. The combination will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies.
" BBMâ˘ is on a path to connect 200 million people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable," said Larry Page, Google Inc. founder and CEO. "I've known Gary for a long time and I'm excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected."
Gary Klassen, BBM founder, said, "BBM's extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We're excited and honored to partner with Larry and Google as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world."
Google fosters an environment where independent-minded entrepreneurs can build companies, set their own direction and focus on growth while also benefiting from Google's expertise, resources and scale. This approach is working well with Waze, and BBM will operate in this manner. BBM's brand will be maintained; its headquarters will remain in Waterloo, ON; Gary Klassen will join Google's Board of Directors; and BBM's core messaging product and Google's existing Hangouts app will continue to operate as standalone applications.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Google Inc. will host a 30-minute conference call to discuss the acquisition at 3:00 pm PT / 6:00pm ET today. The dial-in number for the call is (866) 751-3284 (toll free) and (973) 935-8772 (international), conference ID: 2907041. The live webcast of the call can be accessed at the Google Investor Relations.
Following the call, a replay will be available at the same website. A telephonic replay will be available for one week following the conference call at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, conference ID 2907041.
Introduced in 2005, BBM set the standard for mobile messaging and continues to drive innovation in messaging and private social networking. Today, BBM is one of the largest private social mobile networks, driving real, active conversations. Customers love BBM for its privacy, controls and immediacy with Delivered and Read statuses and message-in-progress notices.
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerryÂŽ revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.
About Google Inc.
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google's innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit www.google.com/about.html .
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