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Apr 24, 2014 South Park sticker pack now available on BBM!
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Although I'm not too sure how high South Park stickers were on the sticker pack wanted list, they've now arrived for BBM users in the US, UK and Canada. The sticker pack as expected includes all your favorite South Park characters such as Kenny, Kyle, Cartman, Stan, Chef and more with 20 in total being available for use. Pricing for the pack is set at $1.99 just like all the others and most folks should be seeing it listed right now. Fire up the BBM Shop within BBM and get them downloaded.

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Apr 21, 2014 CrackBerry Asks: Are you using BBM stickers?
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I have been loving the new stickers in BBM lately. I may or may not be more annoying than normal with my messages, but I actually love throwing stickers in my conversations — even more so than just using emoticons. They add a new level to BBM and are a welcome addition in my book. I didn't think that I'd be a big fan, but I think they're a fun way to add some flair to messages.

On the flip side though, I do think that there is still some work to be done. There's still a few things that need to be addressed to keep BBM and stickers up to par with the other big IM services.

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Apr 13, 2014 BlackBerry patching Heartbleed vulnerability for Secure Work Space, BBM
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BlackBerry patching Heartbleed vulnerability for Secure Work Space, BBM

BlackBerry is working on patching Heartbleed, the recently discovered OpenSSL vulnerability that could potentially allow a malicious attacker to gain information off a server, including private keys and passwords. Primarily they're focusing on Secure Work Space and BBM. BlackBerry SVP, Scott Totzke, commented on the realities of the threat and the chances of the vulnerability being exploited.

"The level of risk here is extremely small," because BlackBerry's security technology would make it difficult for a hacker to succeed in gaining data through an attack.

"It's a very complex attack that has to be timed in a very small window," he said, adding that it was safe to continue using those apps before an update is issued.

Still, better safe than sorry. And it's reassuring to know BlackBerry not only has great security built-in, but that they're actively working to fix anything that does get caught.

How are you dealing with Heartbleed?

Source: Reuters

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Apr 12, 2014 New sticker pack for BBM: Lil' Shellton by Eric Uchalik
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If you're looking for some new stickers to try out in BBM, a new pack has now been added. The Lil' Shelton pack was created by Eric Uchalik and is available for only $1.99. In total, the Lil' Shelton pack offers 20 new stickers that can be used within BBM, you can check them out below. Additionally, you'll also find Eric on BBM Channels where he has a channel set up as superfungo. You can join the channel by either searching for superfungo or adding PIN C003D1090.

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Apr 10, 2014 Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg chats with fans over BBM Channels
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Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Team Mercedes Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with some fans over BBM Channels — through a live chat on the Mercedes AMG Petronas official channel — and answered some burning questions.

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Apr 04, 2014 New BBM Sticker pack alert - Shaun the Sheep now available to purchase
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Shawn the Sheep BBM

For you BBM Sticker fans out there you'll find a new pack in the BBM Shop today - this time featuring Shaun the Sheep. Now, I'm not sure how well known Shaun is globally, but if you've not come across him before he's the star or the British animated spin-off of Wallace and Gromit, which I'm sure is a little more popular.

We've only had BBM Stickers available for all, including iOS and Android, for a matter of days and we've already seen a couple of new sticker packs - first up was WWE which was free for a limited time and pretty sweet if you like that sort of thing.

We posted recently that the BBM Team were looking for Sticker pack ideas and it looks like the wheels are already in motion.

Although I'm not too keen on the Sticker pack prices - I will pay for the ones I really want. All I need is a KISS one. Hear me BlackBerry?

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Apr 03, 2014 PSA: BBM Stickers purchases do not transfer if you switch to another mobile platform
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Buying BBM Stickers

Ok, I take back ALL the mean things I said about BBM stickers. I kinda, actually, LOVE THEM! Honestly, BlackBerry was smart to give away the WWE BBM stickers free of charge for a limited time. I pretty much reply to every BBM I receive now with The Ultimate Warrior.

Beyond the freebie sticker packs, I've also been purchasing the other for sale ones, like Bubble Bot and Cos Cat (don't judge me - the little sheep holding the BlackBerry is just so damn cute).

One thing I noticed though is that BBM Sticker purchases do not move with you if you switch to a phone on another mobile platform. For example, if you buy stickers for iPhone 5s and switch to a BlackBerry Z30, your purchases won't be there. If you want that sticker pack, you'll have to rebuy it.

This isn't really a surprise, given that BBM Sticker purchase transactions take place respectively via BlackBerry World, Google Play and the Apple App Store. It's a good strategy for BlackBerry that ultimately should help push BBM up even further on the top grossing app lists. That said, it's definitely something you want to be aware of though in case you're going sticker crazy like me and will likely buy every sticker pack that becomes available.

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Apr 01, 2014 WWE Superstars stickers available as a free download in BBM for a limited time!
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Although it was covered in the press release, we know not everyone reads through the full articles. So as a reminder in case you missed it, with the new BBM rolling out today if you're a fan of the WWE or wrestling in general make sure you grab the WWE Superstars sticker pack that's available as a free download for a limited time.

There's a little something for everyone in it whether you're a new fan of the WWE or an old school fan. The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Goldust, Kane, John Cena, The Undertaker and more make appearances. My personal favorite? The Ultimate Warrior!

If you downloaded the new BBM already, open it up, got to your menu on the left and enter the Shop. From there, you'll see all the available sticker packs. Just click on the WWE Superstars and they're yours!

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Mar 31, 2014 Want BBM Stickers right now? Here's how to get them
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The next update for BBM is right around the corner (as in days away). It will bring along some new features including sponsored BBM Channels content as well as BBM Stickers. If you just can't hold out for the official update to arrive though, a leaked version is available now that gives you plenty of sticker-loving fun.

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Mar 25, 2014 BBM Money poised to expand later this year
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Unless you live in Indonesia, you've likely never actually used BBM Money but the service itself has not been forgotten about by BlackBerry. Now that BBM has grown a bit by going cross-platform on iOS, Android and soon Windows Phone as well as the launch of BBM Channels, there's more potential then ever for BBM Money to reach an audience and according to David Proulx, Senior Director of BBM Business Development in a recent interview with ReCode, we should be hearing more soon.

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Mar 18, 2014 BBM updated in BlackBerry Beta Zone - brings paid Sticker packs to the mix
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It was not too long ago that we saw BBM get updated in BlackBerry Beta Zone, where we saw the introduction to sponsored ads. It looks like an update has been pushed again. There had been some issues that some people had encountered with the previous build and hopefully this update fixes those bugs. There isn't much of a changelog this time, the only thing stated is that the update brings about paid sticker packs.

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Mar 14, 2014 Security and privacy are an integral part of BBM and always will be
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With all the different messaging systems out there nowadays and the understandably rising concerns of security and privacy given all the breaches lately, the folks at BlackBerry have decided to highlight all the various security and privacy features built into BBM so as to better inform customers how things operate, even covering BBM on Android and iOS.

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Mar 05, 2014 BBM updated for Beta Zone users - brings sponsored posts and bigger attachments
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BBM updated for Beta Zone users - brings sponsored posts and increased file  attachement size

We've been hearing a lot about how BlackBerry are looking to monetize BBM lately. We know that those who are on the Android BBM beta program have received an update which already brings the ads, which we know will never appear in chats. BlackBerry is now releasing an update to those who are currently in the limited BBM beta program. The update brings the aforementioned sponsored ads as well as seeing the file attachment size go from 6MB to 16MB.

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Mar 04, 2014 BBM will take a non-traditional approach to advertising, here's how it will work
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When we posted about ads making their way to BBM, we expected some concern from folks in how they all would work, whether or not you could opt out of them and many other questions. 

Rather than leaving all those questions unanswered, as part of the BBM Product Marketing, Jeff Gadway has now laid out some further details of it all on the Inside BlackBerry Blog.

BBM advertising will essentially work in three ways in but and you can take comfort in knowing right now, that they'll never appear within chats.

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Mar 03, 2014 Sponsored invites and ads soon making their way to cross-platform BBM
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Sponsored invites and ads were always slated to be arriving on BBM and BBM Channels, it was just a matter of when exactly they'd start rolling out that remained unanswered. As it turns out, they're likely coming in the next release according to the latest BBM for Android beta, which also includes the real features we've been waiting for.

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Feb 28, 2014 Next BBM update will bring photo sharing in multi-person chats, bigger emoticons and the ability to send larger files
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The BBM team is on a roll cranking out the updates and today BlackBerry gave word that the next big one will have some long-awaited features as well. While there's no official date for the next update, it is definitely something to look forward to. It will bring along the ability to share photos in multi-person chats, larger emoticons and most importantly, the ability to share files up to 16MB within BBM.

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Feb 27, 2014 6MB file size transfer limit over BBM to be addressed in next version
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Here's a nice piece of news for those of you out there frustrated with the file size transfer limit being set at 6MB over BBM. In discussions with Jeff Gadway, part the BBM Product Marketing team, he let it be known that the BBM team has heard customers loud and clear and are looking to adjust or remove the limit with the next version of BBM.

When exactly that next version will arrive remains a mystery but either way, it's nice to hear that it's finally going to be addressed. Also, don't forget the next BBM update will bring even more BBM emojis as well so with this news, there's plenty to look forward to already in the next update for BBM.

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Feb 26, 2014 It’s a moon shot, but could eBBM ever lead to global IM dominance for BlackBerry?
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BlackBerry is moving fast under the leadership of John Chen. I’ve never seen the company make as many changes as it has in the last few months. Not even close. I don’t think I’m alone in saying this has turned me into a big fan of Chen.

One of these changes has been to place the BBM leadership in the hands of the enterprise team led by John Sims. Not even a week after I wrote an article talking about how I hoped to see enterprise BBM services roll out, BlackBerry announced it in Barcelona.

Obviously I think this makes perfect sense. And while we haven’t seen a live demo of how this will work in the real world, I think there’s some interesting potential synergy in offering enterprise-grade IM features in the exact same client that they already use to chat with friends and family outside of the work environment. It’s almost like BlackBerry Balance baked into the IM experience, or at least that’s one way to think about it.

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Feb 25, 2014 BlackBerry CEO, John Chen on Facebook's WhatsApp purchase and what he would sell BBM for
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As expected, BlackBerry CEO, John Chen has been busy at Mobile World Congress this week talking with the press and hosting meetings surrounding the future of BlackBerry. Speaking to CNBC, Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp and the valuation of other messaging services came up and John Chen offered up his thoughts on the matter and whether or not he would sell off the BBM if the opportunity arose. 

I work for the shareholder. Standard answer. If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it.

To be clear though, Chen noted that he didn't look at BBM that way and wants to expand BBM as much as possible, which is clear when you look at the expansion of BBM currently happening. At MWC alone, BBM has expanded into Windows Phone as well as Nokia's X platform, launched a new Enterprise solution dubbed BBM Protected and John Chen is already looking at where he can take BBM next.

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Feb 24, 2014 Whatsapp to introduce voice services in Q2 this year
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Whatsapp

We've already had some good instant messaging news today - that BBM will be coming to Windows Phone and the Nokia X platform, but it looks like the IM war is now in full swing. 

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