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Old 11-24-2010, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looks like RIM has made a final decision on the Kik situation after having pulled the wildly popular upstart instant messaging app from the BlackBerry App World a few days ago -- and for current and hopeful Kik users, the news isn't good (bold added by us):
"RIM became aware of a number of issues and customer concerns regarding the Kik app and service. Following discussions with Kik, the app was removed from BlackBerry App World on November 12. Upon further investigation, RIM concluded that Kik had breached contractual obligations. Based on the broad scope and seriousness of the issues and concerns, RIM terminated its agreements with Kik and withdrew RIM's support for Kik's service."
Now, Waterloo is still being pretty coy about what exactly Kik did to rock the boat so badly, but there are two obvious theories floating around: one, that Kik's contact harvesting was a big privacy no-no; and two, that the product came a little too close to BBM's functionality for RIM's comfort.

Hard to say what went down, and Kik's official response doesn't do much to clear up the situation. Though the company has thrown up a public response on its blog, it doesn't clarify what transpired, what "contractual obligations" were allegedly breached, or what (if anything) Kik might do to attempt to smooth over the spat. Instead, the post is more of a PR play, praising the relationship Kik's had with RIM in the past and saying it doubts rumors that BBM envy could account for the pull. It does say, however, that RIM has fully revoked Kik's access to push notifications and the BlackBerry SDK, so it's going to be tough for these guys to stay relevant on Bolds and Curves across the land unless RIM reverses its decision.
RIM: Kik was pulled from App World over 'breached contractual obligations' -- Engadget
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I did not like the contact harvesting and the amount of data being sent when typing was too high causing battery drain. bye bye kik.
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: KIK Messenger for BlackBerry pulled from AppWorld!

I coulnd't care less, I have BBM. There's a ton of cross-platform services, why is Kik so amazing?

I'm sure RIM had their reason to abruptly discontinue this app and pull their ability to access the development platform.
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I liked the concept but I didn't like the concept it auto-scanned my Blackberry...
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patent lawsuit in making now.
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patent lawsuit in making now.
Another thread here:
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Sent this on twitter today on @knottyrope

Kik tossed a Curve at BBM by not following Playbook and RIM will be Bold about it creating a Storm to Torch Kik with a public Style suit.
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As I read somewhere else. Maybe RIM should just buy Kik
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As I read somewhere else. Maybe RIM should just buy Kik
For what, $1,000?

It isn't unique. It's a copy of BBM (see that people received your messages, see what time messages were sent) and it's biggest advantage was being cross playform. Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Chat, G-Chat, AOL IM all exist cross platform as well. They had two big things that were an 'advantage' which were stolen right out of RIM's back pocket.

At 23 years old I had my own business as well, and I was way to young for it. This guy runs a team of like 15 people all working on a single idea which was a rip-off of BBM because he had a co-op term and some employment at RIM.

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it's biggest advantage was being cross playform.
Actually, that and the fact that it was void of requiring any specific protocol, might have been even a bigger factor for me. I don't want a messaging app for Live, GTalk, Yahoo, etc., all loaded and running on my BlackBerry. Kik was not only cross-platform, but void of requiring a specific email protocol.

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They had two big things that were an 'advantage' which were stolen right out of RIM's back pocket.
Aside from the Send/Read confirmation, what?
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Default Re: KIK Messenger for BlackBerry pulled from AppWorld!

I've been told the company has been kicked out of the Accelerator Center. Aside form this lawsuit, there were obviously other things happening.

The company is pretty much dead if they're booted from that place.
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Yes. I am dumped the app and unfortunately it does work well in on other platforms
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I've been told the company has been kicked out of the Accelerator Center. Aside form this lawsuit, there were obviously other things happening.

The company is pretty much dead if they're booted from that place.
I have confirmed now that they have graduated from the AC. Turns out that they probably got no press release for it or any recognition because RIM is a big sponsor there, and with the lawsuit pending... well let's just say AC would rather be friends with RIM.
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I am assuming this "Accelerator Center" is some sort of small business or entrepreneurship start up assistance center that helps get a business off the ground?

Yea, graduating from it vs being kicked out is way different matters.
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I am assuming this "Accelerator Center" is some sort of small business or entrepreneurship start up assistance center that helps get a business off the ground?

Yea, graduating from it vs being kicked out is way different matters.
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The Accelerator Center is a place in Waterloo in the UW Research Park that asists start-up businesses build and grow themselves.

http://www.acceleratorcentre.com/
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