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BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android Is Here

With its first effort to make BlackBerry Messenger available to users of Android and iPhone foiled by technical issues, BlackBerry is taking another run at making the service cross-platform.

On Monday afternoon, the company said BBM will soon be available on the world’s leading mobile platforms. But folks who want it may have to wait a bit. To avoid any further cock-ups, BlackBerry is managing the service’s rollout with a registration queue. In order to use the service, you must first download the app and reserve a spot in line by registering with an email address. When you reach the head of the queue, BlackBerry will activate your account and send you a notification.

According to BlackBerry, six million people have signed up for information about the launch since September. “If you didn’t sign up in advance, don’t worry — we are focused on moving millions of customers through the line as fast as possible,” the company said in a blog post.

The launch of BBM for iOS and Android comes as BlackBerry struggles to save itself from a prolonged decline so debilitating that the company was recently forced to publish an open letter assuring customers of its longevity.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work