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Free apps offered as amends to Blackberry users

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Trying to make amends for massive outages last week, Research In Motion is giving customers some free premium apps and a month of technical support.

The Canadian company says that the apps, worth more than $100, will be made available over the coming weeks on BlackBerry(at) App World. They include iSpeech Translator, Bejeweled and Texas Hold'em Poker 2. The offer runs until the end of the year.

Reseach in Motion also will offer its enterprise customers a month of free technical support.

Last week's blackout interrupted email and Internet services for tens of millions of users globally and left company leaders apologizing profusely.

BlackBerry phones are already struggling to keep pace with competitors like Apple Inc.'s iPhone and shares of Research In Motion have already paid a price.

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