Rebellion Media acquires Jingu Apps

Rebellion Media of Waterloo, Ont. has purchased Toronto-based Jingu Apps Inc. in an all-Canadian acquisition deal.

No financial terms were disclosed.

Rebellion Media’s integrated digital media platform, TRACE, powersWebsites and mobile applications in the health, sports, entertainmentand technology niches.

Jingu’s BlackBerry roots
Jingu already has strong connections with the Waterloo tech scene,since it develops apps for Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS. ItsJingu social app allows BBM users create avatars, emoticons and chatwith friends. In an interview posted a year ago on the BlackBerrydevelopers’ blog, founder Pankaj Gogia said the Jingu app hadover700,000 downloads in its first month and surpassed over one millionsoon afterward.

The company’s Jingu Friends mobile social platform lets users instantlyfind and message other users around them. Jingu’s platform is nowprocessing over 100,000 messages per day.

“We are excited for Jingu to join Rebellion both for the team’s mobileexpertise as well as the million-plus and growing monthly active userson their platform,” said Ted Hastings, CEO of Rebellion Media, in anews release announcing the acquisition.

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