BlackBerry to buy messaging alerts firm AtHoc to expand software base

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Wednesday it is buying privately-held AtHoc, a provider of secure, networked crisis communications, as it moves to broaden its software offering and generate revenue from its BBM messaging service. San Mateo, California-based AtHoc's services are used by a number of top clients including the U.S

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