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BlackBerry inks security software deals; shares slip

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A Blackberry smartphone is displayed in this August 12, 2010 illustrative photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it had signed a five-year, multimillion-dollar deal to run emergency notifications for the U.S. Senate, among a handful of small deals the company unveiled as it shifts its focus to software from smartphones.

The Canadian company also said that AtHoc, a crisis communications firm it bought last year, had expanded a deal with the U.S. Coast Guard to cover staff in Washington, D.C. BlackBerry did not provide financial details of the deals.

BlackBerry unveiled the new deals at its security summit in New York to illustrate its...


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