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I was not really expecting to hear about the new version of Facebook this morning, but sure enough RIM media relations just sent us the following information. The upgrade went smooth and seems to be running great. Enjoy.

Details: Facebook Places is now available in the newest version of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, which launches today. Over the next 24 hours, users will receive notices to upgrade to Facebook for BlackBerry v1.9, and the new version is also available for download in BlackBerry App World. New features of Facebook for BlackBerry v1.9 include:

       Facebook Places

       Check in, add a Place and tag friends

       Check in to Facebook Places within a 1.25 mile radius of your  location

       Select a Place from the available Nearby Places or add a Place if location does not already exist in the Places database

       Tag a friend upon check in, and include a comment

       View Places where friends have checked in

       View Places, “Here Now”, “Nearby” and “Elsewhere”, that friends have checked in to

       “Like” or add a comment to friends’ check ins

       Check ins will appear in the News Feed

       GPS and BB Maps Integration

       View a map of the location you’re checking in to and get directions to and from friends’ locations.

Note: The Places feature uses the BlackBerry smartphone GPS to determine the user’s location. The GPS must be enabled to acquire the location.

Note: The map displayed within the Places feature uses the BlackBerry Maps application. Clicking on the map image will launch the BB Maps application



       Perform a search for People and Pages within the application

       Find mutual friends and view their profile thumbnails by searching for individuals and pages; send them a friend request, a message or a poke.

       View pages in the Friends list and News Feed, and elect to become fans of pages

       Pull Facebook results using the Unified Search application on BlackBerry 6 smartphones

       Friends List Update

       View friends’ profile pictures as well as their Pages from the Friends list.

       UI Elements

       Use the redesigned navigation bar to easily view your own profile, and click on the Search and Message icons

        Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v1.9 requires BlackBerry Device Software 4.5 or above.

You can download via BlackBerry App World Here.

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