Research In Motion Shuts Down Tungle to Direct More Talent to BlackBerry 10

Waterloo’s Research In Motion is shutting down, directing the startup’s talent to the upcoming BlackBerry 10’s native calendar app.

Tungle, which we first wrote about way back in 2008, was acquired by RIM last April. While the value of the transaction was not disclosed, Tungle had raised more than $6.3 million prior to the acquisition.

RIM says the service will shut down permanently in December. Until then, users can use Tungle normally.

The CEO and founder of Tungle penned this message online:

Tungle began in 2006 to make finding times to meet with colleagues, clients and contacts as quick and easy as possible. In April of 2011, we were acquired by Research in Motion with the goal of bringing the Tungle vision to millions of BlackBerry customers. After our acquisition we quickly went to work and built the BlackBerry Playbook Calendar app. Now, our team is creating the native Calendar app for the next generation platform, BlackBerry 10, and together with other key RIM employees, we are driving innovation in Messaging (email), Contacts, Notes and Memos apps. … As of Monday, December 3rd, 2012 we will shut down the standalone Tungle service. You will continue to be able to use your page until then to schedule meetings and share calendars.

BB10 is slated to launch in early 2013.