Blackbird goes local in Oakland, Los Angeles

San Jose, California – May 19, 2010 – Blackbird, the only browser connecting you with content and news from the African American community, launches a new set of Local area features for Los Angeles and Oakland.
Blackbird is announcing Local Start Pages that highlight Black news, events and multi-cultural content.  Blackbird is the first browser that provides active tools to help users find African-American content, resources and applications.  Access to information is essential to build and sustain online and offline Black business.  Blackbird Local Start Pages are tools anyone can use; and with these tools Black cultural websites, businesses and news is now at user’s fingertips everyday.  Blackbird is the only web browser application that actively promotes Black websites, online events, and businesses.  Blackbird’s online tools are seamlessly integrated into the web browser for an ideal and easy-to-use experience.   Blackbird Local Start Pages can be used with the Blackbird web browser or any other browser as well.  The first two cities supported are Los Angeles and Oakland at the following URLS:
http://www.blackbirdhome.com/LA
http://www.blackbirdhome.com/Oakland

Blackbird is getting the word out that Blackbird is going Local. Please help spread the word, especially to users and potential users in Los Angeles and Oakland (screenshots are provided).
Later this summer, Blackbird will release a new update to the PC version of Blackbird based on Mozilla’s 3.5 base code and subsequently will release an Android mobile version by the end of Q4 2010.

”Now the Black community in LA and the Oakland/Bay Area have a new place to start their PC/Mac browsing experience,” said Ed Young, CEO of 40A, maker of Blackbird. “Blackbird continues to break new ground and it continues to strive to provide the best tools to connect and empower communities with the information tools that are so vital in today’s world.”

Blackbird continues to look for partners to improve and expand on its mission, especially partners to provide productive ways to use twitter to improve people’s lives.  For more information on Blackbird or 40A, contact info@blackbirdhome.com.
Since the browser was introduced to the public, Blackbird has regularly introduced new and enhanced features including the Live News (live.blackbirdhome.com), Black Search, and more. Anyone interested in the Black culture and community is encouraged to experience this new frontier in web productivity and entertainment by downloading the Blackbird Beta browser free at  HYPERLINK “http://www.blackbirdbrowser.com/” http://www.blackbirdbrowser.com. Current Blackbird users can download Blackbird Beta version 0.999 to access Blackbird Grapevine and other software updates.
About Blackbird – Connect. Empower. Entertain.
The Blackbird Browser ( HYPERLINK “http://www.blackbirdbrowser.com/” http://www.blackbirdbrowser.com) is the industry’s first browser designed to connect, empower and entertain people interested in African American culture. Built on the Mozilla Firefox architecture, Blackbird puts Black-related content at your fingertips and allows you to interact with other community members by sharing stories, news, commentary and videos. Launched in December 2008, Blackbird has already been downloaded more than 350,000 times.  40A, Inc., the company behind the Blackbird Browser, is private equity backed and is located in San Jose, California and Newark, New Jersey.
Contact: info@blackbirdhome.com

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