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Seacrest Out: BlackBerry Kills His 'Typo' iPhone Keyboard

by Julianne Pepitone /  / Updated 
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Ubiquitous media personality Ryan Seacrest is out of the phone-accessory business. Typo, the company Seacrest backed that aimed to make snap-on keyboard attachments for touchscreen smartphones, is effectively dead as part of a settlement with smartphone maker BlackBerry.

Related: BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest's Typo to block keyboard

Typo debuted in December 2013, hawking a $99 iPhone case with a Bluetooth-enabled tactile QWERTY keyboard available for pre-order. The keyboards were supposed to begin shipping in January 2014 -- but BlackBerry quickly filed a lawsuit calling Typo "a blatant infringement against BlackBerry's iconic keyboard."

As of Monday, Typo has agreed to "permanently discontinue selling anywhere in the world keyboards for smartphones and mobile devices with a screen size of less than 7.9 inches," according to a press release issued by BlackBerry.

The deal is part of a settlement with BlackBerry, and other terms of the agreement -- including any financial terms -- were not disclosed. It appears to mark the end of a protracted legal battle: Among other events, BlackBerry convinced a judge to issue an injunction barring Typo from selling the keyboards, only for Typo to be fined nearly $900,000 a few months later for defying the order.

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