As has been rumored, Blackberry announced today that they will be releasing a tablet device to compete with the iPad. More details to follow...in the meantime, from Bloomberg: July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, plans to introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Incâ€™s iPad, according to two people familiar with the companyâ€™s plans. The device will have roughly the same dimensions as the iPad, which is a 9.7-inch diagonal screen, said the two people who wouldnâ€™t be identified because the plans havenâ€™t been made public. The device will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology that will allow people to use their BlackBerry smartphones to connect to the Internet, the two people said. RIM is racing to come out with a product to rival the iPad in the fast-growing market for devices that bridge the gap between smartphones and notebook computers. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, last month said it sold 3 million iPad tablet computers in 80 days after they debuted in the U.S. RIM plans to call the tablet Blackpad, according to one of the people familiar with the companyâ€™s plans. RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, acquired the Internet rights to blackpad.com this month, according to the Whois database of domain names. The tablet will be closely integrated with the BlackBerry smartphone to allow users to integrate RIMâ€™s e-mail system and other features, the person said. RIM fell $1.18, or 2.1 percent, to $54.52 at 9:50 a.m. in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The stock has dropped 18 percent this year as Apple has climbed 22 percent. Marisa Conway, a spokeswoman for RIM, declined to comment, citing company policy not to comment on rumor or speculation.