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Obama to Give Up His BlackBerry, Email to Soon Follow

Sad news for President-elect Barack Obama. The BlackBerry-addict who is often photographed with his trusty Curve on his belt and is always checking his BB while en route, will soon be bidding his favorite gadget farewell due to email security concerns. According to The New York Times, Obama has already started slowing down communication to friends and family from his personal email account; even though he hopes to be the first American president to have a laptop on his desk in the Oval Office.

This isn't the first time a new president has had to say good-bye to personal email accounts. Before George W. Bush was inaugurated, he had to send this message, from his personal email address, to his close contacts:

Since I do not want my private conversations looked at by those out to embarrass, the only course of action is not to correspond in cyberspace. This saddens me. I have enjoyed conversing with each of you.

As for Obama, it's still being decided whether or not he can keep using email, which is sad news in itself, but the hardest part has got to be seeing his BlackBerry go bye-bye. Hey, I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.


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