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The ObamaBerry Coming Soon

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By Gautham Nagesh April 24, 2009

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The Washington Times reported yesterday that President Obama will soon be getting his hands on a souped-up, high-security Blackberry that the National Security Agency is currently developing:

The top-secret BlackBerry 8830 is in the final stages of development by the National Security Agency, which will soon begin checking to make sure its encryption software meets federal standards. The device could be ready for use in the next few months.

Once in hand, the president will be able to send text and e-mail and make phone calls to others with the secure software loaded on their devices. Others expected to get secure BlackBerrys include top aides as well as first lady Michelle Obama.

While we knew this was coming, it's good to hear Obama's email addiction will soon be satisfied.

DC-based Genesis Key Inc. of Washington is developing the software for the phone, called SecureVoice. Apparently, "it can turn any BlackBerry 8830 or Curve into a device that is designed to defeat hackers, eavesdroppers and spies." Very cool. The question is now, if they can secure the White House's messages, why can't they do the same for the rest of the government?

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