SevenCubed - 12:23 am on Feb 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Concerning this story I was thinking about how it was Barack "Barry" Obama that got balls rolling with BlackBerry usage. I remember when he got elected in his first term he was insisting on using a BlackBerry as an approved device for government communications. I can't remember where I read the article, nor can I find it now, but needless to say it had to get security clearance. I'm guessing from the Secret Service. So it looks like it has propagated throughout various other U.S. government branches due to its strong security. There have been a few countries that have petitioned Research in Motion to open the OS up more so they could get into it deeper (presumably to track their citizens). It's widely used by government here in Canada.
Oh, and my reference Barack "Barry" Obama (along with his sister Maya) was in reference to a general interest article I read about him a few years ago. [thedailybeast.com...]
I don't know if it's in that article or not but in addition to his roots with an African father and his time spent abroad in Asia, he also has a brother-in-law that lives near me here in Ontario. Quite an international footprint.
I wonder if he originally took a liking to the device because it is close to BlackBarry :)