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Research In Motion's BlackBerry has long been a most-favored gadget among the nation's political elite. But power brokers and BlackBerry power users like White House insider Karl Rove (right, seen here in a photo from August 2004 with White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagen) could be forced to overcome their "CrackBerry" addictions soon, if a pending court case leads to a shutdown of the wireless phone and e-mail service in the U.S.
Loni Miller, a White House presidential advance staffer, uses her BlackBerry to make plans for a day of electioneering in the 2004 presidential campaign.
The BlackBerry is popular among high-profile entertainers, too. Actress Lindsay Lohan keeps hers handy while strolling in Hollywood in September 2005.
Singer Usher takes a call while attending a Rosa Cha fashion show in September.
Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers strikes a reflective pose with his BlackBerry on an August day in the Soho district of New York.