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This week saw the opening of the ZeGiganticElectonicaDevisenExposition in Dusseldorff Germany at the swanky new UberExibitionHalleundStadiumArenaPlatz.

On hand were all the new shiny devices from the likes of RIM, Palm and Nokia as you'd expect. But an interesting side booth featured historic electronic devices from the former East Germany.

Apparently, before the Berlin Wall came down, East German scientists were working on their own version of the BlackBerry. Called the SchwartzCherry, it looked remarkably similar to the fledgling Canadian device, but a error in the espionage pictures led to a small mistake in the manufacturing of the East German model.