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FBI says it can unlock iPhone without Apple’s help

The New York Times reports that the FBI has moved to cancel Tuesday’s hearing in its case vs. Apple:

“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the F.B.I. a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone,” Justice Department lawyers wrote in the filing, referring to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino gunmen. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple.”

Huh. Convenient how that occurred at pretty close to the 11th hour. That sure looks a lot like the government blinking to me.