“The Justice Department said on Monday that it might no longer need Apple’s assistance to help open an iPhone used by a gunman in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, leading to a postponement of a key hearing over the issue and potentially sidestepping what has become a bitter clash with the world’s most valuable company,” Katie Benner reports for The New York Times.

“The dramatic turn of events came after the Justice Department said in a new court filing that as of Sunday, an outside party had demonstrated a way for the F.B.I. to possibly unlock the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers.,” Melley reports. “‘Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone,’ the Justice Department wrote in the filing. ‘If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple.’ The Justice Department added that it would file a status report by April 5 on its progress on unlocking the iPhone.”

Melley reports, “The law enforcement official declined to name the outside party that approached investigators with a possible method for opening the phone.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. government just blinked.

Let freedom ring!!!

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