Feds Lose Leverage With Breakthrough In Apple Phone Fight

By Allison Grande (March 30, 2016, 9:57 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday granted the FBI's request to close the books on its contentious battle with Apple over data on a mass shooting suspect's iPhone, completing an abrupt about-face that is likely to make both service providers and judges more wary of immediately bending to the government's future demands for assistance.

The government shocked observers last week when, on the eve of a highly anticipated hearing on Apple's bid to strike down an order requiring it to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the suspects in the December shootings in San Bernardino, California,...

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