Apple won, the FBI won, and everyone lost?

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Apple won, the FBI won, and everyone lost?
March 29th, 2016
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Breaking news Tuesday


"Apple won, the FBI won, and everyone lost?suggests Vanity Fair's Kia Makarechi after the government declared the San Bernardino attacker's iPhone successfully hacked, and without Apple's help -- so that ends the lawsuit but also avoids setting any legal precedent for future cases (at 13,000+ shares so far). "Journalists: please remember that government argued for months that this was impossible, despite expert consensus," whistleblower Edward Snowden weighs in. "Indeed, a most humorous denouement," concludes Neil King with the Wall Street Journal. But is it a laughing matter? At MIT Technology ReviewNanette Byrnes sees it differently: "Apple ends up losing big on this w/ phones now clearly vulnerable." Moreover, the government didn't say whether any information about the hacking method would be relayed to Apple at all. "Feds unlocked the damn phone. Mystery is: how? My bet is on the Israelis," shares Simone Weichselbaum at The Marshall Project. "FBI vs Apple ends for now, but they can see into your phone," points out Jen Dudley-Nicholson at The Courier-Mail

In other news recently broken, Donald Trump's campaign manager has been charged with misdemeanor battery on Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. "Meanwhile, police have released surveillance video clearly showing Lewandowski grabbing @MichelleFields's arm," observes Lachlan Markay at the Washington Free Beacon. And just as we suspected might happen, a short-staffed Supreme Court just deadlocked in one of its highest-profile cases and issued a 4-4 ruling that will allow mandatory union fees to continue. "Scalia's death just saved unions from a massive defeat," notes Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur. And yesterday, Capitol Police had to order folks to shelter in place after a man brandished a weapon and was shot and arrested. "Every time I walk through the metal detectors of Sherrod's office building in Washington, I thank the Capitol police for keeping everyone safe. An incredible team of professionals," shares columnist Connie Schultz, who is married to Ohio senator Sherrod Brown. And in more news that ended well for once, a hijacked EgyptAir flight landed in Cyprus with all hostages reportedly recovered and the hijacker taken into custody.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Jezebel promises that we should care that a certain 20-something actress allegedly is engaged to which considerably older comedian? That would be Jon Lovitz. And now we have this song stuck in our heads.

Congratulations to Sara Jacobson at Edelman PR for being the very first to get that right (and adding that it's "May-December at its finest")! Honorable mentions go out to the perfect people for also answering correctly: Dan Rosenbaum (who quips "Yeah, that's the ticket"), Elisha Fieldstadt (who shares this Instagrammed proverb used by the actress to explain their confusing pairing), John D'Anna (who quips "My wife, Morgan Fairchild, who I've...oh wait, it's Jon Lovitz"), Craig PittmanLucia A. Walinchus (who reacts, "Really?! he is so much older. Eeek"), Carrie GrayKathleen Dutro Adams (who admits "Not proud I know this"), Holly EvartsCharlotte LoBuono (who "loved him in A League of Their Own and The Wedding Singer!"), Mark GibbsDebkrol (who wonders "Child, do you REALLY want those hands touching you? You don't know where they've been"), Ken Walker (who shares a post that indicates this may actually be just an elaborate stunt but also jokes "Either way, so sad to hear he's split from his wife … MORGAN FAIRCHILD!"), Ron Casalotti (who adds no comment except to remind us of Lovitz's famous line from an Ellen sitcom: "Tartlets...Tartlets"), Martin BerlinerMargo Howard and Robin Tierney (who wants to know "why does headline suggests man chasing younger woman is news?").

As for today's question, here it is: An open letter to Trump voters from a supposed top strategist-turned-defector compares the billionaire to which American Idol contestant?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Tuesday


Today in career moves you should know:

  • Megan Hess (at right) just began a brand new gig at Bloomberg as mobile and emerging platforms editor. You'll know Hess from Mashable, where she was most recently an associate editor.
  • Kate Morrissey just started working at the San Diego Union Tribune yesterday on their Data Watch/Watchdog teams. Morrissey previously taught journalism for Northwestern University's Master's program.
  • Barbara Shelly has signed off as a columnist/opinion writer for the Kansas City Star and is now a gig-seeking freelance journalist with broad interests and expertise in Missouri and Kansas government and consumer ripoffs! Reach her at or on Twitter @bshelly.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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