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Indian Scientists Unlock the Health Benefits of Betel Leaf

The next time you hear the words meetha patta or madrasi patta, don’t ignore the humble heart-shaped popular mouth-freshener. Paan or betel leaf could provide the key to unlock an arsenal of anti-inflammatory drugs, claim Indian researchers. Scientists at University of Calcutta and Indian Institute of Chemical Biology have examined nine varieties of betel leaf and identified the ones that can reduce inflammation. Ayurvedic texts have mentioned the medicinal properties and therapeutic effects of betel leaf. “Usually people generalise paan as one variety and don’t know that some varieties could…

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FBI Assures It Will Help Authorities Unlock Devices When Allowed by Law

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assured law enforcement across the United States that it will help unlock mobile devices such as iPhones involved in investigations when it is allowed by law and policy. The FBI said in a letter to local authorities that it understands the challenges they face and that they lack necessary tools to monitor and investigate the communications of suspects who use encrypted mobile devices, according to the correspondence obtained by Reuters on Friday. “As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider…

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US Attempt to Unlock iPhone Could Impact New York Case: Apple

Apple Inc said the US Justice Department’s new attempts to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters without the tech giant’s help could eliminate the government’s need for its assistance in a similar dispute in New York. The company’s position was laid out in a letter filed on Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, seeking to delay briefing in the Justice Department’s appeal of a ruling that protects Apple from unlocking an iPhone in a drug case. The letter came after US prosecutors on…

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Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist

If the FBI wins its court fight to force Apple’s help in unlocking an iPhone, the agency may run into yet another roadblock: Apple’s engineers. Apple employees are discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees. Among those interviewed were Apple engineers who are involved in the development…

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