Epic Apple-FBI showdown ends in a whimper (The 3:59, Ep. 14)

We debate the winners, losers and conspiracy theories in the FBI's effort to get Apple to crack its own iPhone encryption.

Well, that was anticlimactic.

After weeks of buildup, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's effort to get Apple to break its own encryption code de-escalated just before a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday. The FBI suddenly revealed Monday that it may no longer need Apple to help it crack into an iPhone that was used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

For this episode, Ben and Roger delve into the showdown that wasn't and who came out ahead from the drama.

We also pay respects to Andy Grove, Intel's former CEO who helped make Silicon Valley what it is today. He died Monday at the age of 79.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng and CNET Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin.

Epic Apple-FBI showdown ends in a whimper (The 3:59, Ep. 14)

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