Confirmed! Actress Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli got officially married today

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Actress Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli on Monday night tweeted pictures of their wedding, thereby confirming long-standing reports of the ceremony.

A statement released by the family announcing the wedding said:

We are very happy to announce that Ms. Anushka Sharma and Mr. Virat Kohli got married at a private ceremony in Italy, today. The wedding was attended by close family and a few friends as they wished their wedding to be a very private affair. The wedding was performed as per Hindu rituals. Top fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has designed the wedding ensemble for both the bride and the groom. Virat and Anushka will now start inviting all industry friends and colleagues for the celebrations that are set to happen in Mumbai.

The couple will be hosting a reception in New Delhi for their relatives on 21st December which will be followed by a reception for industry friends and cricketers in Mumbai on 26th December.

The newly wed couple will travel to South Africa where Virat will start prepping for the upcoming series and Anushka will spend New Year’s Eve with him and return in the first week of January to begin the next schedule of Anand L Rai’s film with Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai. She will also start prepping for Sui Dhaaga as the shooting for the same starts in February 2018 with Varun Dhawan. Anushka will also be busy with the marketing and promotions of Pari which is releasing on 9th February.

Virat, on the other hand, will be playing the series in South Africa for 2 months which includes three Tests, six One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.

Post their wedding the newly wed couple will be shifting to their new residence in Worli, Mumbai in December once they return from Delhi.

Their spokesperson said, “We are extremely grateful to the media for their support and understanding in making this special occasion a memorable one and thank them for their continued love and support.”

Earlier today evening, Filmfare had reported that the power couple has tied the knot in a private ceremony in Milan, Italy. An insider told Filmfare that the ceremony took place earlier this morning amidst close family and friends.

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Can’t wait! Here’s wishing them a happy married life.


After pujas, rituals in Haridwar ashram, Anushka’s family guru leaves for Italy amid wedding speculations

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Apple’s iOS is a walled garden that gives the company total control over what can be done with its device. For years, jailbreaking your iPhone was easy and allowed all sorts of custom freedom. It’s been a while since a simple jailbreak has been released. But this week, a Google researcher made an announcement that has the dying jailbreak community ready to get crackin’.

If you’re unfamiliar with jailbreaking, it’s simply a method of exploiting an iOS vulnerability to take full control over what your iPhone can do. Basically, it gives iOS a lot of the freedom and customization that’s available on Android. Apple likes to maintain control over what can be done on iOS because it keeps things running smoothly, it keeps things secure, and there’s plenty of profit in having the power to decide what apps are okay.

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When jailbreaking first hit the scene, it offered a way to customize Apple’s rigid interface, use apps that weren’t approved, pirate mobile software, install game emulators, and a lot more. The feature that was likely the most important, at first, was that it allowed people to use the iPhone with carriers that didn’t offer it. These days, that’s not much of an issue. Most of the problems that led people to jailbreak have been solved. And as iOS has become incredibly secure, jailbreaks have dried up, the jailbreak community has crumbled, repositories have closed, and it looked like it was the end of an era.

That is until Google researcher Ian Beer tweeted this out on Tuesday:

As Motherboard points out, this simple message meant a lot to the jailbreak community. Apple just patched iOS 11.1.2 last week, and what developers believe Beer is hinting at is that he’ll be releasing an exploit that could be used by others to create the first full publicly available jailbreak since iOS 10. From the report:

A couple caveats: Beer is probably not going to release a full, untethered jailbreak, meaning you will have to plug the phone into a computer to exploit it every time it boots up. But he is likely going to release the closest thing to a public jailbreak that anyone can find. iOS 11.1.2 is a nearly up-to-date operating system that was only updated last week.

Motherboard spoke to several security researchers who confirmed that they believe that Beer will likely be handing out the keys to the castle for jailbreaking iOS 11, the Reddit community is buzzing, and Jonathan Levine, a well-known expert on iOS, tweeted that he’ll be releasing a toolkit soon to help with the jailbreaking process.

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Part of the reason that jailbreaking has become less common is that reporting vulnerabilities to a bug bounty program is big business for researchers. If you find something, you can make a lot of money by reporting it and letting Apple fix it. But Google doesn’t need that money. Beer does research on iOS for Google’s Project Zero, a program aimed at keeping the world more secure (and occasionally embarrassing rival companies). Project Zero locates exploits and gives companies 90 days to fix them before threatening to go public. If everything is what it seems in this case, Apple’s been given its time to fix it, and if you don’t update, you could be playing Nintendo ROMs and using custom skins in no time.

There a couple things to keep in mind. If you’re on an old version of iOS that’s jailbroken, updating to iOS 11.1.2 could put you at risk of losing jailbreak-ability if no tools end up coming out. Also, iOS being extremely secure is good for you. Even though iOS 11 has had a rocky launch, it’s still a great option for protecting yourself. The world is different than it was in 2007 when jailbreaking exploded. Hackers are better than ever. Jailbreak at your own risk.

[Motherboard]

Duckett ban fair game as Australia chase Ashes

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Australia’s wicketkeeper Tim Paine expects Ben Duckett’s suspension to be raised as a way of distracting England on the field during the Perth Ashes Test, as he joined other members of the home side in denying their sledging of Jonny Bairstow crossed the line into inappropriate personal territory in the first match at the Gabba.

Paine, who also revealed the nature of his Adelaide exchange with England’s captain Joe Root, said the Australians had little time to think about England’s off-field troubles. However he did say that Duckett’s sanction – fined and banned from the remaining England Lions matches – for pouring a drink over the head of the vice-captain James Anderson after the team’s arrival in Perth last week, would likely be used against the tourists.

This would be consistent with the use of Bairstow’s head-to-head encounter with Cameron Bancroft to try to put the English gloveman off his game in Brisbane, and with Australia’s uncompromising approach to a series that invariably carries plenty of ramifications for failure. However Paine said he was surprised to read Bairstow’s comments in a newspaper column that if some words exchanged in Brisbane were ever repeated then he would take the matter up with higher authorities.

“I certainly haven’t heard anything that has crossed the line since I’ve been out there,” Paine said. “I don’t know – it might have been between overs or I was down the other end, I’m not too sure. I said it after the last Test as well, there has been nothing that I’ve heard that has been too untoward or anything that has been particularly nasty. It has just been tough Test match cricket.

“I’m sure someone will bring it [Duckett] up at some stage. But what’s happening in their camp off the field has no effect on the way we’re going to go about our cricket this week. The time we start worrying about them too much is the time when we’re not thinking about our own backyard enough. It hasn’t affected me going out to keep and it’s not going to affect the way our team plays.”

As for the confrontation with Root in England’s second innings, Paine said it had been a case of reminding each other what they were out there for, and what they were not. “There wasn’t too much to it. It was played up a bit,” he said. “He raised his bat to the umpire to let him know he hit the ball. I said just to let the umpire umpire and you bat, he said no worries, you wicket-keep. That was about it.

“I don’t think it has been as bad as it has been made out to be, it has been played in pretty good spirit from what I’ve seen and heard. So I’m sure that won’t change. But what I do know is both teams have – despite what it may look like – a huge amount of respect for each other. And I’m sure this week will be another tough week of Test cricket.”

In making vital first innings runs for the hosts, Paine had to cope with receiving a couple of blows on the finger that he broke repeatedly in past years, to the extent that he was almost forced into retirement. The prospect of another such blow has been a mental as well as physical hurdle for him, so he was understandably happy to come through not only with runs but also minimal new damage.

“I’ve been hit a few times over the last four or five years,” he said of the digit, which was operated on no fewer than seven times before finally settling down. “I was a bit lucky, it kind of missed the bad part of my finger, which was nice. But it’s pulled on really well, had a few days off and been home, so looking forward to this week.”

One thing Paine will not be changing is his desire to take on the short ball, after falling twice to the pull shot in Adelaide, first with a middled shot straight at deep square leg, and then a second innings top edge as Australia sought to extend their lead. A former team-mate and powerful exponent of the shot, Ricky Ponting, has been on hand to encourage Paine not to shelve the stroke. “I’ve always tried to take the short ball on and the pull shot has certainly been a strength of mine for the majority of my career, so I won’t change that,” he said. “I’ll just try and play it a little bit better.

“I did ask him [Ponting] about it and he just said ‘play it better’, which is pretty good advice. The one in the first innings I just hit a little bit better than I thought and the second innings I tried to hit it over the grandstand. I’ll certainly be doing some work on it, I’d be silly not to, but I’ll still look to take it on, just play it better.”

One of Paine’s earliest Sheffield Shield matches was at the WACA Ground, where he made a double-century – still his only first-class hundred – in a Tasmanian win. Judging it to be the hardest place in Australia to start an innings due to the extra bounce, Paine said he would be sad to see major matches moved to the new Perth stadium, now clearly visible from the WACA itself.

“I think all Australian players, domestically and internationally, have enjoyed coming to the WACA,” he said. “It’s a place that other international teams find really uncomfortable, which is again a bonus for us. It’s kind of sad that this will be it for the international game here, but a lot of Australian cricketers and Australian cricket fans will have a lot of great memories from WACA Tests from a long time ago. I’m sure they’ll live on.”

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday have largely died down, but his overturning of long-standing U.S. policy on Jerusalem — a city holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians — drew more Arab warnings of potential damage to prospects for Middle East peace.

“Our hope is that everything is calming down and that we are returning to a path of normal life without riots and without violence,” Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Army Radio.

But in Jerusalem, a security guard was in critical condition after a 24-year-old Palestinian man from the occupied West Bank stabbed him after approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the city’s central bus station, police said. The alleged assailant was taken into custody after a passer-by tackled him.

In public remarks on Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, a frequent critic of Israel, called it an “invader state” and a “terror state”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who spoke at a news conference in Paris alongside French President Emmanuel Macron after the two leaders met, fired back:

“I‘m not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, helps Iran go around international sanctions and who helps terrorists, including in Gaza, kill innocent people,” Netanyahu said.

Macron told Netanyahu that he needed to make gestures to the Palestinians to break the impasse between the two sides.

“I asked Prime Minister Netanyuhu to make some courageous gestures towards the Palestinians to get out of the current impasse,” Macron said, suggesting that a freeze of construction in settlements could be a first step.

Most countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after capturing it in a 1967 war, to be occupied territory and say the status of the city should be decided at future Israeli-Palestinian talks. Israel says that all of Jerusalem is its capital, while Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.

The Trump administration has said it is still committed to reviving Palestinian-Israeli talks that collapsed in 2014, but jettisoning old policies is necessary to break the deadlock.

Washington says it has not taken a position on Jerusalem’s final status or borders, but it is sensible to recognise that any future peace deal will have Israel’s capital in the city.

The United States was “as committed to the peace process as we’ve ever been”, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday. Trump “didn’t talk about boundaries, he didn’t talk about borders… Because the final status of Jerusalem is between the Palestinians and the Israelis. It’s not for the Americans to decide.”

Netanyahu reacted to critics in a statement before talks with Macron, to be followed by a meeting with European foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.

“I hear (from Europe) voices of condemnation over President Trump’s historic announcement, but I have not heard any condemnation for the rocket firing against Israel that has come (after the announcement) and the awful incitement against us,” Netanyahu said.

DEMONSTRATIONS

In Beirut, Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters, some of them waving Palestinian flags, near the U.S. Embassy.

Demonstrators set fires in the street, torched U.S. and Israeli flags and threw projectiles towards security forces that had barricaded the main road to the complex.

In the Moroccan capital, Rabat, tens of thousands of protesters marched down the city’s main thoroughfare chanting slogans including, “The people want to liberate Palestine” and “Death to Israel, enemy of the people and provoker of wars.”

Waving Palestinian flags and holding up pictures of Jerusalem, they expressed anger at they “betrayal” by Arab governments perceived to have backed Trump’s move.

In the Indonesian capital Jakarta, thousands protested outside the U.S. embassy, many waving banners saying “Palestine is in our hearts”.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has said the Palestinians will be looking for a new peace talks broker instead of the United States and would seek a United Nations Security Council resolution over Trump’s decision.

Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo on Saturday urged the United States to abandon its decision on Jerusalem and said the move would spur violence throughout the region.

Echoing that view, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, said the U.S. move “could throw a lifebuoy to terrorist and armed groups, which have begun to lose ground” in the Middle East.

GAZA TUNNEL

Along Israel’s tense frontier with the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military on Sunday destroyed what it described as a “significant” cross-border attack tunnel dug by the enclave’s dominant Islamist group, Hamas.

There was no immediate comment from Hamas on the demolition, which came as Palestinian factions tried to meet Sunday’s deadline for an Egyptian-mediated handover of Gaza by Hamas to Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas after a decade’s schism.

Pre-dawn Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Saturday killed two Palestinian gunmen after militants fired rockets from the area into Israel on Friday.

Additional reporting by Dan Williams and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem, John Irish in Paris, Tom Perry in Beirut, Agustinus Beo Da Costa in Jakarta, Sami Aboudi in Dubai and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Editing by Peter Graff

Pics: Lara Dutta Bhupathi enjoys downtime with darling daughter Saira

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Lara Dutta Bhupathi, who was last seen in ‘Azhar’, seems to be enjoying life staying away from the spotlight currently. The former Miss Universe loves to spend as much time as she can with her darling daughter Saira.

The actress took to Instagram to share a set of selfies with her baby girl with the caption, “Daughters negotiating skills go something like this!! ?. #daughtersarethebest #chipoftheolbloc”

The mother-daughter duo can be seen doing different things in different pictures. While in one they can be seen staring at each other seriously, in the other they are seen smiling at each other. In yet another one, Saira is seen squashing Lara’s face with her hands.

Can it get any more adorable?

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If You Miss Jailbreaking Your iPhone, It Looks Like Google Has a …

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Dec
10

Photo: Gizmodo

Apple’s iOS is a walled garden that gives the company total control over what can be done with its device. For years, jailbreaking your iPhone was easy and allowed all sorts of custom freedom. It’s been a while since a simple jailbreak has been released. But this week, a Google researcher made an announcement that has the dying jailbreak community ready to get crackin’.

If you’re unfamiliar with jailbreaking, it’s simply a method of exploiting an iOS vulnerability to take full control over what your iPhone can do. Basically, it gives iOS a lot of the freedom and customization that’s available on Android. Apple likes to maintain control over what can be done on iOS because it keeps things running smoothly, it keeps things secure, and there’s plenty of profit in having the power to decide what apps are okay.

Advertisement

When jailbreaking first hit the scene, it offered a way to customize Apple’s rigid interface, use apps that weren’t approved, pirate mobile software, install game emulators, and a lot more. The feature that was likely the most important, at first, was that it allowed people to use the iPhone with carriers that didn’t offer it. These days, that’s not much of an issue. Most of the problems that led people to jailbreak have been solved. And as iOS has become incredibly secure, jailbreaks have dried up, the jailbreak community has crumbled, repositories have closed, and it looked like it was the end of an era.

That is until Google researcher Ian Beer tweeted this out on Tuesday:

As Motherboard points out, this simple message meant a lot to the jailbreak community. Apple just patched iOS 11.1.2 last week, and what developers believe Beer is hinting at is that he’ll be releasing an exploit that could be used by others to create the first full publicly available jailbreak since iOS 10. From the report:

A couple caveats: Beer is probably not going to release a full, untethered jailbreak, meaning you will have to plug the phone into a computer to exploit it every time it boots up. But he is likely going to release the closest thing to a public jailbreak that anyone can find. iOS 11.1.2 is a nearly up-to-date operating system that was only updated last week.

Motherboard spoke to several security researchers who confirmed that they believe that Beer will likely be handing out the keys to the castle for jailbreaking iOS 11, the Reddit community is buzzing, and Jonathan Levine, a well-known expert on iOS, tweeted that he’ll be releasing a toolkit soon to help with the jailbreaking process.

Advertisement

Part of the reason that jailbreaking has become less common is that reporting vulnerabilities to a bug bounty program is big business for researchers. If you find something, you can make a lot of money by reporting it and letting Apple fix it. But Google doesn’t need that money. Beer does research on iOS for Google’s Project Zero, a program aimed at keeping the world more secure (and occasionally embarrassing rival companies). Project Zero locates exploits and gives companies 90 days to fix them before threatening to go public. If everything is what it seems in this case, Apple’s been given its time to fix it, and if you don’t update, you could be playing Nintendo ROMs and using custom skins in no time.

There a couple things to keep in mind. If you’re on an old version of iOS that’s jailbroken, updating to iOS 11.1.2 could put you at risk of losing jailbreak-ability if no tools end up coming out. Also, iOS being extremely secure is good for you. Even though iOS 11 has had a rocky launch, it’s still a great option for protecting yourself. The world is different than it was in 2007 when jailbreaking exploded. Hackers are better than ever. Jailbreak at your own risk.

[Motherboard]

Sri Lanka bowl first; Shreyas Iyer given ODI cap

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Toss: Sri Lanka chose to bowl v India

Both teams got their desired result at the toss as Sri Lanka’s new ODI captain Thisara Perera chose to bowl first against India in Dharamsala. India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said he would have batted with a “good pitch and the sun shining nice and bright.”

Shreyas Iyer was given his ODI cap, and slotted into the No. 3 spot vacated by Virat Kohli, who is resting for the remainder of Sri Lanka’s tour. India also preferred two wristspinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal over Axar Patel’s fingerspin. Ajinkya Rahane, coming into this series with just 17 runs in five innings in the Tests, was left out.

For Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Mathews and Asela Gunaratne returned to the XI from their previous assignment against Pakistan in the UAE. Like India, Sri Lanka chose two fast bowlers, two spinners and a seam-bowling allrounder. Sri Lanka have won just four ODIs in 26 games in 2017, and have been whitewashed in a five-match series three times this year.

India: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt.), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Sri Lanka: 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, 3 Lahiru Thirimanne, 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Asela Gunaratne, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Thisara Perera (capt.), 8 Sachith Pathirana, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Nuwan Pradeep, 11 Akila Dananjaya

Gujarat votes in first stage of election seen as acid test for Modi

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SURENDRANAGAR, India (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people voted in the first stage of assembly elections in Gujarat on Saturday, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces his toughest electoral test since coming to power with a landslide victory in 2014.

Modi has himself led the campaign to ensure that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retains power in his home state, as a combined opposition mounted the biggest challenge ahead of the general election in 2019.

Three big polls carried out in the run-up to the vote on Saturday and next week have predicted a victory for BJP but with a greatly reduced majority.

Voters started turning up early in the morning and some had to wait for about 15 minutes due to a malfunction in the electronic voting machine.

In the first few hours, more than 15 percent of voters in Surendranagar district cast their ballot, according to state government officials.

An ABP-CDS poll this week gave the BJP 91-99 seats in the 182-member state house and the main opposition Congress 78-86, suggesting a close fight. To win, a party needs 92 seats.

The surveys have often gone wrong, though, and Modi himself remains far more popular across the country than his rivals, including Rahul Gandhi who is leading the Congress charge to weaken Modi in his home base.

Votes from the election will be counted on Dec. 18 and the results announced the same day.

In the first stage of state assembly elections on Saturday, 977 candidates are trying their luck in 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts of Gujarat, according to the Election Commission.

More than 21 million people will vote during the first stage of the election on Saturday.

Modi has thrown himself into the campaign, addressing dozens of rallies over the past month, saying he alone could deliver on development.

Gujarati businesses, which form the core of Modi’s support base, have complained that the Goods and Services Tax introduced this year and late last year’s shock move to abolish 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes, accounting for 86 percent of cash in circulation, aggravated already tough economic conditions.

Hindu-majority Gujarat is one of India’s richest and fastest growing states but also one of its most communally divided.

About 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed after a wave of riots rocked Gujarat in 2002, when Modi was chief minister. A Supreme Court investigation found no case against Modi, who denied any wrongdoing.

Reporting by Amit Dave; writing by Mayank Bhardwaj; editing by Sanjeev Miglani

Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli wedding: Everything you need to know

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Dec
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Photo: Gizmodo

Apple’s iOS is a walled garden that gives the company total control over what can be done with its device. For years, jailbreaking your iPhone was easy and allowed all sorts of custom freedom. It’s been a while since a simple jailbreak has been released. But this week, a Google researcher made an announcement that has the dying jailbreak community ready to get crackin’.

If you’re unfamiliar with jailbreaking, it’s simply a method of exploiting an iOS vulnerability to take full control over what your iPhone can do. Basically, it gives iOS a lot of the freedom and customization that’s available on Android. Apple likes to maintain control over what can be done on iOS because it keeps things running smoothly, it keeps things secure, and there’s plenty of profit in having the power to decide what apps are okay.

Advertisement

When jailbreaking first hit the scene, it offered a way to customize Apple’s rigid interface, use apps that weren’t approved, pirate mobile software, install game emulators, and a lot more. The feature that was likely the most important, at first, was that it allowed people to use the iPhone with carriers that didn’t offer it. These days, that’s not much of an issue. Most of the problems that led people to jailbreak have been solved. And as iOS has become incredibly secure, jailbreaks have dried up, the jailbreak community has crumbled, repositories have closed, and it looked like it was the end of an era.

That is until Google researcher Ian Beer tweeted this out on Tuesday:

As Motherboard points out, this simple message meant a lot to the jailbreak community. Apple just patched iOS 11.1.2 last week, and what developers believe Beer is hinting at is that he’ll be releasing an exploit that could be used by others to create the first full publicly available jailbreak since iOS 10. From the report:

A couple caveats: Beer is probably not going to release a full, untethered jailbreak, meaning you will have to plug the phone into a computer to exploit it every time it boots up. But he is likely going to release the closest thing to a public jailbreak that anyone can find. iOS 11.1.2 is a nearly up-to-date operating system that was only updated last week.

Motherboard spoke to several security researchers who confirmed that they believe that Beer will likely be handing out the keys to the castle for jailbreaking iOS 11, the Reddit community is buzzing, and Jonathan Levine, a well-known expert on iOS, tweeted that he’ll be releasing a toolkit soon to help with the jailbreaking process.

Advertisement

Part of the reason that jailbreaking has become less common is that reporting vulnerabilities to a bug bounty program is big business for researchers. If you find something, you can make a lot of money by reporting it and letting Apple fix it. But Google doesn’t need that money. Beer does research on iOS for Google’s Project Zero, a program aimed at keeping the world more secure (and occasionally embarrassing rival companies). Project Zero locates exploits and gives companies 90 days to fix them before threatening to go public. If everything is what it seems in this case, Apple’s been given its time to fix it, and if you don’t update, you could be playing Nintendo ROMs and using custom skins in no time.

There a couple things to keep in mind. If you’re on an old version of iOS that’s jailbroken, updating to iOS 11.1.2 could put you at risk of losing jailbreak-ability if no tools end up coming out. Also, iOS being extremely secure is good for you. Even though iOS 11 has had a rocky launch, it’s still a great option for protecting yourself. The world is different than it was in 2007 when jailbreaking exploded. Hackers are better than ever. Jailbreak at your own risk.

[Motherboard]

Duckett investigated over ‘alcohol-related incident’

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England’s Ashes tour has taken a further slide towards ignominy with news that Ben Duckett is facing a disciplinary investigation after an alcohol-related incident in Perth.

Duckett, who has played four Tests for England and is in Australia with the Lions, was due to play for an England XI in their warm-up match over the weekend. But, after details emerged of an incident on Thursday night, he was dropped from the side to play the Cricket Australia XI. His place was taken by Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke.

While some of the details are unclear, it is understood that Duckett poured a drink over a fellow player – a senior member of the England side – at the end of an argument. There was no violence or involvement with anyone outside the England squads and no police have been or will be involved.

It is also understood that members of England’s security team were with the players throughout the episode.

While such an incident might have been laughed off – or even brushed under the carpet – a generation or two ago (perhaps even six months ago) it is likely to be viewed extremely dimly in the current climate. Coming midway through a tour that that has been overshadowed by the police investigation into Ben Stokes and seen Jonny Bairstow accused of headbutting an opposition player, also in Perth, the England management have been at pains to let the players know that no semblance of poor behaviour would be tolerated. The fact that England are 2-0 down in the Ashes won’t help, either.

As a result, it is entirely possible that Duckett faces being sent home early from the Lions tour. It also seems fair to presume that his future England selection chances will not be enhanced. As the ECB battles to restore the reputation of the national side, it will make no compromises with fringe players who its feels cannot be trusted to behave responsibly.

failed a fitness test, missed a Northants pre-season tour, in 2015, for similar reasons and appeared in court on a drink-driving charge.

This latest episode, while not serious in itself, will do nothing to shake the image of him as another talented youngster without the self-discipline to make the required sacrifices for a life in professional sport.

Uber agrees to settle U.S. lawsuit filed by India rape victim

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Dec
9

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has agreed to settle a U.S. civil lawsuit filed by a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in India, according to a court filing on Friday.

In a criminal case in India, the Uber driver was convicted of the rape, which occurred in Delhi in 2014, and sentenced in 2015 to life in prison.

The Indian woman also settled a civil U.S. lawsuit against Uber in 2015, but sued the company again in June in San Francisco federal court saying that shortly after the incident, a U.S. Uber executive “met with Delhi police and intentionally obtained plaintiff’s confidential medical records.” Uber retained a copy of those records, the lawsuit said.

The woman was living in the United States when she filed the lawsuit.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court document on Friday. Representatives for Uber and an attorney for the woman could not immediately be reached for comment.

The lawsuit cited several media reports which said former Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and others doubted the victim’s account of her ordeal.

“Uber executives duplicitously and publicly decried the rape, expressing sympathy for plaintiff, and shock and regret at the violent attack, while privately speculating, as outlandish as it is, that she had colluded with a rival company to harm Uber’s business,” the lawsuit said.

In a prior statement, Uber said: “No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we’re truly sorry that she’s had to relive it.”

Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Richard Chang

Kangana Ranaut: A superstar is trying to put me behind bars

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Kangana Ranaut may have gone off the spotlight for shooting her forthcoming film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ but the actress makes sure to brush up on the current affairs from time to time.

At a recent event, the star came forward to oppose the threats issued to ‘Padmavati’ actress Deepika Padukone and said patriarchy in the society needs to be “attacked” while drawing instances from her own life.

The star who never minces words was asked at an event on Thursday night, to share her thoughts on the same, to which she said, “It is absolutely wrong, but I feel it is not something which is very surprising. When my sister was in school, she faced an acid attack from a student and now when I am in a professional environment, a superstar is trying to put me behind bars. So, this is very common that happens in our society. I feel we should not attack individuals, we should attack patriarchy and chauvinism. For individuals, we can call them out and say whatever you are doing is not right.”

“But I feel this is not restricted only to boys, it implies to girls as well, so we have to attack that viewpoint and we are doing it whether with our work, speech or films. And that is why I feel films are an important medium because we as an industry can reach out to people only through our films,” she added.

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The Jailbreaking Community Is Bracing for Google to Publicly Drop an iPhone Exploit

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Dec
8

Until recently, there were many talented hackers—known as jailbreakers—trying to break into the iPhone to open up Apple’s notoriously closed operating system, and for the thrill of the challenge. The iPhone was, and still probably is, the most secure consumer computing device on the planet. The days of people dropping one-click iPhone jailbreaks on the internet are long gone. There are still security researchers hacking iOS, but the bugs they find are so rare that they often sell them to brokers for upwards of a million dollars.

Because exploits are so valuable, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a publicly accessible iPhone jailbreak even for older versions of iOS (let alone one in the wild for an up to date iPhone.) But a tweet sent by a Google researcher Wednesday has got the security and jailbreaking communities in a frenzy. The tweet suggests that Google is about to drop an exploit that is a major step toward an iPhone jailbreak, and other researchers say they will be able to take that exploit and turn it into a full jailbreak.

It might seem surprising that an iPhone exploit would be released by Google, Apple’s closest competitor, but the company has a history of doing so, albeit with less hype than this one is garnering.

Ian Beer is a Google Project Zero security researcher, and one of the most prolific iOS bug hunters. Wednesday, he told his followers to keep their “research-only” devices on iOS 11.1.2 because he was about to release “tfp0” soon. (tfp0 stands for “task for pid 0,” or the kernel task port, which gives you control of the core of the operating system.) He also hinted that this is just the first part of more releases to come. iOS 11.1.2 was just patched and updated last week by Apple; it is extremely rare for exploits for recent versions of iOS to be made public.

“They are releasing the bare minimum required to allow security researchers to research iOS.”

Upon closer inspection, it makes sense that Google—a company that doesn’t need to make money by selling exploits—would release a jailbreak, or at least something that comes very close to being a jailbreak.

Project Zero is a Google team dedicated almost exclusively to finding bugs in other companies’ software. In the past, it has found bugs in antivirus engines and internet infrastructure companies, among others. Beer is Project Zero’s iOS specialist. In the latest security bulletin published by Apple for iOS 11.2, five of the 15 iOS 11.1.2 vulnerabilities that were patched were discovered and reported to Apple by Beer. Presumably, what Beer plans to release is something that he discovered and was recently patched by Apple.

A couple caveats: Beer is probably not going to release a full, untethered jailbreak, meaning you will have to plug the phone into a computer to exploit it every time it boots up. But he is likely going to release the closest thing to a public jailbreak that anyone can find. iOS 11.1.2 is a nearly up-to-date operating system that was only updated last week. For comparison, the most recent public jailbreak is only available for iOS 10 and it doesn’t work on iPhone 7, according to a site that tracks jailbreak releases.

Security researchers believe that whatever Beer publishes—and thus far he hasn’t published anything—can be used to help them probe iOS for more bugs.

“They are releasing the bare minimum required to allow security researchers to research iOS,” said a former Apple security engineer who spoke on condition of anonymity because they signed a non-disclosure agreement with the company.

Marco Grassi, a researcher who’s done jailbreaks for Tencent’s Keen Lab, said that from Beer’s exploit it will “definitely be doable to make a complete jailbreak, especially for [iPhone] 6s and previous ones.”

That’s already happened before with other previous Beer iPhone exploits, which Luca Todesco, one of the best independent iOS security researchers, turned into a jailbreak for iOS 10.1.1.

Thursday, a day after Beer’s announcement, Jonathan Levin, the author of a series of books on iOS and Mac OSX internals, said on Twitter that he plans to release a dynamic library that developers and security researchers can integrate with Beer’s exploit. This dynamic library could help them develop a complete jailbreak by handling some jailbreak housekeeping operations, Levin told me in a Twitter direct message.

Researchers believe Beer’s exploit will help those who have complained that they don’t have easy access to special devices with fewer security features that would help them find more bugs. Sometimes, several iOS security researchers told me, you need to chain together several bugs or even jailbreaks to find other bugs.

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Beer could not be reached for comment, and a Google spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But there’s little reason to doubt his tweet: In the past, Beer has published similar exploits for iOS 10.1.1 and 10.3.2. He has also found several 0days in iOS.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment, and said it’s still unclear what Beer will release. The spokesperson noted that for now it is just “something that’s hypothetical.”

What Beer seems ready to publish will likely allow researchers “to modify the kernel and debug any app,” according to Ryan Stortz, a security researcher at Trail of Bits who used to do iOS research. Stortz told me that it will still probably require the launch of an app for every reboot to jailbreak.

“It’s perfect for security research,” he said, “because you can now take over and control any app or service, which allows you to test its security boundaries.”

Read more: The Motherboard Guide To Not Getting Hacked

This type of exploit will likely help disable code signing, a mechanism that ensures only code digitally signed by Apple runs on the phone. But it would not make it straightforward to install Cydia or pirated, or malicious apps, according to the former Apple security engineer, who is familiar with these types of exploits.

“They would need some more vulnerabilities,” the engineer added, explaining that Beer’s exploits are tethered, meaning they don’t persist after reboot. “Most folks who want to jailbreak their phone want an untethered jailbreak, where you can reboot and all your pirated apps still work.”

Those are the people who unironically post “wen eta jailbreak” (a jailbreaking inside joke) when someone like Todesco tweets about the iPhone.

Judging by the reactions to Beer’s tweet, many people expect a full jailbreak, and they’re probably going to be disappointed. But security researchers are bound to be excited by this upcoming release. Now, thanks to Google, they will more easily be able to achieve a full jailbreak for a version of iOS that many people are still using. So, a reminder: Update your software. Or if you’re a security researcher or have other reason to do it, happy hacking.

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New Zealand favourites as Southee set to return

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Match facts

December 9-13, 2017
Start time 11am local time (2200 GMT -1d)

Big picture

Two sessions of fortitude – that was about as much as West Indies could summon at the Basin Reserve. Either side of their third-day resistance, however, the visitors appeared outmatched with bat and ball – New Zealand’s batsmen cruising to big scores, and their bowlers more or less running riot. That West Indies will be without captain Jason Holder – suspended due to an over-rate violation – and that the hosts are likely to have Tim Southee back in their XI would seem to make the disparity between these teams even greater.

And yet, there is unpredictability about West Indies that suggests New Zealand will not stroll to victory with quite so much ease, at Seddon Park. In August, having been walloped witless by England at Edgbaston, the likes of Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite scripted a wonderful comeback win at Headingley. Last year, having been defeated handsomely by Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, West Indies had also triumphed in Sharjah. This young West Indies side has sometimes been overwhelmed in Tests, but over the last year they have also refused to cede trophies without a fight – winning at least one Test in each of their last four series.

Such is New Zealand’s confidence at home, however, and so in form are their batsmen, that they will expect to pile on more big scores at Hamilton. The West Indies attack, intense only in short bursts at the Basin Reserve, has major improvements to make if their team is to square the series.

Form guide

New Zealand WDLDW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies LDWLW

In the spotlight

He may have crept up on the competition, but over the past three years Neil Wagner has become one of the best quicks in the world. That he has only 139 wickets to his name is a reflection of the scarcity of Test cricket for New Zealand. The figure that makes for more impressive reading, however, is his average of 23.44 since 2015. Among quicks, only James Anderson and Kagiso Rabada have bettered him in that period. The challenge for Wagner is to sustain his success as more and more teams become wise to his unique mode of operation, and devise batting plans specifically to counter him.

A number of batsmen did get the better of Wagner in the second innings at Wellington, however – among them: 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer. Having been dismissed by Wagner in the first innings, Hetmyer scored 21 runs off 18 Wagner deliveries in the second dig, pulling him disdainfully on two occasions, and cracking him for offside boundaries as well. But Wagner was not the only bowler Hetmyer attacked – Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner also went for runs during what was a sparkling maiden half-century. There is talent here for sure, but New Zealand will be more prepared for him in Hamilton.

Team news

With Southee set to come back in, the seamer most likely to make way seems to be Matt Henry, despite Henry’s second innings three-wicket haul in Wellington. As BJ Watling remains unavailable, Tom Blundell will be the home side’s wicketkeeper-batsman again.

New Zealand 1 Jeet Raval, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Mitchell Santner, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Tom Blundell (wk), 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult

Brathwaite is set to lead the visitors in Holders’ stead. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph or uncapped left-arm quick Raymon Reifer may come into the side to replace him.

West Indies 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt) 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shimron Hetmeyer, 4 Shai Hope, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Sunil Ambris, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Raymon Reifer, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Miguel Cummins, 11 Shannon Gabriel

Pitch and conditions

The match will be played on a surface comprising Patumahoe soil, which means there is likely to be pace, bounce and carry right through the Test. There is some rain forecast for Sunday and Monday, with cloudy patches expected for the remainder of the Test.

Stats and trivia

  • Of bowlers with more than 50 wickets since 2015, Wagner’s strike rate of 46.2 is third best, after Rabada and Mitchell Starc
  • New Zealand have won three of their last four Tests at Seddon Park – one of those victories having come against West Indies in 2013
  • Shai Hope needs 42 runs to complete 1000 runs in Tests

Quotes

“Seventeen is the benchmark that Hogan [Martin Crowe] wanted me to get to and beat. But he said, also, carry on and don’t stop there. Hopefully, in time, Kane will probably end up with about 40.”
Ross Taylor, with 16 Test centuries, on the chance to equal Martin Crowe’s tally of 17 Test hundreds, the most by a New Zealand batsman

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

India to fine firms for blackouts, crack down on electricity theft

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Dec
8

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India plans to fine electricity distributors from April 2019 for power cuts deemed avoidable and to make it mandatory for the companies to install prepaid or smart meters to prevent electricity theft, Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh said on Thursday.

The initiative is the latest by the government to ensure more reliable power supplies in the nation of 1.3 billion people where a quarter of households have no electricity supply.

The government launched a $2.3 billion project in September to provide the whole population with power by the end of 2018.

Singh said distributors would be fined if they cut power to customers unless the shutdown was caused by factors such as the weather or a disaster that was beyond a company’s control.

The fines would be imposed in the financial year starting April 1, 2019, he said, without giving further details.

Distribution firms sometimes cut power saying they do not have the cash to pay generating firms. The government says this could be solved by better bill collection and by reducing power theft by those using unauthorised and unmetered grid links.

“Some states are not able to bill the consumers effectively,” Singh said, adding some Indian states were failing to collect payments for about 50 percent of power they supplied.

“Where the consumers are billed properly, the recovery is around 95 percent,” the minister said.

Singh wants to curb power theft as part of an effort to fix the finances of debt-laden power distribution companies, known as discoms, in states that have struggled to buy and supply enough electricity to consumers.

As part of its efforts to expand electricity supply, the government aims to distribute solar panels with battery packs to households in areas that are too remote for transmission lines.

India, which wants renewable power sources excluding major hydropower plants to account for 40 percent of installed capacity by 2030, would also push states to deliver on commitments to supply power from clean sources, Singh said.

Wind, solar, biofuels and small hydropower projects account for about 18 percent of installed capacity now, while about 66 percent is generated from coal, diesel and gas. The remainder comes from nuclear and major hydropower plants.

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Edmund Blair

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