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iOS 11.3 jailbreak might never go public

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May
22

The good news is that someone managed to create an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. The bad news is that the person who managed the trick probably won’t turn it into anything the general public can use.

While this once would have left a significant percentage of the iPhone community tearing its hair out, these days jailbreaking is almost dead.

A Chinese hacker named Qixun Zhao, who also goes by the Twitter handle SorryMybad, claims to have cracked Apple’s software. His post says it all: “Jailbreak on the latest iOS 11.3”. He posted several screenshots to support his claim.

But those same images, and the rest of his post, show that the goal of this project was to score $30,000 from the Microsoft Bug Bounty program. Zhao belongs to the Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team, which looks for bugs but doesn’t publicly expose the details of them.

So far, Zhao? has said nothing about using his discoveries to make a publicly-available iOS 11.3 jailbreak.

Jailbreaking mostly a thing of the past

In the early days of the iPhone, Apple’s operating system was fairly simple. While easy to use, it lacked many features people wanted. The solution was jailbreaking: hackers finding ways to modify the operating system so non-authorized software could be installed. 

But these days, so many features have been added to iOS that there’s little need for jailbreaking. Interest dwindled to the point that two of the three top repositories for jailbroken apps shut down last year.

Which is just as well, because Apple has made it much harder. It took about 6 months to jailbreak iOS 11, for example.

So if Zhao doesn’t release his iOS 11.3 jailbreak, a few people will be frustrated. But not many.

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May
21

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Ponting on Maxwell’s poor IPL season: "I wish I knew why"

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May
21

Twelve innings, 169 runs, an average of 14. Glenn Maxwell had a terrible IPL 2018. His team, Delhi Daredevils, did not fare much better: with five wins in 14 games, they finished bottom of the points table.

Still, given their own form, Daredevils persisted with Maxwell for 12 of the 13 games he was available for, ahead of Colin Munro and Jason Roy, who played only five matches each. “We wanted to put the team on the park that we felt was going to give us the best chance of winning the game,” Daredevils coach Ponting said of why Maxwell had been preferred. “If you look through the overseas batsmen we have, we all felt that Glenn Maxwell was going to be the best chance of being a match-winner for us, so we stuck with him.

“Before the first game I had Glenn Maxwell pencilled in as our No. 4 batsman,” Ponting said after Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians on Sunday, ending their season on a rare high. “He missed the first game for personal reasons obviously, [for] Aaron Finch‘s wedding, which meant Rishabh [Pant] batted at No. 4 in game one and played well.

“When Glenn came back into the side he batted at No. 5, which is probably a position that he hasn’t played that much.”

Pant had batted at No. 5 in Daredevils’ first game, teeing off for 28 off 13 with four fours and a six, and when Maxwell joined the squad, he began by opening the innings, scoring 17 off 12. The pair moved around the order in the following game, before Pant settled in at No. 4 and Maxwell dropped to No. 5 for a while. In that first innings at No. 5, Maxwell seemed to hit form with 47 off 22, but he got into double digits only three times more in the season.

“Having spoken to [Maxwell] a few times through the tournament, he just said he felt frustrated that he’d hadn’t been able to make an impact on the result of the game for his team,” Ponting said. “He’s an outstanding cricketer there’s no doubt about that.”

Ponting pointed out that Maxwell was in top T20 form coming into the IPL. In the preceding T20 tri-series in February, which involved Australia, New Zealand and England, Maxwell finished as the second highest run-scorer (five innings, 233 runs, top score 103*, strike rate, 166.42), and was named Player of the Series after Australia won the final.

“I wish I knew [why he couldn’t find form in the IPL]. I have spent a long time with Maxwell over the years,” Ponting said. “Only a few weeks before this tournament came around, I spent the triangular series with him with the Australian team. Did a lot of work with him there, he was actually Man of the Series in that tournament coming over here. He was coming here in good form and having played a little bit of T20 cricket.”

Modi faces revived opposition after setback in Karnataka

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May
21

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian opposition parties have joined forces to snatch power from the country’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka, laying the stage for other such alliances in a direct challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid next year.

Rahul Gandhi, President of India’s main opposition Congress party, addresses his supporters during a rally described as Jan Aakrosh or public anger at Ramlila ground in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain/Files

A coalition of Congress and a regional group said on Sunday they will establish a government in Karnataka state next week, after Modi’s BJP failed to prove its majority despite bagging more seats than any other party in a closely-fought election.

Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress party – which has struggled to make any major political inroads since Modi stormed to power four years ago – said his party will rally regional groups into a common front against Modi.

“I am very proud that the opposition has stood together and defeated the BJP, and we will continue to do so,” said Gandhi.

Karnataka, with a population of 66 million, was the first major state this year to elect an assembly, and will be followed by three more before the general election in 2019.

Political strategists say polls in Karnataka, home to India’s “Silicon Valley” Bengaluru, which was previously known as Bangalore, were seen as a key test of Modi’s popularity but the final outcome highlights the threats he faces from a united opposition are much bigger than anticipated.

“Formation of this coalition is a platform for an anti-BJP alliance for the next year,” said Sandeep Shastri, a political scientist at Bengaluru’s Jain University.

“Any shortfall in other states will further consolidate anti-BJP forces.”

Karnataka governor last week allowed Modi’s party to form a government, even as it became clear that with only 104 seats the Hindu nationalist BJP trailed the opposition alliance, which has at least 115 seats in the 225-member assembly. That decision prompted Modi’s rivals to turn to the Supreme Court.

The governor gave the BJP 15 days to prove its majority, but the court ordered a vote of confidence in the assembly on Saturday. Even before that could take place, BJP’s newly appointed state chief minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, resigned.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) talks to Rahul Gandhi, president of India’s main opposition Congress party, during the “At Home” reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace after the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

To bring the regional party – Janata Dal (Secular) – into the alliance, Congress, which has 78 of the seats, did have to concede the chief minister’s job to the smaller group. Previously, the state had been held by Congress.

“VOTE OF OVERCONFIDENCE”

Mamata Banerjee, a powerful politician in eastern India, described Modi’s failure in Karnataka as a “victory of the regional front”.

In an apparent show of strength against Modi, most opposition leaders have been invited for the upcoming swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka’s new chief minister, said Sanjay Jha, Congress’ national spokesman.

Jha said Congress’ spirit ahead of the 2019 polls was that of “necessary political accommodation” when it comes to forming alliances to stop Modi.

BJP leader Seshadri Chari said no opposition alliance will be able to stop Modi. “BJP will emerge as the single largest party (in 2019) with a majority”.

Modi remains by far the most popular politician in India and his approval rankings far outweigh Gandhi, who is the fifth-generation scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

U.S.-based research agency Pew released a survey in November that showed nearly nine out of 10 Indians held a favourable opinion of Modi.  

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On Sunday, Indian newspapers carried front-page headlines highlighting Modi’s loss, a rare sight of late in Indian politics: The BJP and its allies rule 21 of India’s 29 states currently, up from seven they ruled in 2014.

“BJP loses vote of overconfidence,” said the Indian Express newspaper’s front page headline.

Reporting by Aditya Kalra; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Martin Howell

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May
21

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iOS 11.3 jailbreak might never go public

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May
21

The good news is that someone managed to create an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. The bad news is that the person who managed the trick probably won’t turn it into anything the general public can use.

While this once would have left a significant percentage of the iPhone community tearing its hair out, these days jailbreaking is almost dead.

A Chinese hacker named Qixun Zhao, who also goes by the Twitter handle SorryMybad, claims to have cracked Apple’s software. His post says it all: “Jailbreak on the latest iOS 11.3”. He posted several screenshots to support his claim.

But those same images, and the rest of his post, show that the goal of this project was to score $30,000 from the Microsoft Bug Bounty program. Zhao belongs to the Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team, which looks for bugs but doesn’t publicly expose the details of them.

So far, Zhao? has said nothing about using his discoveries to make a publicly-available iOS 11.3 jailbreak.

Jailbreaking mostly a thing of the past

In the early days of the iPhone, Apple’s operating system was fairly simple. While easy to use, it lacked many features people wanted. The solution was jailbreaking: hackers finding ways to modify the operating system so non-authorized software could be installed. 

But these days, so many features have been added to iOS that there’s little need for jailbreaking. Interest dwindled to the point that two of the three top repositories for jailbroken apps shut down last year.

Which is just as well, because Apple has made it much harder. It took about 6 months to jailbreak iOS 11, for example.

So if Zhao doesn’t release his iOS 11.3 jailbreak, a few people will be frustrated. But not many.

Whats Popular Today Sun 20 May

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May
20

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Daredevils bat, Mumbai bring back Mustafizur for must-win game

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May
20

Toss: Delhi Daredevils chose to bat v Mumbai Indians
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Ajit Agarkar and Graeme Swann feel Jasprit Bumrah’s form is a major boost for Mumbai Indians at this stage of the tournament

Mumbai knew exactly what they had to do coming into this game to make the playoffs: win. Now after the toss in Delhi, they’ll even know how many runs they’ll need to stay alive in the IPL. Home captain Shreyas Iyer chose to bat on a dry pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla, hoping perhaps his legspinners Amit Mishra and Sandeep Lamichhane can do an encore of their performance from Friday when they decimated Chennai Super Kings.

Both teams made one change each. Mumbai left-arm quick Mitchell McClenaghan was out with a shoulder problem, so Mustafizur Rahman took his place. His cutters on a pitch expected to slow down will be difficult to handle. Daredevils brought in Liam Plunkett in place of Avesh Khan. They had played with only three overseas players in their last game. This time they filled up their overseas quota.

Since IPL 2015, 11 out of 16 day games in Delhi have been won by the chasing team. However, conditions on Sunday suggested batting will become progressively difficult as the game wears on.

Delhi Daredevils: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 3 Rishabh Pant (wk), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Vijay Shankar, 6 Abhishek Sharma, 7 Harshal Patel, 8 Liam Plunkett, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Sandeep Lamichhane, 11 Trent Boult

Mumbai Indians: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Suryakumar Yadav, 3 Rohit Sharma (capt), 4 Ishan Kishan (wk), 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Ben Cutting, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Mayank Markande, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Modi’s BJP drops bid to govern Karnataka

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May
20

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yeddyurappa, quit on Saturday after just two days in office, rather than face a confidence vote his minority Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was unlikely to win.

H. D. Kumaraswamy (C), Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Chief Minister of the southern state of Karnataka, speaks to the media outside the legislative house after a vote of confidence motion against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) B. S. Yeddyurappa’s government, in Bengaluru, India, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

The move could allow the main opposition Congress party, which ruled the state for the past five years, and a regional party to form the government. They have 117 seats in the 225-seat state legislature.

The alliance could galvanise opponents of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of a general election that must be held by May next year.

Some analysts, however, said the Karnataka developments were unlikely to hurt the prospects of Modi’s BJP next year, but investors will be closely watching elections in three other major states this year.

“The impact of the Karnataka political outcome will be short-lived,” said VK Vijayakumar, chief investment strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

“From now on, till elections to Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh later this year, economics will dictate the direction of the market (rather) than politics.”

Newly elected Karnataka lawmakers had been due to hold a “trust” or confidence vote in the assembly on the orders of the Supreme Court, which intervened after the opposition had protested the state governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form a state administration.

Karnataka BJP leader Yeddyurappa, who had been sworn in as the chief minister on Thursday, said he would resign rather than try to prove that he had the support of a majority of the legislators.

The BJP, which rules 21 of India’s 29 states, emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka, but its 104 seats left it short of a majority. Karnataka, home to India’s technology hub of Bengaluru, is the only southern state where the BJP has held power.

In an emotional speech carried live by most Indian TV news channels, Yeddyurappa said his party would now work towards increasing the number of parliamentary seats for the BJP in the state to help Modi’s re-election bid.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi hailed Yeddyurappa’s decision as a victory.

“I am proud that they have been shown that in India power, corruption and money is not everything but the will of people is everything,” he said in a rare news conference.

Police personnel maintain vigil outside the Vidhana Soudha, the legislative house of the southern state of Karnataka during a vote of confidence motion against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) B. S. Yeddyurappa’s government in Bengaluru, India, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Additional reporting by Promit Mukherje and Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Andrew Bolton and Jon Boyle

Priyanka Chopra’s heartfelt note for Meghan Markle will warm your hearts

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May
20

American TV actress Meghan Markle stepped into the next phase of her life as she married Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and became Her Royal Highness Duchess of Sussex. The beautiful wedding ceremony happened in St. George’s Chapel at the Windsor Castle with close friends and family as witnesses to their union. The entire world got an opportunity to watch the royal wedding as well on the internet.

Among the coveted list of guests who were invited to watch the grand ceremony, our very own desi girl Priyanka Chopra too was a part it. Owing to her close bond with Meghan Markle, PeeCee got the honour of watching her good friend walk down the aisle with her Prince Charming and take the forever plunge.

As celebrities poured in their wishes for the royal couple, Priyanka also took this opportunity to pen down a heartfelt note after the ceremonious occasion. She took to her Instagram to share a few beautifully captured pictures of the newlyweds and captioned them as, “Every once in a while there is a moment when time stands still.. that happened today.. You my friend.. were the epitome of grace, love and beauty. Every choice made at this wedding by you both will go down in history, not just because it was your wedding but because this incredible wedding stood for change and hope. Both things that the world needs desperately. Thank you for being the perfect picture of all things good.. seeing your union and love blessed in front of my eyes Made me so happy.. and tear up! ? I wish you both love happiness and togetherness always..”

Isn’t that utterly sweet?

iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak achieved on iPhone X with Cydia by KeenLab

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May
20
iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak
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A team of security professionals reports that they have successfully come up with an iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak – managing to launch Cydia on a device with the current operating system.

The security researchers behind the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak are from Tencent Keen Security Lab – a relatively well-known group that has been responsible for discovering a number of vulnerabilities in the past. These highly capable researchers, including Marco Grassi and Liang Cheng, have released a screenshot of the iPhone X running Cydia – providing evidence of an iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak.

While many researchers or hackers may first announce the news of an iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak on social media in order to create some hype around the discovery, the Keen Security Lab opted instead to break the news at the Infiltrate Security Conference, which was held at Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida over the past few days.

At the Infiltrate conference, the Lab co-founder and other members of the Tencent Keen Security Lab gave insight into the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak success as well as a number of other security-related topics. While the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak was far from the only announcement at the conference, it was probably one of the most significant for those looking to have a jailbroken device that is running the most updated operating system.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that the discovery from the Lab is a proof that they can get through the security rather than a commitment to releasing a public iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak. Just like the majority of security research teams, the hack behind this new jailbreak will likely be used in cooperating with Apple rather than to allow the average user to unlock their phone – a major problem that turns an exciting discovery into one with very little practical use for the rest of us.

The iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak is more of a proof of concept than anything else, driving home the fact that the Tencent Keen Security Lab has the ability to hack the latest operating system rather than making the leaps and bounds forward that the public community would need in order to develop a jailbreak of their own.

At this point, it’s really not clear how much work the team put into the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak, so it’s up in the air as to how long it will take more benevolent hackers to find the same vulnerabilities and deliver a brand new exploit that could lead to a public jailbreak. We also don’t know that the Cydia version running on the jailbroken iPhone X is just a front-end or if it’s already functioning as a package manager capable of installing all sorts of tweaks, themes, and other packages that make a jailbroken device so attractive. All in all, we’re left in much the same place as we were before – armed with the new knowledge that a jailbreak is, indeed, possible with few indications of how to actually get to that point ourselves.

The security researchers that discovered the new iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak vulnerability are some of the tops in their field, and they tend to operate a whole different level from the average jailbreak developer. As such, there’s certainly a possibility that we’ll never see an iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak that is accomplished in the same manner as that of Tencent Keen Security Lab. With that said, the jailbreaking community continues to foster a huge amount of talent and a huge amount of developers that are passionate about opening up iOS to further customization. As long as there’s a demand for unlocked phones there will be developers hard at work giving us the opportunity to use our phones the way we want. This new iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak discovery may not do much for us at this point, but it does confirm that a hack is possible – making this a valuable piece of news regardless of the current lack of practicality.

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May
19

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USACA president Dainty sues David Richardson, ICC for defamation

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May
19

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Gladstone Dainty, president of the USA Cricket Association (USACA), and board member Dr Linden Dodson of New York have filed a lawsuit in United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York against the ICC and its chief executive David Richardson, seeking $2 million dollars in damages for defamation and “tortious interference with business relations between plaintiffs and the United States of America Cricket Association”.

Previous legal actions brought by Dainty, as part of collective legal challenges and defences on behalf of the USACA board of directors, have been argued by the high-powered law firm of McGuireWoods LLC. According to USACA’s 2013 tax return filing, the governing body spent more than $360,000 in legal fees that year. However, the lawyer representing Dainty and Dodson in the April 30, 2018 filing against Richardson and the ICC is Gary Certain of Certain Zillberg PLLC, whose website advertises their service as a no win, no fee representation.

Even though the lawsuit is a personal filing by Dainty and Dodson, it argues mainly that the ICC has injured USACA. A central claim is that the ICC “proposed and demanded constitution and rule changes” that violated USACA’s autonomy and served not the board’s best interests “but rather the personal preferences of the officers and directors of the ICC”. Similarly, the suit claims that any changes forced by the ICC on USACA would violate its 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

This would directly impact Dainty and Dodson, according to the lawsuit, because the changes the ICC attempted to mandate were “part of its malicious and thinly vailed [sic] campaign to oust the duly elected members of USACA’s board of directors”. As part of their business interference argument, the suit claims that USACA’s expulsion has “prevented the plaintiffs and other board members from meaningfully continuing in their capacities as sanctioned members of the international competitive cricket community”.

One of the reasons USACA was initially suspended and eventually expelled by the ICC was its failure to ratify a new constitution that would have enacted sweeping reforms on the governance of the organization. However, Dodson subsequently has been a long-serving member of the ICC’s Sustainable Foundation advisory group, which designed the new constitution for USA Cricket, the new governing body in line to replace USACA as the ICC’s Associate member in America.

The suit asks for injunctive relief “staying the expulsion of USACA as the United States of America associate member to the ICC”. They are also seeking injunctive relief “prohibiting the ICC from granting any class of ICC membership” to any other entity operating within the USA such as USA Cricket.

However, the suit has not been made with USACA as a plaintiff. Previous statements made by Richardson hint at the reason USACA is not a co-plaintiff in this most recent filing. ICC members are bound to go through mediation in disputes regarding membership, something that occurred last year prior to USACA’s expulsion.

“They’ve already taken the matter to the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee on an expedited basis, attempting to stop the board and full council from considering the expulsion of USACA at these meetings,” Richardson told reporters last June at the ICC annual conference after the decision to expel USACA, via a unanimous vote of the ICC membership, had been made public. “The arbitrator found in favor of the ICC and found the ICC had acted rationally and was quite entitled to take the decision to expel USACA.”

summarised in a report authored by Richardson and then head of global development Tim Anderson, which was presented to ICC members ahead of a vote for USACA’s suspension in 2015. It was the third time that USACA had been suspended in a decade, with previous suspensions occurring in 2005 and 2007 for governance problems.

The suit claims that “in the context of social and professional communications the plaintiffs have been confronted with inquiries concerning the disparaging statements of the defendants”. Dodson works as a veterinarian in New York and Dainty is a certified public accountant (CPA), businesses “whose practices rely on their professional reputations for honesty, competency and integrity which are assailed by the disparaging statements,” according to the suit.

ESPNcricinfo reached out to the ICC for a response to the suit filed in New York by Dainty and Dodson, but a spokesperson declined to comment.

Supreme Court orders BJP to prove majority after Karnataka election

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May
19

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to prove it had the support of a majority of lawmakers in Karnataka after an inconclusive election.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B. S. Yeddyurappa is administered the oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka by Governor Vajubhai Vala inside the Governor’s house in Bengaluru, India, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Karnataka, home to the technology hub of Bengaluru, has been at the centre of a political storm, with the main opposition Congress saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP formed a government there without having a majority.

“The honourable judges have risen to the occasion and saved democracy,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad, a leader of the Congress party, after three Supreme Court judges ordered Saturday’s trial of strength in the state legislature.

“They have shown the rule of law still exists in this country.”

The BJP fell short of an outright majority in the 225-member state assembly, despite emerging from last Saturday’s election as the single largest party, with 104 seats.

Congress, which had previously ruled the state, partnered with a regional party in an alliance after the poll to stake a claim to form the government, saying that together they had at least 117 seats.

But the state’s governor, who has the constitutional task of inviting the party with the largest number of seats to form the government after an election, picked the BJP for the role, prompting its rivals to turn to the courts.

Outgoing Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, attends a protest against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B.S. Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Chief Minister of the southern state of Karnataka, in Bengaluru, India, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

The governor had given the BJP 15 days to prove its majority, according to a copy of a letter the party posted on social network Twitter.

Karnataka, with a population of 66 million, was the first major state this year to elect an assembly, and will be followed by three more before general elections in the summer of 2019.

The BJP has been gradually tightening its hold on India’s states, and now governs 21 of a total of 29, with Karnataka seen as offering a beachhead in the south, where the party’s presence is limited.

Critics have accused the BJP of trying to intimidate opposition legislators in Karnataka into breaking ranks, to amass a majority.

The BJP says it has the right to lead the state government because it emerged as the single largest party and is confident of winning the trust vote.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B. S. Yeddyurappa flashes the victory sign after taking oath as Chief Minister of the southern state of Karnataka inside the governor’s house in Bengaluru, India, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

“We are absolutely sure of our numbers and will decisively prove our majority on the floor of the house,” it said on Twitter, following Friday’s decision.

The Supreme Court ordered state authorities to ensure adequate security for Saturday’s vote.

Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty, Writing by Aditya Kalra; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Clarence Fernandez

Mallika Sherawat looks divine in white 

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May
19

Sonam Kapoor stunned everyone as she walked the red carpet at Cannes 2018. This was Sonam’s eighth appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. On the last day of her visit, Sonam received a special surprise from the cosmetic brand the actress endorses. The brand surprised the actress with a special cake cutting ceremony.

Overwhelmed with this response Sonam took to her Instagram to post a story in which she is seen cutting a massive cake which was decorated with edible lipsticks. On the photo, Sonam tagged her husband Anand Ahuja and wrote: “this was for us”.

After Cannes, Sonam will soon begin with the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Veere Di Wedding’. The film also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, and Shikha Talsania and is slated to release on June 1, 2018.

After this Sonam will begin shooting for ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ with dad Anil Kapoor. This will be the first time when the father-daughter duo will be seen together on the big screen.

Apart from this, she is also lined up with ‘The Zoya Factor’ with South actor Dulquer Salmaan. The film will reportedly go on floors by August and is slated to hit the screens in 2019.

This POKÉMON Hack Is a Great Reason to Jailbreak Your iPhone

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May
18

iPhone “jailbreaking” is a fad that lets Apple users break their device free from the company’s software restrictions, which limit interfaces and prevent access to non-iOS apps and expansions. Clever users have used these jailbreaks to create custom capabilities, like this upcoming incoming call tweak Pokémon fans will get a kick out of.

Via The Verge, reddit user FrozenPenguinToaster developed PokéCall, which transforms the iPhone’s incoming call screen to a battle from the classic Pokémon Game Boy game. Callers show up as “trainers” and you have the option to fight, meaning answer, or run, meaning ignore. The music from the game plays in lieu of a ringtone.

The hack isn’t currently available, but FrozenPenguinToaster shared its progress on the iPhone jailbreak subreddit. In the comments, the developer said they will allow trainer customization depending on the contact, and said they might implement a fellow user’s suggestion to display “wild” Pokémon when the call comes from an unknown number.

PokéCall will join a legacy of iPhone jailbreaking hacks, a phenomenon that started back in 2007. Apple has since cracked down on jailbreaking efforts, partly by increasing the flexibility of iOS updates. Alternative app store Cydia also lost two of its major depositories (ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti), which limited the number of files available to jailbreakers. The practice waned in relevance, but users like FrozenPenguinToaster are keeping it alive for nostalgic and recreational purposes. Transforming your iPhone into a classic Game Boy interface is one fun reason to consider trying it out.

Have you ever “cracked” your iPhone to run an alternative app? Will you try out PokéCall? Let us know in the comments!

Image: Reddit/FrozenPenguinToaster

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Kevin Pietersen picked to deliver BCCI’s Pataudi lecture; board secretary unhappy with choice

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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to become the first non-Indian cricketer to deliver the BCCI’s annual MAK Pataudi lecture, a decision that has resulted in dissatisfaction among the board’s office bearers.

The previous five speakers at the lecture have been former Indian cricketers: Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Farokh Engineer.

The BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhury criticised Saba Karim, the BCCIs general manager of cricket operations, for the development.

“This last email on the trail by GM (Cricket Operations) and expression of happiness on it had left me wondering whether the Memorial Lecture was indeed MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture or Sir Len Hutton Lecture or for that matter Sir Frank Woolley lecture,” Choudhury wrote.

The long discussions – which ESPNcricinfo has seen – between Karim, the BCCI office bearers and the Committee of Administrators, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the functioning of the board, to choose the speaker had begun on May 10.

Karim’s original shortlist of “former Test cricketers of stature who are currently involved as either commentators, coaches or administrators” had four names: Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara, Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain.

The CoA had unanimously picked Sangakkara, but Choudhury expressed reservations over that choice. According to Choudhury, he and Karim had discussions in Bengaluru on the sidelines of the India selection meeting on May 8, when he had suggested the names of former India cricketers Nari Contractor, Chandu Borde, Erapalli Prasanna or Abbas Ali Baig to give the Pataudi lecture.

“These cricketers have even the distinction of having played alongside Tiger Pataudi and if any of them agrees it could provide the much needed perspective on how cricket has evolved from those years of challenge,” Choudhury wrote. “As I understand Tiger Memorial Lecture is not an elocution contest and reasonable communication skills are all that we should look for. It is meant to bring to the fore the evolution of the game, what it meant to play for the country in the old days, the hardships of the time, challenges of the future, and the like. If that be the case, certainly once every few years an iconic cricketer of yore should find a place as the keynote speaker in the Memorial Lecture.”

Vinod Rai, the chairman of the CoA, said Choudhury’s objection was a “non-issue” and instructed Karim to come back with other suggestions only if Sangakkara was unavailable. On May 14, Karim informed the others that Sangakkara was not available, and that Pietersen had agreed to deliver the lecture.

The choice of Pietersen, and the lack of communication during the process, angered Choudhury, who then objected to the whole process: why the shortlist did not have his suggestions, why there was so much preference for non-Indians, why the speaker’s relevance to Pataudi was not explained, and why no authorisation was sought before speaking to Pietersen once Sangakkara was not available.

Google says India anti-trust ruling could cause ‘irreparable’ harm: document

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has said an Indian antitrust ruling that found it was guilty of search bias could cause “irreparable” harm and reputational loss to the company, according to a legal document reviewed by Reuters.

A man stands in front of a screen during a Google event in New Delhi, September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in February fined Google $20 million for abusing its position in online web search and also slammed the company for preventing its partners from using competing search services.

After the ruling, Google had said the verdict raised only “narrow concerns”, but in its plea challenging the CCI’s ruling the search giant signalled the impact could be far greater.

The order, the company said, “requires Google to change the way it conducts business in India on a lasting basis and the way it designs its search results page in India”, according to a copy of its plea which was seen exclusively by Reuters.

The CCI, among other things, had ordered Google to stop imposing restrictions on its direct search agreements with other publishers.

Allowing the CCI’s findings to be implemented “without appellate scrutiny would cause Google irreparable reputational loss”, the company said, while seeking a stay on the ruling.

A Google spokesman in India declined to comment.

Google last month obtained a partial stay on the ruling from India’s company law tribunal, which allowed it to deposit only a small part of the imposed penalty.

The Indian antitrust tussle is the latest regulatory setback for Google. Last year, the European Commission slapped a record $2.8 billion fine on the company for demoting rival offerings. Google has appealed against the order.

The antitrust battle in India is set to intensify as local matchmaking website Matrimony.com – which first brought the case in 2012 – has also appealed against the CCI ruling as it believes Google has gotten off too lightly.

On the issue of search agreements, the CCI in its Feb. 8 order said: “By restricting websites from partnering with competing search services, Google was denying its competitors access to the search business and further marginalizing competitors.”

The “volume of business generated through these agreements is substantial” for Google, the order said.

In its plea challenging the ruling, Google said the CCI wrongly ruled that such agreements violate Indian competition law.

“If Google is restricted from entering into certain types of contracts while the appellate review is conducted, Google will be irreparably harmed,” the company said in the plea, without elaborating.

The appeal will next be heard on May 28.

($1 = 67.7200 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Aditya Kalra and Aditi Shah; Editing by Euan Rocha and Alexandra Hudson

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