An earlier version of this page has a paragraph which seems to have been deleted later;
It was not immediately clear what investigators believed they might find on Farook’s work phone or why the information would not be available from third-party service providers, such as Google or Facebook, though investigators think the device may hold clues about whom the couple communicated with and where they might have travelled.
Is that “Whom” grammatically correct?
This does raise a ‘why’ in my mind.
Cant the other service providers (who would it be, AT&T, Verizon?) supply the ‘traffic analysis of who they communicated with? Isn’t this the sort of “metadata” that the government spies are supposed to be collecting?
Opening the phone won’t give the content of the messages past, they are gone like the snows of yesteryear. Dead as the author of that famous quote.
So, the two-way tv sets of Orwell’s novel have arrived, over a quarter of a century late!
It just goes to show. Science fiction things like the Star Trek communicator (Motorolaflip phones) or the tricorder (some of the enhanced versions of the Newton) or the data Pad (the real world version has an extra ‘i’) we do pretty quickly, but if its a mainstream novel, the kind of thing that my old Eng Lit teacher would approve of (he snivelled at SF and cringed at its mention) then it seems three isn’t the same enthusiasm about replicating its technology.