Bill Gates backs FBI over Apple, the market for ‘dumb’ phones and the man who narrates his dreams

Microsoft co-founder says FBI request to unlock San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone will not set precedent

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Bill Gates has broken ranks with technology companies in the stand-off between Apple and the US government, saying they should be forced to co-operate with law enforcement in terrorism investigations. The Microsoft co-founder told the FT that Apple helping to break open the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone was a specific case and would not set a wider precedent.

In the news

Seas rising at fastest rate in last 28 centuries Scientists on Monday confirmed previous estimates, but with a larger data set, that if global emissions continue at a high rate over the next few decades, oceans could rise as much as three to four feet by 2100. (NYT)

Obama looks on the sunny side Anger over a halting — and unequal — economic recovery has boosted the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But President Barack Obama is using his annual economic report to Congress to portray an economy that was in relatively rude health after weathering one of the most brutal crises in history. Sign up for our daily US politics email here. (FT)

Drones to launch from Sicily Italy is to allow the US to launch drone strikes against Isis targets in Libya from an air base in Sicily. The jihadi group has been using its branch in the north African country to expand and deepen its reach across the continent. (FT, NYT)

US and Russia announce Syria ceasefire The plans call for a cessation of hostilities to take effect on Saturday, but will exclude militants from Isis, Nusra Front and other groups the UN deems terrorist organisations. Under the terms, the Assad regime and allies will cease attacks against rebel groups and vice versa — but it leaves a loophole that allows continued attacks, including air strikes, against terror groups. (Reuters)

It’s a big day for

US-China relations Foreign minister Wang Yi is visiting the US amid increasing tensions in the South China Sea. Beijing said its missile deployments on disputed islands were no different from US military installations on Hawaii. (The Guardian)

Energy traders Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s minister of petroleum and mineral resources, delivers a speech at an energy conference in Houston, where his comments will be closely watched by those in the industry. The audience will have one question: has the most powerful man in energy finally changed course? Meanwhile, Opec’s secretary-general Abdalla El-Badri on Monday highlighted the likelihood that a reduction in the oil cartel’s production would be filled by an increase in US shale oil output. (FT)

Food for thought

The end of the Mugabe era After a promising start at Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, Robert Mugabe has guided his country down into a political and economic abyss. With his 36 years at the helm coming to a close, the battle to succeed him is likely to be far from ordinary. (FT)

The best temperature for a good sleep To get a really decent night’s rest, you may need to set your thermostat a few degrees lower. Research has found that room temperatures as low as 16C are best if you like to pile on the blankets. (WSJ)

Boris has failed the Churchill test In failing to appreciate the wider international context for his actions, London mayor Boris Johnson is following a path distinctly different from his hero Winston Churchill, writes the FT’s Gideon Rachman. “Churchill was the very opposite of a Little Englander. That is why he understood so quickly what the rise of Hitler meant for Britain, Europe and the world.” (FT)

The economic consequences of Brexit In the first part of a special series, the FT investigates the various possible economic scenarios for the UK if voters on June 23 opt for Brexit, drawing a line under Britain’s four decades in the bloc. (FT)

The market for ‘dumb’ phones It’s not all about smartphones these days. There is a small but busy trade in phones that are simple, cheap and free from the tyranny of constant online connectivity. Nokia is promoting handsets with a month-long battery life, while NoPhone Zero is offering just a plastic rectangle. It’s a joke, of course, but one that is very telling. (FT)

The man who narrates his dreams Every time that Dion McGregor fell asleep, he would narrate his dreams in astonishing detail. Luckily, his flatmate recorded them, and the resulting tapes reveal the truly strange places our minds go to at night. (BBC)

Video of the day

The FT pub quiz: what has the EU done for Britain? Economics editor Chris Giles tests your knowledge on Britain and the European Union and asks: has being in the EU been good for the UK? (FT)

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