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After Two Weeks of Silence, Bob Dylan Finally Acknowledges Nobel Prize

"The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless. I appreciate the honor so much," says Dylan

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October 29, 2016: On October 13, it was announced that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature “for having created new poetic expressions with the great American song tradition.” The media-shy artist did not respond despite multiple attempts by the Nobel officials to contact him, which led to criticisms and he was thought to be impolite and arrogant.

After two weeks of silence, Dylan told the British daily The Telegraph that he would “absolutely” show up to the official ceremony “if it’s at all possible.”

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The artist further added, “It’s hard to believe … amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”

“So, for all the speculation over the last two weeks about the reasons behind his blanket silence on the Nobel award, I can only say that he is a radical personality – which is why he has remained of so much interest to us over six decades since he first emerged on the Manhattan music scene in 1962 – and cannot be tied down, even by the Nobel Prize committee,” he said.

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While making the award announcement, Danius compared the works of Dylan to that of ancient Greek writers Homer and Sappho. When Dylan was asked about the comparison, he said: “I suppose so, in some way. Some [of my own] songs – “Blind Willie”, “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”, “Joey”, “A Hard Rain”, “Hurricane” and some others – definitely are Homeric in value.”

“If I accept the prize? Of course,” Dylan told the Swedish Academy, over the phone.

He added, “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless. I appreciate the honor so much.”

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However, the Nobel Foundation said Bob Dylan had yet to formally confirm his attendance at the award-granting ceremony that is to be held in December.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?