ONE STEP CLOSER: “Senior officials from the Commerce Department announced Thursday that they’ve approved a pending proposal aimed at offloading oversight of the Internet’s name-and-address system to an international body made up of technologists, businesses, governments and public interest advocates,” our colleague Brian Fung reports. “With the U.S. government’s blessing, [the organization, known as] ICANN will now move ahead in implementing the plan — writing up contracts, updating its bylaws and making other preparations to formally replace the Commerce Department’s historical oversight role. ICANN is expected to report on its progress in August, but it’s unclear when the final handover may take place.” Read more here.
PATENT FEUD CONTINUES: “The U.S. Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that had favored Apple over Samsung Electronics in smartphone patent litigation, and asked that it return the case to the trial court for more litigation,” Reuters reports. “Samsung had appealed a federal appeals court ruling to the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. The Justice Department submitted its view in an amicus brief on Wednesday. … The world’s top smartphone rivals have been feuding over patents since 2011, when Apple sued Samsung in Northern California alleging infringement of the iPhone’s patents, designs and trademarked appearance.” Read more here.
A MUST READ: Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about anti-Semitism on Twitter and the rise of the alt-right over at the Atlantic. “I’m of two minds about alt-right online anti-Semitism. On the one hand, as someone who has written about issues concerning Jews and Israel for a number of decades now (I won’t name the number), my skin is thick like a rhino’s. Anti-semitism is not new, or shocking, to me,” Goldberg writes. “On the other hand, I don’t want to mitigate the damage done by the far-right. … In the interest of cataloguing a portion of the invective directed my way, you will find below a partial listing of what I’ve seen in just the past couple of weeks.” Click here for that list.