US government hands over internet control. Apple hit with $300M fine. Facebook launches Messenger Lite.The US government gives control of the internet's web addresses to a nonprofit. Apple owes $302.4 million for patent infringement. Facebook launches Messenger for older phones.
This is CNET, and here are the stories that matter right now. The US government has finally relinquished control of the internet's web addresses. The domain name system containing the internet's address book has been handed over to a non-profit organization called ICANN, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers. Established in 1998, the LA-based organization is advised by technical experts And representatives of government nd businesses. Critics of the move say the US should retain control of the domain name system to safeguard free speech. But [UNKNOWN] points out that it has no control over what's actually on the web. Apple has been ordered to pay over $3 million in damages for infringing patents related to the FaceTime video calling app. The jury in Texas ruled in favor of software company VirnetX in a repeat of an earlier decision that had been voided by a judge. Apple plans to appeal the verdict. Facebook has announced a new messaging app for owners of older Android phones. Facebook Messenger Lite takes up a much smaller amount of a phone's memory than the standard app that is stored on newer smart phones. Messenger Lite runs quicker over slow networks. And is one of the various initiatives on Facebook to connect more people around the world to the social network and to the Internet. Stay up to date with the latest by downloading CNET Tech Today app in the Apple App Store.