Oral arguments were in February. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A potentially landmark Supreme Court case on digital privacy is likely going to disappear. Microsoft and the Justice Department had been fighting over U.S. law enforcement’s access to emails stored on overseas servers; but both parties have now asked the high court to pull the plug on their lawsuit.

Between the lines: Microsoft and the Justice Department say a new law — which Congress passed after oral arguments commenced — has rendered their legal dispute moot. Some of the justices were already inclined to kick the issue back to Congress. When both sides agree the controversy here has been resolved, it’s unlikely the court will disagree.

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U.S. political actors will keep weaponizing the impact of widespread foreign disinformation campaigns on American elections, making these operations that much more effective and attractive to Russia, China, Iran or other countries backing them.

Why it matters: Hostile powers’ disinformation campaigns aim to destabilize the U.S., and each time a domestic politician embraces them, it demonstrates that they work.

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Samsung unveiled its crop of new mobile devices Wednesday, including two versions of the Note 20 smartphone, an updated foldable device, two tablets and a watch.

Why it matters: The new devices aim to give Samsung an early start at the second half of the year, with products aimed at parents buying fresh gear for the back-to-homeschool season.

Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee for Democratic convention

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Joe Biden will no longer be traveling to Milwaukee the week of Aug. 17 to accept his nomination in person at the Democratic National Convention due to COVID-19 concerns, the DNC announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: No planned speakers will travel to Milwaukee, meaning that the convention will be entirely virtual — unlike the hybrid event that the party had previously been planning. Biden will accept the nomination from his home state of Delaware.