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|sl||Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Oct. 23 in a hearing titled “An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors.” Questions are expected to focus on the Libra cryptocurrency as well as housing advertisements.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-congress/facebooks-zuckerbeg-to-testify-before-u-s-house-panel-on-oct-23-idUSKBN1WO255?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|scott||Epic Games told the Verge, "Epic supports everyone’s right to express their views on politics and human rights. We wouldn’t ban or punish a Fortnite player or content creator for speaking on these topics." Fortnite is available in China through a partnership with Tencent.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/9/20906110/blizzard-hearthstone-ban-hong-kong-china-epic-games-fortnite-blitzchung|
|tm||The state-run Chinese newspaper People's Daily accused Apple of endorsing and protecting rioters after Apple reversed a decision to block the HKMap.live app which takes info from Telegram to show locations of police and tear gas usage on a map of Hong Kong. The opinion piece said approving the app made Apple an accomplice in protests in Hong Kong.||https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/09/protecting-rioters-china-warns-apple-over-app-that-tracks-hong-kong-police|
|sl||Analyst Ming-chi Kuo's latest report predicts that in Q1 2020 Apple will release an iPhone SE2, and an iPad Pro with a 3D sensor for AR support. Kuo also believes Apple will release an augmented reality headset in cooperation with third-party brands and a MacBook with a scissor-switch keyboard in Q2 of 2020.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/9/20906113/apple-2020-predictions-release-ar-augmented-reality-glasses-ipad-pro-macbook-pro-iphone-se-2|
|tm||Apple now sells the Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller for $59.95 at the Apple store website. Apple added support for the Xbox Controller as well as Sony's DualShock 4 in the latest major software updates for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the Mac.||https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HNKT2ZM/A/xbox-wireless-controller|
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|:34||scott||The Nobel prize for chemistry was awarded to three scientists for work on Lithium-ion batteries. Stanley Whittingham developed the first functional lithium ion battery. John Goodenough replaced the titanium disulphide in the cathode with cobalt oxide to double the voiltage produced making it more powerful. And Akiro Yoshino housed the anode in petroleum coke, making it safe for general use. The three scientists will share the award. At 97 years old, Goodenough becomes the oldest laureate to receive a Nobel prize in any discipline.||https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/09/nobel-prize-in-chemistry-awarded-for-work-on-lithium-ion-batteries|
|:37||tm||Open Libra is an open source currency platform formed by several blockchain companies and nonprofits, including Interchain Foundation and the Danish Red Cross, as an alternative to Facebook's Libra project. Open Libra is concerned that the Libra system, while distributed, is not decentralized and will enrich the few corporations that are part of the governance board. Open Libra says it "aims to be technically (Move Language) and financially compatible (Libra coin), embracing what is powerful, but also replacing what's concerning in a non-adversarial way."||https://www.openlibra.io/|
|:40||sl||Uber Pet will become an option available in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay starting October 16. Uber currently lets drivers decide if they are willing to take pets on board. Drivers that do not may cancel rides when they learn of the pet. Uber Pet will cost $3-$5 more, unless the pet is a service animal.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/9/20905237/uber-pet-app-update-dog-cat-fee-price-cities-available|
|:44||tm||Researchers from Fortinet found an an "unauthenticated command-injection vulnerability" in four models of D-Link routers that could permit remote code execution. D-Link told Fortinet that the four vulnerable router models are end of life and will not receive updates to patch the vulnerability. Two of the models were discontinued just last year and three of them are still available for sale on Amazon despite being discontinued.||https://www.tomsguide.com/news/d-link-wont-fix-serious-security-flaw-on-four-wi-fi-routers|
|:47||scott||Essential has tweeted a series of pictures of a new Essential phone in early testing called Project Gem. The phone appears to have a long tall aspect ratio, a fingerprint sensor on the back, a bulbous rear-facing camera, and a hole-punch selfie camera. Code snippets indicate it runs Android on a Snapdragon 730 processor.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/8/20905525/andy-rubin-elongated-phone-essential-android|
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|:50||tm||Co-founder and CEO of Legal IO, Pieter Gunst tweeted his experience with a rather sophisticated phishing scam, that ALMOST fooled him. He received a call saying it was his bank's fraud department. The phone number had the right area code and three-digit prefix. The caller asked for Pieter's member number which he gave. They told him they were sending a verification pin. He got a text from his bank with the pin code which he gave them over the phone. They read three recent transactions and asked him to verify if they were his, which they were. They then asked for the pin on his account in order to put a fraud alert. This is where Pieter finally said no. what happened was the caller used his member number to do a password reset which triggered a text of a one-time access code to Pieter's number. That gave him access to his statement so they could read real transactions. If he had given them his PIN they could have transferred money out of his account.||https://twitter.com/digitallawyer/status/1181348689756864513|
|sl||Pew Research study of 4,272 adults living in the United States conducted June 3-17, 2019.:|
- Around 60% of U.S. adults say they know about phishing scams through email, text messages, social media or websites.
- but 15% say they do not know where phishing scams occur.
- 29% of Americans correctly named WhatsApp and Instagram as two companies owned by Facebook.
- 24% of Americans are aware that “private browsing” or “incognito mode” only hides online activity from other individuals using the same computer
- About 63% of Americans understand that cookies are text files that allow websites to track users’ site visits and activities.
- 45% know that net neutrality refers to the principle that internet service providers should treat all traffic on their networks equally.
- 30% of adults understand that URL with “https://” means that the information entered on that site is encrypted
- 28% accurately identified an example of two-factor authentication.
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I believe the National Federation of the Bilind vs Target Corporation will increasingly be referred to in reports on the Dominos case as the precedent judges will look at for determining website compliance with accessibility laws.
Unfortunately that case was settled and no definitive judgement on the definition of Accessibility was made, allowing Dominos to make its arguments 10 years later.
The legal angle of rendering ADA moot was a good legal strategy that would end a decade of lawsuits since Target settled. Having that avenue closed off legally will put pressure on defining what laws apply.
I believe that Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act (last major update Jan. 2017) is the relevant case law that will be discussed. If the Federal Government says websites must be accessible, and that same government has standards for accessibility what apply to itself, then it reasons that those same guidelines would justly apply to any website accessed by American Citizens.
The US Federal Government as of January 2017 has agreed to use the W3C definitions of Accessibility.
The last 2 pieces of the puzzle is US Civilians accessing a website of a private company based in the US and employees of a company accessing internal B2B websites.
The ADA is very far reaching and if every place it touches has to be updated to comply with Section 508, that would be a big win for user interface design at a massive expense for companies.
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