By Emily Hootkins
New Law Improves Access to Technology for Disabled
Bloomberg Businessweek and The Associated Press report that President Obama has signed into a law a bill requiring the telecommunications industry to enhance the accessibility of devices and programming for Americans with vision and hearing loss. The bill could improve the quality of life for an estimated 61 million disabled people. Among other requirements, the law sets new federal guidelines regarding accessible user interfaces on smart phones, telephone compatibility with hearing aids, and captions and audible descriptions for TV programming.
UAE’s Threatened Ban on Blackberries Averted
The United Arab Emirates has backed off from its threat to cut certain BlackBerry messaging and Internet services, reports The Washington Post. The planned ban was cancelled just days before it was to take effect. According to The Associated Press, the ban would have affected half a million users. The proposed ban threatened to harm the economy and reputation of this typically business-friendly country.
Apply May be Liable for $625.5 Million Patent Infringement Award
PC Magazine reports that a Texas district court has found Apple liable for both accidental and willful infringement on three patents owned by Mirror Worlds. A jury awarded Mirror Worlds $625.5 million in damages for the infringement. Computer World reports that Judge Davis postponed his final ruling in this case to allow post-trial motions disputing the $625.5 million award. If the verdict is upheld, it will be one of the largest awards in patent lawsuit history.