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Supreme Court Allows Blind People To Sue Retailers If Their Websites Are Not Accessible

The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way Monday for blind people to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible to these people. “In a potentially far-reaching move, the justices turned down an appeal from Domino’s and let stand a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling holding that the Americans With Disabilities Act protects access not just to restaurants and stores, but also to the websites and apps of those businesses,” reports Los Angeles Times. From the report:

Guillermo Robles, who is blind, filed suit in Los Angeles three years ago and complained he had been unable to order a pizza online because the Domino’s website lacked the software that would allow him to communicate. He cited the ADA, which guarantees to persons with a disability “full and equal enjoyment the goods and services … of any place of public accommodations.” Lawyers for Domino’s agreed this provision applied to its pizza stores, but not its website.

Last year, however, the 9th Circuit ruled for Robles and said the law applied to its online services as well as the store. “The ADA mandates that places of public accommodation, like Domino’s, provide auxiliary aids and services to make visual materials available to individuals who are blind,” the appeals court said in January. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and business groups who said they represented 500,000 restaurants and 300,000 businesses joined in an appeal urging the high court to review the 9th Circuit’s decision. They said they feared a “tsunami of litigation,” and worried that judges nationwide would see the appeals court’s decision as “imposing a nationwide website-accessibility mandate.” But without comment or dissent on Monday, the high court said it would not hear the case of Domino’s Pizza vs. Robles.

As found on: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/19/10/07/2118253/supreme-court-allows-blind-people-to-sue-retailers-if-their-websites-are-not-accessible

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Apple Hides Taiwan Flag in Hong Kong

iPhone users in Hong Kong have noticed a change in the latest version of iOS: the Flag for Taiwan emoji is missing. From a report:

Previously restricted on Chinese iOS devices, all other regions of the world have continued to enjoy access to all flags in the iOS emoji font, until now. The change, first discovered by iOS Developer Hiraku Wang, means that users with an iOS device region set to Hong Kong will see one less flag on the emoji keyboard than if the region is set to anywhere else in the world (other than China mainland, which also hides this flag). Notably, the emoji Flag: Taiwan is still supported by iOS in Hong Kong. As of iOS 13.1.2, released last week, this is now hidden from the emoji keyboard but remains available by other means. Apple’s Hong Kong approach differs from the complete ban on the emoji in China. Any iPhone purchased in China, or purchased elsewhere with the region set to China mainland, replaces the flag of Taiwan with a missing character tofu so it cannot be used or displayed in any app, even via copy and paste.

As found on: https://apple.slashdot.org/story/19/10/07/1928207/apple-hides-taiwan-flag-in-hong-kong

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⛵ South Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Expo ✨

Just a quick heads up to let folks know we’ll be walking around at the STBCOC Expo here at the Tampa Convention Center! Info below:

Date and Time

Thursday Sep 26, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Location

Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Ave.
Click here for directions.

PARKING: Parking is available for a fee in the Convention Center parking garage. Street parking is also available. For additional information click here.

333 S. Franklin Ave. Tampa FL 33602

Fees/Admission

Attendee Ticket Pricing
FREE for Chamber Members with Pre-Registration/Printed Ticket
FREE for Military with I.D. 
General Admission/Day of @ $10.00
Click Here For Tickets

Exhibitor Booth Pricing:
Exhibitor registration has now closed.

Website

http://www.southtampachamber.org/events/details/2019-stcoc-biz-expo-networking-night-31129

Contact Information

Erica Maurino, Events Manager
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See you there! 😉

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Sprint Took FCC Cash For ‘Serving’ 885,000 People It Wasn’t Actually Serving

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica:

Sprint has been caught taking millions of dollars in government subsidies for “serving” 885,000 low-income Americans who weren’t using Sprint service, the Federal Communications Commission said today. Sprint violated the Lifeline program’s “non-usage rule” that requires providers of free, subsidized plans to de-enroll subscribers who haven’t used their phones recently, the FCC said. “It’s outrageous that a company would claim millions of taxpayer dollars for doing nothing. This shows a careless disregard for program rules and American taxpayers,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “I have asked our Enforcement Bureau to investigate this matter to determine the full extent of the problem and to propose an appropriate remedy.”

Sprint has admitted the mistake and said it will pay the money back. Like the FCC’s other universal service programs, Lifeline is paid for by Americans through fees imposed on phone bills. The FCC said Sprint’s violation “initially came to light as a result of an investigation by the Oregon Public Utility Commission.” Because of that investigation, the FCC said it “has learned that Sprint Corp. claimed monthly subsidies for serving approximately 885,000 Lifeline subscribers, even though those subscribers were not using the service.” The 885,000 subscribers that Sprint wasn’t actually serving “represent nearly 30% of Sprint’s Lifeline subscriber base and nearly 10% of the entire Lifeline program’s subscriber base,” the FCC said.

The FCC didn’t say exactly how much money Sprint received through its violation of the non-usage rule, but one month’s worth of $9.25 payments for 885,000 subscribers would amount to $8.2 million.

Article shared from Slashdot.org @ https://news.slashdot.org/story/19/09/24/2044234/sprint-took-fcc-cash-for-serving-885000-people-it-wasnt-actually-serving

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Live Chat Support! 👍

We’ve just added something really handy!

If ever you’re stuck, have a question, or just wanna see what’s up, stop by our main site and you’ll be greeted ✋ with a live chat icon!

That way, you can reach one of us directly. This should greatly improve turnaround time for site improvements and other communication-related tasks. Anyway, that’s all for now.

Keep it real!

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Taking care of Business!

Boy, it sure has been a busy year — already!
To think it’s still only March. We’ve got 3 new clients, TwiceUponATime, LouisvilleIP, and Lilpeachy!

TwiceUpon is a really neat kid’s stuff consignment and thrift store, with an array of necessities for child-rearing.

LouisvilleIP is a new bar and food service place, with an international theme and a wide selection of what I like to think of as “finger foods”, as well as some more serious snacks 😛

Lilpeachy is the artist’s hub for lilpeachyfox’s works. Check out more of Lilpeachyfox’s stuff at her fresh new site! I’m really happy with this URL, it’s nice and short.

Check them out! Feel free to share your thoughts, support, or concerns!!

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Some minor tweaks!

I added an interactive “web” display on the homepage of Anicyber. What do you think?

I’m working now to separate the heavy lifting to a self-hosted CDN hosted at cloud.anicyber.com — this means that the blog and other large files will come from a subdomain, and a separate server!

Cool, huh?

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Merry Christmas!

That’s all. 🎅

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Getting started…

We’ve incorporated as of November, 2018.

Looking forward to a new year!