White House updates intellectual property strategy

The Obama administration is releasing a new strategy to protect ideas and prevent counterfeit goods from spreading online and spilling across the border.

The administration released an update to its strategy to protect intellectual property that aims to promote transparent decision-making and empower companies to combat online piracy and sales of counterfeit goods.


FCC proposes making TV menus accessible to blind

Federal regulators are unveiling draft rules to make cable and television menus accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will require that users have an option have onscreen menus read out loud, helping the blind understand what's playing on different channels. Cable and satellite menus, as well as other devices, will have to comply with the new rule once it is finalized. 

"It's incredibly important for our ability to access entertainment content through the home theater experience," said Eric Bridges, the director of advocacy and governmental affairs with the American Council of the Blind.


News bites: Financial services sites on a collision course with regulators

New non-bank technology companies that have cropped up since the economic recession are under mounting scrutiny from regulators at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Yahoo Finance reports.

A second appeals court decision against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule requiring workplace posters to notify workers of their right to unionize has likely killed the contentious regulation, according to Reuters.

U.S. and British regulators are preparing to increase their oversight of mining industry deals, Bloomberg reports.


FCC publishes 911 texting rule

The federal government is publishing a rule requiring that wireless providers let users know if they try and send texts to 911 but the messages don't go through.

A few geographic areas currently allow people to send text messages to the emergency service from their mobile phones, but many do not. The new rule will require that texts sent to 911 "bounce back" with an automated message if the local 911 service cannot accept them.

"The rules are adopted with the goal of reducing the risk of individuals sending text messages to 911 during an emergency and mistakenly believing that 911 authorities had received it," the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says in the rule to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.