TEH 007: The Hawaii Fiasco (and Other Expensive Things)

In This Episode: What happened in Hawaii (ballistic missiles incoming, oh my!) was more of a tech problem than human error. Changes in Facebook’s news feed (again?) The “Internet Sales Tax” goes back to court. And later this year, you won’t have to sign for credit card purchases anymore.

This Week’s Hosts

Show Notes

  • Randy argues that the Hawaii “incoming missiles” false alarm was a computer interface issue, not really a human error problem. (More in his blog, This is Not a Drill.)
  • Facebook announces changes that affects users as well as businesses. See, for instance, “Facebook Is Changing. What Does That Mean for Your News Feed?” (New York Times)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court is revisiting its 1992 ruling that online businesses don’t have to collect sales tax for states where they don’t have a physical presence (or “nexus”). Example coverage: Bloomberg
  • Visa Inc. has followed the lead by American Express, MasterCard, and Discover in eliminating the requirement that you sign to authorize your credit/debit card purchases — at least if the merchant uses chip card neaders. (The Verge)

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