2 stocks accounted for 15% of market gains in 2019 – ABC News

  1. 2 stocks accounted for 15% of market gains in 2019  ABC News
  2. These 2 stocks dominated S&P 500 returns in 2019 — and the decade  MarketWatch
  3. Wall Street has its best year since 2013  Axios
  4. Wall Street likes these Dow stocks the most for 2020  CNBC
  5. Here are Wall Street’s favorite stocks for 2020  CNBC
  6. View full coverage on Google News

Source: Google News | 2 stocks accounted for 15% of market gains in 2019 – ABC News

School-age child in Placer County dies of complications from the flu, health officials say – Sacramento Bee

  1. School-age child in Placer County dies of complications from the flu, health officials say  Sacramento Bee
  2. Child dies due to flu-related complications in Placer County  KCRA Sacramento
  3. 2 more Pa. deaths reported as flu cases continue to increase  Tribune-Review
  4. How the DC area is dealing with the flu this season so far  WTOP
  5. CDC: Flu deaths on the rise with 2,100 fatalities reported in 2019-2020 season  WKRN News 2
  6. View full coverage on Google News

Source: Google News | School-age child in Placer County dies of complications from the flu, health officials say – Sacramento Bee

Tax prep companies can’t hide their free filing software from Google anymore

This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced changes that will hopefully make it less stressful for a lot of Americans to file their taxes in 2020. In an addendum to the almost 20-year-old Free File agreement, the agency has put new protec…
Source: Engadget | Tax prep companies can’t hide their free filing software from Google anymore

US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok

The Navy isn't the only American military branch clamping down on TikTok. The Army has banned the use of TikTok on government-issued phones, with Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa telling Military.com that it's "considered a cyber threat." The…
Source: Engadget | US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok

YouTube’s Justin Bieber docuseries premieres January 27th

Today, YouTube shared the trailer for "Justin Bieber: Seasons," its 10-part docuseries on the artist. The first episode will drop on January 27th, and YouTube says the show will chronicle the making of Bieber's first album in four years. It promises…
Source: Engadget | YouTube’s Justin Bieber docuseries premieres January 27th

'Untitled Goose Game' honks its way to a million sales

Untitled Goose Game hasn't just melted the hearts of mischievous gamers — apparently, it's also a commercial success. Panic's Cabel Sasser has revealed that House House's chaos-creating title has racked up 1 million sales since its debut on Septemb…
Source: Engadget | 'Untitled Goose Game' honks its way to a million sales

President Trump signs anti-robocall TRACED Act into law

A key bill to curb the robocall scourge is now the law of the land. President Trump has signed the TRACED Act, toughening the punishments for illegal robocalls and accelerating telecoms' efforts to block spam. Fines for robocalls now reach up to $1…
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TRACED Act signed into law, putting robocallers on notice

The Pallone-Thrune TRACED Act, a bipartisan bit of legislation that should make life harder for the villains behind robocalls, was signed into law today by the president. It’s still possible to get things done in D.C. after all!

We’ve covered the TRACED Act several times previously, as robocalls are, in addition to being horribly annoying, a uniquely annoying high-tech threat. Using clever targeting and spoofing technology, scammers are placing millions of calls that at best irritate and at worst take advantage of the vulnerable.

The new law won’t end that practice overnight, but it does add some useful tools to regulators’ toolboxes. Here’s how I summarized the bill’s provisions earlier this month:

  • Extends FCC’s statute of limitations on robocall offenses and increases potential fines
  • Requires an FCC rulemaking helping protect consumers from spam calls and texts (this is already underway)
  • Requires annual FCC report on robocall enforcement and allows for it to formally recommend legislation
  • Requires adoption on a reasonable timeline of the STIR/SHAKEN framework for preventing call spoofing
  • Prevents carriers from charging for the above service, and shields them from liability for reasonable mistakes
  • Requires the attorney general to convene an interagency task force to look at prosecution of offenders
  • Opens the door to Justice Department prosecution of offenders
  • Establishes a handful of specific cutouts and studies to make sure the rules work and interested parties are giving feedback

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took a break from other business to laud the enactment of the law:

And FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s praise was effusive in a statement his office sent along:

I applaud Congress for working in a bipartisan manner to combat illegal robocalls and malicious caller ID spoofing.  And I thank the President and Congress for the additional tools and flexibility that this law affords us.  Specifically, I am glad that the agency now has a longer statute of limitations during which we can pursue scammers and I welcome the removal of a previously-required warning we had to give to unlawful robocallers before imposing tough penalties.

And I thank the American people for never letting us forget how fed up they are with scam, spoofed robocalls.  It’s their voices that power our never-ceasing push to fight back against the scourge of robocalls and malicious spoofing.

Of course the new law isn’t a magic wand; The FCC is still limited in what it can do and how quickly it can act. Even major fines like this $120 million one have had a negligible effect on the nefarious industry. “Like emptying the ocean with a teaspoon,” said Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel at the time.

Here’s hoping the TRACED Act amounts to more than a bigger spoon. We’ll find out as regulators and the mobile industry grow into their new capabilities and begin the long process of actually applying them to the problem. It may take months or more to see any real abatement, but at least we’re taking concrete steps.

Source: Tech Crunch Mobiles | TRACED Act signed into law, putting robocallers on notice