2) Not sure on this one, the way you interpret it sounds correct but I don't think I've ever seen an actual ruling on something like that before and I'm not seeing any clarification in the FAQ.
No, I tried to find something in the FAQ too. I interpret both of these abilities (using the word "while") as constant abilities dependent on a variable. Is this correct? If so, the variables are constantly checked and immediately applied (FAQ page 8), but that still doesn't answer the question conclusively. If they were passive abilities the answer would be a definite no, because of the timing structure, but I don't think they fit the definition.