Digital Daily Dozen 11/12/2013

Balancing Innovation (Commentary)

Protecting intellectual property in developing nations has lasting positive effects both for the global innovation ecosystem and domestic economic growth.

Chicago State vs. Faculty Blog

University tells professors to shut down website (which is critical of the administration) because it is uncivil and uses institution’s name. They respond by changing name to “Crony State University Faculty Blog.”

Google Glass explores music features

Google’s Glass project is getting musical for the first time as the Internet search giant looks to add new features that will make its wearable technology platform more useful. Google has launched sound search on the Glass gadget. This lets users identify a song that’s playing in the background.

Academy Wins Domain Name Ruling in GoDaddy Lawsuit

GoDaddy appears to be on the verge of losing a big cybersquatting lawsuit over a program that allowed its customers to buy domain names like and

FTC Wading Into The ‘Internet Of Things’

As an array of everyday objects such as thermostats, toasters and even sneakers gets connected to the Internet, the FTC is taking a first stab at examining this vast and emerging area of technology, sparking concern from trade groups that fear regulation could harm innovation.

Google Relents On YouTube Ad Measurement

For about two years, Google refused to let Nielsen Holdings place measurement tags on ads running on YouTube, a stance that media buyers say stopped some advertisers buying time on the online video site. Last week, Google reversed its position in a decision that analysts say could fuel the shift of TV ad dollars to online.

Hulu Users Fight Bid To Dismiss Privacy Case

Consumers who are suing Hulu for allegedly sharing data about them say they should be allowed to proceed in court regardless of whether they suffered any economic losses. The consumers say that third parties can figure out people’s identities from their User IDs, while Hulu counters that people can’t recover money.

High-End Set-Top Boxes Projected To Reach 10 Million Units Globally

TV viewers continue to want more from the TV set-top-box devices — but the price can be high. “Home media gateway” boxes — high-end set-top boxes such as Dish Network’s Hopper and units from Cisco and Motorola that can be wireless (and wired) connections to other devices — will climb to 10 million units worldwide.


The CIA is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls, according to government officials.

We may be living in an era of growing gigabit connections, but Comcast will not go gently into that dark night of broadband-only subscriptions replacing its lucrative triple play. Comcast wants to charge 20 cents per gigabyte when it comes to overage fees, which translates roughly into 40 cents per hour of HD television.

Satellite broadband service is inferior to landline broadband offerings, according to a new report from Vantage Point Solutions. NTCA — The Rural Broadband Association filed the report with the FCC — a move that appears aimed at protecting the interests of the association’s rural telephone company members.

Apple TV Delayed Until 2015 Over Content Deals
Apple’s much-rumored HDTV is said to have been delayed by content deals, likely pushing a possible introduction into at least 2015. Though Apple’s TV plans seems to be close to materializing every so often, they inevitably slip away as reports surface of content issues.

Facebook Preps Celeb Chat Tool to Battle Twitter
As Twitter revels in its successful initial public offering, Facebook is said to be pushing onto the microblog’s turf, preparing a tool to make it easier for celebrities to chat with their followers. Top actors, athletes and politicians have helped boost Twitter’s popularity.

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.