Digital Daily Dozen 01/10/2014

The Auction Block: Options for Broadcasters in the TV Incentive Auction (Commentary)

In one of the first major pronouncements of his Chairmanship, new FCC Chair Tom Wheeler blogged that the incentive auction of broadcast spectrum will be delayed – from 2014 to mid-2015. Most observers commended the revised schedule, recognizing that it provides the Commission with additional time to develop the rules.

A #CommActUpdate To Promote Innovation and Economic Growth (Commentary)

Our nation’s economy depends on our ability to make technological advances that allow us to innovate and grow. From the earliest days of the telephone to today’s wireless broadband Internet, the communications sector has been a driver of technological change and economic activity for more than a century.

FCC’s Wheeler: Auctions Are One-Time Opportunity for Broadcasters

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler told a Silicon Valley audience that they need to help pitch broadcasters the "digital opportunity" for their business models in giving up some of their spectrum in an incentive auction, an opportunity he warned would not come again.

FCC’s Wheeler: Commission Must Be Able To Insure Openness of Broadband Nets

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler took his defense of the FCC’s Open Internet order to Silicon Valley, where he was pretty much preaching to the choir. He said it was the government’s role to intervene when necessary to insure openness and access to networks, wired and wireless.

Study: Nearly Half of Americans Tune to Other Devices While Watching TV

A new study indicates that nearly half of all Americans employ a second screen while watching television. About 44 percent of Americans utilize another device while watching television — though among that group only 13 percent say that it makes their program viewing experience “much more enjoyable."

Yahoo’s Mayer Looking for TV-Sized Hit

As part of the company’s ongoing makeover and turnaround, CEO Marissa Mayer is looking to make a bigger mark on the original programming scene. Yahoo is reportedly looking for a “buzzy” hit that could make viewers think about Yahoo in much the same way they approach Netflix, Amazon or other streaming studios.

Ultra-HD Gets Lot Of Hype At CES

Manufacturers do their best to fuel excitement over 4K TVs at International CES — with decidedly mixed results.,0,4518486.story

DirecTV May Drop WWE Over New Online Network

Satellite broadcaster DirecTV is less than thrilled with the WWE’s plans to launch an online network and said it will have to rethink its relationship with the programmer and whether it will continue to offer its pay-per-view specials.,0,2707112.story

Major privacy and civil rights organizations including ACLU, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Open Technology Institute met with President Barack Obama on changing the NSA’s controversial database of all domestic phone call records.

If surveillance has become more common in recent decades, it might be because it’s so much cheaper. A new report from security researcher Ashkan Soltani and Kevin Bankston looks at the hourly cost of the surveillance techniques used in various Supreme Court cases, and emerged with some interesting figures.


AT&T has come up with a new way to make money off Netflix, Google and other companies that stream content onto mobile devices: Have them pay for subscribers’ wireless access. Think of it as a toll-free 800 number for streaming audio and video.,0,1491021.column?track=rss#axzz2puuVKVhI

Report: Native Advertising Set to Dominate Digital
Say goodbye to the stigma associated with native advertising. J.P. Morgan is predicting that native will take over digital channels in 2014. "We believe native ads are quickly becoming the de facto ad format on mobile. Native ads have significantly higher click-through rates."

Facebook to Drop Sponsored Stories Ad Format
Facebook has announced that it will phase out its Sponsored Stories advertising units in April. Sponsored Stories were one of the social network’s more controversial ad offerings. Last August, Facebook agreed to a $20 million settlement in a lawsuit over the ad format.

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.