Digital Daily Dozen 01/13/2014

QR Codes Are Alive and Well and Living in China

QR codes have been called many names. Ugly. Has-been. A failure. Marketing expert Scott Stratten even has a book out called "QR Codes Kill Kittens." But not so fast: In China, those checkerboard-like codes are enjoying a renaissance. That’s thanks to WeChat, Tencent’s hot mobile app, which has 272 million monthly active users.

Canada Must Protect Intellectual Property (Commentary)

In an op ed for the Ottawa Citizen, Rob Atkinson and Michelle Wein state that while Canada is a developed nation, it has a long tradition of providing intellectual property protections, such as patents and copyrights, on par with that of the developing word.

Two-Thirds of U.S. Adults Say They Go to the Movies Less Often (Study)

According to a new survey, 68 percent of U.S. adults went to the movies at least once last year. But two-thirds of Americans say they’re going to the movies less often now than a few years ago, with a majority adding that they prefer watching films at home over going to the theater, according to a Harris poll released Friday.

Broadcasters Get U.S. Supreme Court Review in Bid to Stop Aereo

Broadcasters will get a U.S. Supreme Court hearing in their fight to stop Aereo Inc., the company that is threatening the industry’s decades-old business model by selling live television programming over the Internet.

Kansas Regents AreUrged to Suspend Social-Media Policy During Review

More than 80 distinguished professors from Kansas University and Kansas State University have signed a letter asking the Kansas Board of Regents to suspend a recently passed social media policy while the regents review it.

Pay-TV Subscribers Want Remote DVR Access, More Options

About 90%, or some 103 million U.S. homes, will be pay-TV subscribers by the end of this year. But two-thirds of those TV homes are not completely satisfied with features they are getting.

Time Warner, Fox Pay-TV Deals Face Probe by EU
The European Commission plans to open an antitrust probe into licensing deals between major U.S. film studios and European pay-TV broadcasters. The antitrust watchdog will examine whether licensing provisions prevent broadcasters from providing services across borders.

AT&T Offers $15-a-Month Beats Music Family Plan
AT&T will start offering customers a subscription to the Jimmy Iovine-backed Beats Music streaming service in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. The offer is part of Beats’ major launch strategy.

YouTube Loses TV Episodes from UK’s Channel 4
Channel 4, a popular U.K. provider of TV programs, has removed all episodes of its shows from its YouTube channel. "We’ve decided to focus on bringing online viewers of our full-length shows to our own 4oD apps — such as those on iOS, Android and"

Global awareness of the pervasive reach of NSA surveillance programs risks inflicting deep costs on American businesses and has torpedoed several cyber policy initiatives vital to America’s physical and economic security, cyber-intelligence experts say.

House Republicans have no trouble pushing a bill to curb potential security breaches of the Obamacare website. It’s the actual theft of consumer data that gets little traction. Just this holiday season, up to 70 million Target shoppers had addresses, emails, credit or debit card information stolen.


Businesses have the tools and know-how to keep our personal information safe. They just don’t do it. "It’s expensive," said Nick Mancini, a partner at Tech Consultants. And that, in a nutshell, is why big companies that should know better routinely issue red-faced notices that they’ve been hacked.,0,1556558.column?track=rss#axzz2qHv1ehn4

The law used to prosecute Aaron Swartz remains unchanged a year after his death

A year ago, Aaron Swartz was found dead in his New York apartment. Swartz was a true child of the Internet: a programming wunderkind who helped create the popular online syndication protocol RSS at just age 14 and a prodigious activist for Internet freedom issues.

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.