Digital Daily Dozen 01/29/2014

The US and UK have infiltrated mobile software for details about users’ comings and goings and social affiliations. Among the so-called leaky apps with the greatest privacy perils are Google Plus, Pinterest’s online bulletin board and “Candy Crush Saga,” the most popular game on Facebook, according to Zscaler.


In 2014, President Obama should pursue policies guaranteeing an open, free-market Internet. Instead of waiting out the international blowback from Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, the President needs to lead a new strategy against those governments who want to regulate the way the global Internet is run.

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is tipping his hand a bit more on net neutrality. While Wheeler wouldn’t say outright how he intends to respond to a recent court decision overturning his agency’s rule barring Internet providers from blocking Web traffic, he appears to be leaning toward using the FCC’s existing legal authority to regulate.

Pair of Los Angeles TV Stations Agree to Channel-Sharing Test

CTIA: The Wireless Association says it has enlisted a pair of Los Angeles TV stations in a proposed spectrum-sharing pilot project to demonstrate that TV stations can share spectrum and remain a going concern. The stations are noncommercial KLCS and bilingual, Latino-themed LATV Network station KJLA.

IAB Explores Alternatives To Cookies

The volume of cookies set by third parties has surged, thanks largely to the boom in ad tech. That growth in cookies has resulted in “limitations” to the mechanism, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which just issued a report that explores challenges posed by cookies and alternatives to them.

Cybercrooks use stolen consumer data hour-to-hour

While the big data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels have drawn heavy news coverage, the everyday machinations of various specialists in the cyberunderground remain out of sight and out of mind to most people. News flash: the cashing in of stolen consumer data carries on every hour of the day.

First-and-10 for tech in the classroom (Commentary)

Analysts are famous for “reading between the lines” of company earnings reports. But it doesn’t take years of experience to connect two points in Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer’s remarks yesterday about iPads to get a glimpse of our future classrooms.

Brace yourself for flood of new domain names

Brace yourself. The Internet is about to get a lot busier and more cluttered. The Internet addresses that we are accustomed to using — .com, .net and .edu – will be getting a lot of company next week.

Study: Big Media Gambling on Future in Digital
Some 70% of advertisers, broadcasters, studios, publishers and other entertainment companies are willing to accept losses in their traditional businesses if it means setting themselves up for long-term digital growth, according to a report by EY. “Making all this real is hard.”

Google to Pay ‘Millions’ for Infringing Old Patents
Vringo, a tiny company that in 2011 purchased some patents from Lycos, an old search engine, has used those patents to sue Google. Vringo just got the payout it was looking for — a 1.36% running royalty on U.S.-based revenue from AdWords, Google’s flagship program.

House Judiciary Ponders Fair Use

Just what was and wasn’t a transformative work in terms of fair use protections was a hot topic Tuesday in a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet hearing on that carve-out from copyright protections. The witnesses had much to say on both sides of the debate.

New York ponders “BitLicense” for virtual currency

The people who oversee Wall Street are turning their attention to Bitcoin in a big way — there’s calls for a license system, but regulators have few details for now.

GOP senators to feds: Leave the Internet alone

Federal regulations threaten to strangle the growth of the Internet economy, Republican lawmakers warned. Sen. John Thune, the Senate Commerce Committee’s top ranking Republican and co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, challenged federal officials to stop meddling online.

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.