Digital Daily Dozen 02/04/2014

NRF Goes On Offensive Against Data Breaches

The National Retail Federation wants the U.S. government to see that data breaches aren’t a problem that only affects the retail industry. In "Hackers Don’t Discriminate," an ad running in Washington, D.C.-based political publications, the NRF lays out that the most security breaches, at 37%, take place at financial institutions.

Facebook Turns 10: How It Became an ‘Integral’ Part of Hollywood

Happy 10th anniversary and welcome to the Hollywood establishment, Facebook. In the decade since Mark Zuckerberg and his roommates launched Thefacebook at Harvard, the social network has changed the way studios market, cast and promote their movies.

What YouTube’s Biggest Networks Want: A Little Space From YouTube

Maker Studios is one of a few networks that will pitch advertisers on their value outside of the world’s largest video site. The last time Maker Studios descended upon New York during springtime, it threw a hotel party. This year it’s pitching advertisers.

Why Ezra Klein and Paywalls Are the Future of Journalism

Tim Franklin, incoming president of the Poynter Institute, believes that paywalls and the Ezra Keins of the business are its future. The outgoing Washington managing editor for Bloomberg News is taking the key role at the St. Petersberg, Fla., based school for professional journalists at a pivotal time for the media business.

Tech companies say tens of thousands of user accounts were subject to national security spying

Several of the nation’s leading technology companies released new data detailing the extent of NSA surveillance of their users. Numbers released by Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Facebook show that in the first six months of 2013, the NSA submitted requests for private information from at least 59,000 accounts.

Anna Eshoo, the darling of tech companies, wants to make net neutrality the law

House Democrats are pushing to restore the net neutrality regulations promulgated by the FCC and struck down in part last month by a federal court. Leading the charge will be a woman who is gunning to be one of the most powerful Democrats on technology issues: Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).


HR 3982, the Open Internet Preservation Act, a bill introduced by Reps Henry Waxman and Anna Eshoo to reverse the DC Circuit Court’s order vacating the FCC’s Open Internet Order, is a symbolic measure that has no realistic chance of passing the House. The bill simply raises a flag and rallies the troops.

AT&T Mobility has developed an application-aware system designed to restrict customers from engaging in "non-permissible" bandwidth-intensive activities such as file sharing or movie downloading. The company applied to patent the system, labeling its approach as "Prevention Of Bandwidth Abuse."

President Barack Obama is speeding up his pet project to connect American public schools to the Internet through an unusual combination of government investment and contributions from the private sector. Obama is expected to announce that the government plans to make digital learning available to 20 million students.,0,7737552.story#axzz2sMzg89C3c

Water Cooler Effect Cools Off: Super Bowl ‘Sharing’ Begins To Slow

Among all the improving advertising-related statistics of the Super Bowl, one may stand out when it comes to its lackluster results: sharing of content, TV and ads. There was only a 1% rise in the overall sharing of Super Bowl content versus the 2013 event, per AddThis, a company that regularly measures activity across the Web.

NBC Olympics ‘Pass’ to Boost TV Everywhere
NBC is using the Olympics to push interest in technology allowing cable or satellite TV subscribers to see live competitions on mobile phones or tablets. The network said it will give subscribers a 30-minute "free pass" to Olympics video before they are asked to verify.

Stations, Nets Unite To Battle Retrans Foes

The new coalition says the pay-TV industry must be held accountable for continually increasing consumers’ monthly bills, saddling them with “extra fees” and artificially disrupting service through programming blackouts.

Cable Merger Future-Proofs Against Internet

Charter Communications’ $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service.

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.