Digital Daily Dozen 02/06/2014

This Price Tag Shows Real-Time Cost of an Item in Bitcoin

How much does that sweater cost in Bitcoin? Depends. Bitcoin (and all other cryptocurrencies) are volatile, with values changing minute-to-minute, day-to-day. That’s one reason retailers might be hesitant to adopt them as payment.

6 new facts about Facebook

Some users dislike certain aspects of Facebook, but fear of missing out on social activities (or “FOMO”) isn’t one of them. Women and men often have varying reasons for why they use Facebook – but everything starts with sharing and laughs. Half of all adult Facebook users have more than 200 friends in their network.

Rockefeller: Expand the E-Rate Fund

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s announcement of a revamp of the E-Rate program to boost investment in high-speed broadband and migrate the subsidy away from low-band legacy communications drew applause and advice Feb. 5 after he outlined his plans at a speech in Washington.

Franken Asks App Developer To Delay NameTag Release

Sen. Al Franken asked the makers of the NameTag facial recognition app to delay launching it until best practices for facial recognition technology are established. NameTag recently announced the beta release of the app, which will allow Google Glass users to scan faces against social media and dating sites.

Powell Pushes Back On AllVid

National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Michael Powell is advising the FCC not to mandate a one-size-fit all video navigation solution when there is a growing choice of devices to deliver programming to the home.

Google Settles Its European Antitrust Case; Critics Remain

If approved, the deal would put an end to half a decade of wrangles with antitrust authorities across the globe.

Twitter: Mobile accounts for most of Q4 ad revenue
Three-quarters of Twitter’s $220 million in ad revenue came from mobile in the final three months of 2013, the company said as it released Q4 earnings. The number of mobile monthly active users rose 37% year-on-year to 184 million worldwide, accounting for 76% of the monthly active total.

Turkey lawmakers adopt ‘Orwellian’ Internet curbs

Turkish MPs late Wednesday adopted new Internet legislation roundly criticized as a fresh assault by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on freedom of expression, access to information and investigative journalism.–fgbfPkVZOZlTtYKg?hl=en

Syrian Hackers Mess With Facebook’s Domain. Nothing Happens.

The hacker group known as the Syrian Electronic Army claimed Wednesday that it had hacked the domain name registration information for social networking giant Facebook, wreaking … well, not much.

Disney CEO Sees Opportunity on Mobile Devices
Disney has posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings and sales, as its movie studios benefited from box-office blockbusters. CEO Bob Iger said that the "most breath-taking change" he has seen in the media is the "migration to mobile platforms by consumers."

Google Glass Beta-Tested by New York Police
Google Glass may soon become a favored tool for U.S. law enforcement agencies. The New York City Police Department’s intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping cops lock up bad guys.

After a federal court decided that the government couldn’t prohibit Internet providers from slowing or blocking Web traffic, at least one ISP is being accused of taking advantage of the ruling. A Texas man wrote on his blog that Verizon was intentionally throttling Netflix subscribers and other Internet users.


For years, the federal government regulated telecom providers as if confining them to lanes on a racetrack: one lane for traditional phone service, another for wireless and yet another for cable. Each lane was assigned different rules by the government because it came along at a different time.

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.