Digital Daily Dozen 02/11/2014

As Facial Regulation Technology is Poised to Enter Everyday Life, Regulators Express Concern

It’s clear that facial recognition involves a significant potential for negative consequences. Individuals might use the technology to stalk or harass others or commit identity theft. In all the talk of the potential creepiness of the technology, however, the potential benefits seem to get lost in the shuffle.

Wheeler Promises Action on Network Neutrality

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said while he thinks Congress should rewrite the Communications Act, in the interim the FCC has the power and responsibility to protect the Open Internet, though he went no further on explaining how he will go about doing that beyond saying “in the coming days” he will outline his strategy.

Privacy Groups Seek Public Input on ‘Big Data’ Report

Some online privacy groups are asking the White House to seek comment on a new study, Big Data and The Future of Privacy, being undertaken as part of the President’s announced proposals to address concerns about NSA data collection.

Facebook Study Finds Live Interaction With TV

Facebook, taking its latest shot in its social TV battle with Twitter, released the finding of a new study that shows that 60% of TV related interactions on Facebook happen while the show being discussed is on the air.

Attack of the Flappy Bird Clones

People scrambled on Monday to hire developers to build Flappy Bird clones after the highly popular app was removed from app stores over the weekend.

This malware is frighteningly sophisticated, and we don’t know who created it

Most of the early Internet malware were simple programs created by bored amateurs. But it’s not 1999 anymore. As the Internet has grown more sophisticated, so has malware. A new report from Kaspersky labs dissects what could be the most sophisticated malware yet discovered in the wild.

Apple again loses bid to oust antitrust monitor from ebooks case

Apple’s efforts to remove an antitrust compliance monitor following last year’s ebooks trial hit another road block, this time one that appears more permanent. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied an Apple motion to remove a court-appointed monitor.

comScore, Google Sign Ad Measurement Deal Through DoubleClick

In a partnership announced on Monday, comScore will make real-time audience metrics available to Google DoubleClick clients through its vCE platform, allowing brand marketers to measure campaigns across screens. It will initially become available in the U.S. later this year for desktop-based display and video ads.

Americans Are Crazy For Digital Devices, Time Consumption Is Up

Americans own an average of four digital devices (including high-definition TVs) and spend 60 hours a week consuming media across them collectively. Average monthly time spent using the browser and/or apps on their smartphones has also grown by nearly 10 hours, per a Nielsen study.

James Dean Twitter Account Sparks Lawsuit By Licensing Company

The licensing agency CMG Worldwide has sued Twitter for allowing a user to tweet under the name of deceased actor James Dean. CMG alleges that Twitter — as well as the account creator — are infringing trademark in the name James Dean.

Bitcoin falls on software bug concern

The price of a Bitcoin fell on Monday after a leading exchange continued to limit transactions and blamed a software bug in the system that underpins the crypto-currency.

Commentary: Caught in a cyber-pickle

Silicon Valley has a major bone to pick with Barack Obama. Responding last month to recommendations from his own Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies to rein in NSA surveillance programs, the president made some important promises, but ignored the two recommendations of greatest concern.

The competitive battle between Verizon and its cable competitors now includes multiple fronts. Verizon introduced a new FiOS campaign which includes aggressive pricing, much faster broadband speeds, and contract flexibility. It’s an aggressive offer and illustrates the competitive dynamics for double and triple play.

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.