Digital Daily Dozen 02/14/2014

Comcast’s Cohen: We Support Reinstating Net Neutrality Rules under 706 Authority

Comcast executive VP David Cohen announced that the company supports an effort by the FCC to reinstate its net neutrality rules, so long as it does not use Title II authority to do so. That came in a conference call with reporters about the proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/comcast-s-cohen-we-support-reinstating-net-neutrality-rules-under-706-authority/129179

Comcast-Time Warner Cable: More Media Deals?
Comcast-Time Warner Cable has ignited speculation among Wall Street analysts about further consolidation in the media industry. Investors have long anticipated mergers between Dish and DirecTV, as well as Sprint and T-Mobile, and are pondering what’s next.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-comcast-twc-analysts-media-consolidation-20140213,0,6166160.story

Comcast deal a blow to Apple TV and Netflix

Apple investors and Netflix fans better start writing to their elected officials in Washington to oppose Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition offer for rival Time Warner Cable. If the giant cable merger is approved by regulators without any conditions to protect consumers, the deal will be a disaster for users.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2014/02/13/comcast-time-warner-cable-apple-tv-netflix-john-shinal/5454055/

Comcast TWC Merger To Reshape U.S. Pay TV

Comcast Corp’s proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable could face close scrutiny from U.S. antitrust regulators because of the deal’s potential to reshape the country’s pay TV and broadband markets. The company resulting from the merger of the top two U.S. cable service providers would boast a footprint.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/14/us-comcast-timewarnercable-idUSBREA1C05A20140214

MATH FORMULA SHOWS WHY THE COMCAST-TIME WARNER DEAL SHOULD BE BLOCKED [Commentary]

There’s a silver lining for people who hate the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal: By the government’s own standards, the deal should be blocked. To understand why, you have to know that there’s a thing in antitrust law called the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index, or HHI – a way to measure the concentration of a given market.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/02/why-comcasttime-warner-cable-should-be-blocked.html

COMCAST-TWC MERGER MIGHT HELP THE CAUSE OF NET NEUTRALITY [Commentary]

There are so many potential problems with Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable that getting the deal past antitrust regulators, were that to happen, would rank as a major accomplishment. But one of the biggest ongoing concerns of people worried about industry concentration might actually be eased by the deal.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/02/13/comcast-twc-merger-net-neutrality/?section=money_technology

Comcast, the soon-to-be gazillion-pound technology gorilla

It’s far from certain that the proposed deal will actually happen. But if it does, it would put tremendous power in the hands of Comcast, experts say — not just over a greater number of consumers, but also in terms of the deals it can strike with programmers, its relationship with rival Internet providers and even wireless carriers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/02/13/comcast-the-soon-to-be-gazillion-pound-technology-gorilla/

Unsubscribing? The New York Times Wants to Predict That.

This month the New York Times launched a new personal-technology column with the clever title “Machine Learning.” But behind the scenes, the newspaper is also doing real machine learning, and for a very serious purpose: it wants to predict who is going to unsubscribe before it happens.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/524716/unsubscribing-the-new-york-times-wants-to-predict-that/

Facebook Parents Object to Teens’ Images in Ads
A group of Facebook parents is seeking to overturn a recent class action settlement because it allows the social network to use teens’ images in ads without parental consent. A Brooklyn, N.Y., mother said she found it "upsetting" to see her daughter turn up in an ad.

http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/facebook-parents-object-use-teens-images-ads-155711

Connected Devices To Surpass 6 Billion

Growing faster than ever, the market for Web-connected gadgets is set to surpass 6 billion units this year, per new estimates. If accurate, the jump will represent the market’s biggest increase in four years.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/219518/connected-devices-to-surpass-6-billion.html

AMERICANS HAVE FEWER SMARTPHONE CHOICES THAN ELSEWHERE
A flurry of alternative cellphone providers have hit the streets, offering consumers smartphones that aren’t bound by the traditional two-year contract. But even though new pricing structures challenge the traditional payment model, two-thirds of smartphone owners still sign contracts that often include subsidized phones.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2014/02/12/reviewed-american-smartphone/5418587/

Federal smartphone kill-switch legislation proposed

Pressure on the cellphone industry to introduce technology that could disable stolen smartphones has intensified with the introduction of proposed federal legislation that would mandate such a system.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/021314-federal-smartphone-kill-switch-legislation-278760.html

Sanity prevails: Europe says hyperlinks don’t infringe copyright

Europe’s highest court resolved a seemingly obvious question about the right to use links on websites. This week’s court decision will hopefully put an end to a long-running discussion.

http://gigaom.com/2014/02/13/sanity-prevails-europe-says-hyperlinks-dont-infringe-copyright/

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.