Digital Daily Dozen 02/17/2014

CBS’ Revenue Projections Give Aereo Ammunition In Utah

CBS chief Les Moonves’ recent statement that Aereo poses no revenue threat shows that broadcasters aren’t entitled to an immediate injunction against the company, Aereo says in new court papers.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/219621/cbs-revenue-projections-give-aereo-ammunition-in.html

Kickstarter Apologizes After Customer Data Hacked

"We’re incredibly sorry that this happened," CEO Yancey Strickler wrote in a blog post after hackers accessed phone numbers, addresses and other personal information from the crowdfunding site’s users.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kickstarter-apologizes-customer-data-hacked-680610

Rockefeller, Markey Talk Comcast-TWC

Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Ed Markey weighed in on the proposed Comcast-TWC merger Friday, or at least on the process of considering the deal, a deal they will undoubtedly be vetting in Hill hearings as the chair and a member, respectively, of the Senate Commerce Committee that has oversight over communications.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/rockefeller-markey-talk-comcast-twc/129206

Merkel Backs Plan to Keep European Data in Europe

After the revelations of American spying, the German chancellor said she would raise the matter at a meeting with the French president this week.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/world/europe/merkel-backs-plan-to-keep-european-data-in-europe.html

Reporting From the Web’s Underbelly

Brian Krebs’s widely read blog, Krebs on Security, covers a particularly dark corner of the Internet: profit-seeking cybercriminals who make billions off spam, malware and frauds.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/technology/reporting-from-the-webs-underbelly.html

Using Addictive Games to Build Better Brains

Researchers are studying the qualities that make video games like Flappy Bird hard to put down, in order to build games that improve memory or other functions or even treat disorders.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/disruptions-using-addictive-games-to-build-better-brains/

Google Glass Will Be a Huge Success—Unless People Find It Creepy

For its wearable computer to be accepted, Google must convince people that the device isn’t creepy.

http://www.technologyreview.com/review/524576/glass-darkly/

Michael Copps On Big Media Vs. Journalism

Former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps: "I believe there is much the FCC should be doing to revitalize America’s media. The FCC could usher in a new “Era of the Public Interest” by learning to say “No!” to merger proposals that will wreak further havoc on our news and information infrastructure.

http://www.cjr.org/essay/from_the_desk_of_a_former_fcc.php?page=all

Ford exec says it doesn’t collect or share car location data

A Ford executive told U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) that the automaker does not collect or share location data from cars without the operator’s explicit permission.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/021314-ford-exec-says-it-doesn39t-278764.html

Netflix to Leverage Comcast-Time Warner Cable
Despite the headaches a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable could cause Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings isn’t expected to try to block the deal. Hastings is likely to use the merger to gain leverage over how Comcast and other companies control the Internet roadways.

http://nypost.com/2014/02/14/netflix-will-leverage-not-loathe-comcast-twc-merger/

Comcast’s Real Prize: Internet Dominance, Not TV
Everyone talks of Comcast in terms of cable TV. But some consumer advocates are wary of the power that a combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable would wield in the residential Internet market. Comcast-TWC would serve more than 1 in 3 U.S. Internet subscribers.

http://articles.philly.com/2014-02-16/news/47382291_1_comcast-corp-time-warner-cable-inc-cable-tv

Facebook, Twitter Olympic Athletes Win Sponsors
Some Olympic athletes are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of posts on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in their name. "We’re in a very new age where a lot of advertising, or PR, is social media."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OLY_TWEETING_FOR_OLYMPIANS

The Real Problem with the Comcast Merger (Commentary)

The acquisition of Time Warner is brimming with tasty strategic possibilities for an enlarged Comcast. But one looks in vain for anything—anything!—for the consumer and the public. Even A.T.&T., when it tried to buy T-Mobile, had more to promise customers than this.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2014/02/the-real-problem-with-the-comcast-merger.html

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.