Digital Daily Dozen 02/20/2014

Facebook to Buy WhatsApp in $16 Billion Deal — That’s $36 Per Monthly Active User

Facebook has just agreed to shell out $16 billion in a cash and stock deal to acquire the messaging service WhatsApp — 16 more times than it first agreed to pay for Instagram. The reason that Facebook was willing to spend so much more boils down to a single but sprawling thing: WhatsApp’s global user base.

Digital Is Selling More Soap Than It Gets Credit For: Nielsen Study

Many have long suspected that the tools used to measure return on investment that hold sway over many marketing decisions give digital media short shrift. A new study by seven of the biggest packaged-goods companies, joined by Nielsen, Facebook and Google, appears to prove it.

Utah Court Grants Fox’s Aereo Injunction

Utah district court has granted Fox’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Aereo, saying it was likely to prevail on its copyright claim. At the request of Fox and Aereo, the Supreme Court is currently considering whether to uphold a Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision declining to enjoin Aereo.

Wheeler To Use 706 Authority To Restore Net Neutrality Rules

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has picked his path to restoring the anti-blocking and anti-discrimination network neutrality rules that a D.C. court threw out last month, and it will be using its Sec. 706 authority, rather than reclassifying it as Title II, though he will keep Title II on the table to use if it is warranted.

Blackburn Pledges Bill To Block FCC Net Neutrality Reg Restoration

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a member of the House Communications subcommittee and a long-time critic of FCC net neutrality rules, said she would be introducing legislation to block the effort. Cable operators and others were supportive of the Wheeler plan, but much as with the first pass at the rules.

Scrutiny in California for Software in Schools

Proposed legislation would prohibit websites, online services and mobile apps for kindergartners through 12th graders from compiling, using or sharing the personal information of students.

Gov’t cancels plan to collect license plate data

The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to allow a private company to give the government access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information. Secretary Jeh Johnson directed that a contract proposal issued last week be canceled.

Republicans protest FCC’s net neutrality move, ISPs less concerned

Some Republican policymakers objected to a new U.S. FCC plan to reinstate its net neutrality rules after a court threw them out, but broadband providers appeared to be less concerned. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced a plan to resurrect net neutrality regulations using authority under a section of the 1996 Act.


FCC Chair Wheeler issued a statement on the agency’s plans for net neutrality. In short, the FCC is keeping all of its possible tools in play. Although reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service seems the obvious answer, the DC Circuit also acknowledged that section 706 gives the FCC power to do other things.


With all the activity aimed towards asserting legal justification for its net neutrality rules, it sometimes gets lost that the FCC had no convincing economic or consumer welfare justification for the rules in the first place. The rule was always a solution in search of a problem, a sentiment echoed by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai.


What harm is there in merging Comcast, America’s biggest cable company, with Time Warner Cable, the second biggest? The trouble is not that it would create a slothful monopoly where once there was energetic competition. The industry has always been a patchwork of local monopolies.

Comcast TWC Buy Could Kill CBS Deal

The new retransmission consent contract CBS Corp. signed with Time Warner Cable last summer after a bitter fight could be a casualty of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of the pay-TV operator. It does not include provisions protecting all the terms of the pact should Time Warner Cable be acquired by a distributor.,0,4873193.story#axzz2tsS5T1oO

Google Fiber Eyes 34-Market Expansion

In a move that will likely simmer any more talk that Google Fiber is simply an experiment and not a true business in the making, Google took the gloves off Wednesday by announcing it is “exploring” the idea of bringing its 1-Gig platform and video service bundles to an additional nine metro markets and up to 34 cities.

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.