Digital Daily Dozen 02/24/2014

Yahoo Aims to More Deftly Blend Ads With Content

Yahoo is starting to push into two of the hottest areas of Internet advertising: stream ads and so-called native ads.

When YouTube Videos Expose Crimes That Go Unpunished

Four years ago, a police killing in rural Buckfield, Jamaica was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube. The fatal shooting of a man who was laying on the ground, surrounded by a crowd, with no visible weapons but rocks at his side, made headlines in Jamaica and unmasked the lies in the police department’s press release.

Amazon Gets Its TV Box Ready, Again

Amazon is gearing up to take on Apple and Roku, again. Industry sources say Amazon is getting ready to launch a Web TV box that would compete with Apple TV and Roku’s line of products, which make it easy to move video from the Internet onto your TV.

Zuckerberg at MWC: Trying to connect the world to Net

Mark Zuckerberg is doing his part to try and extend Internet access to the two-thirds of the world that is not connected. The Facebook CEO is giving a fireside chat at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to help spread the mission of, which Facebook and other founding partners launched back in August.

Netflix cuts deal with Comcast to speed service

Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast to ensure that its movies and TV shows stream more quickly, the latest evidence of a shift in the balance of power in favor of Internet service providers and the likelihood of rising prices for consumers.

Comcast’s deal with Netflix makes network neutrality obsolete

For the past two decades, the Internet has operated as an unregulated, competitive free market. Given the tendency of networked industries to lapse into monopoly—think of AT&T’s 70-year hold over telephone service, for example—that’s a minor miracle.

WWE looks to break its own mold with new network

With a new network, World Wrestling Entertainment is grappling with its own longtime business model and entering the busy world of streaming TV ready to rumble. WWE Network launches this morning, and its immediate goal is to be both traditional ad-supported cable network and Netflix-like on-demand service.

Debunking the EU Broadband Utopia (Commentary)

Network deployment in the US is remarkable, especially given the geo-demographic challenges of the country, but the area where the US can improve is adoption. The issues of adoption are related not to US networks, but US demographics, including poverty and age.

Why AT&T’s Surveillance Report Omits 80 Million NSA Targets
AT&T released for the first time in the phone company’s 140-year history a rough accounting of how often the U.S. government secretly demands records on telephone customers. But to those who’ve been following the NSA leaks, Ma Bell’s numbers come up short by more than 80 million spied-upon Americans.


What we need is the ability of different companies to provide broadband services to America’s households. And here’s where the real problem lies: the cable companies own the cable pipes, and the regulators refuse to force them to allow anybody else to provide services over those pipes.


The recent court decision on net neutrality caused scores of policy combatants to resurrect decade-old arguments about the appropriate regulatory classification of ISPs. While these questions remain important, it would be wise to consider the issue from another dimension. Let’s start with where we agree.


The best news lately is clearly that Google Fiber is going to expand, saving at least a few American cities from the disaster of current broadband monopolies. And good for Google. But I think this raises the question of where are America’s other technology giants on this piece of the tech stack?

Telecoms industry is shaping up for ‘always on’ world

The traditional telephony business that had long been the raison d’être of the vast Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has now become a sideshow. The week-long event now majors on connected technology in all its guises. Any mention of traditional voice calls and texts will be afterthought.

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.