Digital Daily Dozen 03/04/2014

Dish, Disney Reach Carriage Accord

After five months of negotiations, Dish Network and The Walt Disney Co. have reached a long-term carriage agreement where the satellite giant has agreed to carry several additional networks and curb its controversial ad-skipping service the Auto-Hop.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/currency/dish-disney-reach-carriage-accord/129558

Justice Backs Broadcasters In Aereo Challenge

a big boost for broadcasters in their challenge to Aereo, the U.S. government has weighed in on their side, saying Aereo violated copyright.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/justice-backs-broadcasters-aereo-challenge/129557

Cablevision: Broadcaster Anti-Aereo Argument Is Myopic

Cablevision has told the Supreme Court that while it agrees with broadcasters that Aereo’s service is an illegal violation of copyright, it says broadcasters’ cure is "worse than the disease" because it would jeopardize cloud-based storage.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/cablevision-broadcaster-anti-aereo-argument-myopic/129555

Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good? (Commentary)

In our data-saturated economy, privacy is becoming a luxury good. After all, as the saying goes, if you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product. And currently, we aren’t paying for very much of our technology.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/opinion/has-privacy-become-a-luxury-good.html

Big Data Means Big Questions on How That Information Is Used

At a workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, academics and government officials addressed tricky questions posed by the harvesting of large quantities of information.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/03/big-data-means-big-questions-on-how-that-information-is-used/

Sprint accused of overcharging US for spying assistance

Sprint has been sued in a federal court for allegedly overcharging federal law enforcement agencies for surveillance related services by over 50 percent.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/030414-sprint-accused-of-overcharging-us-279362.html

CNN Grapples with Pressure to Devise Native Ads
When the docuseries "Chicagoland" debuts on CNN later this week, it will do so with a helping hand from the CEO of Allstate — a promotional maneuver the cable-news outlet might have avoided in the past. Allstate will serve as a "presenting sponsor" of the eight-part series.

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/in-ad-pact-allstates-ceo-will-promote-new-cnn-series-chicagoland-1201124349/#

CBS Puts New Ads in Old Shows for On Demand
CBS will begin selling new commercials in "NCIS" and other programs that viewers watch on demand using their cable-TV service, a bid to generate revenue from audiences who watch shows on a delayed basis. The new ads will appear three days after a program is broadcast.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-04/cbs-puts-new-ads-in-old-programs-for-on-demand-viewers.html

Ellen’s Selfie Seen as a Landmark Media Moment
Ellen DeGeneres’ celeb-studded selfie from the Oscars telecast has been seen as a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting TV viewership and vice versa. It’s also a murky example of what is or isn’t product placement in a hyper-marketed world.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OSCARS_ELLENS_SELFIE

IGNORE PARANOID BLOGGERS: THE COMCAST-TW MERGER IS GOOD FOR CONSUMERS [Commentary]

Unfortunately, there is a large amount of misinformation surrounding the recent Comcast-Time Warner merger. It’s worth taking a step back and evaluating the transaction in terms of the bigger picture of broadband competition policy.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/02/27/ignore-paranoid-bloggers-the-comcast-time-warner-merger-is-good-for-consumers/

VERIZON CEO LOWELL MCADAM TOOK US ON A TOUR OF THE NEXT-GENERATION INTERNET: TELCO-STYLE
Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam presides over the nation’s largest wireless provider and one of the fastest wireline broadband networks in the US. Recently, he’s perfectly exemplified the type of ISP mentality we’re likely to see now that the FCC has capitulated on the concept of net neutrality and regulating ISPs like utilities.

http://gigaom.com/2014/02/28/verizon-ceo-lowell-mcadam-just-took-us-on-a-tour-of-the-next-generation-internet-telco-style/

THE MOST REVEALING BROADBAND ADOPTION MAPS WE’VE EVER SEEN
Map the broadband adoption rates in, say, San Antonio, and a pattern emerges that closely reflects the region’s socioeconomic geography. Households in and around the downtown business district overwhelmingly have broadband. But in the neighborhoods that are home to many of the city’s Hispanic poor, fewer than 20 %.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2014/02/most-revealing-broadband-adoption-maps-weve-ever-seen/8517/

Ukraine hit by cyberattacks: head of Ukraine security service

Ukraine’s telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament, the head of Ukraine’s SBU security service said on Tuesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/04/us-ukraine-crisis-telecoms-idUSBREA230Q920140304

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.