Digital Daily Dozen 03/27/2014

Acxiom CEO: Rockefeller Data Bill Worse Than Worst Part of Obamacare

For the record, Scott Howe is in favor of regulation in the consumer data space. The CEO of Acxiom is not, however, a fan of the current bill being put forth in Congress and said the outcome if the bill sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V. passes will be worse than the worst part of the Affordable Care Act.

http://adage.com/article/dataworks/acxiom-ceo-rockefeller-bill-worse-worst-part-aca/292333/

Kaplan: Incentive Auction Could Be Late 2015, Early 2016

National Association of Broadcasters executive VP and spectrum auction point person Rick Kaplan said that he thought the broadcast incentive auction may move to later in 2015 or perhaps even 2016. His comments came at an incentive auction panel at a Competitive Carriers Association Global Expo audience in San Antonio.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/kaplan-incentive-auction-could-be-late-2015-early-2016/130068

Padden: Incentive Auction Is Like Gift Certificate to Tiffany’s

Preston Padden, executive director of the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition, is planning to give an American Enterprise Institute audience this to chew on at a breakfast event Thursday morning in Washington: The FCC can’t possibly be using the JSA crackdown to drive broadcasters to the auction.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/padden-incentive-auction-gift-certificate-tiffanys/130074

Aereo to Supremes: We’re Heirs to Rabbit Ears & Betamax

Aereo filed its opening brief in the Supreme Court, framing its service as the natural evolution. "The evolution of technology from a black-and-white television connected to a rabbit-ear antenna and a Betamax to a high-definition television connected to a digital antenna and DVR has not changed those core principles."

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/aereo-supremes-were-heirs-rabbit-ears-betamax/130077

Why Movie Streaming Sites So Fail to Satisfy

At least until the end of this decade, viewers will have to navigate between multiple streaming services to watch the movie or TV show they want.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/technology/personaltech/why-movie-streaming-services-are-unsatisfying-and-will-stay-so.html

China calls US spying actions ‘hypocrisy,’ plans to beef up security.

Recent reports on U.S. spying activities against China, its businesses, and people," according to Computerworld, "expose the U.S.’s ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘tyranny,’ said Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng at a press briefing on Thursday.

http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/public-sector/3508849/china-calls-us-spying-actions-hypocrisy-plans-to-beef-up-security/

House Intel leaders unveil surveillance reforms

House Intelligence leaders on Tuesday unveiled a plan to curtail the NSA’s ability to collect phone call data in bulk, but the effort differs from proposals from other top lawmakers and the White House.

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/house-intelligence-committee-nsa-surveillance-reforms-105000.html

Dish’s Ergen Said to Approach DirecTV CEO About Merger

Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen recently contacted DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Mike White to discuss a merger of the two satellite television companies, according to several people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of both companies rose.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-26/dish-s-ergen-said-to-approach-directv-ceo-white-about-merger.html

STRONG PUBLIC-PRIVATE SURVEILLANCE PARTNERSHIP [Commentary]

It may seem like the public/private surveillance partnership has frayed — but, unfortunately, it is alive and well. The main focus of massive Internet companies and government agencies both still largely align: to keep us all under constant surveillance. When they bicker, it’s mostly role-playing designed to keep us blasé.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/03/don-t-listen-to-google-and-facebook-the-public-private-surveillance-partnership-is-still-going-strong/284612/

OPPOSITION TO COMCAST-TIME WARNER CABLE

A majority of Americans are skeptical about the proposed merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, and they are not convinced the US government is doing enough to prevent monopolies generally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/comcast-time-warner-poll_n_5033738.html

THE POTENTIAL OF UNLICENSED SPECTRUM [Commentary]

As the FCC prepares for the world’s first incentive auction to provide more spectrum for mobile broadband services, we have a unique opportunity to fuel a new generation of unlicensed innovation, supporting rural broadband, connected hospitals, and smart grid networking.

http://thehill.com/special-reports/technology-march-26-2014/201749-dont-overlook-potential-of-unlicensed-spectrum

Viacom’s Rates ‘Out of Whack’ for Small Distributors

The National Cable Television Cooperative, which represents primarily rural cable operators, has charged that Viacom wants to dramatically increase the fees to carry its channels to prices that are 40 times greater than the rate of inflation. Viacom’s rates are "out of whack."

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-viacom-in-fight-with-small-distributors-over-fees-for-networks-20140325,0,7200153.story

CBS’s Last.fm to Shut Down Streaming Radio Service

Last.fm has announced that it will shut down its streaming radio service on April 28. While undoubtedly a blow, the news may not be all that fatal. The CBS Interactive company said it will continue to deliver personalized music via a new music player that is currently being tested.

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6022007/lastfm-pulls-out-of-radio-streaming-plugs-in-youtube

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.