Digital Daily Dozen 03/31/2014

Is Facebook Too Big to Care? (Commentary)

The social network has made some recent moves that suggest it is determined to follow its own path, regardless of what outsiders think.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/is-facebook-too-big-to-care/

Tech Fear-Mongering Must Stop (Commentary)

It’s time for Americans to worry more about the Luddites quashing tech innovation and progress, and worry less about job-stealing robots and privacy-invading smart meters.

http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/executive-insights-and-innovation/tech-fear-mongering-must-stop/d/d-id/1127943

Smartphone kill-switch could save consumers $2.6B per year, says report

Technology that remotely makes a stolen smartphone useless could save American consumers up to $2.6 billion per year if it is implemented widely and leads to a reduction in theft of phones, according to a new report.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/033114-smartphone-kill-switch-could-save-consumers-280216.html

Activists to appeal US judge’s ruling on Baidu’s censorship

A group of activists are hoping to appeal a U.S. judge’s ruling that treated the censorship on Chinese search engine Baidu as free speech.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/033114-activists-to-appeal-us-judge39s-280218.html

‘A’ for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel

Documents show that Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America’s NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/gchq-and-nsa-targeted-private-german-companies-a-961444.html

NO CLEAR PATH

President Barack Obama’s proposal to end government collection of Americans’ phone records is expected to face a rocky path on Capitol Hill as lawmakers and pressure groups disagree on details and the scope of National Security Agency reform.

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/202080-contentious-congress-to-take-up-obamas-nsa-reform

SURVEILLANCE REFORM [Commentary]

Stopping the government from holding onto of all Americans’ phone metadata would undoubtedly be a good thing for American privacy, but if you read between the legislative lines, the government might not be curtailing mass surveillance so much as permanently entrenching it in American law.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/29/surveillance-reform-whats-not-in-new-nsa-laws

THE FALLACIES OF GOVERNMENT-RUN BROADBAND

There is no doubt that an effective broadband infrastructure is essential for the 21st century U.S. economy. This is why the misinterpretations of a recent GAO report are so problematic. The policy recommendations that are being derived would significantly inhibit the growth and efficiency of the US broadband infrastructure.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/econostats/2014/03/26/the-fallacies-of-government-run-broadband/

WWE Network Is Loud Introduction to the Video Streaming Ring

World Wrestling Entertainment has positioned itself on the cutting edge of Internet television with its new subscription-only streaming video service.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/business/media/the-body-slam-is-buffering.html

Ratings Council Lifts Ban On Online ‘Viewable’ Impressions

In a move that effectively establishes "viewable" impressions as the currency for online display and video advertising, the Media Rating Council will lift an industry moratorium on the new metric. The move follows a period of review of the major third-party research supplier’s methods for calculating "viewability."

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/222569/ratings-council-lifts-ban-on-online-viewable-imp.html

Yahoo Mulls Creating Video Service to Rival YouTube

Yahoo is said to be working on a plan to lure some of YouTube’s most popular stars and networks to show their stuff on the web portal. The strategy is aimed at taking advantage of complaints by video creators who think that they don’t make enough money on YouTube.

http://recode.net/2014/03/28/ready-for-marissas-closeup-yahoo-is-considering-creating-its-own-youtube-and-poaching-youtube-stars/

CBS May Create Internet-TV Service to Rival Aereo

CBS would consider creating its own online TV service with other networks if Aereo is allowed to continue selling broadcast programming over the Internet, said CEO Les Moonves. CBS may offer its shows in an Internet version of cable TV. "We are going to win either way."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-28/cbs-may-create-its-own-internet-tv-service-to-challenge-aereo.html

Don’t Look Now: The Digital Ad Economy Is Heading For a Correction

Mobile has not only become the primary way that people are accessing the Internet, but the primary way they are using social media. It’s also the only media usage that is still growing. Ask any publisher – their mobile traffic is rapidly heading towards eclipsing 50% of their overall traffic. And therein lies the problem.

http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/digital-ad-economy-heading-a-correction/292363/

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.