Digital Daily Dozen 04/18/2014

Acquisitions Don’t Nullify Prior Privacy Promises–FTC’s Letter to Facebook & WhatsApp

The Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection wrote executives at Facebook and WhatsApp and made clear that both companies must continue to honor WhatsApp’s prior policies and statements against collecting and sharing user data with advertisers—policies that exceed Facebook’s current privacy protections.

Big Labels Take Aim at Pandora on Royalties

The suit, filed by several big record companies on Thursday, accuses Pandora of violating common-law copyright protections for songs made before 1972.

Kagan Puts Retrans In Perspective

In a report that is sure to be fully embraced by the broadcast community, SNL Kagan said Thursday that retransmission consent fees, also known as the bane of multichannel video service providers, account for just 8.9% of total fees distributors pay to networks and is expected to rise to just under 13% by 2017.

Kanojia Calls Broadcasters’ ‘Rube Goldberg’ Knock On Aereo ‘Insane’

Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia brought his pitch for Aereo as an innovative remote antenna/DVR combo to C-SPAN as he prepared for his company’s defense. Not only did he take aim at broadcaster arguments as baseless and even "insane," but also suggested cable was a monopoly that was pricing itself out of the market.

FCC’s Wheeler Defends Low-Band Spectrum Carve-Out

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has responded to a letter from House Democrats earlier this week (78 in all) asking him to have an open incentive auction that does not limit participants, saying that "all who want to participate in the incentive auction will be able to bid."

Estate plan should pass down digital heirlooms

Deciding who gets what when we die is difficult enough when it comes to divvying jewelry, collectible baseball cards, family heirlooms, houses and cars. It can be even trickier to arrange control of our digital assets. People’s virtual legacies include e-mail, photo-sharing and social-media accounts.

Nielsen In Final Tests Of Mobile Ad Measurement Service

Nielsen on Thursday said it’s launching the final technical trial before expanding Online Campaign Ratings (OCR) service to mobile this summer. Participating in the test are online video ad firms BrightRoll and TubeMogul, which have both been in using OCR on a fully-integrated basis for the past 18 months.

Netflix Linked with Rise in Cord-Cutting, Report Says

A report by consumer data firm Experian has shown a direct link between the availability of the likes of Netflix and Hulu and an increase in consumers cutting the cable cord. More cord-cutting is expected "as devices like Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast become more common."

Listen Up! Digital And Younger Listeners Changing Radio

According to Jacobs Media, the impact of digitally delivered media continues its rise, providing both opportunity and challenges to traditional radio broadcasters. The media habits of 11 different format core audiences, and five generations from Boomers to Millennials, find different patterns of radio consumption.


The NTIA released the first three of 15 public computer center and broadband adoption case studies. These focus on the impact of grants in Delaware, Texas and Michigan. The case studies tell a story of increased demand for library services that have helped the country continue to turn the corner on economic recovery.


A planned merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US could prompt regulators to rewrite rules they are now weighing for a 2015 auction of airwaves. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has proposed restrictions on how much the biggest carriers, Verizon and AT&T, could bid in the major auction of television spectrum scheduled for mid-2015.


Broadcasters are expressing concern that the timetable proposed by the FCC to repack TV spectrum following the auction to wireless carriers is unworkable and that the consequences for failure to meet the deadlines under consideration are too severe. The proposals include a 39-month window to complete channel relocation.

Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts real raid of West Bluff house

Police searched a West Bluff, IL house and seized phones and computers in an effort to unmask the author of a parody Twitter account that purported to be Mayor Jim Ardis. The account already had been suspended for several weeks when up to seven plainclothes police officers executed a search warrant about 5:20 p.m.

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