Digital Daily Dozen 04/23/2014

Free-Form Games Are Crushing Gamer Stereotypes

Technology is getting cheaper, faster, more portable, and more mind-blowingly futuristic by the day. And it’s getting into the hands of a wider swath of humanity than ever before — and opening the floodgates to future engineers, software developers and game designers, who are discovering their own interest in technology.

http://recode.net/2014/04/22/free-form-games-are-crushing-gamer-stereotypes/

More Than Half of Americans Over 55 Now Own a Smartphone

Smartphones aren’t just for kids (and geeks) anymore. A new Nielsen study found that more than half of adults over the age of 55 now own smartphones, marking the first time a majority of Americans in all age groups have these portable devices.

http://recode.net/2014/04/22/more-than-half-of-americans-over-55-now-own-a-smartphone/

It’s Not Beijing’s Hackers You Should Be Worried About, it’s Moscow’s

When officials warn of the threat foreign cyber spies pose to American companies and government agencies, they usually focus on China, which has long been home to the world’s most relentless and aggressive hackers. But new information shows that Russian and Eastern European hackers now account for a large percentage.

http://complex.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/04/22/it_s_not_beijing_s_hackers_you_should_be_worried_about_it_s_moscow_s

AOL to Stream Free Movies in Pact with Miramax

AOL has inked a deal with Miramax to deliver a selection of its full-length films to U.S. users, available to watch for free (with ads) across a range of devices. The pact will lead up to the launch of a new movies section that will be featured across the AOL On Network for video.

http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/aol-launches-free-streaming-movies-in-pact-with-miramax-1201161638/

Dish Targets Summer Debut for Internet-TV Service

Dish Network is said to be targeting a summer debut for its Internet-TV service in the U.S. Dish is reportedly telling programmers, including NBCUniversal, that a late summer release date is possible. Dish already signed up Disney for the service last month.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-22/dish-said-to-target-summer-debut-for-internet-tv-service.html

AT&T, Chernin Invest $500 Million to Take On Netflix

AT&T and media investment firm the Chernin Group are putting up $500 million for the creation and development of video streaming services. The companies will look "to acquire, invest in and launch" so-called over-the-top services that provide consumers with online content.

http://mashable.com/2014/04/22/att-streaming-service/

Everything you need to know about Aereo, the Supreme Court and the future of TV

In one of the biggest cases of the year for tech, a young start-up is taking on TV broadcasters. Depending on the outcome, the battle could either solidify TV networks’ grip over their content or throw the doors open to a future where consumers will be able to get traditional, over-the-air programming over the Internet instead.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/04/22/everything-you-need-to-know-about-aereo-the-startup-thats-taking-on-tv-in-the-supreme-court-today/

Airbnb is facing off against New York’s Attorney General. Here’s why.

Anyone who has ever rented a beach house on Airbnb or taken a ride with Uber has unwittingly stepped into a long brewing conflict over how the sharing economy fits in with local regulation — often with regulators charging companies with disrupting local laws while earning massive profits.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/04/22/airbnb-is-facing-off-against-new-yorks-attorney-general-heres-why/

TEACHING SENIORS TO USE INTERNET CUTS DEPRESSION RISK

According to new research by a Michigan State University professor, computer use among retirees reduces the risk of depression by more than 30%. And don’t worry that Grandpa doesn’t yet understand this newfangled Internet-thing. It’s never too late to learn, said Sheila Cotten, lead author and a professor of telecomm.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/22/seniors-internet-fights-depression/8009059/

COMCAST-NETFLIX DEBATE ILLUSTRATES IMPLICATIONS OF COMCAST-TWC MERGER [Commentary]

Netflix appears to be positioning itself as a major voice against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Sen Al Franken has indicated he intends to invite Netflix’s participation in the regulatory approval debate and Netflix confirmed they intend to take him up on his offer. Needless to say, Comcast isn’t pleased.

http://www.telecompetitor.com/comcast-netflix-debate-illustrates-implications-comcast-twc-merger/

WHY THE FEDS SHOULD BLOCK COMCAST’S MERGER WITH TIME WARNER CABLE [Commentary]

It’s a good time to delve into a development that could forever reshape the future of television: the possible merger between two of the nation’s biggest cable companies, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. A merger between these giants would threaten an open and fair market for cable television as well as Internet access. http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/04/22/why-the-feds-should-block-comcasts-merger-with-time-warner-cable/

Tumblr Study Says It Has More Social TV Activity Than Twitter

Twitter got its ad business off the ground by selling marketers on the premise that its service complements TV, and now it appears that Tumblr is treading a similar path.

http://adage.com/article/digital/tumblr-study-social-tv-activity-twitter/292764/

Phoenix Study: Bidder Exclusion Rules Won’t Help Incentive Auction

A new Phoenix Center study of the 2006 AWS-1 spectrum auction asserts that Verizon and AT&T’s participation in that auction accounted for nearly 70% of the auction proceeds even though together they only won 10% of the total licenses.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/phoenix-study-bidder-exclusion-rules-wont-help-incentive-auction/130607

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.