Digital Daily Dozen: 06/08/2015

The Digital Daily Dozen for June 8, 2015.

Cutting the Cord: Is Fox’s Movie of the Day movie app a deal? (USA Today) Consumers have embraced digital movies via streaming services and digital downloads, but studios continue to experiment with ways to stoke the business. No question, streaming is the fan favorite, but digital sales, also called electronic sell-through in the home entertainment industry, are on the rise, too.

Sony Music CEO Pre-Announces Apple’s Streaming Music Service: ‘It’s Happening Tomorrow.’ (Recode) It wasn’t a mystery. But just in case you were still wondering: Yes, Apple will announce its new streaming music service. That’s according to Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, who confirmed the launch during an interview at a music industry conference in Cannes, France. “It’s happening tomorrow,” Morris said onstage.   

Internet of Things Data Could Fuel Ad Targeting (Adage) The Internet of Things has promised to turn our everyday interactions with stuff into data for logistical and marketing applications. But now that more and more corporations, have tested actual web-connected products in the market, the industry is approaching the next stage of connected appliances and food packaging.  

Remittances at the Click of a Smartphone Button (New York Times) Tech start-ups and traditional telecom operators are taking advantage of the rapid rise of smartphones in many emerging economies to reduce the barriers – and costs – of sending cash overseas.

Advertisers Still Unsure About Mobile Video Potential (E Marketer) Mobile video is exploding in many ways, with six-second Vines and 15-second Instagrams taking off with brands and Facebook opening up its video capabilities. But when it comes to advertisers, the world of mobile video is still a grey area.  

What Just Happened to NSA Reform? [Commentary] (Benton) On June 2, 2015, the Senate passed and President Barack Obama signed into law the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. This week’s actions have been both celebrated and damned by all sides, it seems, of the political spectrum. Is it time to celebrate? Or move to Canada?

House Anti-Spying Amendments Aren’t Letting FBI in the Back Door (Inside Sources) Despite the FBI’s latest pitch to Congress this week for a way to surveil encrypted communications services offered by companies including Apple and Google, lawmakers in the House are pushing back with a series of anti-spying amendments tacked onto all-important appropriations bill. 

A New York State of Megabites [Commentary] (Medium) Here’s a parallel for you: When it comes to high-capacity Internet access, Cuba is to the US as the US is to Norway, Korea, and a bunch of other places in northern Europe and Asia. So it was great to get back to New York and be able to report on what is called the “New NY Broadband Program.”

Iowa Lawmakers OK Broadband Expansion Plan (Des Moine Register) Iowa state legislative leaders reached agreement on a plan to expand broadband service in Iowa that’s been a top priority of Gov Terry Branstad. The goal is to provide high-speed Internet service to underserved areas in Iowa, particularly in rural communities.

IAB Questions Regulators About Plans For Broadband Privacy Rules (Mediapost) The Interactive Advertising Bureau wants the FCC to clarify whether the net neutrality rules will result in new privacy restrictions on broadband providers. Industry representatives, including IAB executive vice president Mike Zaneis, met with officials to discuss the organization’s “interests in digital advertising and privacy.”

Getting Sony’d — The Perils of Corporate Personhood [Commentary] (Inside Sources) Corporations and advocacy organizations make enemies, and the battles between these actors frequently take place in the courts. Court actions take time and money, which opposing litigants may lack. In a hypothetical David vs. Goliath legal match up, some Davids may view hactivism as a just recourse.

Online abuse is a real problem. This congresswoman wants the FBI to treat it like one. (Washington Post) There are a lot of problems with the way we deal with the thorny issue of online harassment. As a recent Supreme Court ruling on harassment shows, the country’s best legal minds are still grappling with how to deal with threats made on the Web. Few deny that online abuse occurs.

EU digi-chief to meet ministers and sort out the net neutrality thing (The Register) Gaffe-prone Gunther H-dot, Europe’s digital chief, has waded into the net neutrality debate once again, but has vowed to sort everything out in a meeting with national ministers. Commissioner Oettinger was reported saying that “net neutrality is socialism by the back door.”