Digital Daily Dozen 06/11/2014

Microsoft fights U.S. search warrant for customer e-mails held in overseas server

Microsoft, one of the world’s largest e-mail providers, is resisting a government search warrant to compel the firm to turn over customer data held in a server located overseas. In what could be a landmark case, the Redmond, Wash., company is arguing that such a warrant is not justified by law or the Constitution.

Google’s university book scanning can move ahead without authors’ OK

A federal appeals court upheld the right of universities, in conjunction with Google, to scan millions of library books without the authors’ permission. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling in a case brought by the Authors Guild and other writers’ groups, argued that the universities were not breaching federal copyright law.

Taxi Drivers Plan Big Protests in Europe Against Uber

Taxi drivers planned to turn a handful of European city centers into giant parking lots Wednesday, protesting the mobile car-hailing services of Uber Technologies Inc. and others. The demonstrations highlight some challenges facing Uber and its peers as they race to increase revenue and woo investors.

U.S. SEC official urges broader cyber-attack disclosure

Public companies that are victims of cyber-attacks should consider disclosing additional information beyond what’s required to help protect customers whose private data could be at risk, a top U.S. regulator said. SEC member Luis Aguilar made his plea to public companies and their boards in a speech at the NYSE.

One in Five Mobile Apps Is Only Opened Once, Though That’s Actually an Improvement

A new study finds that one in five mobile apps are only used once — yet that still may be good news for app makers. That statistic is actually slightly better than four years ago, when a quarter of apps were only run a single time, according to Localytics, which compiled the data.

Comcast Merger Should Be Blocked, Tech Giants Say

A group representing Google, Facebook, Yahoo and other tech giants wants U.S. regulators to block the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The Computer and Communications Industry Association fears the deal would increase Comcast’s "bottleneck market power."

Facebook, Twitter Brace for Global Fever of World Cup

This year’s World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Twitter and Facebook are adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup — the planet’s most widely viewed sporting event.

Cisco Says TV, Smart Devices Will Take Over Internet

Desktop computers are losing their grip on the Internet — and your TV, fridge, car and mobile phone are the future of how we go online, according to Cisco. By 2018, global Internet traffic will be almost evenly split between PCs and "other" gadgets, the network firm claimed.


For the same reason the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile US didn’t go through in 2011, a Sprint/T-Mobile joinder shouldn’t be permitted either: No matter how the deal is conditioned, it will cause a reduction in competition. We already have a highly concentrated mobile-phone marketplace. It’s a "duopoly with a fringe."


Ironically, Chattanooga is the poster child for the benefits of community broadband networks, and also a prime example of efforts to restrict them. Tennessee is one of many states that have placed limits on the deployment of community networks. Tennessee’s law is restricting Chattanooga from expanding its network’s footprint.


A coalition of media advocacy groups is pressing lawmakers to investigate the billing practices of cable and satellite companies. “Industry-wide practices, such as erroneous overbilling, equipment rental fees and inflated or unnecessary ‘extra’ charges, are the result of an uncompetitive market structure.”

Getting Digital Advertising To Work (Commentary)

There continues to be a mismatch between the future promise of digital display advertising and the current reality. It may be the fastest-growing ad channel, aided by the most advanced technology and data and the best targeting we’ve ever seen. But can you remember a single digital ad in the last month?

DOJ Opens Review of ASCAP and BMI Consent Decree

The Department of Justice has opened a review of the consent decrees that govern the operation of the nation’s two largest music performing rights organizations, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). The Department is seeking public comments.

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.