Digital Daily Dozen 09/26/16

Nielsen Says Mainstream Consumers Really Are Interested in Virtual Reality 

A Nielsen survey of 8,000 consumers found that many might actually be more ready for VR than some might have guessed. According to Nielsen’s Media Lab, nearly one-fourth (24 percent) said they will likely use or purchase VR in the next year. Another 20 percent said they don’t plan to try it, but expressed increased interest.



In breach’s wake, Yahoo user lawsuits begin to pile up 

The lawsuits filed against Yahoo in the wake of a massive data breach at the Net media company continue to come. Two cases filed in U.S. District Court seek class action-status and charge Yahoo with failing to protect users’ personal information in one of the largest data breaches of its kind.



In an Ad Blocking Battle, Whose Side Is Google On?

Ad blocking looks increasingly like the marketing industry’s forever war, with plenty of damage done but little resolved. Publishers are experimenting with keeping out visitors who run ad blocking software, for example, only to see their tech inadvertently turn away “innocent” people.




AT&T has sued Nashville to stop a new ordinance designed to accelerate the deployment of Google Fiber. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Nashville only two days after the Nashville Metro Council passed a “One Touch Make Ready” rule that gives new Internet service providers faster access to utility poles.




The pending transition of ICANN away from US government oversight has involved in-depth discussion about how to maintain an open Internet free from government control. What has received considerably less attention in these discussions is how ICANN has performed while under US oversight—especially as a regulator.




CenturyLink said that as it extends broadband services to rural areas via the FCC’s Connect America Fund-II program, it can attract a larger amount of customers that reside in 1.2 million homes with 10/1 Mbps speeds. In 2015, CenturyLink accepted $500 million in the second phase of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF-II).



CenturyLink to launch 17-channel OTT video service early next year 

CenturyLink has no plans to drop its Prism IPTV service, but given the challenges of acquiring content, the service provider has indicated that an over the top (OTT) model is a better option for future video services growth. Glen Post, CEO of CenturyLink, said that it will formally launch the service early next year following ongoing trials.



4 Graphs That Illustrate How Facebook and Google Dominate Ad Revenue 

Our industry faces a well-known duopoly, with Facebook and Google commanding an ever-increasing share of digital ad spend, both in the U.S. and globally. Global ad spend, across all channels (digital, TV, print, radio, outdoor, etc.) is growing annually on average by 5.6 percent from 2015 to 2020.



RTDNA Urges Release Of North Carolina Video  (Commentary) 

The family of Keith Scott, who was shot to death by Charlotte police, has been given access to video from that shooting. But that’s as far as Police Chief Kerr Putney is willing to go in the interest of “transparency.” This, after intense street protests and a state of emergency being declared in that city following Scott’s death.



California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request 

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove — or not post in the first place — an actor’s age or birthday upon request. The law, which becomes effective Jan. 1, applies to entertainment database sites that allow paid subscribers to post résumés, headshots or other info.



59% Of IoT Gadget Makers Don’t Tell Consumers How Their Personal Info Is Used 

It’s no secret that marketers are looking forward to obtaining more consumer information that flows from the explosion of Internet-connected devices being placed throughout homes, in cars and on people. Many smart devices come with plenty of information-sharing built in as part of their core.



Homeland Security Looks To Add IoT Security Into Products

The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to make the internet-of-things just a bit more complicated, by trying to shove itself into the market with a new security framework. Assistant secretary for cyber policy at the DHS Robert Silvers said that his department had decided to develop “a set of strategic principles.”



Pressure Builds on FCC to Delay Set-Top Box Vote

With less than a week to go before the FCC votes to make cable providers offer apps in place of set-top boxes, pressure from the industry and Congress to delay the plan is building on commissioners, with one in particular seen as the crucial swing vote that could make or break the proposal.





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.