Digital Daily Dozen 10/03/2013

Google’s Chromecast Adds Hulu Plus App

Hulu Plus now has Chromecast support, allowing paying users to stream Hulu Plus content straight to their TV.


Lavabit Founder Waged Privacy Fight as F.B.I. Pursued Snowden

A federal judge unsealed documents in a case involving a tech entrepreneur who refused to give the government broad access to data on users of Lavabit, his secure e-mail service, one of whom was Edward J. Snowden.


In Test Project, N.S.A. Tracked Cellphone Locations

The National Security Agency tested the collection of location data, but never put the program into play.

Social Networks in a Battle for the Second Screen

Facebook and Twitter are vying to become the nation’s digital water cooler as they woo networks and advertisers.


Hulu Wants Privacy Lawsuit Thrown Out

Hulu argues in new court papers that a class-action lawsuit accusing it of violating a federal video privacy law should be dismissed on the grounds that the Web users who filed suit didn’t suffer any injuries.


Tech companies would violate surveillance laws and help terrorists avoid detection if they reveal government requests for data, the Department of Justice told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The US government responded to requests from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and LinkedIn to publish more.


Google, Microsoft and Yahoo will continue to fight the US government for the ability to publish more information about requests from the government for user data. The companies — along with Facebook and LinkedIn — have asked the government if they can publish more information.



Are actual teachers — that is, those employed by the school system — tapped into the wealth of information from their students made available through social media? Likely not. The teachers I know are often discouraged, and sometimes downright forbidden from, interacting with their students on social media.


CEA Slams DOE TV Set Testing Mandate

The Consumer Electronics Association calls a new DOE test procedure for measuring TV set power consumption “wasteful and unnecessary.” The adoption of the new procedure was not immediately accessible on the DOE site, which is not being updated during the government shutdown.


Social Media, TV Everywhere Drive Audience

Online and mobile access to programming is even more important for Hispanic television networks, a panel of top media executives said at the Multichannel News/B&C Hispanic TV Summit Wednesday.


Facebook, Cisco Target Local Business With Wifi Check-Ins

Facebook wants more people to offer up physical location data at small local businesses. The lure is free wifi through its partner, Cisco. Following a test period that originated last year at Philz Coffee, 1,000 merchants across 50 countries now enable a wifi system with a Cisco backbone and Facebook consumer-facing front end.


AT&T May Attempt Price War with Google Fiber
AT&T plans to launch a fiber-to-the-home service with 300 megabit speeds in Austin, Texas, in December that will be upgraded to 1 Gbps by 2014. AT&T’s move into high-speed fiber is seen by analysts as trying to run in front of Google Fiber’s 2014 deployment in Austin.


Netflix Gives Students Free Subscriptions for Chatter
Netflix has begun offering students in the U.K. and Ireland a shot at a year’s free subscription as part of a student ambassador program. Announced via Twitter and Facebook, the program calls on students to use Twitter to discuss TV shows and movies they watch on Netflix.


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.