Digital Daily Dozen 10/1/2013

Fan of Beyonce or Miley? Here’s What Your Playlist Can Tell Marketers
Your Taste in Music Speaks Volumes About Your Purchasing Behavior. Data-mining companies are using musical tastes to predict consumer purchasing behavior.


Facebook Enters Competition over TV Data
Entering into the competition for TV data, Facebook has decided to go up against Twitter and send TV networks weekly data reports on their brands and series.


Broadcasters to FCC: Taking Time To Get Auction Reimbursement Right is Key
The FCC heard from broadcasters Monday on the cost and complexity of FCC repacking after the incentive auctions. Congress gave the FCC $1.75 billion and three years to compensate broadcasters who change channels, switch from UHF to VHF assignments and make other adjustments.


Eshoo: FCC Needs To Better Sell Auctions To Broadcasters
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) has told the FCC it needs to do more outreach to broadcasters about the benefits of participating in the broadcast spectrum incentive auctions.


Rep. Watt Introduces Radio Performance Right Legislation
True to his word, Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) has introduced a bill that would require broadcasters to pay a performance right for playing music on their radio stations. Broadcasters pay a blanket license to music writers and publishers, but the quid pro quo for artists has always been the promotional value of that airplay.


Calif. pushes for consumer tracking opt-out
“Do not track” legislation is on track in California that would allow users to prevent all advertisers from following them online. The bill may lend impetus to the online ad industry’s currently stalled efforts to produce its own tool, Kate Tummarello writes.


FTC’s Jessica Rich touts tougher line on advertising
The FTC is committed to stepping up its efforts in digital marketing, including a focus on privacy issues, according to the commission’s Jessica Rich. Rich noted that law requires that ad disclosures on mobile platforms “must be clear and conspicuous,” adding that “this will be an area of increased law enforcement.”


E-mail Beats Social Networks for Online Offer Sharing: Study
Email beats social networks Facebook and Twitter combined as the top medium for sharing online coupons and other offers, according to new research from SocialTwist, a company that specializes in giving consumers incentives to share deals online.


Vevo Launches in Germany After Two-Year Effort
Music and entertainment-focused video site Vevo has arrived in Germany, ending its two-year long effort to meet local licensing demands in the country. Vevo has opened an office in Berlin, out of which its operations in Germany — its 13th market worldwide — will be run.


Dallas Morning News to Abandon Paywall Strategy
The Dallas Morning News said it will dump its paywall and replace it with a “subscriber content” strategy. “Subscribers were not paying for the content.” The new premium digital offering will include “limited advertising and access to unique subscriber benefits.”


The NSA is storing the online metadata of millions of Internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal. The NSA was using its metadata troves to build profiles of US citizens’ social connections, associations and in some cases location.


When on June 9 Edward Snowden stood up in Hong Kong and revealed himself to the world as a NSA whistleblower, the Justice Department wasted little time in targeting his e-mail provider. A new appeals court filing shows the government served a court order on Texas-based Lavabit the very next day.


Broadband customers are bargain hunters, according to a new study by Morgan Stanley. The investment firm’s entertainment group polled 2,500 US based subscribers about their internet and cable plans and found that price, not speed, is the motivating factor behind most users’ decisions to switch services.


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.