Digital Daily Dozen 10/12/16

Amazon takes on Spotify with streaming music services that cost less than $10 a month 

Apple has one. Google has one. Spotify has had one for years. Now Amazon has a music subscription service, too.

Like everyone else, Amazon has started selling a $10 monthly service that lets you listen to whatever you want, whenever you want, on any device you want, without ads.



FCC hits Comcast with record cable company fine over billing practices 

Comcast is being fined $2.3 million for billing customers for products that they never ordered. The fine was announced this morning as part of a settlement with the FCC, which says this is “the largest civil penalty” it’s ever issued a cable operator.



Sprint is giving away a million devices — and wireless service — to U.S. high school students 

Aiming to narrow the so-called “homework gap,” Sprint announced Tuesday it plans to give a million high school students a free smartphone, tablet or PC and up to four years of free wireless service. CEO Marcelo Claure said Sprint is contributing the wireless service, while various hardware partners have committed to donating devices.



ACLU: Police used Twitter, Facebook to track protests

Police monitored and tracked protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., using data from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram provided by a Chicago company that analyzes social media for law enforcement, according to the ACLU. The data given to police by Geofeedia included the locations of users.



Ubisoft Worked With Facebook to Uncover and Target 3 Different Types of Video Gamers 

To launch the upcoming game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, video game-maker Ubisoft is leaning heavily on Facebook to target ads at specific types of gamers. While that fact alone isn’t very interesting, what is interesting is that the social network is affecting Ubisoft’s entire marketing strategy, including its TV creative.



Sports Illustrated, Endemol Bring VR to Everest 

Time’s Sports Illustrated has partnered with Endemol Shine Beyond USA to produce a new virtual reality documentary series, one that follows four climbers making a 2016 ascent of Mt. Everest. It is set to premiere in early 2017 on both Time’s recently launched Life VR platform and in 360-degree video on



Pai: Keeping Crossownership Ban Was ‘Profound Mistake’ 

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai called the FCC majority’s decision to retain the newspaper-broadcast crossownerhip rules a “profound mistake.” Pai said the decision made no sense given that broadcasters are well situated to partner with newspapers and multiplatform is the best way to make investment in news profitable.



Tech Companies Expect Free High-Speed Internet for Poorer Americans to Pay Off Later 

While telecom and web companies cite altruism as propelling free or low-cost broadband programs, what is often left unsaid are the benefits the services bring to the companies. It’s part of a textbook business strategy known as “loss leader,” when a company provides discounted or free goods to get customers to buy more.



Fact-Checking the FCC’s Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy

The FCC released a Fact Sheet announcing Chair Wheeler had circulated to his fellow Commissioners a proposed Order with new privacy rules for ISPs, along with some high-level details of his proposal.  At the same time, the Chair posted a blog titled “Protecting the Privacy of Broadband Customers.”




An e-mail stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and posted on WikiLeaks indicates that an official within the campaign appeared to have discussions with sources inside the Department of Justice (DOJ) about ongoing open records lawsuits regarding Clinton’s e-mails.




Chatbots, one of the hottest trends in consumer technology, are invading the 2016 election, with Democrats and progressives deploying the artificial intelligence-powered software to do things like register voters and keep supporters engaged with Hillary Clinton’s campaign.



NSA could put undetectable “trapdoors” in millions of crypto keys 

Researchers have devised a way to place undetectable backdoors in the cryptographic keys that protect websites, virtual private networks, and Internet servers. The feat allows hackers to passively decrypt hundreds of millions of encrypted communications as well as cryptographically impersonate key owners.



Ad Industry Slams FCC’s Privacy Proposal 

The FCC’s revised proposal for privacy rules is “counterproductive” and would hinder broadband providers’ ability “to succeed in the developing marketplace” of online advertising, six major ad organizations say in comments to regulators. The new proposal would require broadband providers to obtain consumers’ opt-in consent.





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.