Digital Daily Dozen 10/14/16

Twitter, not Facebook, will livestream BuzzFeed’s election night coverage   

Twitter has secured live election night coverage from an unlikely supplier: BuzzFeed. The two announced an exclusive deal in which Twitter will stream a live TV-style broadcast produced by BuzzFeed News’s political team on election night. The special will include commercials, and the two companies will share the ad revenue.–buzzfeed-livestream-election-coverage



AT&T technicians use drones to test signal strength and find birds’ nests 

AT&T hires thousands of technicians to repair and inspect infrastructure constantly. Now those technicians have a new tool in their arsenal to help make their jobs faster and more grounded: Drones. October is the first month of AT&T’s new drone program. Field technicians can now use drones on site whenever they need an extra set of eyes.



FTC appeals court ruling in AT&T throttling case 

The Federal Trade Commission has appealed an August federal appeals court ruling that dismissed a case brought by the FTC against AT&T for throttling, or slowing data speeds, on millions of customers with unlimited smartphone data plans.



Twitter Just Debuted a Way to Make Live Video Look More Professional   

Do you tend to drop off livestreams when the picture quality seems lacking? Twitter hopes to have a solution for that problem, and it’s aimed at viewers and brands alike. The microblogging network’s new Periscope Producer lets marketers broadcast better quality footage using their external cameras and software.



Brace for Impact: The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules Are Almost Here 

On October 6, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler published a fact sheet and blog post outlining his proposal to create privacy rules for ISPs, setting the final rules up for a vote at the October 27 meeting. The fact sheet demonstrates that the FTC and other government privacy experts have influenced Wheeler’s thinking on certain issues.



Reverse Auction Closes With Broadcasters’ New Exit Price at $54.6B 

The second stage of the FCC’s reverse portion of the spectrum incentive auction closed after 53 rounds, and wireless operators will now have to pay broadcasters at least $54,586,032,836 to get access to the 114 MHz of spectrum that will be on the block in the forward auction.



Votes Still Pending on FCC’s Set-Top, BDS Orders

No one but FCC chair Tom Wheeler had voted to approve either the set-top box order or business data services combination order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, according to an FCC source. Both items were circulated for commissioner votes and more work in the case of the set-top proposal.



How Video Games Are Changing the Way Soccer Is Played  

For millions of soccer fans across the world, video games — primarily the record-high-selling FIFA series from Electronic Arts, but also its rival series Pro Evolution Soccer and the more cerebral Football Manager — act as both a gateway drug to soccer and, later, another way of satisfying an established addiction.




When noncable internet providers — outlets like AT&T or Verizon — choose which communities to offer the fastest connections, they don’t juice up their networks so everyone in their service areas has the option of buying quicker speeds. Instead, they tend to favor the wealthy over the poor, according to an investigation.



A NEW DIGITAL DIVIDE  [Commentary]  

Though the US has made profound progress in making Internet access universally available, a new digital divide emerged that defies conventional solutions. Since both Clinton and Trump have promised to expand broadband opportunities if elected, it’s crucial for future policy decisions that we understand who is still offline and why.   



BACKBONE OF THE IOT  [Commentary]  

Street lights and traffic signal poles are like the Colorado Esplanade in the sky. No, I am not celebrating their function as providers of light. Their real power comes from a transformation — into neutral platforms that provide the tools of connectivity to everyone. Very few American cities have carried out this transmogrification.



DAA To Start Enforcing Cross-Device Privacy Rules In February 

The self-regulatory group Digital Advertising Alliance intends to start enforcing the industry’s privacy code for cross-device tracking in February of 2017. The code, unveiled in November of 2015, sets out privacy rules governing ad networks, publishers and other companies that collect data from one type of computer.



40% Own A Smart TV, 35% Still Have A VCR 

One of the more significant connected devices in the home may end up being the smart TV. While more consumers add Internet-connected devices such as thermostats, security systems, locks and lighting over the long term, people in the short term are increasingly streaming content through their connected TVs.





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.