Digital Daily Dozen 10/15/15

Bipartisan Hill Bigwigs Push for New Safe Harbor (Broadcasting & Cable) 

House and Senate leadership on the communications oversight committees have urged the Department of Commerce and Federal Trade Commission to come up with a successor “safe harbor” agreement on Trans-Atlantic data flows from EU countries to the U.S. 

T-Mobile Also Working to Allow One Phone Number to Work on Multiple Devices (Recode)

AT&T isn’t the only carrier interested in offering customers the ability to use one phone number across multiple devices. T-Mobile operating chief Mike Sievert said that his company is also working on giving customers that option. Without offering details, Sievert said T-Mobile’s feature would go beyond what AT&T is promising.   

California Launches Resource Hub for ‘Revenge Porn’ Victims (Recode)

Last December, California successfully sent someone to jail for the first time for posting “revenge porn.” Then in February, the state secured its first conviction of someone operating a “revenge porn” site, becoming the first state in the country to successfully prosecute such a case.   

Health care reform’s digital crisis in confidence   (Brookings- Commentary by Stuart Brotman) 

The adoption of e-health records nationwide has been slower than anticipated. A study by KPMG provides valuable data regarding why health care institutions are taking a wait-and-see approach. A key reason seems to be that the information technology infrastructure of these organizations is vulnerable to cyberattacks.  

From Teens to Adults, Everyone’s Now Watching Online Video as Much as TV (Ad Week)

Globally, people are spending as much time watching online video as they spend watching TV, according to a new report from Millward Brown. That should bode well for brands trying to target cord-cutters or “cord-nevers,” but digital promos annoy many viewers. 

Jay Z Testifies In “Big Pimpin’ ” Trial: “I Didn’t Know There Was a Sample” (Hollywood Reporter) 

To hear Jay Z tell it, there was one big misunderstanding in the production of his 1999 hit “Big Pimpin’.” In testimony in the trial over the song’s iconic sample, his opponent’s attorney inquired why he and producer Tim “Timbaland” Mosley didn’t ensure they had the rights to the song, the Egyptian tune “Khosara Khosara.”  

Irrational Exuberance and the Commoditization of News  (Inside Sources Commentary) 

In surveying the current state of the media industry, there is substantial confusion over what defines a sustainable business. There is a crash coming unless media companies begin to innovate. What has become increasingly clear is that investors are irrationally exuberant over media startups. 

Election 2016: Before the Votes Will Come the Video Streams  (Media Shift Commentary)

There is a tremendous amount of interest in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. TV ratings for the first two Republican presidential debates have been through the roof, and the drama that surrounded both events have given Wrestlemania a run for its money. None of this is particularly new, but what will be new is streaming video.   

CBS’s Moonves Says Content Deal With Apple TV Is Likely (Bloomberg)

CBS’s discussions with Apple over TV programming will probably lead to a deal, CBS CEO Les Moonves said. “Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves said. “We have had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably.” 


Jim Webb said during Oct 13’s Democratic debate that the greatest “day to day” national security threat is cyberwarfare. Whether cyberwarfare is the single largest threat to the US, or merely among the biggest, is beside the point. What matters is that Webb was the only presidential candidate to even mention cybersecurity. 


More than one-quarter of seniors 80-plus (27 percent) are “virtual shut-ins” unable or not interested in using the Internet or social networking as a result of their inability to use the Internet or the need for assistance, according to “Rewiring Aging.”   


Consultants are warning public TV licensees not to put too much weight on the opening bids for 2016’s spectrum auction, which the FCC is expected to release as soon as this week. So say John Lawson, former president of the Association of Public Television Stations, and Vincent Curren, former Corporation for Public Broadcasting COO.   

Digital Consumers ‘At Least Two Years’ Ahead Of Retailers (Media Post) 

Retailers are having a difficult time keeping up with the technology adoption rate by consumers. That’s one of the findings from research on the holiday shopping season. Retailers are probably two years behind digital consumers when it comes to adopting technology, Ken Burke, founder and CEO of MarketLive, told Search Marketing Daily.