Digital Daily Dozen 10/16/2013

Netflix Courts Cable Providers

​Shortly after Netflix announced its deal in the UK to include a Netflix app on Virgin Media set-top boxes, it’s looking to partner with US cable partners to do the same thing.


Facebook Goes Hard on Hashtags to Tempt TV Execs Away from Twitter

Facebook may not have pioneered the use of hashtags in social networking conversations, but now that it’s adopting the feature, the company is determined to capitalize.


$70 Billion TV Ad Market Eases Into Digital Direction

Earlier this year, DirecTV took a step into the future of TV advertising. Rather than let marketers target only shows and geographic markets, it allowed them to zero in on specific audiences – down to the individual home.


The Internet is moving away from the US

A recent article in the Wired UK edition reported that most of the Internet infrastructure management organizations are seeking to break free of any U.S.


Cable TV Operators Forced to Unbundle in Canada
A government official in Canada said the country was going to begin requiring cable providers to unbundle the TV service they offer, allowing customers to pick and choose which stations they are willing to pay to watch. “We want to unbundle television channels.”


Google Preps ‘Meter’ App for Tracking Mobile Usage
Google is said to be readying “Mobile Meter” apps that compensate users if they allow their mobile behavior to be monitored. The project utilizes iOS and Android apps that intelligently monitor app usage and web browsing habits and send the data back to Google.


International New York Times Eyes Media’s Future
“The convergence of digital media and technology will accelerate. Distinctions between old and new media will fade — most media will be digital. Mobile devices will continue to proliferate. We may wear them on our bodies or weave them into our clothing.”


FilmOn X Asks D.C. Judge To Revise Ban

Online video startup FilmOn X is asking U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington, D.C. to revise her earlier order banning the company from streaming over-the-air TV shows to users. The start-up says a recent decision involving Aereo — which offers a similar service requires Collyer to modify her order.


Many In Fresno Look OTA To Avoid Pay TV

As cable and satellite services offer hundreds of channels in dozens of languages and cater to almost every niche of viewing interest — at prices ranging from $30 to $100 or more every month — the notion of using a rooftop antenna to receive “free TV” seems almost quaint.


The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


Seven months after his conviction, Basaaly Moalin’s defense attorney moved for a new trial, arguing that evidence collected about him under the government’s recently disclosed dragnet telephone surveillance program violated his constitutional and statutory rights.


The ongoing demand for higher capacities to drive even faster network speeds, combined with technological enhancements to deliver greater throughput per bit, is pushing the price of IP transit below $1 per Mbps, according to new data developed by TeleGeography.


AT&T limits new customers to data-share plans only

New AT&T customers will soon only be able to buy Mobile Share plans, which involve higher data fees, but allow subscribers to share data allowances among multiple devices. The No. 2 U.S. mobile operator said the elimination of older plans for new customers would take effect on Oct 25.


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.