Digital Daily Dozen 10/18/16

ABC to Stack All Episodes of New Series on Digital Platforms 

ABC will make all episodes of new series, including American Housewife and Designated Survivor, available to authenticated viewers on and the ABC app. “More viewers are watching shows on their own terms, and we want to continue pursuing ways to better meet their expectations,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC.



VR 20/20: Reducing Friction Key to VR Adaption 

Reducing friction to virtual reality technology will be key to scaling up consumer adoption of this emerging market, said Amit Singh, VP of business and operations, VR at Google, said. Singh said that’s part of the reason why everything Google’s doing around VR these days centers in large part on smartphones.



Mainstream VR Is Inevitable, and Coming Soon 

The notion of virtual reality moving to the mainstream will happen sooner than many might figure, said multiple panelists at the “Is VR the New Super Bowl Spot?,” and marketers are wise to get on board sooner rather than later. Alban Denoyel, founder and CEO of Sketchfab, said the tipping point will happen in around 18 months.



How publishers are fighting back against ad blocking

For months, The Atlantic has been fretting over what to do with the nearly 10 percent of its website readers who employ ad blockers. The Atlantic is the latest in a series of media outlets to block those who are blocking their ads. It’s a smart short-term strategy. But ad blocking is a long-term problem media hasn’t figured out.



76 Groups Urge FCC To Move On STBs

A collection of 76 progressive groups have written the FCC’s five commissioners, urging them to move on proposals to regulate leased pay TV set-tops and broadband privacy. The groups also asked the FCC to move forward with its informal investigation of zero-rating policies by ISPs.




A few dozen cities in America have next-generation broadband networks that offer speeds of 1 gigabit per second — about 50 times faster than a typical connection. These super-fast connections were supposed to revolutionize Americans’ experience of the Internet and rev up the country’s noncompetitive broadband market.




The postal service is not allowed to open your letters to read what you’ve written inside. Your phone company is forbidden from listening in on your phone calls or selling the list of numbers you dial to marketers without your permission. It may surprise you to learn that these common sense privacy rules may not yet apply to your ISP.




This report highlights African-Americans’ economic and cultural gains and continues to shine a spotlight on how African-American Millennials are forging ahead in their use of technology and social media to raise awareness and evoke a national discussion on civic and political issues.



Maybe Pokemon Go Didn’t Help Local Businesses After All 

At its peak this summer, one in ten Americans was playing Pokémon GO. The smash hit game for catching Nintendo’s popular digital characters around real-world neighborhoods soared to become the most downloaded app ever in its first week and the first to reach an estimated $500 million in revenue for creators Niantic labs.



To unlock phones, feds demand all occupants surrender fingerprints

U.S. investigators are exercising a broad legal authority to force suspects to unlock their smartphones. In a recent case, they demanded that anyone found inside a California residence comply by surrendering their fingerprints. In May, the federal prosecutors made the request as part of a search warrant.



Social sites unite behind full-screen mobile ads  

Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram have all launched products that deliver full-screen mobile ads, giving marketers more space to be creative with their storytelling. To be more respectful of the consumer experience, all three ad units are delivered in between content or in-stream or are triggered by user action.



People’s Web-Browsing History Isn’t ‘Sensitive,’ ISPs Argue 

AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile have officially asked the FCC to retreat from a privacy proposal that could limit online behavioral advertising. Google, Facebook and other Web site operators currently let people opt out of receiving behaviorally targeted ads, but don’t seek people’s advance permission.



The Housing Bubble, Predictive Policing, Surveillance and the Dark Side of Big Data

In fields from advertising to medicine, big data is looked to as the statistical omni-tool for tackling virtually any social epidemic in the 21st century — the modern day equivalent of penicillin to the field of antibiotics, with the added ability to market products to consumers they didn’t know they wanted.