Digital Daily Dozen 10/19/15

International competitors are offering similar fare, and even some of Netflix’s programming, making it harder for the video-streaming service to gain traction. 
Recently there’s been more image-building initiatives from companies including Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu. E-commerce and internet giant Alibaba, which has lost about a fifth of its market value since its record-breaking initial public offering in New York in September 2014. 
T-Mobile has found itself in an unlikely position, one that bodes well for its prospects in next year’s government auction of wireless spectrum. T-Mobile, Sprint and a cavalcade of regional carriers spent the past two years lobbying for the FCC to set aside a swath of spectrum specifically for smaller players.   
SPRINT TO THROTTLE (ARS Technica) 
Sprint will throttle speeds for “unlimited data” customers after they use 23GB in a month. Sprint noted that what it calls “prioritization” will apply “only in times and locations where the network is constrained,” so customers should still be able to use their phones at normal speeds most of the time.   
MONTANA BROADBAND (Great Falls Tribune) 
With laptops and tablets for all elementary students and the support of local Internet providers, the students at Fairfield Elementary School are faring pretty well when it comes to Internet accessibility. But as FCC Chair Tom Wheeler and others discussed, only 49 percent of Montana’s public schools have access to high-speed Internet. 
People are installing ad-blockers at an epidemic rate. It’s a crisis not only for advertisers but also for the entire economic ecosystem underpinning the Internet. We are semi-unintentionally undermining the entire foundation of the Web world. But of course you know this already. Everyone has heard this.  
Handing Google a victory, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday that the company’s book-scanning project, which involves digitizing books and displaying snippets in the search results, is protected by fair use principles. “The purpose of the copying is highly transformative, the public display of text is limited.”  
Facebook will now warn people if it has a strong suspicion an account is being targeted by a nation-state. The social net service already takes steps to secure accounts that may have been compromised but has decided to directly alert users of the type of attack that’s under way, wrote Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer.   
Cablevision has dropped a two-year-old lawsuit against Viacom that accused the channel operator behind MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central of charging it exorbitant fees if it did not also carry less popular channels like Logo and Palladia. The companies said in a joint statement they had resolved the legal fight.   
If you still think Snapchat, a company valued at $16 billion, is just a teen sexting app, you’re not listening to the kids, bro. In a mere 15 months since its first Live Story, Snapchat has transformed itself from a photo-based messaging app into the singular obsession of the media and advertising industries.    
Internet publishers are caught between pushing out content through apps (which Apple wants), and to mobile web (which Google wants). Many can’t sustain of the costs of doing both, and companies including Facebook and Google/Twitter are working on new direct publishing tools that could further eat into publishers’ bottom line.   
Coming to YouTube: Videos you’ll need to pay to see. The world’s biggest video site is readying a slate of programming that will only be available to people who join its upcoming subscription services. YouTube will announce some of that programming, which it is helping to fund, at an event at its studio/event space.   
The Association for Progressive Communications, a pioneer organization in the technology and human rights community, is facing ongoing harassment directed at “Take Back the Tech,” a campaign intended to increase conversations and awareness about gender-based harassment online.