Digital Daily Dozen 10/19/16

Snapchat wants to stop sharing ad revenue with its media partners 

Snapchat says it’s done sharing with media companies. The red-hot messaging app wants to make a major change. Instead of sharing ad revenue that section produces, Snapchat wants to pay content partners a flat license fee up front and keep the ad money for itself. It’s the same model that TV networks use when they buy programming.



Ad Groups Make Personal Pitch to FCC on Privacy 

Representatives of the major advertising trade associations met with a top advisor to FCC chair Tom Wheeler last week to warn that the chair’s new approach to broadband privacy rules was a consumer-unfriendly approach that threatened the internet economy, saying the chair should put his new proposal out for comment before voting.



Netflix’s Hastings Praises Disney Streaming Strategy 

After announcing third-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street expectations, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may have been justified in asserting that the future of video is internet TV. “The age of linear is starting to fade and it’s going to be replaced by internet,” Hastings said during Netflix’s earnings video presentation for analysts.



Sen. Markey Joins in Last-Minute Push for Broadband Privacy Vote 

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) will join various groups pushing new broadband privacy regs to urge the FCC to vote on them at the Oct. 27 meeting as planned. FCC chair Tom Wheeler has put that vote on the agenda, but the set-top item was on the agenda for last month’s meeting before being pulled at the last minute.



Disney Dropped Twitter Pursuit Partly Over Image

Walt Disney Co. decided not to pursue a bid for Twitter Inc. partly out of concern that bullying and other uncivil forms of communication on the social media site might soil the company’s wholesome family image, according to people familiar with management’s thinking.



Walmart’s Vudu Launches Free Ad-Supported Video on Demand 

Walmart is getting deeper into the media business, launching a free, ad-supported video-on-demand service, Vudu Movies on Us, offering high-definition feature films and TV titles in 1080p high definition with pre- and mid-roll advertising. Vudu’s existing offering is a digital rental service with prices ranging from 99 cents to $5.99.



To Curse or Not To Curse: Is Digital Media Shifting When and Where We Swear?  (Commentary)  

Predating social media, for years, we have heard all manner of expletives in all forms of popular media, from the music we play on our ubiquitous headphones, to the movies and shows we watch, to the social media we create, share and consume. Has the use of such language increased in popular media or does it just seems that way?




A range of policy options are available to maximize access to broadband and to maximize its benefits. Policy makers must regularly review and revise regulatory frameworks to encourage the development of broadband and ICTs. Many countries have adopted or are in the process of adopting more flexible regulatory frameworks.



A lesson from Alaska: Focus on applications, as well as infrastructure, to close the digital divide

Public advocacy groups around the country are calling for the government to provide substantial subsidies to build out super-fast broadband networks across the country. Evidence from Alaska suggests we might be putting all our eggs in one basket by focusing only on infrastructure in our effort to close the digital divide.



NSA hackers abandon auction, seek $6M in crowd funding 

The group that apparently stole NSA-built cyber weapons have changed their business model from an auction to crowd-funding. The Shadow Brokers are now offering to publicly release the source code once used in an NSA hacking operation known as the Equation Group in exchange for 10,000 bitcoin donations: around $6.4 million.



Court: No Blackout Refunds For Dish Subs 

Should a pay TV provider be legally required to offer a refund or credit if it loses a channel for a period of time due to a carriage dispute with its owner? The United States Court of Appeals of the Eighth Circuit ruled unanimously that the answer is no.



YouTube CEO: ‘We’re Still In Investment Mode’ 

YouTube has one billion monthly users—almost one-third of all people on the internet—and millions of hours of video are watched every day on the video platform. But the Google-owned video site is still in the investment stage, according to Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. Wojcicki, said that there’s no timetable for profitability.



How to Win the Cyberwar Against Russia   

The basic facts about Russia’s election-year hacking of the American political system are clear. For more than a year, the Russian government has repeatedly infiltrated the computers of both parties’ presidential campaigns to steal data and emails to influence the outcome of the election.