Digital Daily Dozen 10/2/2013

Calif. Gov. Brown signs anti-revenge porn bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill outlawing so-called revenge porn and levying possible jail time for people who post naked photos of their exes. Senate Bill 255 makes it a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude pictures of someone else online without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation.



Americans share personal info in risky ways

The majority of U.S. consumers freely admit to sharing personal details online that put them at risk. That’s the not so surprising finding of a new national survey. More than 58 percent of consumers surveyed admitted to sharing personal details over social media that could put them at risk for fraud and identity theft.



Why phishing continues to trigger cyberattacks

As we mark the 10th annual National Cyber Security Awareness, the most common — and effective — cyberattack method is spear phishing. Some 92 percent of targeted attacks in 2012 started with spear phishing. Attackers can simply e-mail a targeted victim and entice him or her to click on a malicious link.




The Limits of Twitter’s TV Pitch
As it prepares to make its IPO filing public this week, Twitter is working hard to convince marketers, media owners and now investors that its links with television are worth their attention. The company is attempting to convince marketers that its network should be thought of as the “social soundtrack to TV.”



Disney-Dish Talks Said to Hinge on Skipping Ads, Adding Networks

Walt Disney Co.’s contract renewal talks with Dish Network are hung up on Dish’s ad-skipping technology and terms for two new Disney cable channels, according to people familiar with the discussions.



Track Me Out at the Ballgame: MLB Testing In-Park Sensors

This off-season, Major League Baseball will test a feature of its At The Ballpark app that allows mobile devices to communicate with sensors placed throughout ballparks. Triggered by the sensors, the app will welcome fans when they enter the vicinity, surface historical tales, and potentially enhance sponsor messages and displays.



Comcast’s service really has been getting faster. But there’s a striking pattern to Comcast’s upgrades: while every tier of Comcast service is faster than it was a decade ago, the rate of progress has been dramatically higher for customers who pay the most.


Sony UK Managing Director Fergal Gara caused a bit of a to-do in the gaming world when he revealed that the digital download of PS4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall was “cracking on for 50GB.” That whopper of a file size got us thinking: have game sizes been increasing faster or slower than broadband download speeds?




Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring companies to disclose whether and how they comply with the requests of Internet users that they not be tracked. The law applies only for California Internet users, but nevertheless represents a “small and solid step forward” toward getting a national policy in place.



Netflix Reigns in Online TV But Cable Remains King
Despite reports of cord cutting, a hefty number of people still rely on cable television. A report released by eMarketer shows Netflix in second place among all pay-TV services. In first place by a wide margin was cable TV. It proved especially popular with people age 18 to 24.



Google Offers to Put Rivals’ Logos in Search Results
Europe’s antitrust commissioner signaled that he will seek a settlement with Google over the search engine’s business practices. Under commitments offered by Google, specialist search sites that provide rival services will appear in search results with their logo.



Scribd, HarperCollins Eye Netflix Model for Books
The Netflix model is coming to the book business. San Francisco startup Scribd, best known as a site for posting PDFs of documents, has announced plans to launch a digital book subscription service that will provide access to a wide range of titles for $9 a month.



Google Accused of Wiretapping in Gmail Scans

The accusations, made over several years in lawsuits that have been merged into two cases, ask whether Google went too far in collecting user data in Gmail and Street View.

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.