Digital Daily Dozen 10/23/2013

The Coming Colossal Battle Between Netflix and the Networks

When more than 10 million fans tuned into the series finale of "Breaking Bad" on Sept. 29, 2103, it was a stunning coda to a show that could barely muster one million viewers in its early seasons. Pundits and even creator Vince Gilligan have instead credited the show’s success to another source: Netflix.

Our Privacy Problem Is a Democracy Problem in Disguise (Commentary)

As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.

Facing a fierce public outcry after allowing a violent video to return, Facebook said that it had removed the posting. But the episode underscored the recurring difficulties that popular online sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have in weighing whether to let users share potentially offensive or horrifying material.

The number of communities that wanted Google Fiber proved vastly larger than the number of places where Google thus far has actually chosen to build its gigabit broadband network. But for the have-nots out there, Google Access project leader Kevin Lo offered some advice for attracting Google or some other provider.

A group of in-store tracking technology companies have agreed to a code of conduct that will let customers know when they’re being tracked and how to opt-out. Stores using the technologies of the companies that signed onto the code will have to post “conspicuous signage” that customers are being tracked.

Netflix adds 1.3 million U.S. streaming customers
Netflix Inc’s profit quadrupled in the third quarter as it added a higher-than-expected 1.3 million subscribers to its subscription video streaming service, sending shares up 9.3 percent in after-hours trading.

US court rules warrant required for GPS tracking of vehicles

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant prior to using a GPS device to track a vehicle, deciding on an unaddressed issue in an earlier Supreme Court order.

YouTube Expands Paid Channels Pilot to Partners
YouTube has expanded its paid channels pilot to all eligible partners that have at least 10,000 subscribers. Furthermore, YouTube viewers can now discover and subscribe to paid channels from YouTube’s mobile website. All paid channels continue to have a 14-day free trial.

BBC Global News Starts Series of In-Tweet Videos
BBC Global News has struck a deal to serve sponsored video clips inside paid tweets via Twitter’s growing Amplify program. has begun producing a series of short-form videos called "#BBCTrending" to appear in Twitter streams later this fall.

Dow Jones, Private Investigators Clash Over Factiva
Private investigators said they are upset that Dow Jones told them they would have to purchase the firm’s reports if they wanted to continue to have access to Factiva. That’s because Dow Jones reportedly no longer views them as customers — it sees them as competitors.

Powell On NCTA’s 2014 Priorities: ‘Broadband, Broadband and Broadband’

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) expects to have a full docket in 2014, but when asked here during the opening general session to boil down the organization’s priorities heading into next year, president and CEO Michael Powell identified three: "Broadband, broadband, and broadband."

Public Knowledge, AT&T Weigh in With Hill on IP Trials

Public Knowledge and AT&T agree on five touchstones for the IP transition but disagree on AT&T’s suggested trials, according to testimony for an Oct. 23 House Communications Subcommittee hearing on the transition.

NIST Releases Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Statistics and Technology has released its preliminary cybersecurity framework, which at its core has a "stop, drop and roll" take on threat response: "Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover."

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.