Digital Daily Dozen 10/24/16

AT&T-Time Warner: Wall Street Not Buying Vertical Integration

The strategy that AT&T is betting $86 billion on—that combining its distribution with Time Warner’s content is a winner—has doubters on Wall Street. Having already bought DirecTV to add video to its mobile and telco businesses, AT&T reached a deal to acquire Time Warner.



Official: AT&T Buying Time Warner For $85.4B   

The acquisition would combine a telecom giant that owns a leading cellphone business, DirecTV and internet service with the company behind some of the world’s most popular entertainment, including “Game of Thrones,” the “Harry Potter” franchise and professional basketball.



Michael Wolff on AT&T’s Time Warner Deal and the Coming Game of Dominoes 

AT&T is seeking to take Time Warner — next to Disney the second-greatest content library — out of play, which therefore puts all other content makers in play, accordingly raising their value, and, at least in the short term, making AT&T look smart.



The Bundle’s Not Dead, It’s Just Changing 

YouTube, Hulu and AT&T are all preparing to offer over-the-top live TV packages in the next few months. OTT providers can be placed in two categories: pay TV companies trying to capture customers who probably weren’t all that likely to subscribe to a traditional cable package in the first place and purely digital players.



Smart Home Devices Blamed In Internet Attack 

Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say. Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline on Friday. Each uses a company called Dyn, which was the target of the attack, to direct users to its website.



Kids Drive Parents’ Use Of More Streaming Services  (Commentary)

The number of homes with more than one streaming service is rising. About 16% of homes subscribe to multiple SVOD services, and that’s up from 10% three years ago. The research firm calls these consumers “self-bundlers” and has found that those who pay for more than one service are more likely to have kids under 18 at home.



Microsoft Has Issues With FCC Set-Top Proposal

Executives from Microsoft met with FCC officials last week armed with some issues related to Wheeler’s set-top box proposal, currently circulated to the commissioners for a vote, including that the company does not want the FCC to apply overbroad privacy certifications to navigation device makers.



Hacks Prompt Democrats to Call for Stronger FTC Privacy Rules 

Opponents of privacy rules for internet providers the FCC will vote on next week have called for the agency to copy the Federal Trade Commission’s light touch regulatory approach, but recent hacks against the DNC, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Yahoo have some Democrats calling for the opposite.



U.S. indicts Russian for hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring 

The U.S. has charged a suspected Russian hacker with breaking into computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and a question-and-answer site formerly known as Formspring. A federal grand jury indicted 29-year-old Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin following his arrest by Czech police in Prague on Oct. 5.



Chinese firm admits its hacked products were behind Friday’s massive DDOS attack 

A Chinese electronics component manufacturer says its products inadvertently played a role in a massive cyberattack that disrupted major internet sites. Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology, a vendor behind DVRs and internet-connected cameras, said security vulnerabilities involving weak default passwords were partly to blame.




Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the US should be removed for violating the site’s rules on hate speech, apparently.




The Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and Public Citizen filed a complaint at the FTC asking for an investigation and enforcement action against Google, Disney’s Maker Studios,  and other companies for the unfair and deceptive practice of targeting “influencer” marketing toward children.



Fighting fire with tweets: California uses social media to save lives 

Wildfires are an unfortunate fact of life in California, and a five-year drought is only making matters worse. Since the beginning of this year, more than 5,300 fires have broken out in the state. That is a 16 percent jump from a year ago.





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.