Digital Daily Dozen 10/24/2013

State Department webpages defaced

The defacement of the Our Planet subdomain on the United States Department of State website by Indonesian hacker Dbuzz shows how vulnerable the vast majority of web properties are to subversive idealogues.

Aereo Fights Broadcasters’ Request To Shutter Service In Utah

An attempt by TV broadcasters to shut down Aereo in Utah should meet the same fate as two unsuccessful efforts in New York and Boston, the startup says in court papers filed. Broadcasters allege in a complaint filed in federal court that the Barry Diller-backed startup infringes copyright with its streaming service.

House IP Hearing Highlights Some Common Concerns

There seemed to be a lot of agreement among the witnesses and legislators at a House Communications Subcommittee hearing on the transition to internet protocol delivery of communications traffic.


I was disappointed that a Post editorial argued that American companies and critical infrastructure operators must cope alone with serious cyberthreats. Most American companies work hard to secure their networks, but US companies are targeted daily by nation-state actors such as China and Iran. That’s not a fair fight.

A small and persistent swath of Americans remain offline — 15 percent of adults ages 18 and older — and in most cases were never online to begin with. Are offline adults abstaining from Internet use due to a lack of interest, or are they prevented from logging on due to a lack of access? It’s a tricky question.

The European Parliament has voted to suspend a data-sharing agreement with the US, which gave the Americans access to certain details of financial transactions in order to track terrorist financing. The vote comes amid growing anger in Europe over Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations.

Fox Appealing Denial Of Hopper Injunction

Fox Broadcasting wants another shot to stop Dish’s Hopper with Sling, also known as "Dish Anywhere." Following U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee‘s ruling last month to deny Fox an injunction, the TV broadcaster has filed a notice of appeal to the 9th Circuit. Judge Gee’s opinion is still under seal.

SEC releases crowdfunding rule

Entrepreneurs and start-up companies looking for investors will be able to solicit over the Internet (crowdfunding) from the general public under a new proposal issued by U.S. regulators on Wednesday.

Sony Hopes Sharable Clips, Extras Aid Movie Buying
Sony’s new Vudu Extras+ offering gives people who buy movies on Wal-Mart’s online video service Vudu the ability to share clips or pieces of behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook and Twitter. Sony hopes the initiative will prompt more people to buy digital movies.

YouTube Plans Launch of Subscription Music Service
YouTube is poised to launch a subscription music service as soon as December, positioning it to compete with Spotify and Rdio. YouTube has already surpassed radio as the leading way young people listen to songs. A subscription service would seek to build YouTube’s strength.,0,5051744.story#axzz2ieRt3UWS

Facebook No Longer Most Popular Among Teens
Twitter has overtaken Facebook as the social media network that is most important to teens, according to Piper Jaffray’s semi-annual teen market research report. Twitter is the new king of teens, with 26% naming it as their "most important" social site.

Mobile gaming revenues are projected to double in 4 years
With the biggest boost coming from the in-game segment, U.S. mobile gaming revenues are likely to more than double from this year’s $1.78 billion to $3.77 billion in 2017, according to eMarketer.

Google Played New Terms of Service Announcement All Wrong

Dear Google: You made a huge mistake in the way you announced your new terms of service. The way you did it made people angry — completely unnecessarily. Google announced that, beginning Nov. 11, the company would be able to feature users’ names and photos in what the company calls "shared endorsements" on Google

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.