Digital Daily Dozen 10/5/16

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence – sources

Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials. The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the NSA or FBI.



Keep Your Mobile Tracking Off the FTC’s Radar 

Mobile tracking information can be incredibly valuable because it doesn’t lie. But this information reveals where consumers come and go, how much time they spend in various locations, and may be collected without the consumer’s knowledge. Lawmakers, regulators and privacy advocates consider this to be even more sensitive.



Mid-Roll Digital Video Ads Rise 

Mid-roll advertisements and total impressions are rising, but pre-roll ads are still dominant. A study says mid-roll video ads rose to a 24% share from in April 2016 from a 19% share in February 2015. Pre-roll digital video ads still dominate — but have dropped in share of total digital video ads — to 60% from 75% in February 2015.



Court Loss to AT&T Could Stop FTC From Protecting More Than Privacy

A recent court loss to AT&T could hamstring the FTC from protecting consumers from fraud, false advertising and unfair billing practices by internet providers, an FTC official said. The ruling handed down by the Ninth Circuit in August said the FTC can’t fine AT&T for slowing the download speeds of customers with unlimited data plans.



Rethinking Data Privacy  (Commentary)

Society benefits from the exchange of large-scale data in a variety of ways: through medical research, economic forecasting and urban planning, to name a few. In these and other cases, there is tension between the utility of the data and the privacy of the subjects.



Telemedicine as Lifesaver — Ian Tong and Doctor on Demand  (Commentary)

Imagine you’re on a remote ranch, in the middle of the night, when a pain strikes. It’s probably indigestion, but you wonder whether it might be your heart. Before telemedicine, you had three options: Drive many miles to an emergency room. Dial 911 and wait for the rescue squad. Return to bed and hope for the best.



Google Takes On Amazon For Home Audio Device Supremacy 

The competition for the voice activated agent in the home is now getting serious. With Google’s official launch of its Home device, among a slew of other things yesterday, more consumers are going to become acutely aware that they can speak things in their home and their words will cause rather immediate actions.



Collab/Space Chicago: Building a Business Case for Virtual Reality 

Technology so effective it can make users feel nauseated might sound confusing until you have donned a virtual reality headset and felt as though you were about to fall off a cliff. Several demonstrations of innovative virtual reality applications augmented a lively discussion at Collab/Space Chicago.



The future of late-night TV is online

CBS “Late Late Show” host James Corden is an afterthought in the Nielsen ratings, ranking third in its timeslot in viewers. But he’s a rock star online. Earlier this year, his “Carpool Karaoke,” a recurring skit in which Corden ferries a famous person around in his car while they sing to new and old hits, surpassed 1 billion views online.



Viacom, DirecTV Now Sign Carriage Pact

AT&T’s pending over-the-top service DirecTV Now continues to add content partners, signing a carriage agreement with Viacom that will include a dozen of the programmer’s cable networks including MTV, Comedy Central and VH1. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.




Sen Tom Udall called on the FCC to do more to ensure all students across the country have equal access to the Internet for educational and economic opportunity. Udall wrote in a letter to FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, the FCC should extend the successful E-rate program and provide Wi-Fi on school buses.




The company responsible for spreading top-of-the-line message encryption across the Internet has had a first legal skirmish with the US government. Open Whisper Systems — whose Signal app pioneered the end-to-end encryption technique now used by many messaging services — was subpoenaed for information.




Facebook has long characterized itself as a neutral platform that simply connects its users to the rest of the world. But over the past several months, the company faced greatly increased scrutiny, including accusations of bias, over the news it shows its users and where that news comes from.





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.