Digital Daily Dozen 10/6/15

Amazon Is Absolutely Eviscerating Other Retailers Online, New Survey Shows (Recode) 

How dominant is Amazon becoming in online retail? More than four in 10 people turn to Amazon first when searching for products online, according to a survey commissioned by the e-commerce software startup BloomReach.

Congress Grabs Reins on Spectrum  (Broadband Law Advisor- Commentary) 

Nowhere is the opportunity greater to promote broadband deployment than in the wireless sector.  As our society increasingly goes mobile, devices that were once limited to voice have become major conduits for access to broadband services.  The operators themselves have done so much to deliver on this promise.   

Russia to Google: Unbundle Android or Else (Recode) 

Of all the places where Google is embroiled in antitrust messes, Russia may be the coldest. Last month, the nation’s antitrust agency wrapped up a case against Google brought by a local Internet company, about Google’s requirements for preloading apps on Android handsets, its “bundle.” Google is breaking Russian law.   

7 In 10 US Internet Users Watch OTT Video (emarketer) 

This year, 181 million people in the U.S. will watch video via an app or website that provides streaming content over the Internet and bypasses traditional distribution, according to eMarketer’s first forecast of over-the-top video viewership. The vast majority are regular YouTube viewers. 

Mobile TV Streaming More Likely At Night (emarketer) 

While consumers stream TV on desktop and mobile around-the-clock, dayparts play a role in which devices they use. Mobile devices are particularly popular for latenight viewing. 

Senators, Companies and Privacy Groups Use Experian Hack to Debate CISA (Inside Sources)

Congress is expected to take full advantage of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a renewed push to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) later in October — a bill the tech industry and Senate Intelligence Committee leadership say is needed more than ever after the recent Experian hack. 

 How the United Nations Is Using Virtual Reality to Boost Global Diplomacy (Ad Week) 

During the UN 70th General Assembly, they tried to bridge the gap between world leaders and Syrian refugees with a mix of virtual reality, documentary-style videos and good, old-fashioned conversation. It’s an example of modern storytelling on one of the world’s biggest stages that tech-minded marketers could learn from. 

Twitter debuts Moments in bid for mainstream appeal (USA Today)

Twitter wants to make it easier for everyone to catch up on what’s happening. That’s the promise of a new tab called Moments that, with a single tap, reveals the best and most relevant tweets from major events, say this week’s deadly flooding in South Carolina, the train derailment in Vermont or the firing of Miami Dolphins coach.   

Europe’s top court rejects ‘Safe Harbor’ ruling (USA Today) 

Europe’s top court on Tuesday ruled that a 15-year-old agreement allowing American companies to handle Europeans’ data was invalid, a decision that could affect how technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google operate overseas. 

Facebook, Eutelsat to beam Internet to Africa by satellite (USA Today)  

Facebook is working with French satellite firm Eutelsat Communications SA to beam the Internet to parts of sub-Saharan Africa starting next year. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement in a Facebook post.    

Senate Ponders Legislative Boost to Wireless Broadband (Broadcasting & Cable) 

According to the majority staff memo for a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on wireless broadband deployment, among the issues that could get the legislators’ attention include getting the government to inventory what spectrum it has and how it is used; where poles, conduits and rights of way exist for public and private.   

Worries mount over upcoming LTE-U deployments hurting Wi-Fi (Network World) 

LTE-U is a technology developed by Qualcomm that lets a service provider broadcast and receive signals over unlicensed spectrum, which is usable by anybody. By opening up this new spectrum, major U.S. wireless carriers hope to ease the load on the licensed frequencies they control and help their services keep up with demand. 

Google competition makes AT&T cut cost of gigabit service in some areas  (CIO) 

Cities in which Google offers its $70-a-month high speed Internet service enjoy AT&T’s rival offering for about the same price. However, in cities where AT&T is the only option, or at least the only large provider, the company charges more.