Digital Daily Dozen: 10/7/15

Europe’s ‘Safe Harbor’ Ruling: A Headache for Tech Giants, but a Blow to the Little Guys (Recode)

European regulators blocked a key pipeline on Tuesday that tech companies use to shuttle data across the Atlantic. It’s an annoyance for Silicon Valley giants, like Google, Apple and Facebook. But it’s a much bigger deal for smaller tech companies that rely on that data for their business. 

Facebook to Start Grading Ads’ Results Across Its Mobile App Network (Ad Age) 

Facebook is instituting something akin to employee performance reviews for app publishers in its ad network, grading how well their inventory achieves advertiser objectives like driving downloads or selling product. The company already uses that information to decide which ad buys it doles out to which apps in its Audience Network.  

Thune Concerned About EU Privacy Decision (Broadcasting & Cable)

Add Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) to those concerned about a EU Court of Justice decision that the EU/U.S. safe harbor meant to give European countries confidence that their data sent to or stored on U.S. servers is protected, is invalid. Thune, chair of the Senate Commerce committee, released a statement following the court decision. 

CNS Plans Formal Net Neutrality Complaint (Broadcasting & Cable)

Barry Bahrami of Commercial Network Services says he is planning to file a formal network neutrality complaint against Time Warner Cable after the FCC staff “closed the ticket” on its informal complaint against the cable operator, which he filed back in June. 

FCC: Auction Bidders Can Reveal Their Participation (Broadcasting & Cable)

The FCC has released its guidance on prohibited communications during the auction process. That will include a prohibition on communicating how a licensee will participate in the auction—bids and bidding strategies—but not include communicating “whether” a licensee has or hasn’t applied to participate. 

TV’s Looming Threat: ‘Cord-Nevers’ (Wall Street Journal) 

A new report from Forrester Research shows that young cord-nevers have exceeded cord-cutters, as the TV landscape continues to shift. Forrester estimates that by 2025, half of all TV viewers under age 32 will not pay for TV in the current model. 

What’s Been Effect Of Streaming Revolution? (Vulture)

Streaming outlets were supposed to provide us with shows that couldn’t fit in the traditional TV model. Weirder, naughtier, bolder, maybe. But what’s happened instead is that places like Netflix and Hulu and Amazon and wherever else are making traditional television shows. 


The Lifeline Program democratized telephone service in America. It is difficult to imagine today given the ubiquity of mobile phones, but just 30 years ago almost 10 percent of Americans and 20 percent of black and Hispanic Americans lacked access to basic home telephone service.   


Officials from 11 states are siding with North Carolina and Tennessee in their battle with the FCC about limits on muni-broadband networks. The states are asking the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate a recent FCC order that invalidated limits on muni-broadband in North Carolina and Tennessee.   

Universal Broadband: Whose Responsibility Is It? (Gov Tech) 

Recently the FCC estimated that about half of the residents living in rural America can’t get the advanced broadband service that metropolitan areas take for granted. Some rural residents can’t get any Internet connection at all. And even some city dwellers lack access: Almost a third of L.A. does not have broadband access. 

Will Brands Get Behind Peeple, an App Already Being Called a Cyberbully’s Dream? (Ad Week)

There’s been considerable buzz about the mobile app Peeple, which will let you rate other people’s attributes—such as their romantic lives, personal integrity and professionalism—the same way you’d rate the restaurant around the corner. The app goes live in November, and it’s being billed the “Yelp for humans.”   


Verizon is giving a new mission to its controversial hidden identifier that tracks users of mobile devices. Verizon said in a little-noticed announcement that it will soon begin sharing the profiles with AOL’s ad network, which in turn monitors users across a large swath of the Internet.  

Threatening to post sex tape on Facebook is not a crime, court rules (ARS Technica) 

A man handed six years for threatening a local Georgia court clerk that he would post a sex tape of her on Facebook had his conviction overturned by the state’s Supreme Court. The justices ruled that the Facebook postings did not constitute criminality or a “true threat” under the law.