Digital Daily Dozen 1/10/17

Verizon purchase could prompt Yahoo name change

Yahoo will change its name to Altaba and CEO Marissa Mayer will leave the board along with five other directors as part of the company’s transformation if its main internet properties are acquired by Verizon. However, that deal has not been finalized and may be affected by two recent hacks of Yahoo accounts.


Tech Products Get Caught in Anti-Trade Tide

Otherwise disparate voices in the two major political parties are seemingly unified on one score — a newfound skepticism of free trade.


Snapchat Picks London as Its International Headquarters

Messaging app Snapchat said it would make London the home of its international operations, delivering another vote of confidence in Britain’s technology credentials as the country prepares to leave the European Union.


Google’s parent company might sell Skybox, the startup it bought almost 3 years ago for $500 million

Google’s parent company Alphabet is reportedly in talks to sell off Skybox, the startup it acquired for around $500 million almost three years ago.


Ellen Pao joins forces with Kapors to bring diversity to technology

Pao, who put the spotlight on the lack of diversity in tech, will be diversity chief and investment partner.


AirTV Appears Off to Hot Start

AirTV LCC appears to have underestimated the early consumer response to a new retail product that enables cord-cutters to blend over-the-top and over-the-air TV content via a unified platform.


ATVA Renews Push for Retrans Reforms 

The FCC under Democratic chairman Tom Wheeler declined to undertake major retransmission consent reform, but the American Television Alliance appears to be looking for a new view from the new administration.


Fee Fight! DIRECTV Could Lose 18 Local Stations Today

DIRECTV today could lose 18 local TV stations in seven states due to a fee fight with their owner, News-Press & Gazette.


FCC Makes Airing Political Ads Much More Complicated

If trying to maintain the required paperwork for political advertising aired by your station gives you a headache, prepare for a migraine of biblical proportions.


IBM scores most patents in 2016, Apple just misses top 10

The five companies that earned the most U.S. patents last year are the same five companies that dominated the 2015 ranking of top patent recipients: IBM, Samsung, Canon, Qualcomm and Google.


EU privacy proposal could dent Facebook, Gmail ad revenue

Online messaging services such as WhatsApp (FB.O), iMessage (AAPL.O) and Gmail (GOOGL.O) will face tough rules on how they can track users under a proposal presented by the European Union executive on Tuesday which may hit advertising revenue.

Ad Fraud Scheme Weeds Out Bots in Search of Real Users: Report

In an ironic twist, a leading software provider released a report showing how criminals are weeding out bots so only real users see their ads.


The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi or Heather Vaughn 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.