Digital Daily Dozen: 11/1/16

CenturyLink to Buy Level 3 for $34 Billion in Cash, Stock

CenturyLink agreed to buy Level 3 Communications for about $34 billion in cash and stock, creating a more formidable competitor to AT&T in the market to handle heavy internet traffic for businesses. The acquisition values Level 3 at $66.50 a share. That’s about 42 percent above where the company was trading last week.



When people listen to music, radio still rules 

Digital radio is the music delivery method of the future, no doubt about it. But that future remains pretty far off.

Right now, finds a new report, the largest share of music listening is still happening through that most traditional of means, the AM/FM dial. In fact, no other form of music listening is even close.



Virtual Graffiti in the Read-Write City  (Commentary)   

Augmented Reality is a form of media that we can use to access, analyze, communicate and create new messages layered onto our physical space. In a sense, this layer of augmented content is a way to “read” additional information and it gives creators a chance to “write” and layer new stories for people to engage with.



NAB: FCC’s Phased Approach to Repack Is Reasonable   

The National Association of Broadcasters says it is OK with the FCC’s phased approach to transitioning TV stations to new channels after the incentive auction, calling it a reasonable approach to spreading out the work required and trying to avoid bottlenecks in the supply chain for a daisy chain of station moves.



CenturyLink: FCC’s BDS Rate Cuts Could Be Crippling   

CenturyLink says the FCC’s new business data services proposal could mean crippling rate cuts while ignoring evidence of competition. The company accused the FCC of a flawed and dangerous approach that lacked transparency. The FCC scheduled a vote for the Nov. 17 public meeting on chair Tom Wheeler’s BDS revamp.



Networks Intent on Making America Rate Again   

Networks are increasingly relying on crowdsourcing to not only dictate which shows get made (Amazon has had customers weigh in on its pilots for years), but what shape the shows take. NBC is shooting for early summer for a platform that will allow users to decide which musicians make the cut on competition series The Stream.




A coalition of more than 70 civil rights groups have written to Facebook demanding that the company clarifies its policies for removing content and alleging it has repeatedly removed posts documenting human rights violations. The groups express concern over the censorship, particularly when posts are removed at the request of police.




To digital natives, the internet is a given. “There was a time when people felt the internet was another world,” noted Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, “but now people realize it’s a tool that we use in this world.” It’s helpful to think of the internet as earlier generations thought of automobiles and airplanes.




The hacker or hackers who stole NSA-built cyber tools have dumped new files in what appears to be yet another change of plans in monetizing the heist. The new files provide some insight into the targets of the NSA affiliated hacking team called The Equation Group. Those targets include government servers in China.



Using data to build a safer city

Urban planners soon may be able create safer cities based on a combination of cellphone data, Google Street View images and machine learning. For several years, MIT researchers have been assigning streetscapes from Google Street View scores for safety, activity and affluence.



Zcash, a Harder-to-Trace Virtual Currency, Generates Price Frenzy

Speculators are snapping up a new virtual currency known as Zcash that was designed by university academics and built to be all but untraceable. Unlike Bitcoin, Zcash transactions can be confirmed without recording the addresses involved, which could make it harder to win support from regulators and bankers.



How a single Internet provider could end up making money off you several times over 

AT&T’s recently announced deal to acquire Time Warner reflects massive changes in media and technology. Although regulators could challenge the acquisition or slap conditions on it that may limit AT&T’s use, the purchase hints at a future where a single company can monetize the same customer multiple times over.



Facebook tried to buy Asian Snapchat clone Snow 

Here’s fuel to the fire for those who believe that Facebook will buy anything that looks, smells or moves like Snapchat. The U.S. social networking giant this summer made an unsuccessful bid to acquire Snow, a Snapchat-like service from Naver, the $25 billion-valued Korean firm behind chat app Line.





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.