Digital Daily Dozen 11/12/2015

FCC Rejects Seven Stations’ DirecTV Retrans Complaint (Broadcasting & Cable) 

The FCC’s Media Bureau has denied an “emergency complaint” from seven commonly-controlled TV broadcasters that said DirecTV violated the agency’s “good-faith order” during retransmission-consent negotiations. The FCC said it did not find “any evidence that DirecTV acted in a manner that unduly delayed the course of negotiation.”  

Apple in Talks to Offer Money Transfer System That Would Rival PayPal, Venmo  (Recode)  

Apple has long said it wants to take the place of your wallet. It is working on another initiative that could bring it closer to that goal. The tech giant is in talks with several big U.S. banks to develop a digital payments system that would let people send money to each other via their phones, similar to services offered by PayPal.    

Facebook Mulls Ad Changes for Instant Articles After Publisher Pushback (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook is experimenting with new advertising approaches for its Instant Articles platform after publishers encountered challenges generating ad revenue because of restrictions imposed by the social network. Instant Articles allows media companies to publish content directly to Facebook feeds instead of posting links.    

New York Attorney General, Activists Call ‘BS’ on Airbnb’s Promises (Recode) 

Opponents of short-term home rental services wasted no time blasting Airbnb’s peace overtures. Just hours after Airbnb pledged to make nice with municipal officials in the pages of the New York Times, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco affordable housing activists called the move a mere PR gimmick.  

T-MOBILE AS CABLE COMPANY  (Washington Post- Commentary)

T-Mobile is trying to become cable faster than cable can become T-Mobile. Binge On isn’t just a way to stretch your data cap. It’s effectively a skinny bundle of TV content, all offered to consumers in hopes of persuading them to abandon their traditional providers. This phenomenon, cord-cutting, puts intense pressure on cable companies. 

COX FINE AND DATA SECURITY  (Christian Science Monitor- Commentary)

While the scope of federal agency authority over privacy and data security remains ill-defined, the writing is on the wall: a failure to take reasonable steps to protect customers’ sensitive personal information could lead to FCC, FTC, SEC, and other federal agency investigations and enforcement actions and large penalties.   

Twitter told to store Russian data in Russia (FT) 

The Russian government has demanded that Twitter store the data of its Russian users on servers hosted in the country, a sudden change of tack that could vastly complicate the company’s relations with regulators in Moscow and lead to its being blocked in the market.   

Streaming TV Everywhere: ‘Cap’ Your Services!  (Media Post- Commentary) 

Think about having a cable-network TV service (Internet or otherwise) an over-the-air TV service, as well as one or two non-traditional TV companies like Netflix or Amazon. (Did I forget about a mobile service?) Don’t concern yourself with “data caps.” Be more worried about putting a “cap” on  the number of media services you’ll need. 

FCC Chair Previews Broadband Privacy Rules: ‘Nothing About Me Without Me’ (Media Post)

The FCC plans to forge ahead with broadband privacy rules in the next several months, Chair Tom Wheeler told PBS talk show host Charlie Rose. Wheeler hasn’t yet spelled out the details, but his comments to Rose indicate the agency will require providers to notify consumers about the possibility of online data collection.  

Mobile Messaging App Usage Soars Worldwide (Media Post)

Driven by Facebook and other market leaders, more than 1.4 billion consumers will use mobile messaging apps this year. That’s according to the latest projections from eMarketer. If accurate, the fresh figure will represent a 31.6% increase in usage rates, year-over-year.   

Fantasy Sports Leagues Brace For Legal War (Politico)

A decision by New York’s attorney general to ban FanDuel and DraftKings from offering daily fantasy sports betting threatens to cascade across the country — and trigger legal and lobbying wars in other states that might ultimately draw Washington into the fray.   

What Are Legal Issues In Using News Drones? (Broadcast Law Blog)

The use of drones presents great opportunity, and potential risk, for newscasters. Federal, state and local governments are struggling with the potential safety and privacy implications that follow from putting thousands of drones in the sky for a variety of uses. They are creating a patchwork of laws, rules, and policies.   

For Reuters, TV Push Follows Paywall Drop (Digiday)

Reuters TV has traded in its paywall for an expansion of its video, offering a personalized video app that will be available widely across devices. Viewership has tripled since subscriptions were dropped (though it still offers a commercial-free service for some subs), and that kind of audience growth is now the endgame.