Digital Daily Dozen 11/15/2013

Google scores key legal victory in books lawsuit

Google on Thursday landed a key legal victory against the publishing industry in what could pave the way for the search giant to continue its quest to scan the world’s books. A New York federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit from book authors against the Mountain View, Calif., company.

Wheeler to CTIA: Adopt Voluntary Phone Unlocking Regime By December

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has told cell phone companies it is time for them to voluntarily allow consumers to unlock their mobile devices and use them on other carriers after their existing contracts have expired. And he wants that to happen ASAP.

Kids Do Not Track Bill Introduced

As expected, Senator Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Barton have reintroduced House and Senate versions of their Do Not Track Kids Act, which would, among other things, extend Markey’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 COPPA protections for “collection, use and disclosure of children’s personal information” to 13-15.

Google Employees Speak Out About Government Spying

The Google lawyer who oversees national security requests testified before Congress Wednesday, while unofficially, Google engineers lambasted the government for surveillance.

Padden On Spectrum: Take The Sure Money

The head of a coalition of broadcasters buying stations with the intent to sell spectrum in the upcoming FCC auction says the alternative, adopting a new transmission standard and then leasing some of their spectrum, is “highly speculative” and requires too many variables to go right over the next few years.

Comcast to Sell Movies, TV Shows Through Its Cable Boxes

Comcast will begin selling movies and television shows digitally through its cable boxes and Xfinity TV website by the end of the year.

FCC app lets consumers check how mobile broadband providers stack up

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has released a smartphone app that will allow users to measure the speed of their mobile broadband connection, while providing aggregate data to the agency for measuring nationwide mobile broadband network performance.

Disney: Apps ‘New Normal’ for Film Franchises
Disney has released an app for its animated film “Frozen,” enabling young readers to explore the story told in the upcoming toon before its release. The company calls such apps the “new normal,” especially as it looks to introduce potential franchises before film openings.

Fox to Embed Scripted TV Show Clips in Tweets
Fox will soon begin embedding clips from some of its popular TV shows in tweets. As part of Twitter’s Amplify program, the network will post highlights from shows like “Glee” and “The Mindy Project.” The video clips will be accompanied by ads from Fox partner American Express.

CBS Open to Negotiate with Dish Over Ad Skipper
CBS boss Les Moonves has taken Charlie Ergen at his word after the Dish Network chief said that there is a way for broadcasters to benefit from his Hopper DVR, which automatically zaps ads. “We’re willing to negotiate,” said Moonves. Still, “we need to get paid for our content.”

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included $7 billion for broadband development. Two endemic problems with the rural subsidy programs managed by the NTIA: 1) There is little economic rationale for subsidizing rural areas; and 2) NTIA’s mechanism for selecting appears to have been largely incoherent.


We are in the midst of a transition away from copper wire-based communications services to broadband Internet-based services. The FCC needs to act with dispatch to adapt its regulations to the new digital age marketplace realities.

News plays a varying role across the social networking sites. Roughly half of both Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites, earlier reports have shown. On YouTube, that is true of only one-fifth of its user base, and for LinkedIn, the number is even smaller. And Pinterest, a board for visual content, is hardly used for news.

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.