Digital Daily Dozen: 11/17/16

What the Proliferation of Fake News on Google and Facebook Means for Advertisers

According to Sastry Rachakonda, CEO of iQuanti, advertisers don’t have a lot of options if they want to go where their audiences are, especially if Facebook and Google continue to get 85 cents of every new dollar spent on digital advertising in the U.S. “Both these platforms are by far the most effective digital-marketing options.”



Advertisers Appreciate Facebook’s Nod to Transparency but Want Even More Data

The ad industry wants even more openness from Facebook after the social network reported new flaws in its data. On Wednesday, Facebook promised a new spirit of transparency since it had been reporting bad numbers to marketers regarding their posts.



NAB: FCC Repack Deadline Likely Unachievable

The National Association of Broadcasters says the FCC likely won’t be able to fit its TV station post-auction repack plan into its 39-month deadline for doing so. It also urges the commission to reject cable operators’ argument that TV stations temporarily sharing channels should not get must-carry/retrans rights.



TiVo Survey Finds Cord-Cutting on Rise

The pay-TV world is likely to continue to shift, with more viewers cutting the cord and usage of subscription video on demand and TV everywhere on the rise, according to a new survey by TiVo’s Digitalsmiths unit. In its quarterly Video Trends Report, a survey of 3,100 viewers found that 82.4% of respondents had a pay-TV provider.



FCC’s Wheeler Pulls Votes on BDS, Other Items

FCC chair Tom Wheeler has apparently acceded to Republican requests and has pulled votes on four controversial items—at least in the sense of not having Republican backing—including the business data services (BDS) revamp.

Also off the agenda for the Nov. 17 public meeting was a vote on classifying LTE VoIP.



Social Media’s Globe-Shaking Power  (Commentary)   

The election of Donald J. Trump is perhaps the starkest illustration yet that across the planet, social networks are helping to fundamentally rewire human society. They have subsumed and gutted mainstream media. They have undone traditional political advantages like fund-raising and access to advertising.



Twitter’s alt-right purge could backfire 

Twitter’s move to ban alt-right accounts on the heels of a bitterly divisive election has drawn the company into a heated debate over who gets to speak freely on its platform. Critics warn the mass ban could backfire. Rather than silencing the alt right, Twitter risks amplifying the message from white nationalists and other fringe groups.



Russian regulator moves to shut LinkedIn

Russia’s state telecommunications regulator has moved to block business-focused social network LinkedIn after a court ruled it violated a law on data storage. Roskomnadzor said it has sent a notice to communications providers requesting them to block access to LinkedIn.



Satellite Dishes That Power Time-Warner Imperil Merger With AT&T 

Time Warner has dozens of FCC licenses for satellite dishes used to distribute CNN newscasts, Cartoon Network shows and Turner Sports games. Transferring them to AT&T would trigger a review by the FCC, and the company is looking for ways to avoid that, according to a person familiar with the situation.



Apple to Cut Fees Video Services Will Pay for App Store, Say Sources 

Apple plans to cut the amount it charges to sell video services over the widely used App Store, a move to appease partners whose movies and TV shows are vital to the technology giant’s video strategy. The iPhone maker intends to reduce the slice of revenue it is paid by subscription video streaming apps from the current 30 percent to 15.



SpaceX seeks U.S. approval for internet-via-satellite network 

Private rocket launch service SpaceX is requesting government approval to operate a massive satellite network that would provide high-speed, global internet coverage, according to newly filed documents with the FCC. The company has proposed an orbiting digital communications array that would eventually consist of 4,425 satellites.



Prince’s estate sues Tidal over the streaming rights to his music

Prince’s estate and label NPG Records have sued Roc Nation, Jay Z’s management firm, in U.S. District Court in Minnesota in a dispute over how much of Prince’s music Tidal actually had license to stream. The suit claims that their Tidal agreement included only a 90-day window to stream Prince’s 2015 album, “Hit N Run: Phase One.”




House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair (and potential full Commerce Committee Chair) Greg Walden is still on board with enshrining net neutrality principles into law. Back during the dustup over the FCC’s Open Internet order, Walden had pushed a bill to mandate no blocking and no throttling of web traffic.





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.