Digital Daily Dozen 11/21/2013

Report: 41% of U.S. Dailies to Erect Web Paywalls
Some 41% of U.S. daily newspapers have erected online paywalls or are about to, according to analyst Ken Doctor. While charging for content is no "silver bullet," said Caroline Little, CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, "it’s nice that consumers are willing to pay."

The phone, Internet and e-mail records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analyzed and stored by America’s National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Gig.U initiative aimed at bringing gigabit connectivity to university communities has had some significant successes and appears poised for more, according to a new report issued by Gig.U. Seven university communities — primarily in North Carolina — are currently reviewing responses to requests for proposal.

Google has unveiled a new initiative called Project Link that aims to spread Internet access to developing areas across the globe. Through the project, Google will begin building fiber optic networks in areas that don’t already have access to fast and reliable Internet.

Media General, Dish Drop Retrans Complaints at FCC

Media General and Dish have asked the FCC to dismiss their complaints against each other related to their just-resolved retrans fight. The joint dismissal request, which had been expected, was made "with prejudice," which means neither party could double back and refile the complaint on the same grounds later on.

House Judiciary Passes Patent Troll Bill

The House Judiciary Committee passed the Innovation Act of 2013 (HR 3309), the patent reform bill that was introduced last month by Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte, targeted at so-called patent trolls. Now the bill, which includes heightened pleading standards and shifting fees to the losing party, heads to the House.

Padden: FCC Has Auction Order ‘Substantially Drafted’

Preston Padden, executive director of the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition, says that the FCC has an order on incentive auction rules "substantially drafted" and is waiting on resolving only a couple of issues. "I believe there is a very lengthy order," which is awaiting decisions on "key policy issues."

ABC Blasts Dish’s Hopper In Injunction Appeal

When it lost a summary injunction back in September, ABC said it wasn’t done trying to get Dish Network’s Hopper service shut down and on Wednesday ABC took another swing at it. In a brief dated Nov. 12 and filed yesterday, ABC and Disney Enterprises went after the satellite provider’s ad-jumping DVR service again.

Local News Stepping Up Its Twitter Game

Top entertainment stars are becoming the social darlings of real-time tweeting, but local news personalities are now trying to catch up. KCAL Los Angeles reporter Melanie Woodrow live-tweeted her Nov. 5 report on human trafficking, tweeting out questions and comments to her followers, gaining 11 times her daily average.

Diller: Aereo May Get 35% Of U.S. As Subs

Billionaire Barry Diller, the backer of Aereo, said the online-television service may eventually get as much as 35 percent of U.S. households to subscribe if it overcomes legal challenges from broadcasters. People in their mid- to late-20s aren’t willing to pay $100 a month for cable TV packages.

The Power of Twitter for TV: ‘Embrace It, Or Ignore It At Your Peril’

Millennials are driving social media success, and in some cases (not all), social media success is driving ratings success. But with so much riding on social followers and with new online platforms coming out every day, TV marketers can drown in their social marketing options.

Liberty Global Not Sure Mobile Is a ‘Must-Have’
Liberty Global, Europe’s biggest cable group, will sell mobile services as part of all-inclusive bundles across its 12 markets in the coming years. But it is not yet convinced that such so-called quadruple-play offers are a big attraction. "Our strategy on mobile is defensive."

Nickelodeon: Kids Spending More Time with Screens
Nickelodeon research has found that technology and media play a different role among "post-millennial" children. That includes a full 35 hours of TV a week — a 2.2-hour increase since the 2009 survey. And those TV hours are in addition to more time with a tablet or other devices.

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.