Digital Daily Dozen 11/22/2013

Bitcoin beginning to go mainstream

An online travel agency in Los Angeles and a European private university have begun accepting payments in the popular virtual currency known as Bitcoin, a sign that businesses are moving into a new global economic era.

1 in 3 Would Give Up Their Car for 6 Months to Be First to Own the PS4 or Xbox One

What would you give up for six months to be the first to own the new PS4 or Xbox One? How important is access to high-speed Internet service when considering a move? Some of the answers in the Verizon FiOS Innovation Index, a survey of consumers’ views on tech and the connected home, may come as a surprise.

The Long Arm of the National Security-Communications Industry Complex (Commentary)

We can argue the pros and cons of national security surveillance, and it is a debate worth having. But this debate needs to be informed by facts. Maybe we can’t have all the facts in all their detail, but certainly we need more than we presently possess.

Schumer To FCC: Don’t Limit Wireless Bidders

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged the FCC not to adopt any incentive auction rules that would limit the participation of "certain wireless carriers." That came in a letter Wednesday (Nov. 20) to new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.

WCPO Cincinnati To Charge For Premium Online Content

WCPO Cincinnati will debut a premium subscription service for its site in January, on the heels of hiring extra editorial staff to make the site’s content richer. The enhanced debuted Nov. 21, 2013.

Inside America’s Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere

The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy, according to diplomatic sources and an internal American government document obtained by The Cable.

Twitter Adds TV Conversation Targeting

Continuing its drive to own the social TV space, Twitter has announced a new feature that allows networks and brands to promote tweets to people who chatter about certain shows, whether or not a brand is running a TV spot during a given program.

The Selfie-Porn Platform Way Of Living

There has been a pretty lively debate about whether the founders of Snapchat were idiots for turning down an all-cash $3 billion takeover offer from Facebook. After all, the company hasn’t recorded a dime of revenue (yet) and seems to be the selfie-porn platform of choice for teenage America. Is there a future in that?

Microsoft Hopes for Media Role with New Xbox One
Microsoft aims to upstage rival Sony with a console that goes well beyond gaming. The software giant is betting its first new video game console in eight years, which goes on sale on Friday, will help it play a bigger role in how people watch TV and consume media content.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint to stop charging for most premium text messages

Three major U.S. carriers have agreed not to charge their customers for premium text messages, which have emerged as a route for unauthorized third-party charges on mobile phone bills.

‘Encrypt everything:’ Google’s answer to government surveillance is catching on

While Microsoft’s busy selling t-shirts and mugs about how Google’s "Scroogling" you, the search giant’s chair is busy tackling a much bigger problem: How to keep your information secure in a world full of prying eyes and governments willing to drag in data by the bucket load.

Matter Takes Down Its Paywall
Matter, the crowdfunded longform journalism startup that was acquired by Medium earlier this year, turned one year old last week and says it is making some changes to the service: It is removing the paywall it had around its content, making all articles — as well as audio versions and other features — free of charge.

Distributing the Future; Which Children Will We Leave Behind?

Former National Broadband Plan Executive Director Blair Levin said the “biggest decision the FCC will make in its proceeding to upgrade the E-Rate program; whether all American school children will soon be able to take advantage of transformative digital education or whether that opportunity will only be available to some.”

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.