Digital Daily Dozen 11/26/2013

Google Chief Says Social Media Will Change China
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, has warned China’s leaders that the local equivalents of Twitter and WhatsApp will force the Communist Party to introduce liberal reforms within five years. Censorship systems won’t hold back public opinion online, he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10473868/Google-chief-predicts-Chinese-liberal-reforms-driven-by-web.html

Twitter: Millions of Fake Accounts Undermine Trust
Fake accounts are said to be thriving on Twitter, used to make celebrities and trending topics appear more popular than they are. There is also a robust black market for buying such accounts. "If what is trending on Twitter is being faked, people need to know. This will undermine trust."

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304607104579212122084821400

Getty, AFP Ordered to Pay for Lifting Images Off Twitter
A New York jury has ordered Agence France-Presse and Getty Images to pay $1.2 million to freelance photographer Daniel Morel for using and distributing without permission eight photos he had taken and posted to his Twitter feed. The landmark case is the first of its kind.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/11/in-landmark-copyright-case-photographer-awarded-12-million-from-media-companies-that-lifted-images-o.html

FilmOn Seeks Illinois Court Ruling that Service is OK

Add Illinois to the courts that have been asked to weigh in on Internet delivery of TV stations. FilmOn has asked an Illinois U.S. District Court for a declaratory judgment that its Internet-based remote TV station signal distribution service is not an illegal violation of copyright.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/filmon-seeks-illinois-court-ruling-service-ok/125312

Render Unto Caesar, but Who Backs the Bitcoin?

Many people are talking about bitcoin, but how practical is it to use it?

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/render-unto-caesar-but-who-backs-the-bitcoin/

Million-dollar robbery rocks Bitcoin exchange

Bitcoin Internet Payment Services, a Denmark-based exchange billing itself as Europe’s biggest, was robbed of bitcoins worth more than $1 million in a theft that took place over the course of the past several days.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/112513-bitcoin-robbery-276352.html

‘Why Care About the N.S.A.?

By BRIAN KNAPPENBERGER

This Op-Doc video explains why ordinary Americans should be concerned about online surveillance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/opinion/why-care-about-the-nsa.html

European Commission to Investigate Pay-TV Model

The European Commission is expected to launch a formal competition inquiry into the sale of pay-TV rights for exclusive content such as films and sporting events.

http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/42306

‘See It’ Button Should Be the Game-Changer Pay TV Needs

TV Everywhere may finally live up to its name, thanks to a new initiative from Comcast. The nation’s largest cable operator chose Twitter to be the first partner for its new See It feature, which embeds buttons in tweets that can make live or VOD content available to watch and record.

http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/new-comcast-twitter-collab-has-makings-of-a-game-changer-1200807027/#

CNN Shares Instagram Pics On New Platform

Images taken by CNN journalists showing ‘scenes from the field’ will be shared via its new online platform, to engage with their community beyond traditional reporting.

http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/cnn-launches-scenes-platform-to-share-images-from-the-ground/s2/a555216/

WILL NSA BE REFORMED? [Commentary]

Remember Edward Snowden? For a while, the NSA’s renegade contractor seemed like the most influential man in American intelligence, even though he’s been hiding out in Moscow. Snowden’s disclosures touched off a wave of enthusiasm in Congress for reforming the NSA’s surveillance practices — and anger overseas.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-1123-mcmanus-nsa-20131124,0,3775747.column

EU SAFE HARBOR DECISION
Brussels is to warn Washington that US tech companies risk losing their exemption from privacy rules unless the US changes the way it treats EU citizens’ online data.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-26/nsa-spying-risks-35-billion-in-u-s-technology-sales.html

AKAMAI: US BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY PLATEAU?
US broadband connectivity rates showed virtually no change between the first and second quarter of 2013, according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report. The average US broadband connection speed was 8.7 Mbps in the second quarter, Akamai said. That’s virtually unchanged from first quarter.

http://www.telecompetitor.com/akamai-u-s-broadband-connectivity-plateau/

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.