Digital Daily Dozen 11/5/15

Why an Instagram Model With 800,000 Followers Is Quitting Social Media (Ad Week) 

In a tearful video on her YouTube page, Essena O’Neill renounced social media and went on a tirade about how harmful the need for followers and likes is to young people, especially women. “I let myself be defined by numbers,” she said. “You’d think getting 100,000 followers on Instagram would be amazing. It was, for the day.” 

Airbnb and Uber Mobilize Vast User Base to Sway Policy  (NY Times) 

Leading companies in the sharing economy, like Airbnb and Uber, are turning their millions of users into an enormous political operation to fight back against unfavorable policies.   

NewsON App for Live Local TV News Goes Live (Broadcasting & Cable)

As part of an aggressive effort by some major station groups to ramp up their digital reach, the NewsON app aggregating content from local stations in 90 TV markets, including all of the 10 largest markets, has officially launched. The effort is arguably the largest effort in recent years by station groups to expand visibility. 

Discovery to FCC: We Won’t Coordinate Carriage (Multichannel) 

Discovery Communications has promised the FCC it “does not and will not coordinate carriage negotiations or other operations in any way” with Charter, Time Warner Cable or Bright House if the FCC allows them to merge.

That came in comments to the FCC in response to concerns about John Malone’s interest in DCI.   


Netflix wants to get into original Bollywood and anime shows (Washington Post) 

When Netflix launched “House of Cards” in 2013, the company’s move into original content seemed a risky gamble. Netflix’s job was to serve other people’s video, not its own. But now, after releasing multiple hit shows like “Orange is the New Black” and “Narcos,” Netflix is confidently rolling out fresh serials at a breakneck pace.  

Bitcoin Surges, Emerging From a Lull in Interest (NY Times)

After a long period of quiet, the price of the virtual currency Bitcoin is surging again as signs of interest from China and Wall Street have helped kick off a new speculative frenzy. 

Establishing the Boundaries of the OCILLA Safe Harbor (Social Media & Games Law Blog) 

As user-generated content explodes over the Internet, intellectual property disputes over posting or uploading such content without the owner’s consent continue to escalate. Social media platforms, hosting websites or other online service providers may be entrapped in these disputes based on the infringing actions of users of these OSPs.  

Mind-reading may help TV nets understand viewers’ wants (Reuters)

NBCUniversal and Viacom are each turning to biometric data to better understand what viewers want in terms of programming and commercials by knowing how they think. NBCU and Viacom are each opening labs to study viewers, including their eye movements and facial reactions, while they watch TV. 


Voters in seven cities and counties in Colorado voted to free their local governments to offer Internet service. The votes marked a defeat for big, traditional Internet service providers such as Comcast that have successfully maneuvered to inject limits on municipal broadband into state regulations over the last decade.   


Cable Internet provider Comcast continues to dramatically expand its practice of imposing broadband-usage caps and overage fees on Comcast users in cities across the nation. The FCC has yet to investigate whether the use of data caps unfairly and unreasonably penalizes customers.   

Parents: Reject Technology Shame (The Atlantic- Commentary)

Tune into the conversation about kids and screen time, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that before the invention of the iPhone, parents spent every waking moment engaging their kids in deep conversation, undertaking creatively expressive arts-and-crafts projects, or growing their own vegetables in the backyard.   

Online Delays Possible For DC Shows (TV News Check) 

Jeff Bewkes, the CEO of DC-owner Time Warner, told analysts that the company is considering whether to let online services like Netflix have its shows several years after they first air, rather than one year later. He said that could mean more older episodes are available on-demand to traditional cable customers.   

BBC Rolls Outs Paid Original Video Service (Digiday) 

 The BBC is joining the battle with iTunes and Amazon Prime by launching a paid online video service that will allow users to buy episodes of their favorite current and classic shows. With BBC Store, viewers will be able to buy single shows and series. Customers can also purchase through its existing digital catch-up service, iPlayer.