Digital Daily Dozen 11/5/2012

Newspapers Set Digital Traffic Record

September was the busiest month ever for newspapers in terms of digital traffic, with 141 million U.S. adults visiting a newspaper Web site or using a newspaper mobile app, according to new data from comScore. That figure is up 11% over June and represents 71% of the country’s total online adult population.

8% Of U.S. Adults Get News From Twitter

Only 16% of American adults are using Twitter overall, and about half that many use it to get news. That stat seems to underscore concerns about its slowing growth in North America leading up to its $13.6 billion IPO.

IBEW President Backs Broadcasters On Retrans
The President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has prepared a letter to the Hill asking Congress not to undermine retransmission consent. In the letter, IBEW President Edwin Hill slammed pay TV providers and the alliance they formed to reduce broadcaster leverage (the American Television Alliance).

Helpouts From Google Connects People With Experts Over Live Video

Acknowledging that its search engine cannot answer everybody’s questions, particularly in the age of social networking, Google introduced Helpouts, for live, one-on-one video chats with experts.

Amazon Using New Series to Hook Prime Customers

Amazon Studios will bow its first two original productions this month, offering the first three episodes of each show free as an enticement to sign up for its free-shipping membership service. The Amazon strategy deviates from Netflix’s binge-viewing model of releasing all episodes of a show at the same time.

The US government is open to some changes to how it conducts its phone and Internet surveillance programs as long as they do not undermine the programs’ effectiveness, US officials told a privacy oversight board. How exactly the US phone and online data-gathering programs could strike such a balance is under review.


When it comes to your online privacy — or what little is left of it — businesses and governments act in some pretty similar ways. But there are differences. Putting aside the government’s power to capture or kill, your inability to refuse the government is what distinguishes the NSA from even the nosiest companies on Earth.


Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently,the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks.

HBO Without Cable TV: How I Did the Impossible
Martin Peers: “Thanks to a perverse mix of regulatory requirements and promotional incentives on the part of my pay-TV provider, Verizon Communications, I can report a triumph of the modern media age — Last Friday I became a cord cutter who is getting HBO.”

Forrester: Online Will Kill Digital Video Recorder
The days of the digital video recorder are numbered, according to Jim Nail, Forrester’s principal analyst covering online TV and advertising. “As consumers get more and more into dabbling with online, I believe that, ultimately, online can kill off the DVR.”

Facebook Needed by All Teens, 16 Year-Old Says (Commentary)
William Davenport, a 16 year-old high-school student: “If you think teens aren’t using Facebook anymore — that’s simply not true. Teens in high school need Facebook. It’s no longer a fad social network for us. It is definitely a needed tool for connecting that we all use.”

‘Selfish miner’ attack could devastate Bitcoin, researchers say

Bitcoin is vulnerable to an attack that could have devastating effects on the virtual currency, but it can be fixed with a software update, according to researchers from Cornell University.

Surge is projected in multiscreen ad spending, study finds
Nearly 9 in 10 marketers said multiscreen ad spending will be a crucial part of their strategies over the next few years, according to a survey by the Association of National Advertisers and Nielsen. The survey projects multiscreen ad spending will soar from 20% of media budgets this year to 50% in 2016.

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.