Digital Daily Dozen 11/7/2013

C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data

The disclosure shows that agencies beyond the N.S.A. exploit call metadata with programs regulated by an inconsistent patchwork of legal standards, procedures and oversight.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/us/cia-is-said-to-pay-att-for-call-data.html

Details Emerge of Potential Google Monitor in Europe

The outlines of the job offer a window into what Google faces if it agrees to the latest settlement offer from the European Commission in the long-running antitrust case against the company.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/details-emerge-of-potential-google-monitor-in-europe/

Twitter prices IPO at $26 ahead of stock debut

Twitter priced its shares at $26 each late Wednesday, setting the stage for one of the largest technology initial public offerings ever. “We just priced our IPO” the company tweeted, attaching a screen shot of the offering announcement.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/06/twitter-ipo-pricing/3447747/

US rivals team up in offering bounties to secure Internet

Three fierce Internet rivals are teaming up to fight hackers by offering bounties, or cash rewards, to researchers who find critical vulnerabilities in widely used Web technology. The program is sponsored by Facebook and Microsoft with assistance from a Google security expert.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/facebook-microsoft-bounties-idUSL2N0IR1X720131106

Google Is Ordered to Block Images in Privacy Case

A French court ruled that Google must remove from its Internet search results all images of a former Formula One car racing chief at an orgy. The ruling in the privacy case could have ramifications for the tech giant’s operations across Europe.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/business/international/google-is-ordered-to-block-images-in-privacy-case.html

Let’s give the Internet permission to improve [Commentary]

The argument against net neutrality is both factual and consistent: If, as we’ve seen, the economy and the very quality of our lives can be improved by a simple infusion of Internet technology, doesn’t it stand to reason that new technology can also make the Internet an even better platform for the goals and activities we care about?

http://www.techpolicydaily.com/internet/lets-give-internet-permission-improve/

Who Won CBS’s Fight With Time Warner Cable? DirecTV

When CBS and Time Warner played a daring game of chicken over the summer, another company earned business by waiting quietly at the side of the road. In the dispute over fees, Time Warner blacked out CBS in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas for a month. And lots of fed-up customers gave up on Time Warner.

http://www.thewrap.com/cbs-fight-time-warner-cable-who-won-earnings-subscribers

TBS Slapped With Fine for Simulating Emergency Alert Sounds in Conan Ad

Few things are more annoying than ads that use sounds like a ringing phone or doorbell to get our attention. But an ad for Conan O’Brien’s show on TBS went too far in the eyes of the Federal Communications Commission.

http://www.adweek.com/news/television/tbs-slapped-fine-simulating-emergency-alert-sounds-conan-ad-153648

Interpublic’s Magna: TV Tweets Are The New Zaps

A new study shows TV viewers tweet much more during commercial time than program time — contradicting an earlier study on the activity.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/212934/interpublics-magna-tv-tweets-are-the-new-zaps.html

Confusion surrounds FCC’s sports blackout rule
Elimination of the FCC’s sports blackout rule would not automatically allow a sporting event to be shown on a local broadcast station if the game was not sold out Instead, the rule prohibits cable and satellite providers from circumventing a broadcaster’s contract with a league by importing a distant signal of the game.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-blackout-fcc-nfl-20131104,0,5510670.story

How Sohn will have to adjust her thinking
Gigi Sohn may have to adjust her views on retransmission-consent changes and other reforms now that she is no longer affiliated with an outside watchdog group and is part of Tom Wheeler’s team. “She has to think about whether a court will uphold an action, and in the past she has shown an ability to be pragmatic.”

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/71747/retrans-reform-advocate-sohn-on-fcc-team

Behind the big boom in mobile gaming
Obsessed with Candy Crush? You’re not alone. Mobile game revenue could hit a record $1 billion in fourth quarter. Talking with SNL Kagan’s John Fletcher.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/behind-big-boom-mobile-gaming/

Rising costs, ease of streaming are driving viewers away from pay TV

“The industry is at a crossroads,” says Virginia Lam, a vice president at Aereo, one of the new services that’s knocking the old way of doing business cockeyed. “The current model is unsustainable.” Predictions of a revolution in the cable business are nothing new. But for the first time, they seem to be based on evidence.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/06/3736216/rising-costs-ease-of-streaming.html

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.