Digital Daily Dozen 11/11/2013

Does Binge Viewing Take the Fun Out of TV?

Amazon Studios director Roy Price told an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences audience Thursday that binge watching takes some of the fun out of television because it removes the anticipation around what might happen next.

YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim not a fan of YouTube’s new Google+ centric commenting policy

Google recently made some slightly annoying changes to the way comments work on YouTube. You see, in an effort to bolster their laggard social network, Google now requires that all YouTube comments be associated with a Google+ account. Naturally, YouTube users are none too thrilled with the development.

Singapore bans adultery website Ashley Madison

Singapore’s government has blocked access to the popular adultery website Ashley Madison amid a public outcry ahead of the company’s planned launch of a portal for the city-state. The Media Development Authority said it has blocked access to the Canada-based website because of its “flagrant disregard of our family values.”

Netflix And YouTube Rule Online Video

The most popular digital services in North America continue to be Netflix and YouTube — by a wide margin, according to Sandvine’s newest Report. The report shows that video streams from the two services together made up more than half of all peak residential downstream traffic in the month of September.

Congresswoman Judy Chu: Too Many Americans Think Piracy is OK

Since the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, congresswoman Judy Chu has intensified her efforts to eradicate piracy. To succeed, Chu and her allies in the entertainment industry need to win the public back.

Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Nabs 40 Million Users
IHeartRadio said it has topped 40 million registered users and 260 million downloads since the digital radio service relaunched in September 2011. This growth rate is said to be second only to Instagram among top digital services like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Comcast Expanding Broadband Meter to Atlanta
Comcast’s metered billing trials continue to expand, with users in Atlanta being told the new caps are coming to town. Comcast announced plans in May 2012 to test metered billing in several markets. Those markets now include Nashville, Savannah, Ga., and Jackson, Miss.

FAA roadmap sees challenges in allowing drones over U.S. airspace

Government and industry need to overcome significant challenges, including those related to privacy and security, before commercial drone aircraft can be safely allowed over U.S. airspace, the FAA said Thursday.

Big Data’s Little Brother

Start-ups are gathering data and analyzing it much faster than was possible even a couple of years ago, aiming to project economic trends from seemingly unconnected information.

To Grow, Twitter Looks Outside Its Own Walls

Twitter is counting on millions of websites to link to the service and is encouraging independent developers to find creative new uses for its platform.

Survey: Consumers prefer data opt-out but like targeted ads
A clear opt-out option from tracking and limits on what kinds of data advertisers can collect online would go a long way toward reassuring consumers about their online privacy, according to a survey by the Digital Advertising Alliance.

This is your brain on social media

We are addicted to social media. Chemically addicted. The average smartphone user checks their phone 150 times per day. Why? Because those digital notifications are feeding our addiction. It has created what some are now calling FOMO – the Fear Of Missing Out. Is that a bad thing? Maybe, maybe not.

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

As certain high school seniors work meticulously this month to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects. In fact, new research from Kaplan Test Prep suggests that online scrutiny of college hopefuls is growing.

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.