Digital Daily Dozen 11/9/2015

Maybe cord cutting’s not such a threat (Media Life) 

Cord cutting is a lot like global warming. Everyone has an opinion on it, and there’s disagreement over whether it actually exists. Last week brought new evidence that cord cutting might not be quite the threat it had been made out to be during the first half of the year, when pay TV subscriptions appeared to be decreasing faster than ever. 

A Digital Team Is Helping Obama Find His Voice Online (NY Times)

About 20 aides are dedicated to building a social media presence in the president’s own voice to help develop a more personal rapport on multiple platforms.  

In the Stream of Internet Radio, Music Stations Hold Their Own (NY Times)

Successful stations are venturing into online streaming, but also playing to traditional strengths like thoughtfully curating playlists and championing new artists.   

FCC Won’t Impose Privacy Rules On Web Publishers, Ad Networks (Media Post)

FCC has rejected advocacy group Consumer Watchdog’s request to impose new privacy regulations on Facebook, Google and other Web companies. “The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it has no intent to regulate edge providers,” the FCC’s Wireline Bureau said in a decision issued on Friday.   

Roku Benefits From Streaming’s Rise (Media Post) 

The streaming media revolution has taken hold in the US, and it’s helping the makers of stand-alone streaming device makers — Roku in particular. Twenty-one percent of US broadband households with a connected electronics device are using it for streaming media — up from 12% last year.    

Mobile 5G? 24+ GHz, Here We Come! (Common Law Blog)

The FCC wants to take us higher: into higher reaches of the RF spectrum. Anticipating the eventual arrival of Fifth Generation mobile services, the FCC has proposed to open several bands above 24 GHz for 5G: 28, 37, and 39 GHz, and possibly 24, 29, 31, and 42 GHz as well.       

Senate Wants More Public Wireless Spectrum (Washington Post) 

Senate lawmakers are looking for ways to put even more of the government’s wireless spectrum into the hands of the private sector. Under the draft text of a bill now being informally considered by the Senate Commerce Committee, the government could be instructed to find and relinquish an additional 20 megahertz.   

Adobe Flash is a hacker’s favorite target, study shows (Network World)

Adobe Systems’ Flash plugin gets no love from anyone in the security field these days. A new study shows just how much it is favored by cybercriminals to sneak their malware onto computers. It looked at more than 100 exploit kits, which are frameworks planted in Web pages that automatically probe for software vulnerabilities.   

Teen hackers strike again, allegedly gain access to US arrest records database (Network World) 

A group of teenage hackers by the name of “Crackas With Attitude” are on a rampage, breaking into federal systems to embarrass the U.S. government. After gaining access to the personal AOL account of CIA Director John Brennan, the teenagers reportedly broke into the Comcast email account of the FBI Deputy Director’s wife.    


If lawmakers in Congress can’t figure out how to handle net neutrality, the FCC shouldn’t be allowed to, either. That’s the argument Rep Marsha Blackburn and a handful of other GOP lawmakers are making before a federal appeals court in Washington, in a high-stakes legal battle over the future of the Internet.    


Lawyers for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and every major pay-TV company met with commissioners of the FCC in an attempt to block supporters of the AllVid technology for set-top boxes. They assert the “burdens” imposed by AllVid “would handicap multichannel video programming distributors.   


Comcast’s announcement that it is triggering the mobile virtual network operator relationship with Verizon, and plans to test a “Wi-Fi First” wireless service over the next few months will once again shine a spotlight on the relationship between cellular and Wi-Fi. There are still some significant usability challenges.   

Snapchat triples video traffic as it closes the gap with Facebook (Financial Times)

Last week, Facebook said that its videos get watch 8 billion times a day, a number that’s doubled since April. Snapchat now says that it gets 6 billion views, which is triple what they were in May. You can argue about what those companies mean by a “view”, but there’s no debate about the importance of video for consumer tech plays.