Digital Daily Dozen 12/02/2013

Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind

Some features of physical books may be getting a second life online, but efforts to completely reimagine the core experience of the book have yet to catch on.

To Foil Snoops, Tor Could Be Added to Web Browsers

The Internet’s main engineers have asked the architects of Tor—networking software designed to make Web browsing private—to consider turning the technology into an Internet standard.

Tech giants are countering government spying

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter are engaged in a costly tech arms race, with their businesses and cultures at stake. Not against one another, mind you, but a common foe: the National Security Agency.

UK Anti-Piracy Action in the Form of a Movie

The Industry Trust, the U.K. film and TV industry body backed by everyone from the U.S. studios to retailers and TV banners, has teamed with Warner Bros. Pictures U.K. to launch an exclusive trailer for The LEGO Movie as part of an anti-piracy campaign targeting youngsters.

Netflix Said to Achieve ‘Must-Have’ Status Level
The idea of integrating Netflix with the set-top box has been met with mixed interest among U.S. cable operators. But the growing popularity of the subscription video service has made it a must-have from the over-the-top video world, according to TiVo CEO Tom Rogers.

Hulu’s Future: White-Label TV Everywhere Service
RBC Capital Markets analyst David Bank predicts Hulu will pitch cable operators on a "white-label TV Everywhere service." That strategy, mixed with a steady stream of originals and shows from its currently at-peace network owners, could be the video service’s way forward.

Comcast Tests Ad Tech to Capture Binge Viewers
Comcast is testing new advertising technology that inserts up-to-date commercials into past episodes of TV shows that are available on demand, a development that could help TV networks generate additional revenue. The new technology "has pretty big implications."

Has Netflix turned the Network TV Pilot Into an Endangered Species?

Since it got into original programming in 2011, Netflix has proven to be a major disrupter. The SVOD player now is disrupting Hollywood’s pilot process, which has needed a major overhaul for years now.

The latest move to kill bad patents divides tech industry

Technology users — retailers, in particular — are being snared in patent infringement lawsuits, prompting Congress to eye reforms that could change how lawsuits are filed and who pays if they’re frivolous.

Gigabit-class broadband is capturing the imagination of Internet users throughout the country. With Google and other companies bringing fiber-based services that deliver a gigabit of data each second to the home, communities are accelerating their push to get the highest speeds.

US District Judge Lucy H. Koh has dismissed a consumer lawsuit over data privacy against Apple, saying the plaintiffs had failed to show they had relied on any alleged company misrepresentations and that they had suffered harm. The four plaintiffs claimed in 2011 that Apple had violated its privacy policy.

House Republican leaders are under pressure to allow a vote on legislation that would curb the NSA. Speaker John Boehner has defended the NSA’s spying programs, but a growing bloc of his conference is signing on to a bill that would end the NSA’s practice of collecting records on virtually all US phone calls.

EU Privacy Proposal Could Limit Data Use by Google, Facebook

The European Commission’s call for stronger data privacy protections could help the web’s biggest data collectors like Google and Facebook fight data requests from the U.S. government. As expected, the Commission published a collection of recommendations for stronger data protections.

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.