Digital Daily Dozen 12/09/2013

A Senator Plans Legislation to Narrow Authorities’ Cellphone Data Requests

The carriers are shown to turn over records thousands of times a day in response to police emergencies, subpoenas and other requests.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/09/technology/a-senator-plans-legislation-to-narrow-authorities-cellphone-data-requests.html

There’s Power in All Those User Reviews

A wealth of online product information is making it harder to influence consumers with traditional marketing methods, new research suggests.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/business/theres-power-in-all-those-user-reviews.html

Cell Phone Location Data Can Fight Malaria and Terrorism, Too (Commentary)

The Snowden documents have shown lots of evidence of overreaching. But what we don’t have, so far, is much evidence of oppressive use of the data. Of course there are very serious privacy concerns. But it will help to acknowledge the beneficial uses of this data–for fighting terrorist plots and for stopping deadly diseases.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/522281/cell-phone-location-data-can-fight-malaria-and-terrorism-too/

The False Promise of Data Nationalism

A growing number of policy makers believe that data is more private and secure if it is stored domestically. This report shows why this is a false promise by providing a short guide to the implications of storing data on servers in foreign countries, with a foreign-owned service provider, or both, under various conditions.

http://www.itif.org/publications/false-promise-data-nationalism

FilmOn X Asks Appeals Court To Lift Ban

The federal judge who recently prohibited online video company FilmOn X from operating "misunderstands FilmOn X’s technology and misinterprets the plain language of the Copyright Act," the start-up argues in papers filed with a federal appellate court.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/214993/filmon-x-asks-appeals-court-to-lift-ban.html

Tech giants band together in anti-snooping coalition

Torched by disclosures the National Security Agency tapped into its data and spied on people and businesses, some of tech’s biggest names have banded together to form what is essentially an anti-NSA coalition.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/12/09/google-microsoft-facebook-others-form-reform-government-surveillance-coalition/3914697/?csp=eMail_DailyBriefing_44287883

NSA spying hurts business of large U.S. hardware makers

With evidence mounting that NSA spying has damaged the business of some of the largest U.S. technology companies, the question now is how long it will take them to win back the trust of overseas customers.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2013/12/08/nsa-spying-has-damaged-overseas-business-of-strongest-us-tech-companies/3891765/

Web giants weigh in on Ohio defamation suit

From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge’s decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/08/internet-giants-weigh-in-on-ohio-defamation-suit/3908791/

Google Preps Launch of Nexus TV Box in 2014
Google is said to be close to unveiling its own Nexus-branded TV set-top box for streaming videos and playing games. The set-top box, which would stream video from services such as Hulu and Netflix, could become available as early as the first half of 2014.

http://mashable.com/2013/12/07/google-nexus-tv/

‘World of Warcraft’ Online Game Targeted by Spies
U.S. and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of "World of Warcraft" and "Second Life," conducting surveillance and scooping up data in the online games played by millions of people across the globe, according to newly disclosed classified documents.

http://www.propublica.org/article/world-of-spycraft-intelligence-agencies-spied-in-online-games

Hulu’s New Strategy: ‘Specialized But Not Niche’
Charlotte Koh, Hulu head of development, original series: "We are a great aggregator for content that feels specialized but not niche. You want to look for stuff that has a special intelligence about it, that you feel could be a little more challenging than a typical television view."

http://entertainment.time.com/2013/12/06/specialized-but-not-niche-a-look-at-hulus-new-content-strategy/

NSA TRACKS PHONE LOCATIONS UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER
The NSA uses its authority under a 1981 executive order signed by President Ronald Reagan to collect cellphone location data around the world, the agency said. Congress never authorized the program, but an NSA spokeswoman argued that the collection does not violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/192294-nsa-uses-executive-order-to-track-phone-locations

CELLPHONE PRIVACY RULES
Amid growing concern about the hot-button issue of cellphone privacy, state regulators are considering whether California needs stronger protections. At issue before the Public Utilities Commission is whether it’s time to update the state’s more than two-decade-old telephone privacy rules.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cellphone-privacy-puc-20131207,0,3040011.story

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.