Digital Daily Dozen 12/11/2013

The future of Bitcoin: Super currency or super fad?

Entrepreneurs flush with newly valuable Bitcoins are creating new products designed to simplify the technology and spread Bitcoin mania into the modern American mall.

Silicon Valley, not Washington, needs to lead on privacy reform (Commentary)

If the largest U.S. Internet companies want to win back the trust of consumers who care about online privacy, they should start not with appeals to Washington but with reform of their own data-collection technologies and practices. That data has helped boost their sales yet made users vulnerable to secret surveillance.

Tvigle: TV content needs new business models

Media companies need to build sustainable business models to encourage new talent to create professional content for new media distribution channels, as the current linear television model is likely to disappear within a decade, according to Egor Yakovlev, founder and CEO of Tvigle Media, Russia’s leading online broadcaster.

Startup NimbleTV Launches Service That Offers Pay TV Packages Via Cloud

Startup NimbleTV is launching a cloud-based service that makes pay TV packages available on various devices to pay TV subscribers. The firm is looking to tap into growing consumer demand for time- and place-shifting of TV content, starting with consumers in the New York City metropolitan area.

Moonves Seeks 50-50 Retrans-Ad Rev Ratio

At the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves also touched on CBS’s legal battle with Aereo and the carriage dispute with Time Warner Cable, saying, "We don’t view Washington as being an obstacle."

House GOP Targets FCC TV News Study

The members of Congress say a proposed study by the FCC seeking information about how all local news outlets — whether regulated by the FCC or not — “select and prioritize news,” will reportedly cost taxpayers $900,000 and appears to be an effort to resurrect the fairness doctrine.

Hearst Pushes For A Ban On Aereo

Online video company Aereo poses a threat to over-the-air broadcast services, the TV company Hearst says in new court papers. Hearst, which owns the ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston, makes the argument as part of its attempt to convince the First Circuit Court of Appeals to ban Aereo from operating.

Carey: A La Carte’s A ‘Farce’

Twenty-first Century Fox chief operating officer Chase Carey said out loud what most programming executives have been thinking regarding the continued enthusiasm for a la carte offerings on the part of legislators, distributors and consumer groups at an industry conference Tuesday.’s-‘farce’/147126

Epstein: FCC Will Start Broadcast Spectrum Bidding Very High

The FCC plans to offer broadcasters a "very high" starting price for their spectrum in the incentive auction, and one not just based on their value as TV stations. That is according to Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s incentive auction task force and special advisor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Bill Introduced To Protect PEG Channels

Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ed Markey have introduced a bill, the Community Access Preservation Act, that would bolster public educational and government access channels as "budgets tighten" and delivery models change. They argue the channels are necessary to preserve diverse voices in a time of media consolidation.

Patriot Act author: Feinstein’s bill ‘a joke.’

Rep. James Sensenbrenner says the House and Senate Intelligence committees have become ‘cheerleaders’ for the NSA. ‘Instead of putting the brakes on overreaches, they’ve been stepping on the gas,’ he said of the committees, which are led by Rep. Mike Rogers and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

AT&T may have set 2020 as the year when it will transition its traditional telephone network to all IP, but CEO Randall Stephenson says that the carrier will start seeing cost savings by 2016. "We have a number of initiatives, including Project Agile, which is about streamlining our operations around an IP product set."

House lawmakers are doubling down on a push to legalize Internet gambling. A House Commerce Committee panel held a showdown over a legislative effort to license and regulate online poker. States have tended to take the lead on online gambling in recent years, but many lawmakers say that federal action is necessary.

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.