Digital Daily Dozen: 12/1/15

Could the Third Amendment be used to fight the surveillance state? (ARS Technica) 

The Third Amendment to the United States Constitution is just 32 words: “No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”  Amongst very nerdy constitutional law circles, the Third Amendment is practically a joke.  


Your e-mails have fewer legal protections than you probably think. Thanks to a 1980s-era law known as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the government generally doesn’t need a warrant to get its hands on e-mails stored in your inbox for more than six months.   


The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 has concluded its deliberations as delegates sign the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. WRC-15 addressed over 40 topics related to frequency allocation and frequency sharing.   

MLB To Get 4% Of Rights For Fox Streaming (Fierce Cable) 

Major League Baseball Advanced Media will indeed handle the technical execution of authenticated live-streaming of MLB games on 21st Century Fox-owned regional sports networks, starting next year. According to SNL Kagan, MLB Advanced’s BAM Tech unit will handle streaming of the games.  

Data breach of toy maker VTech leaked photos of children, parents (Network World) 

The data breach of Hong Kong toy manufacturer VTech appears to have also included photos of children and parents, adding to what could be one of the most surprising leaks of the year.VTech, which makes cordless phones and what it terms electronic learning devices for kids, apologized on Twitter on Monday. 

 With internet connection reaching new heights, ITU looks to the IoT (Network World) 

The number of connected people on the planet has reached 3.2 billion, according to a report from the ITU. Managers, marketers, engineers, and designers who are building mobile and internet products for international consumption should read the full report.   

More Cyber Monday Shoppers Will Pay Online Sales Tax than Ever Before This Year (Inside Sources) 

As Americans click to Cyber Monday sales across the web, more of them will be subject to online sales tax than ever before this holiday season, as websites, states and presidential candidates all push for sales tax in the digital domain. That’s in large part due to efforts over the last year by 

UK competition watchdog probes cloud storage deals (Financial Times) 

Britain’s competition watchdog is launching a probe of online storage services, following complaints that internet companies are hooking consumers with attractive deals only to raise prices or limit the amount they can store. The Competition and Markets Authority said it had begun a review of cloud storage providers.  

Why TV is Lagging Behind Digital Advertising  (Media Shift- Commentary)  

Modern-day television is in the midst of a metamorphosis, thanks in many ways to the rise of the digital landscape. New ways to consume media have emerged and with this came new advertising capabilities, making the traditional way of doing business obsolete. This is perhaps most evident in the tale of television’s reign.    

Networks, Creators Divided Over How Shows Should be Sold (Pro Max BDA) 

The rise of streaming television, led by Netflix, gave top TV studios a robust new revenue stream, as serialized dramas that were previously hard to sell suddenly became the hottest properties in town and even well-worn sitcoms—such as Warner Bros.’ Friends and Sony Television’s Seinfeld —discovered highly motivated new buyers.  

Lessons From Cellphones on Distribution of Wealth (NY Times) 

In developing countries, information about the distribution of wealth or poverty may be gleaned from someone’s mobile phone records, a new study reports. The study, published in the journal Science, was done in Rwanda. In much of Africa, as in developing countries elsewhere, accurate statistics on poverty are difficult to collect.   

Why It’s Game On for Tech Companies in the Battle Over Breaking News (Ad Week) 

The battle over breaking news escalated this fall with a trio of mobile products from major tech companies. In November, Facebook announced its stand-alone app called Notify on the heels of Twitter launching Moments the month prior. When Apple released the iPhone 6s and iOS 9 in September, it came preloaded with Apple News.    

It’s About Time, Literally: Ad Industry Eyes Temporal Planning (Media Post) 

In a move that signals a potential shift in the way the ad industry thinks about its most fundamental principles of media planning — reach and frequency — a leading media planning software provider has created a way to calculate it based on the amount of time consumers actually spend with media.