Digital Daily Dozen 1/21/2014

Verizon Agrees to Acquire Intel’s ‘OnCue’ Web TV Service

The takeover could shake up pay TV, by bringing more competition to cable companies that dominate geographies.

Mobile Ad Spend To Reach $18 Billion This Year, $42 Billion By 2017

While supply will continue to outpace demand, mobile advertising spend will grow from $13 billion last year to $18 billion this year globally, Gartner projects. Display formats will continue to lead, but the focus will shift from apps to the mobile Web as HTML5 proliferates.

FBI Drags Google Glass Man From Theater on Piracy Fears

Google Glass is expected to transform the way that people interact with data and communications but for one unlucky user a paranoid reaction to the device ended up becoming a huge time waster. After wearing a turned off and prescription lens-equipped model to the theater, a man had it torn from his face.

Netflix’s Gain Is HBO’s Loss in Subscriber Wars
People can’t get enough Netflix. According to a new report, the streaming video service and others like it have been gaining subscribers as pay networks like HBO and Showtime have been losing them. "It could be people looking at cable bills and saying, ‘I can’t afford this.’"

FCC Decision Could Raise Streaming TV Costs
TV fans on the fence about ditching cable boxes may want to see how the legal tussle between Verizon and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission shakes out. The cost of cutting the cord in favor of streaming shows on Netflix and other services could soon rise, experts say.

Twitter User Diversity Becomes Ad Selling Point
Twitter has rarely mentioned that its user base is more racially diverse than U.S. Internet users as a whole. Now, as a newly minted public company, it is moving to capitalize on its demos. Black, Hispanic and Asian-American users are said to account for 41% of Twitter’s U.S. users.

Premium Cable Gap With Streaming Narrows

The latest "State of SVOD" report from the NPD Group has U.S. households with HBO, Showtime and other pay channels down 6% between 2012 and 2013.

Big Media Hopes To Kill The Ad-Zapping DVR With Video On Demand

The wonder gadget that upended the TV business is slowly, inevitably, being upended itself – most noticeably by other technologies that give TV fans access to their favorite programs as they wish. With video on demand, consumers don’t need to shell out another 10 bucks to their cable operator for DVR service.

ITV heralds second screen as the ‘new advertising medium’

ITV is heralding second screen advertising as the “new advertising medium”, rather than just an exploratory platform, following the success of campaigns from advertisers including Asda, Strepsils and Specsavers on the X Factor app last year.


President Obama’s surveillance speech was primarily an exercise in pretty rhetoric. The concessions to public outcry still reveal a man determined to retain control of the narrative. Strengthening executive branch control of intelligence may help prevent misuse of data, but it could also increase secrecy.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases involving police searches of cell phones. The cases are the latest of several in recent years that look into the reach of constitutional privacy protections in an age of advanced digital technology.


Both broadband access and broadband speed positively affect household incomes, according to an analysis by Ericsson in conjunction with Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The researchers found that household benefits don’t increase smoothly along with broadband speed.

On Internet Freedom, India’s Perilous Trajectory

By the time the first story based on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures splashed across the front pages of the world’s newspapers, India had reportedly begun deployment of its own major surveillance architecture, the Central Management System (CMS).

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.