Digital Daily Dozen 12/12/2013

Dingell Warns FCC Against Limiting Spectrum Auction Bidders

Add Rep. John Dingell, "dean" of the Congress to the list of those advising the FCC not to limit the bidders for broadcast spectrum. In a speech at a Third Way spectrum policy event in Washington, Dingell said that "the plain and simple fact of the matter is that more spectrum is needed to meet exploding consumer demand."

Report: Microsoft eyes Android’s free model

After years of drubbings by Google on Android, Microsoft may be finally updating its playbook to borrow a page from the search giant in mobile. Microsoft is considering offering free versions of its Windows Phone and Windows RT to device manufacturers, according to a report from The Verge.

WordPress Goes to Court to Defend Censored Bloggers

Blogging platform has taken the unusual step of going to court to defend its users against bogus copyright claims aimed at silencing their speech on the platform. Automattic, WordPress’s parent company, has joined two separate lawsuits that seek to hold the would-be censors accountable.

Facebook wants to give media companies a peek into what users are saying about their favorite content

Facebook’s proprietary metric, People Talking About This, might get a boost, allowing brands to talk directly with users.

YouTube Ad Rev Could Hit $5.6B This Year

Advertisers will spend a projected $5.6bn on YouTube in 2013, an increase of more than 50 per cent on the previous year, according to a report that underlines a shift away from traditional television ads.


Do you think your phone service provider should be able to sell or share your personal data with anyone, for any reason? No? Neither do we. More importantly, neither do lawmakers, which is why in 1996 they passed a law that severely restricted what carriers can do with all this personal information.

AT&T said that it has started service in four Austin neighborhoods with an offer to bring its GigaPower fiber-to-the-home service for $70 a month — but with a pretty big catch. If you want to pay the lower rate you must agree “to participate in AT&T Internet Preferences.”

Sprint and T-Mobile are at loggerheads with Verizon and AT&T over how much of the airwaves the big carriers will be allowed to buy in an upcoming auction. If Verizon and AT&T manage to snap up the bulk of it, regulators worry they’ll threaten competition in the wireless industry.

Report: Digital Video Set to Take Over the World
Digital delivery is set to displace broadcast and cable TV as the dominant form of video consumption, according to a report from Citigroup. "Consumers prefer streaming shows on their terms as opposed to having to be home at a certain time to watch favorite programs."

Comcast, Twitter Expand Tweet-Based TV Viewing
Comcast and Twitter made it easy to watch TV online when they launched their "See It" social platform for the cable giant’s customers. Comcast has now reached deals with nine more channel and TV service providers, including ABC, Discovery and Time Warner Cable.

Study: Online Pay Walls Help Increase Ad Rates
Online pay walls are helping some newspaper and magazine websites increase the ad rates they charge, according to a report from the Online Publishers Association. "This report demystified the concept that subscription models would have a negative impact."

Smart TVs Up Video Viewing Hours

Among new TV devices, connected TV viewers — those with new smart TVs — continue to view longer programs and videos. TV viewers spent nearly one-third of their time watching videos longer than one hour on smart TVs.

News sites could protect your privacy with encryption. Here’s why they probably won’t.

A recent report indicated that the NSA monitored the pornography consumption habits of individuals they considered "radicalizers." If the NSA is monitoring which porn sites people are going to, they’re certainly monitoring which news sites people are going to as well. And that can have serious implications for democracy

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.