Digital Daily Dozen: 12/15/15

 Cablevision Settles Set-Top Suit (Broadcasting & Cable)

The plaintiffs in a class action suit against Cablevision for allegedly tying access to some of its services to rental of a set-top box from the company say they have reached a settlement and want the court to affirm it. The plaintiffs said that after “months of arms-length negotiations,” the two sides have agreed. 

Supreme Court Sides With DirecTV (Broadcasting & Cable) 

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court has upheld a provision in a DirecTV contract that allows it to avoid a class action suit over early termination fees and instead have the dispute arbitrated. DirecTV’s service contract includes a class action waiver saying that claims have to be resolved by binding arbitration. 

LPTVs Ask FCC to Let Them Apply in Auction (Broadcasting & Cable) 

Some low-power stations who were not able to secure Class A licenses before the FCC’s cut-off for incentive auction participation want the FCC to let them apply for the auction anyway and have filed an emergency motion for a stay or other relief. 

Crowdsourced Taylor Swift Book to Be Published by Simon & Schuster (Hollywood Reporter) 

Simon & Schuster will publish a crowdsourced book on Taylor Swift that fans will help create. The publisher announced that it will hold a contest where fans can name the book, which will be an oversized and illustrated volume “with the feel of a scrapbook.” The book will collect magazine profiles and other various writings.   

The NBA is ready for virtual reality. Virtual reality is not (Digital Trends) 

Bring the world court-side — that’s the goal of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. It’s not easy. After all, there aren’t enough seats. The NBA reached a record 240 million more fans on social media this past year than it did last season. But getting them to really feel the game through Facebook isn’t realistic. 

Behind the U.S. Government’s Anti-ISIS Plan on Facebook and YouTube (Recode)  

The U.S. government is teaming up with Facebook and other companies to fight ISIS on social media by encouraging millennials to create social media campaigns to counter online extremism. The government hopes the “Peer to Peer” initiative will have more of an impact than the wait-until-it’s-reported approach.   

Here Are the Politicians Pushing Silicon Valley to Loosen Encryption and Fight ISIS on Social Media (Recode) 

Tensions between Silicon Valley and the federal government over industry encryption of user data aren’t new. But after last month’s terror attack in Paris and the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, the fight between the two is getting uglier. 

A Potential Blow to Google’s Project Loon: Indian Official Throws Water on Internet Balloons (Recode) 

Project Loon, Google’s pie-in-the-sky plan to blanket the globe with Internet through a chain of balloons floating in the stratosphere, is getting some traction. The Google X project recently signed deals in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. A hitch, though, may come in India, the country with the largest number of unconnected people (after China).   

TELECOM INDUSTRY TIES INTERNET TAX BAN TO NET NEUTRALITY (The Hill) 

The broadband Internet industry says a long-term ban on state taxation of Internet access is needed more than ever because of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. Three major telecom trade groups sent a letter to all US senators warning that the monthly bills customers pay for Internet access are under “imminent threat” of more taxes.   

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL SOLICITS HELP FROM THE PUBLIC IN BROADBAND PROBE (Reuters) 

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman invited the public to test the speed of their Internet and submit the results online as part of an ongoing probe into whether large providers may be short-changing customers with slower-than-advertised speeds. The office launched an investigation into Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner. 

NETFLIX DATA (Variety) 

Netflix has begun to embark on one of the biggest changes to its streaming technology since it launched its online video service in 2007. If all goes according to plan, the switch could help consumers get better-looking streams while also saving up to 20 percent of data — which is significant in North America. 

New EU privacy rule could cost U.S. firms billions (USA Today) 

U.S. tech firms that don’t adequately warn users in Europe how their info is going to be used could face fines in the billions of dollars under a new European privacy protection directive. The directive requires tech companies clearly inform users what information about them is being collected, how it will be used, and get their consent.   

Content Is King In Reaching Millennials (Net News Check) 

The key to legacy news organizations reaching the coveted digital demo is to put their content where young people will find it, primarily social media. Even then, however, they must create content that resonates on particular platforms within social media.