Digital Daily Dozen 12/20/2013

Disney Website Said to Violate Privacy Rules
The Disney website Marvelkids.com doesn’t comply with federal rules aimed at protecting children’s privacy, the advocacy group Center for Digital Democracy said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Marvel uses "tracking technologies."

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/215938/advocacy-group-says-disney-site-violates-children.html

Time Warner Cable Fined for Violating Pricing
Time Warner Cable has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle the first case brought under the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s risk-based pricing rule. "Consumers have the right to know if they are paying more for something because of information in their credit report."

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20131219-709941.html

Wolff: Digital Media ‘Pretty Damn Bleak’ in 2014
Author and media iconoclast Michael Wolff: "There’s going to be a consolidation in digital publishers. From Business Insider to BuzzFeed to Gawker. It looks like everybody is going to try to sell themselves to Yahoo. So that’s the question: How dumb is Yahoo?"

http://digiday.com/publishers/michael-wolff-digital-media-2014/

FCC Asks About Internet Video Captioning

Closed captioning of video programming repurposed to the Internet has been an obligation of television stations for over a year. Thus far, most stations have been able to comply with the requirements — as those requirements have applied only to full programs that were captioned when broadcast over the air.

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2013/12/articles/mandatory-captioning-of-ip-delivered-clips-of-tv-programs-the-fcc-seeks-information-about-extending-the-internet-captioning-obligations/

NBC Olympics Coverage Is Long On Digital

NBC announced coverage plans for the Olympics Feb. 6-23, and the emphasis is on digital. For the first time, viewers won’t see coverage of the most popular events held until primetime, leaving them to dodge results for hours after the events are over. Instead, livestreaming will be key. C

http://blogs.denverpost.com/ostrow/2013/12/19/nbc-sochi-olympics-coverage-plan-is-long-on-digital/17313/

After Instagram Direct: How Blurring Social-Media Boundaries Will Affect Marketers

The introduction of Instagram Direct is further evidence that social networks are moving away from the idea that an app or utility should be born to do just one thing, and to do it brilliantly. While Facebook has long been a multi-purpose service, all the major social networks now are travelling in that direction.

http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/major-social-networks-losing-creative-potential/245722/

THIS 100-YEAR-OLD DEAL BIRTHED THE MODERN PHONE SYSTEM. AND IT’S ALL ABOUT TO END.
One hundred years ago Dec 19, one man sent a letter that would transform the telephone industry. The letter gave rise to the country’s last and most powerful monopoly. And like the Internet of this century, it gave millions of ordinary people the chance to stay in touch more easily than they ever had before.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/19/this-100-year-old-deal-birthed-the-modern-phone-system-and-its-all-about-to-end/

JUDGE BLOCKS GEORGIA’S $5 FEE ON CELLPHONE SERVICE FOR POOR
A federal judge has stopped Georgia from charging residents to participate in a federal program that provides low-cost or free cellphone service for low-income people. The decision to halt the $5-a-month fees comes two months after Georgia became the first state to impose fees on people who receive subsidized phone service.

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2013/12/18/judge-blocks-georgias-5-fee-on-cellphone-service-for-poor/

WHAT TRANSPARENCY REPORTS DON’T TELL US
There was a time in the not so distant past when hardly any Internet company wanted to release a transparency report — a report that summarized the number of law enforcement and intelligence requests that they received and responded to.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/what-transparency-reports-dont-tell-us/282529/

Verizon to publish data on phone record requests

Verizon Communications says it will publish information on the number of requests for customer records it received from law enforcement agencies this year. The announcement Thursday from the largest U.S. cellphone carrier comes as debate over data-gathering by the NSA intensifies in Washington.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/19/verizon-to-publish-data-on-phone-records-requests/4133685/

For TV, hitching on to new technology

In 2013, new technology continued to change the way people watch television, with DVRs, video on demand and streaming video seeing huge gains while live television viewing declined. In 2014, changes will begin to be implemented into ad buying and measurement that reflect that sea change in viewing.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/for-tv-hitching-on-to-new-technology/

Retrans, Digital Fees Boost Local TV Ad Base

In the coming years, local TV advertising growth will grow between 2.5% and 4% per year, doubling that pace during strong Olympic and political advertising seasons. Local TV advertising growth will be increasingly supported from retransmission and digital revenue additions.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/215930/retrans-digital-fees-boost-local-tv-ad-base.html

Government Requests to Remove Online Material Increase at Google

The company’s transparency report showed a rise in removal requests it received, often from officials trying to expunge critical information about themselves.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/government-requests-to-remove-online-content-increase-at-google/

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.