Digital Daily Dozen 12/31/2013

DOJ ready to publish phone surveillance approval

The Department of Justice has reversed course and said it is willing to declassify parts of a court opinion permitting phone surveillance. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinion — regarding Section 215 of the Patriot Act — is at the center of a case being brought by the ACLU, which wants the opinion to be public.

U.S. to China: We hacked your Internet gear we told you not to hack

The headline news is that the NSA has surreptitiously “burrowed its way into nearly all the security architecture” sold by the world’s largest computer networking companies, including everyone from mainstays Cisco and Juniper to Chinese giant Huawei. But beneath this bombshell you’ll find a rather healthy bit of irony.

Taiwanese regulators warn against bitcoins

The central bank and the Financial Supervisory Commission warned against bitcoin use in Taiwan, saying the virtual currency does not enjoy legal protections. The regulators also said they may take necessary steps if financial institutions engage in bitcoin business, according to a joint statement issued yesterday.

Google’s Schmidt Predicts Big Future for Mobile
Eric Schmidt sees mobile not just winning the war against computers — it’s already won it. Google’s executive chairman, in his predictions for 2014, says he believes that "everyone will have a smartphone." And for the most part, Schmidt argues, mobile is where it’s at.

Google Books Lawsuit Appeal Sought by Authors
The Authors Guild has stuck to its word in promising to appeal a federal judge’s decision to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against Google Books. The trade association that represents book authors has filed an appeal to the Second Circuit court.

Netflix Tests Pricing Based on Number of Users
Netflix is testing new prices based on the number of people who can use an account, a move that could force customers to pay more for additional family members. The monthly prices range from $6.99 to $11.99. The test suggests Netflix is looking to curb account sharing.

Netflix Tests Lower Pricing for Lower Quality Streams

Netflix is experimenting with lower pricing for reduced quality. The streaming giant is shaving a dollar off the price of subscriptions for some customers, in exchange for limiting the number of devices they use to access movies and shows.

New Web Suffixes Set To Enter Market

After eight years of debate, numerous delays and countless quarrels, an effort to expand the Web’s address system beyond the familiar .com and .net to more than 1,000 new endings is reaching its conclusion. By the end of January, companies can start selling website names on the first batch of approved new suffixes.

IP-Connected TV Devices Set For A Surge

A growing number of TVs will be graced with Internet connections in the years ahead, eclipsing 202 million by 2015, according to a new forecast from NPD Group. That predicted total would represent a 44% increase from the 140 million TVs that were graced with Internet connections in one form or another at the start of 2013.

Study: Social Media Use Diversifying

Facebook remains the go-to social media site, but users are also "diversifying" their social media use, both in the number of sites and the frequency with which they are visited. Among the sites benefitting from the widening circle of online connections are Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, who outlined the conventions of the Internet in a hotel room in 1973, spoke separately about what has become of it and where it is going.

Social Media as a Megaphone to Pressure the Food Industry

Parents and advocacy groups are tapping the power of the web to force food companies to reconsider what they put in their products.

Marketers adjust to constantly changing social media
Advertisers are learning that social media companies have great control how much traffic ad campaigns are likely to generate, leaving them will little option but to adjust and adapt.

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.