Digital Daily Dozen 12/30/2013

Facebook ‘Dead and Buried’ as Teenagers Flee
Facebook is losing its appeal to teenagers as more and more parents start using it to keep tabs on them, researchers have discovered. Youngsters now consider the social networking site "dead and buried" and are switching to alternatives such as Snapchat and WhatsApp.

Rdio Shutters Vdio Spinoff Streaming Service
Less than a year after launch, Rdio is shutting down Vdio, its spinoff service that sold and rented streaming movies and TV shows. "Despite our efforts, we were not able to deliver the differentiated customer experience we had hoped for." Vdio opened to the general public in June.

Vice Media Joining 24-Hour News Game in 2014
So far, Vice Media’s news service is mostly just a website and YouTube channel. But a newly released trailer appears to promise a much larger operation within the next year. Vice "plans to create a 24-hour global news channel, by turning its foreign offices into news bureaus."

What’s Up Next For 4K Ultra HD?

Resolution isn’t the only reason to adopt a 4K ultra high-definition TV. Costs are coming down and the TVs offer plenty of other technological tweaks.

Congress members not buying Snowden’s claims

Members of Congress said Sunday they weren’t impressed with Edward Snowden’s recent publicity blitz calling for an end to mass surveillance and declaring that he’s already accomplished his mission.

U.S. Struggles to Keep Pace in Delivering Broadband Service

The United States is falling dangerously behind in offering high-speed, affordable broadband service, according to technology experts and recent studies.

Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

The NSA’s TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency’s top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.

The most Kafkaesque paragraph from today’s NSA ruling

A U.S. District judge dismissed an ACLU lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the NSA’s phone records program. But one of the most interesting bits of the ruling actually had to do with whether the suit could be brought on statutory grounds. The ruling suggested that targets of the program had no leeway to sue.

YouTube Vets Warn that Video Portal is No Friend to Content Providers

Several high profile veteran YouTubers are warning that as 2013 comes to a close, the video portal that has provided for them not only an outlet for their creativity – as well as a fairly decent living – is no real friend to the content provider.

Mobile users tap their bitcoins for retail transactions
Smartphones are one enabler for the increasing use of bitcoins in retail transactions globally. The volatile online currency lends itself well to mobile transactions, as Tom Reaney’s Burger Bear in London has found. "I wasn’t expecting all the fuss when I said I would accept bitcoin, but a lot of people have jumped on it."

Facebook breaks out mobile users by country in annual report
Facebook global metrics obtained by TechCrunch offer insight into mobile use in a country-by-country count. Among the revealing numbers: More than a quarter of German mobile phone owners are monthly active users of the social network.

Denied Again: Alleged Violation of Statute is Enough for Hulu Privacy Case to Proceed

The District Court for the Northern District of CA issued an order in In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation that solely addressed whether the Video Privacy Protection Act requires plaintiffs to show actual injury separate from a statutory violation to recover actual or liquidated damages. This is the second setback for Hulu.

This app shows how easy it is to match your metadata to you

Last month, Patrick Mutchler and Jonathan Mayer released an Android app called MetaPhone that allowed them to pull phone records — with permission — from users’ phones. They’re now showing what can be gleaned from that information: most recently, how easy it is to correlate numbers with names.

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.