Digital Daily Dozen: 1/25/16

Attorney General on Encryption: We Want Legal Access, Not Back Door (Recode) 

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch sent a mixed message on the federal government’s stance on encryption in remarks Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We in the U.S. government are not asking for a back door,” Lynch said, in response to a reporter’s question.  

Why Presidential Hopefuls Are Relying on Endorsements From Social Celebrities (Ad Week) 

In the 2012 presidential campaigns, social media was all about candidates having their digital playbooks together. This time around, in a world that is increasingly Kardashian-ized it is perhaps Hollywood that has emerged as the most fertile ground for partnerships for the candidates.   

Coors Light Is Offering Neighborhood-Specific Mobile Music to New Yorkers (Ad Week) 

Teaming up with music-identification app Shazam and out-of-home marketing vendor Intersection, the MillerCoors brand is mining data about which artists the folks in NYC’s downtown and midtown neighborhoods are listening to in order to create real-time playlists  

For Gadget Geek in the Oval Office, High Tech Has Its Limits (NY Times)   

President Obama has an affinity for cutting-edge personal technology, but security concerns mean his devices must have certain features disabled.   

Virtual Reality Is Exploding at Sundance, and Could Soon Be in Your News Feed (Technology Review) 

Chances are good that virtual reality isn’t part of your entertainment diet yet. But by the end of the year it will be if a cadre of filmmakers, game designers, and tech executives has anything to say about it. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the number of VR entries has exploded, from just a few last year to more than two dozen.    

Aereo Founder to Unveil Wireless Internet Access Startup Dubbed Starry (Variety) 

With Aereo, Chet Kanojia took on the broadcast industry — and lost spectacularly. Now, he is getting ready to go up against an equally formidable foe: Kanojia is about to unveil a new startup that could provide wireless internet access in major metropolitan areas across the U.S., and in turn directly compete with big incumbents.   


The FCC will vote on an annual report about the state of high-speed Internet deployment around the country, something that has become a magnet for debate. A proposed draft of the congressionally mandated report finds that advanced telecom capability isn’t being deployed in a “reasonable and timely fashion” to all Americans.   


FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is an advocate for competition – urging deployment of faster and more ubiquitous broadband networks, and increased consumer choice, through investment and innovation. In a proceeding this spring, the commission will need to decide whether to update its policies in a manner consistent with these goals. 


As a national spotlight increasingly came to shine on Ferguson (MO), catapulting the nascent Black Lives Matter movement into prominence, local voices – some activists and other ordinary residents – stayed prominent online, chronicling the protests and police response as they occurred particularly on Twitter, two researchers found.   

 Streaming Video Usage Spikes During Blizzard (Variety) 

The blizzard that socked much of the northeastern U.S. this weekend created the perfect environment for TV binge-viewing as millions of people were left housebound by record-busting snowfall totals on Friday and Saturday.   

In-Store Screens Read Faces To Deliver Targeted Content  (Media Post- Commentary)  

Imagine if — based solely on what the camera on the screen you’re looking at sees in your face — the first sentence of a story like this is different for you than it is for that frowning non-Millennial male in the corner office.    

Skype now hides your IP address to protect against attacks from online trolls (Network World) 

Skype is adding a new default security feature primarily to protect gamers from their overheated rivals. The Microsoft-owned service recently announced it would start hiding users’ IP addresses by default in the latest update to Skype.   

Nexstar, Cox Battling Over Retrans Fees (TV News Check) 

Nexstar Broadcasting Group cautioned that Cox Communications’ subscribers in nine markets my lose access to 13 Nexstar stations at midnight Friday because of the failure of Nexstar and Cox to reach a new retransmission consent agreement. “For over five months, Nexstar has been negotiating in good faith.”