Digital Daily Dozen 12/6/16

What Amazon Go Means for the Future of Retail   

It’s not quite Minority Report’s eyeball-scanning Gap store, but it’s close. Amazon announced Amazon Go, the tech company’s latest disruption of the retail industry — a grocery store where consumers can swipe the retailer’s app, take what they want to buy from shelves, and walk out without any traditional check-outs, registers or lines.



Partnering to Help Curb the Spread of Terrorist Content Online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube will collaborate on a shared database of the digital “fingerprints” of online terror images and videos to speed the removal of that content from their services.



Google DeepMind Makes AI Training Platform Publicly Available 

DeepMind is putting the entire source code for its training environment — which it previously called Labyrinth and has now renamed as DeepMind Lab — on the open-source depository GitHub. Anyone will be able to download the code and customize it to help train their own artificial intelligence systems.



Murdoch: Fox Could Go Over-The-Top 

21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch continued to point to the superiority of streaming to traditional broadcast TV. Murdoch said it was possible that Fox could launch a direct-to-consumer model at some point, but at this point the company was focused on opportunities created by advertising innovation.



Wireless Companies Won’t Bid Up TV Spectrum   

Stage three of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction began and ended when forward auction bidders again refused to up their prices for reclaimed broadcast spectrum. In fact, the total after stage three was lower because the FCC reduced the amount of spectrum and the bidders simply reduced their demand along with it.



China’s Cybersecurity Law Hard-Codes Surveillance Practices Into Law (And Tech) 

China’s new cybersecurity law will ban Internet users from publishing information that damages “national honor,” “disturbs economic or social order” or is aimed at “overthrowing the socialist system.” It will codify previously scattered Internet regulations and practices of unique government agencies.



Pondering the future of troubled Pandora   

Nine years ago, when rival satellite radio services Sirius and XM were both gaining subscribers while bleeding money, the two merged into one in an attempt to stem the bleeding. The strategy worked. Could Sirius XM help another struggling digital audio company? We may soon find out.




Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is asking the state Legislature to pass a bill that allocates about $35 million to expand broadband and technology in rural areas. Walker was in Seymour (WI) where a year ago he held the first of more than 70 listening sessions in the past year.




FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has laid out an unexpected roadmap through which the FCC could directly regulate the security of Internet-connected devices. In a letter to Sen Mark Warner (D-VA), Wheeler proposed an FCC-mandated cybersecurity certification process for “Internet of Things” devices.




AT&T is likely going to win the right to provide the nation’s first broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet hasn’t officially announced anything yet, and no doubt it needs to let court proceedings run their course. But ultimately, it means AT&T could win a 25-year contract to use 20 megahertz of 700 MHz beachfront spectrum



Presidential panel issues cybersecurity call to arms   

To highlight the nation’s biggest and most urgent cybersecurity issues, a new 100-page report calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach to addressing cyber risks. The report from the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity includes 16 recommendations and 53 related actions for the public and private sector alike.



Alexa Records What You Say. But What Happens to That Data?   

That little talking cylinder is always listening to you. And not just listening, but recording and saving many of the things you say. Should you freak out? Not if you’re comfortable with Google and Amazon logging your normal web activity, which they’ve done for years. Hell, many other sites have also done it for years.



The Key to Social TV Measurement Is in the Details 

In order to get a total snapshot of social TV activity, measurement needs to account for the diverse and ever-changing ways consumers interact with programs. With that in mind, a recent Nielsen study took a closer look at two key considerations: classifiers and content type.





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.