Digital Daily Dozen: 12/8/16

Report: Apple wants movies on iTunes earlier   

Apple is pressing Hollywood studios for earlier access to movies, a move that would bolster the company’s iTunes business. 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures all confirmed over the past week that they are looking to offer high-priced, home-video rentals of new movies shortly after they open in theaters.



Mossberg: In tech, form too often trumps function  (Commentary)  

Lately, the iPod-like balance of form and function seems to have tilted too far toward the cool design side, at the cost of functionality. The most notable examples come from Apple because it has, for the longest time, been the tech company most obsessed with design. But the trend isn’t limited to Apple.



How 2017 Could See Welcome Challenges to Cable TV’s Dominance  (BY DPI’s B. Umansky and H. Vaughn) 

In 2017, Americans will see economically strengthened alternatives to the dominant cable TV companies – companies that for decades have forced consumers to pay for unused channels and to be confined to cable TV hookups and Wi-Fi connections to receive programming.



FCC’s Pai: Fire Up the Regulatory Weed Whacker   

Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, who could be interim FCC chair, says the Trump Administration can be an inflection point for the FCC, which under new management should start asking of every regulation: Does it address a market failure, and if so, does it correct it, and if so, do the benefits of the regulation outweigh the costs.



Senate Subcommittee Raises Plenty of AT&T-Time Warner Issues 

By the time the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee oversight hearing on the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger had been gaveled to a close after more than two and a half hours, it had become clear that both Republicans and Democrats had lots of issues, or at least potential issues, with the deal.



Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim at ‘Disco-Era’ Media Regs

Incoming House Energy & Commerce Committee chair Greg Walden and Rep. John Yarmuth have introduced a bill to repeal the newspaper-broadcast crossownership ban, citing, for one thing, the need to have real news to counter the “fake news” that has been getting so much attention of late.



Netflix viewers binge shows, then chill 

What do you do after binge watching a series on Netflix? According to the streaming service, you take a break. Netflix has released data on the binging habits of its subscribers and found that 59% of viewers pause for about three days after finishing a series before committing to a new show.



The Recipe That Created the ‘Social Media Revolution Election’ and 5 Tips for What To Do Next  (Commentary) 

Fake news during this election cycle presented a considerable problem that must be addressed. But let’s be real with each other. Real news had problems too — bigly. Through Trump’s instincts and his experience as a reality television star and entertainer, he capitalized on a disrupted media environment.




If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks. American and British intelligence have been surveilling phone use aboard civil aircraft since at least 2005, according to a new investigation by Le Monde based on secret documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.



Harvard study: General election media coverage ‘overwhelmingly negative’ in tone 

The coverage of the 2016 general election was marked with overwhelming negativity, leading according to a new report from The Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center. The study slammed the press for what it concluded was the “corrosive effect” of mostly negative news throughout the general election.



How the war against fake news backfired  (Commentary) 

Fake news has become a problem that the media and the tech industries are urgently searching for ways to solve. But in the post-election push to fix the problem, those who most want to find the solution have managed to lose control over what, exactly, the definition of “fake news” is.



Biometric authentication growing for mobile devices, but security needs work 

Mobile device manufacturers are working to secure their devices with a range of biometrics, considered by some to be the gold standard for authentication. As implementation expands, however, so do the exploits. According to a recent report by Juniper Research, over 600 million mobile devices will have biometric authentication by 2021.



Payments start-up Circle moves away from bitcoin business 

U.S.-based Circle Internet Financial, a social payments app backed by Goldman Sachs, said it will no longer allow customers to buy and sell bitcoin because it has failed to become a meaningful part of its business.





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.