Digital Daily Dozen 1/28/2014

Gawker Responds to Quentin Tarantino Lawsuit: ‘We’ll Be Fighting This One’

Gawker Media published a post proclaiming — and clarifying — its perspective of the lawsuit filed against the company by Quentin Tarantino. The director filed a copyright lawsuit against the media company for allegedly facilitating the dissemination of copies of his unproduced script, The Hateful Eight.

ESPN is wary of cord-cutters, says protecting pay-TV is first priority

The ranks of cord-cutters are growing — but ESPN is digging in to protect the existing TV model. A new feature shows the tension in the sports giant’s calculations, and raises the question of how long this can go on.

Slingbox users are watching live sports on the go

Sling Media has begun publishing a weekly list on the Slingbox blog of the top 10 sporting events and top 10 TV shows being accessed by Slingbox owners and those who use devices and services like Dish’s Hopper, which utilizes built-in Sling technology.

NBC Set For Spring TV Everywhere Launch

Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned TV Stations, says it’s developing an app called "NBC Now" that it’s "looking to launch on the Owned Television Stations in May or June, then the affiliates would launch in September.” Her enthusiasm for TV Everywhere was shared by the other TV station group members.

Facebook, Google Blogger Users Sued by Prince
Prince, the world-famous recording artist, has filed a lawsuit against 22 Internet users for $1 million each for allegedly sharing links to bootleg copies of his concerts on assorted web properties, including fan sites hosted on Google’s Blogger and various Facebook pages.

Twitter: We Will Impact TV Ad Rates at Upfronts
Television viewers’ second screen engagement using Twitter will soon impact pricing of some TV advertising, according to Jean-Philippe Maheu, an exec with the microblogging company. "People who are tweeting don’t go to the kitchen or bathroom, they stay in the room."

Among US households with incomes of $30,000 and less, only 54% have access to broadband at home, says Kathryn Zickuhr, a research associate with Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Members of these households are most likely to use Internet access outside home — at work, school or a public library.

Report: Spy agencies collude to gather data from mobile apps

Spy agencies including the U.S. NSA have been working together to extract personal information, including location data and address books, from mobile apps as part of a globe-spanning effort to thwart terrorist plots, according to newly disclosed documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Super Bowl Unboxed: How The Second Screen Could Save The $4M Ad

Clearly, advertisers are going to tap into the immense reach of the Super Bowl ad for a long time to come, despite these numbers. The question is: how can marketers reinforce the messages of these big, bold and beautifully crafted commercials? Follow the eyeballs – to the second screen.

Trust in the Internet is crumbling

Trust in the Internet is crumbling, creating huge new business opportunities for tech security vendors — and complex challenges for governments. A gargantuan global market for new technologies to lock down all the clever things we can now do in the Internet cloud, with our mobile devices, is rapidly taking shape.

Obama seeks to balance privacy, national security

Reaction to the latest development in President Obama’s efforts to balance privacy and national security is mixed. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn and other U.S. tech giants will be allowed to disclose more information about how often the government requires them to turn over customer data.


We’re reaching a critical period in spectrum policy. Finding more wireless capacity has never been more important. If we truly hope to maximize the potential of the airwaves, and do so in a way that promotes innovation and competition, we must flip our baseline assumptions. Sharing spectrum should be the default.

Spy Agencies Tap Data Streaming From Phone Apps

As personal data pour onto mobile networks, American and British eavesdroppers are prying into so-called leaky apps to extract geographical data, address books and phone logs, secret documents show.

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.