Digital Daily Dozen: 1/29/16

Facebook Is Now Letting Everyone in the U.S. With an iPhone Livestream Video (Ad Week) 

Anyone with an iPhone will now be able to livestream video through Facebook in the US. The social network announced it has expanded Live Video access beyond celebrities, verified users and journalists to any U.S. user with an iPhone. The company said that it plans to roll out the feature around the world in the coming weeks.   

Cox Plans to Oppose Nexstar-Media General (Broadcasting & Cable)  

Cox Communications, in the midst of a retransmission consent battle with Nexstar, is opposing Nexstar’s deal to grow more powerful by acquiring Media General. Nexstar announced its $4.6 billion deal after Meredith withdrew its competing offer. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals.   

Nexstar Reacts to Cox’s ‘Gross Mischaracterizations’ on Retrans Negotiations  (Broadcasting & Cable)

Nexstar fired back at Cox claiming that Cox’s business practices might cause subscribers in nine markets to lose the network and local community programming. While broadcast stations and groups produce about 35% of viewing, Nexstar said local broadcasters only receive about 12% of total revenue distribution from MVPDs.   

Internet Task Force: Don’t Extend First Sale to Digital Transmissions (Broadcasting & Cable)

The Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force has recommended that the Patent and Trademark Office not extend the first sale doctrine to digital transmissions of copyrighted works. That came in a white paper issued Thursday and is a victory for copyright holders including TV and movie studios.   

Internet voting is just too hackable, say security experts (USA Today)    

Three ballot initiatives have been proposed in California to require the state to allow online voting, but security experts and some voting officials say the technology is nowhere near secure enough for something so crucial as the democratic process.  

Technology Calls for Greater Responsibility  (Recode- Commentary)   

The Internet is to us what the printing press was to humanity roughly 500 years ago. Through information sharing, our conversations can be aligned as a force for good. We can be inspired by the realization that there are others just like us, who feel the same about real issues when it seems like we’re the only ones challenging the status quo.  

Senate Advances Privacy Bill Key to Restoring U.S.-European Data Transfers (Inside Sources)  

A Senate committee advanced a bill Thursday granting EU citizens privacy rights similar to those enjoyed by U.S. citizens — legislation EU privacy regulators have deemed a must-have to restoring tech company data flows from Europe to the U.S.   

Why We’re So Vulnerable (Technology Review) 

Dealing with today’s frequent breaches and espionage threats—which have affected federal agencies as well as businesses and individuals—requires fundamentally new approaches to creating all kinds of software. Fixing the infrastructure for good may take two decades.       

Apple TV Launches Watchup Video-News App (Variety) 

Apple TV users now have access to free, personalized newscasts from Watchup, a startup that aggregates content from 160 partners including CNN, Fox News Channel, CBS News and Tribune Media. The new Watchup app supports the fourth-generation Apple TV, which the tech giant launched last fall.    

REGULATION BY NARRATIVE  (Tech Policy Daily- Commentary)   

Former FCC Chief Economist Tim Brennan called the agency’s 2015 Open Internet Order an “economics free zone.” That was a nice way of saying the new regulations were driven by a narrative, not by real analysis. Stories are powerful. Narratives are easy. Evidence and analysis are boring and difficult.   INTERNET BUNDLE  (The Verge- Commentary)

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook have defended net neutrality and fought the bundle. But, deep inside the software that powers their empires, they’re each creating a different kind of bundle. These tech giants could be quietly undercutting us as we blithely use their gadgets and software to do our internet things.    


How can you possibly impose a single moral framework on a vast and varying patchwork of global communities? If you ask Facebook this question, the social-media behemoth will deny doing any such thing. Facebook says its community standards are inert, universal, agnostic to place and time.     

Facebook vs. ISIS: Inside the tech giant’s antiterror strategy (Yahoo)    

Facebook, under pressure to crack down on Islamic State militants using its network, has quietly ramped up its efforts to block terrorist messages and videos in what some experts say is a potentially significant move by the company in the U.S. government’s battle against the terror group’s propaganda and recruitment efforts.