Digital Daily Dozen 1/31/17

Bosch, Cisco, BNY Mellon, others launch new blockchain consortium

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), Bosch Ltd (BOSH.NS) and several other companies, have set up a consortium to work on how blockchain can be used to secure and improve “internet of things” applications, as sectors beyond finance seek to benefit from bitcoin’s underlying technology.  –Reuters


Sony’s movie biz absorbs $1B write-down on sagging DVD sales

Sony’s film division will take a write-down of nearly $1 billion after revising its future profitability projection.  –Fierce Cable


Broadband Carriers Ask FCC To Stay Privacy Rules

The cable and telecom industry is asking the Federal Communications Commission to stay new privacy rules that require carriers to obtain consumers’ consent before drawing on their Web-surfing behavior for ad targeting.  – Media Post


Trump Signs Order to Whack Regs

Two-for-one deal does not apply to FCC.  –Broadcasting & Cable


Comcast Hawks ‘History Vault’ SVOD Service

History Vault, an SVOD service from A+E Networks, has added another sales outlet following an integration with Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand platform for set-top boxes, Web browsers and via the Xfinity TV app for mobile devices.  –Multichannel News


Tech Companies Fight Trump Immigration Order in Court

Technology executives have for days assailed President Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, framing their arguments largely in moral terms.  –New York Times


Twitter VP promises ‘long overdue’ harassment fixes this week

Twitter’s vice president of engineering, Ed Ho, has promised to make changes to the service to combat harassment as soon as this week. Speaking on Twitter, Ho said that the company would be rolling out a number of product changes “in the days ahead,” including “long overdue fixes to mute/block” features, and new measures designed stop serial abusers from creating new accounts.  –The Verge


Trump expected to sign cybersecurity executive order Tuesday

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on cybersecurity on Tuesday, two sources familiar with the situation said, marking the first action to address what he has called a top priority of his administration.  –CNBC


New FCC Takes First Action on Net Neutrality

The newly Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission is reining in net neutrality by excusing small internet providers from transparency requirements that…  –Inside Sources


Tennessee governor wants to let electric co-ops offer broadband

Tennessee, which imposes controversial restrictions on local broadband networks, may change its laws to let electric cooperatives offer Internet service–ars Technica


Walmart is going after Amazon Prime with free two-day shipping and no membership fee

The world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer is eliminating the membership fee on its own two-day shipping program, and simultaneously lowering its free shipping order minimum from $50 to $35. More than two million items will be available for the new, free express delivery service.  –Recode


DARPA picks 30 contenders to battle in wireless spectrum competition

DARPA says there are now 30 contenders for its $3.75 million Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) whose goal is to get mobile devices more intelligent access to the ever-tightening wireless spectrum.  –Network World




The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi or Heather Vaughn 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.