Digital Daily Dozen 1/3/2014

Snapchat hack should be wake-up call

This new year of 2014 may very well be the one in which the ability (or failure) of social networks to protect their users’ data becomes a competitive advantage (or disadvantage). If so, Snapchat has started the year off in a bad way, by having its servers hacked.

Why more Snapchat-like hacks will come in 2014

Hacks like the one that exposed personal information for 4.6 million Snapchat users last week are likely to become commonplace in 2014. That’s because entrepreneurs are moving faster than ever in a multi-billion dollar race to create hot new social apps.

Snapchat Security Breach: Why the Hack Doesn’t Really Matter to Users – or the Company

Similar problems have bedeviled companies such as Sony and Target, and neither were permanently hobbled by controversy. Given the interconnected nature of commerce and communication, any company that is engaged with the internet at some point will face similar headaches, experts say.

Facebook faces lawsuit for allegedly scanning private messages

Facebook has been accused of intercepting private messages of its users to provide data to marketers, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court in California.

How Do E-Books Change the Reading Experience?

Mohsin Hamid and Anna Holmes discuss how technology affects our reading habits.

Inexpensive Ultra High-Def TVs On Horizon

Prices of ultra high-definition TVs are plummeting, driven by Chinese manufacturers and by surging demand in that country.

Disney to Track Park Visitors with Wristbands
Families visiting Disney theme parks can now be outfitted with rubber wristbands embedded with computer chips that will track their movements as the move through the attractions. The new "vacation management system" is designed to track user purchasing habits.

Netflix Sees TV Going Back to Its Event Roots
What will TV look like in the next decade? "Broadcast TV will become more event-based," according to Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. Discovery recently broadcast a tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, "and they got their biggest-ever ratings."

Twitter Aids Soap Opera’s Return from the Dead
Ratings for TV soap operas including "General Hospital" and "Days of Our Lives" have gone up for the first time in years. Part of this may be due to social media. For the first time, Nielsen has identified a link between a spike in tweets about a TV show and its ratings.

Three Big Privacy Changes to Plan for in 2014

One sure-fire prediction for 2014: privacy will remain a hot topic for consumers, legislators, and any business that stores or uses personal or financial data. Just ask Target. Or Snapchat. Yet 2014 will bring more than just talk. New laws and industry self-regulation for privacy protections are taking shape.

NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption

In room-size metal boxes ­secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world.

ACLU appeals NSA phone data ruling

The ACLU is appealing a court ruling that found the NSA’s surveillance of phone call data constitutional. Last week, Judge Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY ruled in the case ACLU v. Clapper that the NSA surveillance program that collects information about virtually all American phone calls is lawful.

Warner Music Group to Settle $11.5 Million Digital Download Lawsuit

Warner Music Group has agreed to a $11.5 million settlement of a class action lawsuit over royalties for ringtones and digital downloads. The company agreed to establish the $11.5 million fund for the plaintiffs to settle past damages as well as increase the royalty rates of class members going forward.

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.