Digital Daily Dozen 1/6/2014

Facebook Facing Class Action Suit Over Privacy

Facebook is starting off the year under fire once again for allegations that it has violated its users’ privacy. Two Facebook users have filed against the social network for using the content of private messages as data for targeted advertising.

Carrier disputes may hinder mobile apps for TV content
Internet-based services such as Netflix and cable and satellite television companies are increasingly at odds over mobile applications that allow viewers to watch TV shows on their mobile devices. The clash involves programming rights, and observers say it may delay the development of mobile as a TV content platform.

Digital ad spend to near $63B by 2017
With retail businesses and financial services among the industries leading the way, digital ad spending in the U.S. is likely to grow at an annual compound rate of 11.3% from 2012 through 2017, according to an eMarketer report.

FTC director plans focus on mobile, native ads
Jessica Rich, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Bureau, in this interview says she views native advertising and mobile ads as two major trends worthy of her attention. On mobile, she plans to focus on security, payments and investigations.

Thousands of visitors to hit with malware attack, researchers say

Two Internet security firms have reported that Yahoo’s advertising servers have been distributing malware to hundreds of thousands of users over the last few days. The attack appears to be the work of malicious parties who have hijacked Yahoo’s advertising network for their own ends.

Netflix’s dumbed-down algorithms

Felix Salmon at Reuters has an interesting column responding to the Atlantic’s breakdown of Netflix’s mind-boggling 90,000 plus categories. Rather than seeing it as a successful attempt to "reverse engineer Hollywood," Salmon thinks of it as a shrewd cost-cutting measure.

The NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recently sent a letter to the NSA asking if they were spying on members of Congress. The Switch’s Brian Fung asked the agency about Sanders’s inquiry, and an NSA spokesman told him, "Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons."


I’m hoping that the rash of high-profile security incidents we’ve seen over the past few months will spark renewed interest in the security sector, prompting new money and entrepreneurial energy to pour into the business of protecting our data. We’ll never get perfect security; data, like money, will always be vulnerable to theft.


I think about security risks a bit like I think about transportation. If you’re driving your own car, there is a lot you can do to increase your safety. You don’t have complete control — another driver could slam into you — but there are plenty of things you can do.

Celebrities, businesses and even the US State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

Comcast Developing ‘Life Management’ Services
Comcast engineers have developed a system that could allow it to tell subscribers when food in refrigerators is about to go bad, prescription medications are up for renewal, or if an elderly relative has stopped moving, according to a recent patent application.

CBS Tests Twitter Rules with Film Critic’s Tweet
On Saturday, the print edition of the New York Times carried a full-page ad for the movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" with a single tweet by film critic A.O. Scott. CBS Films’s use of the partial tweet seems to be a violation of Twitter’s rules about the use of tweets in ads.

Fox to Live-Stream Super Bowl Online for Free
Fox Sports will live-stream Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 — the third year in a row the NFL’s championship game will be webcast free to U.S. Internet users. However, Fox’s NFC post-season games on the Internet will be restricted to subscribers of a handful of pay-TV partners.

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.