Digital Daily Dozen 1/8/2014

The Internet of Everything

Cisco’s John Chambers says "the Internet of everything will dwarf the benefits of the previous Internet."

Google, Insurance Firm Clash Over Blog Photo
A photo posted to a blog that mocks corporate headshots has pitted a Des Moines company against Google in a copyright lawsuit. Insurance firm ARAG North America’s suit exhibits an increasingly common clash over bloggers who post images online without permission.

Sony to Offer Internet-Based TV Service in U.S.
Sony said it will begin testing an Internet-based TV service in the U.S. this year, challenging traditional cable and satellite providers including Comcast and DirecTV. The new product will combine live programs with an on-demand library of films and TV shows.

Amazon, Hulu Could Slow Netflix Growth in 2014
Original series like "House of Cards" may have helped lift Netflix to new heights in 2013, but could the fever start to fade in 2014? According to a new report from Morgan Stanley, Kevin Spacey might not be enough to fend off competition from Amazon, Hulu and HBO Go.

The War for Control of Your Living Room

Call it the Idiot Box, the Boob Tube or whatever you want—the majority of media consumption still happens in front of the television, and whether it’s gaming, movie watching, Netflix or just listening to the stereo, tech giants are fighting tooth and nail for a seat on your couch.

2014: The Year Of 4K TV Content, Distribution

This year’s 4K TV announcements are all about content, production and distribution — a shift from last year’s many product introductions of the new ultra HDTV sets.

Lawmakers in California want to block state agencies and universities from assisting the NSA in its surveillance of Americans. Legislation from State Sens. Ted Lieu and Joel Anderson would cut off the spy agency from California utilities, services and other agencies.

Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who represents Silicon Valley, slammed a business move by AT&T that she says threatens the openness of the Internet. She took aim at AT&T’s new “Sponsored Data” program, which will allow websites and applications to pay for preferred access.


While T-Mobile’s purchase of airwaves from Verizon may help it better compete with bigger wireless carriers, it also may give AT&T — already among the biggest lobbying forces in Washington — fodder for convincing regulators not to limit an upcoming spectrum auction.

Why We Binge-Watch Television (Commentary)

As a society, we’re more distracted than ever. So how is it that streaming hours of complicated TV dramas at a time is becoming our preferred method of watching television?

NSA scandal spooking IT pros in UK, Canada

The NSA’s massive data collection practices that have come to light in the past six months have apparently spooked at least some businesses in Canada and the United Kingdom, based on a survey out today that says many are moving their company’s data away from the U.S. due to "the NSA surveillance scandal."

Nebraska AG seeks to shut down vague patent demand letters

Nebraska AG Jon Bruning announced his 2014 legislative package of several proposed bills. At the top of the list: the Nebraska Patent Abuse Prevention Act. The act would prohibit making a "bad faith assertion of patent infringement" in a patent demand letter.

China suspends ban on video game consoles after more than a decade

China has temporarily lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the world’s third largest video game market in terms of revenue.

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.