Digital Daily Dozen: 2/25/16

Tech Giants, Madison Ave. Meet With Justice Department to Counter ISIS Messaging (Ad Age) 

Advertising’s frontline stepped up in the war on terrorism as an elite group of ad and technology executives met with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington D.C. to come up with a plan to counter extremist propaganda from the Islamic State.   

Google Fiber Is Finally Coming to Where All the Startups Are (Recode) 

Google Fiber is coming to its own backyard. Well, in moderation. The high-speed broadband and cable business will start servicing “some” apartments, condos and affordable housing units in San Francisco, the urban hub north of its Silicon Valley headquarters. It’s not saying how many connections, when they’ll come or the cost.  

What’s Next For Google In Its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad European Antitrust Case? (Recode) 

Exactly seven years ago, Sundar Pichai, the Google VP in charge of its Chrome browser, authored the company’s public explanation for why it was throwing its support behind anti-competition charges brought against Microsoft by the European Commission. Pichai is meeting what that same Commission. Only now he’s CEO.    

Most Viewed, Binged TV Shows Are Not The Ones You Think (Media Post)  

Ordinarily, average ratings are used to determine which shows are the most popular and to set pricing for individual commercials. While that makes perfect sense for the buying and selling of commercial time on individual program telecasts, it does not provide a true indication of which series are actually the most watched. 

Google’s neural location-finding network (Technology Review)  

Tobias Weyand, a computer vision specialist at Google, with the help of a couple of colleagues, has trained a deep-learning machine to work out the location of almost any photo using only the pixels it contains. Their new machine significantly outperforms humans.   

Lawmakers: Bill for 9/11-Style Encryption Commission Will Be Fast-Tracked (Inside Sources) 

The Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee plan to introduce legislation next week creating a congressional commission to bridge the growing divide between law enforcement and encryption providers.   

Tim Cook: The FBI is asking us to write the software equivalent of cancer (Network World)  

Tim Cook has said the U.S. government is requiring Apple to write “the software equivalent of cancer.” “What’s at stake here is, can the government compel Apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world — including the U.S. — and also trample civil liberties.”   

War on terror comes to Silicon Valley (USA Today)  

In the weeks since Uncle Sam asked Silicon Valley’s largest social media companies to join the fight against Islamic terrorism, Facebook and Twitter have become more vocal about their support. Executives from the two companies, among others, attended an early-January meeting with top Obama administration officials in San Jose.   

Islamic State video makes direct threats against Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey (USA Today)  

A video purportedly made by supporters of the Islamic State makes direct threats against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for combating terrorism on their Internet platforms. The 25-minute propaganda video was released by a group calling itself “the sons of the Caliphate army.”    

AT&T: FCC Appears to Be Suppressing Info (Broadcasting & Cable)  

AT&T’s VP of federal regulatory Caroline Van Wie says the FCC appears to be “selectively suppressing the free flow of information to impede public debate on the merits of increased special access regulation,” information AT&T says shows the marketplace is competitive and “heavy-handed, monopoly-era regulation” is unnecessary.   

Reps. Compromise on Net Neutrality Transparency Waiver (Broadcasting & Cable)  

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has reached a compromise on a bill to make somewhat more permanent the FCC’s temporary exemption for smaller cable ops from enhanced transparency rules under the FCC’s new Open Internet order.   

Candidates Might Cast More Votes for Mobile (Broadcasting & Cable) 

After spending $77 million on TV advertising—more than any other presidential candidate—Jeb Bush pulled out of the presidential race. That has launched a debate about whether or not TV is still the most powerful force in political campaigning. 

Google Joins Race to Speed Up Mobile Delivery of News Articles (New York Times) 

Google’s fast-loading format is the latest effort to solve the pervasive problem of web pages taking too long to display on smartphones.