Digital Daily Dozen: 2/5/16

Here’s Why People Choose to Shop—or Not to Shop—on Their Phones (Ad Week) 

Mobile shopping isn’t going anywhere this year. More than 60 percent of omnichannel shoppers said they plan to start making purchases using mobile devices or will do so even more in the upcoming year, according to a new study by Facebook. (Already, 45 percent of all shopping includes some form of mobile interaction.)   

Here Are 7 Stats That Show How Super Bowl Viewers Will Use Second Screens (Ad Week) 

CBS is expected to draw nearly 190 million viewers for its Super Bowl 50 telecast. Many of those viewers will have second-screen experiences, peeking at their smartphones and tablets to check out real-time chatter on their social media feeds. A new study surveyed 1,082 adults to find out exactly how viewers plan to use their devices.  

UK wants authority to serve warrants in U.S. (USA Today) 

British and U.S. officials have been negotiating a plan that could allow British authorities to directly serve wiretap orders on U.S. communications companies in criminal and national security inquiries, U.S. officials confirmed. The talks are aimed at allowing British authorities access to a range of data.       

Samsung set to deliver 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players (USA Today)  

Videophiles wanting an Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Disc player to connect to their Ultra HD TV may not have to wait as long as expected. The first Samsung’s 4K Blu-ray players, priced at $399, will be sold Friday at Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica, Calif.  

Are Viewable Ads Actually Effective for Marketers? 10,000-Person Study Sheds Light (Ad Age)  

An IPG Media Lab, Integral Ad Science and Cadreon study involved 189 different ad scenarios and found that “viewability is highly related to ad effectiveness,” not a major surprise, but also that some ads that don’t meet the Media Ratings Council’s standards for viewability can still be effective and have impact for advertisers.   

 FCC Releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report (Broadband Law Advisor) 

According to the FCC, 90 percent of Americans have access to broadband Internet access service at the FCC’s benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads/3 Mbps for uploads. But the FCC also found that 34 million Americans still lack access to the benchmark speeds, despite significant progress in recent years.   

Apple Tells Supreme Court It Shouldn’t Bother Hearing Samsung’s Appeal (Recode)  

Apple filed its arguments to the Supreme Court, not surprisingly telling the nation’s highest court that there is no reason for it to take up Samsung’s appeal in the long-running patent dispute. Samsung made its case in a December filing that the court could help settle a range of issues around design patents.   

Nexstar And Cox Resolve Dispute With New Deal, End Blackout (Deadline) 

Nexstar Broadcasting and Cox Communications have reached a new distribution agreement that will restore Nexstar’s stations in nine markets to Cox’s lineup. The deal covers Nexstar’s broadcast platform inclusive of 13 network-affiliated and local stations. Programming on all stations will resume as soon as possible.   

Negotiators Announce “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield,” Replacing Safe Harbor for EU Data Transfers to the U.S. (Privacy & Security Blog) 

The European Commission announced that the European Union and the US had resolved months of negotiations and approved the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a replacement for the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, which thousands of American companies relied upon to receive personal data from European customers and suppliers. 

From Egypt to Kenya to Venezuela, Online Political Speech Feels Riskier than Ever (Media Shift) 

Over the month of January, government authorities in Kenya pursued criminal allegations against several bloggers and social media activists. Among them is recognized journalist and influential blogger Yassin Juma, who supporters believe was targeted for his coverage of a recent attack on a Kenya Defense Forces camp in Somalia.   


T-Mobile is calling on the FCC to “tread lightly” as the agency looks into a series of video offerings that have raised net neutrality concerns among advocates. The mobile carrier has been at the center of the debate recently with its new Binge On video program, which exempts certain video from customers’ monthly data caps.   


You know that the FCC recently released its annual Broadband Progress Report which concludes (erroneously) that broadband is not being deployed in a reasonable and timely manner. Did you hear about the other report issued by the FCC demonstrating how deployment and performance of broadband in the US is far outpacing European?    

“AT&T IS THE VILLAIN” (Media Life) 

A Republican state senator in Tennessee is fed up with AT&T and other private ISPs that are trying to stop the spread of municipal broadband. “We’re talking about AT&T,” TN State Sen Todd Gardenhire said. “They’re the most powerful lobbying organization in this state by far.”