Digital Daily Dozen 2/7/17

Pai Starts Rolling Back Wheeler Media, Telecom Items

Under new Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC has begun rescinding decisions made in the waning days of Tom Wheeler’s Chairmanship (and one older decision). The flurry of action involving bureau decisions being reversed or rescinded includes zero ratings probes, Lifeline Broadband Provider designations, guidelines for the processing of broadcasters’ joint sales and shared services agreements, and political ad disclosure complaints.  –CommLawBlog


FCC Waives TV Station Auction Quiet Period

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will waive its rules prohibiting TV stations that participated in the reverse portion of the incentive auction from communicating bids and bid strategies.  –B&C


FCC to Speed Up Spectrum Auction Bidding

Bidders in round 37 of stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction pushed the total to $19,410,736,548 late Monday afternoon, up from $19,385,151,536 in round 36 and $19,354,875,595 in round 35.  –B&C


Fox Sports: Super Bowl LI Most-Viewed U.S. Program Ever

The game drew 172 million viewers across all platforms, with unique live-stream viewers hitting 4.42 million.  –B&C


U.S. House passes bill requiring warrants to search old emails

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Monday to require law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant before seeking old emails from technology companies, a win for privacy advocates fearful the Trump administration may work to expand government surveillance powers.  –Reuters


Epsilon and Others Scramble for Alexa Data from Amazon

Amazon, not unlike other retail giants or the web’s walled gardens, is notoriously stingy with its data. However, Amazon has opened up some high-level information derived from consumer interactions with Alexa, it’s voice-activated home IoT platform.  –Ad Age


Collection of 13,500 Nastygrams Could Advance War on Trolls

The nonprofit behind Wikipedia is teaming up with Google to work on algorithmic discussion monitors.  –MIT Technology Review


Twitter’s going to start weeding out abusive tweets before you see them

Twitter knows it has a problem with online abuse, and on Tuesday it announced three more changes it’s making to help users deal with it.  –The Washington Post

Ireland Challenges Facebook in What Could Become a Landmark Data Case

Ireland’s privacy watchdog has launched a bid to refer Facebook’s data transfer mechanism to the European Union’s top court in a landmark case that could put the shifting of data across the Atlantic under renewed legal threat.  –Fortune


Another advertiser hops into content creation

The thinking is consumers will interact more with the brand if they’re given some sort of relevant content. The toy company LEGO is now getting into the content game with a social networking site targeting kids age 12 and under.  –Media Life Magazine


Nielsen steps closer to cross-platform measurement

Company gets a much-needed accreditation from the Media Rating Council.  –Media Life Magazine


In A First, Facebook Overtakes Google Mobile Ad Network In ROI

Facebook’s mobile ad network emerged as the top-performing advertising network during the second part of 2016, giving marketers running campaigns on Android devices a higher return on investment (ROI) compared with Google AdWords, according to a study released Tuesday.  –Media Post




The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi or Heather Vaughn 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.