Digital Daily Dozen 3/1/17

Government study: Average number of TVs in U.S. homes declining

Cutting the cord may concern pay-TV providers and programmers—but a new worry could be consumers kicking out TVs altogether.  –Fierce Cable


Reuters: Sinclair Talking Merger With Tribune

Key to possible deal: will FCC relax current broadcast-cap regulations  –B&C


YouTube Makes Virtual MVPD Play

Package to feature 40-plus channels, include broadcast nets, cloud DVR  –MCN


Latest USDA Rural Broadband Loans Announced, Nearly $20 Million Will Fund Fiber Upgrades

Acting U.S. Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced the awarding of $19.3 million in USDA rural broadband loans to roll out service in rural parts of Illinois and Oklahoma  –Telecompetitor


AT&T Brand Value Pegged at $87 Billion, Overtakes Verizon for Number One Globally

The AT&T brand value surged 45% higher in 2016, propelling the company to the to the top of Brand Finance’s 2017 ranking of the world’s 500 most valuable telecom brands  –Telecompetitor


AWS investigating S3 problem at major datacenter location

Amazon on Tuesday had a problem with S3 storage in its US-East region, its oldest datacenter, impacting several businesses.  –ZDNet


Toxic comments, bane of many news sites, get a tech fix

High-tech fixes are in the works for toxic online comments on media sites.  –USA Today


CloudPets stuffed toys leak details of half a million users

Company’s data compromised, leaking information including email addresses, passwords and voice recordings  –The Guardian


How unfilled tech jobs impact the U.S. economy

How much are those open IT roles costing the economy and your company? The answer is probably a lot more that you think.  –Network World


New FCC chairman: Net neutrality rules were a ‘mistake’

Pai promises a return to ‘light-touch’ regulations for the internet  –Network World


The $3.5 trillion 5G opportunity is at ‘crossroads’ as telco industry clashes over path forward

Super-fast 5G internet will be “revolutionary” and as critical to the future of the digital economy as oxygen is to humans, but the path to the new technology will likely be expensive and require unprecedented levels of co-operation in the industry.  –CNBC


Xbox Game Pass: Microsoft to Launch Netflix-Style $10 Monthly Service

Microsoft this spring will roll out a “Netflix for games” subscription service — Xbox Game Pass, priced at $10 per month — with unlimited access to more than 100 titles. Initial games set to be…  –Variety



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. ________________________________________________________________