Digital Daily Dozen 3/13/17

Intel buys Mobileye in $15.3B deal, moves its automotive unit to Israel

First they partnered, and now comes the acquisition: the computing giant Intel has confirmed that it is acquiring Mobileye, a leader in computer vision for autonomous driving technology, for $15.3 billion — the biggest-ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company.  –Tech Crunch


Cisco issues critical warning around Apache Struts2 vulnerability

The company said it will publish a list of vulnerable products here as it learns of them.  –Network World


For the U.S. to stay on top, we can’t just keep funding innovation in Silicon Valley and New York

Steve Case says we need to spread our bets across the country — or else things will keep getting worse.  –Recode


Edible robots made from gelatin may soon get to work in your intestinal tract

Researchers from Switzerland made a robotic actuator that is fully digestible.  –Recode


State Department considers handheld biometric scanning

The State Department’s Diplomatic Security Bureau is looking for information on mobile devices it can use in the field to securely capture biometric and biographic information from unknown individuals and to confirm the identify of “known persons of interest.”  –GCN


Bitcoin Price Recovers After Setback With U.S. Regulators: Chart

Bitcoin jumped as much as 13 percent to $1234.44 on Monday, recovering most of its losses from last week when the Securities and Exchange Commission rejected the listing of a bitcoin exchange traded fund.  –Bloomberg


Rural Groups: Senate Broadband Bill Is Right (of) Way to Go

Rural broadband fans are celebrating the introduction on Friday of the Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017 (S. 604), which would clear away federal environmental assessments and impact statements from any broadband buildout that otherwise has an “operational” right of way, said one of the groups, WTA: Advocates for Rural Broadband.  –B&C


Boingo CTO encouraged by reaction to convergence manifesto

Just before the industry convened in Barcelona, Spain, for Mobile World Congress 2017 at the end of February, Boingo Wireless CTO Derek Peterson issued a manifesto (PDF) calling for industry collaboration and the coexistence of licensed and unlicensed spectrum for a more seamlessly connected society.  –Fierce Wireless


Comcast looks to complete ‘great tech triangle’ with closure of Austin’s Icontrol

Comcast’s closure of IoT startup Icontrol Networks not only gives the MSO the ability to control the North American cable home automation and security business through white-label licensing, it also offers entry into a key engineering talent hub.  –Fierce Cable


Designer Chromosomes Point to New Synthetic Life-Forms

An international effort aims to create baker’s yeast with laboratory-made DNA.  –MIT Technology Review


Report: Netflix Growth Projections in Europe ‘Way Too Low’

Over-the-top video is exploding across the pond.  That is the conclusion of a new report, The Rise of Paid OTT in Europe, from Rethink Technology Research.  –B&C


Google has killed off CAPTCHA as you know it

Google has removed irritating “I’m not a robot” reCAPTCHA tests, instead releasing a new version which can invisibly detect whether someone is a real human or not.  –Business Insider



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. ________________________________________________________________