Digital Daily Dozen: 3/16/16

Hacker Admits to Stealing Celebrity Nude Photos, Takes Plea Deal (Hollywood Reporter)    

The man who digitally victimized dozens of female celebrities, leading to a nude photo leak that shocked Hollywood, was charged Tuesday with felony computer hacking, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Ryan Collins, 36, is facing up to five years in federal prison. 

Dish Network Sues NBCU Over Warnings to Customers (Hollywood Reporter)

The blood sport known as retransmission consent has developed into a new lawsuit from Dish Network against NBCUniversal alleging that “call to action” warnings made by the broadcaster to satellite TV customers represent a breach of contract.   

Fox Ready to Do TV Ad Deals Without Traditional Nielsen Guarantees (Variety) 

Fox is joining the parade of TV companies testing the market to see if Madison Avenue is ready to do some deals without relying on that old standby, TV-audience measurement from Nielsen. The Fox Networks will offer its advertisers the chance to do deals based on how many members of a specific kind of consumer it can reach.    

Apple says U.S. ‘Founders would be appalled’ by DOJ order (USA Today) 

Apple Inc. charged Tuesday that a court order forcing the tech giant to assist the federal government in unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook was based on non-existent authority asserted by the Justice Department.   

Glenn Reynolds: Free market needs some ‘Sunshine’  (USA Today- Commentary)   

This week is Sunshine Week, and lots of people are writing about government transparency, which is very important. But it’s not just the government that matters. Plenty of private companies that deal with the public could do better with transparency than they do, and they’d be a lot more trusted if they did.    

CBS Expects to Make $800M From OTT (Broadcasting & Cable)  

CBS said it expects the over-the top business to generate $800 million in revenue by 2020. Half of that revenue would come from CBS All Access and the other half from Showtime’s over-the top product.  By 2020, the company project each should have about 4 million subs.    

Viant: Digital Ads Shifting to Mobile, OTT (Broadcasting & Cable)  

The amount of digital ads being served to Internet-connected TVs grew six-fold in 2015, and the share of ads being delivered to computer devices continues to drop at a notable rate, according to a new report. More and more, advertisers are finding the volume of impressions moving to smart phones, tablets and streaming media devices. 

Divided E&C Passes FCC Rate Reg-Blocking Bill (Broadcasting & Cable)    

On a party line vote and after a sometimes rancorous markup, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed a bill that would prevent the FCC from regulating the rates consumers pay for broadband access service. The No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, was sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger). The vote was 29 to 19. 


The Senate unanimously passed a bill to expand the public’s access to government records, after a year of delay. The Senate’s move means both chambers have now passed similar proposals to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. Differences will still need to be resolved before the measure makes it to President Obama’s desk. 


Google’s plan to bring ultrahigh-speed Internet service to the Bay Area has run into a decidedly nontech hurdle: utility poles. To roll out Google Fiber in five Silicon Valley cities, the tech giant needs access to the poles for stringing up fiber cable. But in several cities a who’s who of Google competitors are standing in the way.     


Susan Crawford wrote a piece entitled “You Didn’t Notice It, But Google Fiber Just Began the Golden Age of High Speed Internet Access”. She’s right about the problem, but the Golden Age is going to be far more complex and harder to achieve than the article lets on: we are a long way from a truly competitive market for broadband.   


House Tees Up Net Neutrality Exemption for Small Providers (Inside Sources)  

The House of Representatives is preparing this week for a vote on a bill to exempt small broadband Internet providers from some net neutrality requirements included in the FCC’s new Internet rules. Republicans in the House plan to move swiftly on the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act. 

Lord & Taylor Settles FTC Complaint Over Native Advertising, Instagram Campaign (Media Post) 

Lord & Taylor has agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint over an online ad campaign with social media and native-ad components, the FTC announced. The department store has promised to ensure that endorsers disclose when they have been paid to tout the company’s merchandise.