Digital Daily Dozen 3/8/17

Republicans Introduce Resolution to Repeal FCC Internet Privacy Rules

Senate Republicans introduced a measure Tuesday to repeal internet privacy rules passed by the Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission that make it harder for service providers to collect data for targeted ads from their subscribers.  –Inside Sources


Ajit Pai Agrees to Confirm FCC’s Non-Role in AT&T-Time Warner Review

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday he would get a staff legal analysis confirming his belief that the way the AT&T-Time Warner merger is being structured, the FCC has no authority to conduct a public interest review  –B&C


Hearst, Dish Don’t Appear to Be Negotiating

Hearst appeared to signal Tuesday that it was not currently in talks with Dish over their carriage impasse, while TVFreedom—the group pushing back on the American Television Alliance, which represents MVPDs on the issue of retrans impasses—well, pushed back.  –B&C


WikiLeaks reveals the CIA hacked into Apple iPhones, Google Android phones and Samsung TVs

This may amount to one of the most explosive disclosures of mass government surveillance since the Snowden revelations in 2013.  –Recode


Industry Praises Renomination of FCC’s Ajit Pai

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has, not surprisingly, been renominated for another five-year term on the commission, with various industry groups praising that move Tuesday.  –B&C


Microsoft is closing its Socl network next week

Microsoft is shutting down its Socl community on March 15th. The software maker originally launched its own social network more than four years ago, and the company has been experimenting with it ever since.  –The Verge


ZTE receives record $1.2 billion fine for breaking US sanctions

The Chinese company illegally sold US-made goods in Iran and North Korea  –The Verge


NCAA, Partners Raising OTT Game for March Madness

NCAA March Madness Live, a live streaming product set developed by Turner Sports in partnership with CBS and the NCAA, will provide live streaming coverage of this year’s college men’s Division I basketball tournament on 15 platforms.  –B&C


BritBox Arrives on U.S. Shores

British TV-focused SVOD service from BBC and ITV sells for $6.99 per month  –MCN


Turner, Warner Bros. Launch Cartoon Streaming Service

Time Warner is expanding in the over-the-top market with a new subscription VOD service featuring Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Scooby-Doo and others from the Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM cartoon library.  –B&C


US senator probes into CloudPets smart toy hack

A U.S. senator is probing reports of a breach of data from smart toys from Spiral Toys, writing to the company’s CEO a letter with ten questions about the issue, including about the company’s security practices.  –Network World


Microsoft Pledges to Use ARM Server Chips, Threatening Intel’s Dominance

The software maker seeks to cut costs in its Azure cloud business by developing new hardware  –Bloomberg



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. ________________________________________________________________