Digital Daily Dozen: 4/11/16

Negative Options Rule In The Internet Of Things (Media Post)  

In addition to so many other transformations, the Internet of Things is going to convert the consumer’s daily world to one of negative options. Technology will allow marketers to create messaging and advertising well in advance of a consumer realizing they need such information or persuasion.    

Proposed US law would require tech companies to help defeat encryption (Network World)    

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into smartphones and other encrypted devices.  The draft bill would allow judges to order tech companies to comply with requests from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.  

FCC Drafting New Regs for Business Internet (Inside Sources) 

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler outlined his plan for new regulations over the Internet market for businesses, where Democrats at the agency say competition has stagnated and small providers accuse larger of engaging in anticompetitive practices.  

Why YouTube believes VR is next big thing (USA Today)    

Google’s YouTube video site attracts over 1 billion visitors monthly to watch mostly linear videos. But just as Google has expanded its core mission of organizing the world’s information to such side projects as driverless cars, the company also sees Virtual Reality video storytelling as another frontier.   

Telecom, Media Firms Blame Google For Woes (Politico)    

Telecom, cable and broadcast companies have had a rough go of it at the FCC under Chair Tom Wheeler’s tenure, and they’re increasingly pointing fingers at what they say is the problem: Google. The companies and their trade groups have been openly criticizing what they see as the FCC’s cozy relationship with Google.   

Estrella Files FCC Complaint Against Comcast (Denver Post)   

Estrella TV, the third-ranked Spanish language TV network behind Univision and Telemundo, says cable giant Comcast is discriminating against the network to benefit its own Spanish language networks, Telemundo and NBC Universo. Estrella’s owner, Liberman Broadcasting, has filed a complaint with the FCC against Comcast.  

Layer3 TV’s Crazy Plan To Reinvent Cable (Wired)    

Layer3 TV CEO Jeff Binder wants to reinvent the way you watch TV. For the past two years, he and his co-founders have quietly constructed a takeover tactic for the biggest screen in your home. They’ve raised close to $100 million from a fund run by private equity outfit TPG and talent agency CAA.    

Google’s Injunction Against Mississippi Attorney General Reversed by Appeals Court (Hollywood Reporter)   

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to vacate an injunction prohibiting Mississippi AG Jim Hood from bringing a civil or criminal charge against Google for making accessible third-party content like imported prescription drugs and pirated movies.     

Facebook Bans ‘Overly Promotional’ Sponsored Content (Variety)  

Facebook has adopted a new policy for branded content that forbids aggressive marketing tactics and will force publishers to tag their marketing clients in sponsored posts — and the social company will begin pulling down material that doesn’t comply with the rules. 


Big data can help solve problems that are too big for one person to wrap their head around. It’s helped businesses cut costs, cities plan new developments, intelligence agencies discover connections between terrorists, health officials predict outbreaks, and police forces get ahead of crime.   

EU-US Privacy Shield may not pass muster, according to leaked extract (ARS Technica)  

Leaked extracts from an imminent assessment of the EU-US Privacy Shield replacement for Safe Harbor suggests that a key group of EU data protection authorities will not support it in its present form. It is expected that the Article 29 Working Party will say that it is “not yet in a position to confirm.”  

Here’s why the music labels are furious at YouTube. Again. (Recode)   

In the old days, the music business used to complain that YouTube took their music and didn’t pay them. Now the complaint has changed: Now the music guys say YouTube doesn’t pay them enough. The music labels have been grousing about YouTube for a while now, but they have recently turned up the volume.   

Google Fiber is ending a free-internet offer in its first city (Recode)    

When Google Fiber first arrived, it came with a compelling pitch: Pay a one-time construction fee, and you get internet access for free after that. Now Fiber is dropping that option for new subscribers in Kansas City, its first market. In its place are two new plans.