Digital Daily Dozen 4/17/17

Meet the iCar? Apple to test self-driving vehicles in California

The iPhone maker has been awarded a permit to test autonomous cars, moving into a highly competitive space that includes Google, Tesla and Ford  –The Guardian


Lariat Tries to Lasso FCC’s BDS Item Before Vote—which bills itself as the first WISP (wireless internet service provider), it launched in 1992—has told the FCC, or at least the staff of lone Democrat Mignon Clyburn, that the proposed broadband business data service (BDS) deregulation order on tap to be voted April 20 needs more economic analysis first.   –B&C

5GAA, NGMN argue for cellular, not DSCR, in NHTSA proposal

Out with the old, in with the new, according to several cellular industry groups commenting on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plan to use dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) to improve road safety.  –Fierce Wireless

Five Obama-era tech policies on the chopping block

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is wasting little time undoing Obama-era regulations.  In a little over two months as chair, he’s scaled back a program on internet subsidies, ended a probe into companies’ phone data plans and scrapped a report on broadband funding for schools.  –The Hill


Why Your Local TV Station Will Determine the Fate of YouTube TV

Last week, YouTube TV launched in five markets (Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco), and it’s being hailed by many as the savior of cord cutting.  –MotherBoard


A conversation about digital copyright reform

The European Union is in the process of reforming copyright laws that date back to 2001, as part of a wider strategy to establish a Digital Single Market across the 28 Member States of the bloc, aiming to break down regional barriers to ecommerce.  –Tech Crunch

The FCC is Now Granting Program Experimental Licenses (Finally!)

The FCC has always been kind to people who tinker with radio equipment, whether teenagers blowing out their parents’ fuses (that was us) or manufacturers’ research labs (maybe you). Licenses in the Experimental Radio Service allow work with radio transmitters that don’t otherwise meet FCC standards.  –Comm Law Blog


Google reaches out-of-court deal with Russia in Android case

Google will no longer demand exclusivity of its applications on Android-based devices in Russia and will not restrict the pre-installation of rival search engines and other applications, Alexei Dotsenko, FAS deputy head, told reporters.  –Reuters


Major News Drives Earned Media For TV Networks

Earned media continues to deliver big benefits for media and entertainment brands, largely due to high-interest news viewing.  Recent news concerning the presidential election and possible Russian connections with the White House are driving strong viewer and TV news content activity.  –Media Post


Facebook’s future will blend physical and digital worlds

On Tuesday, Facebook wants to augment your reality.  That’s when the giant social network hosts its annual F8 conference for software developers, a decidedly geeky affair that nevertheless has real-world implications for everyday Facebook users.  –USA Today



Facebook’s Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing  –The Verge


Report: Time Spent Using Mobile Hits 5 Hours Daily

The time spent using mobile has hit 5 hours each day for the average U.S. consumer, according to the latest market data from Yahoo’s mobile analytics specialist company Flurry. That’s 20 percent higher than it was in 4Q 2015.  –Telecompetitor



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.