Digital Daily Dozen: 4/21/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for April 21, 2015.

Google’s Biggest European Headache Isn’t Search. It’s Android (Recode) A week into Google’s dramatic skirmish with the European Union, search has drawn most of the attention. But it’s the other case from Brussels that may have Google more worried. The EU Competition Commission launched its investigation into Android last week in a move that could expose gaping blind spots.

‘Mobilegeddon’ could be bad news for 40% of top websites (USA Today) If your website traffic plummets suddenly, you can blame it on “Mobilegeddon.” Google, which dominates online search, is launching an algorithm to favor sites that are “mobile-friendly.” This means that people who use Google to search on their smartphone may not find many of their favorite sites at the top of the rankings.

Website for children’s group defaced by MECA hackers (USA Today) An Arizona performing-arts program for children was hacked Sunday by a group that identifies itself as the Middle East Cyber Army, according to the program’s director. The website for Art and Sol, a Scottsdale-based performing-arts center focused on musical production, was defaced by MECA, or the Middle East Cyber Army.

The new normal: Multiscreen viewing (Media Life Magazine) People have never used media in silos. There’s a long history of research showing that we watch TV while flipping through magazines or listen to radio while surfing the web. But the advent of smartphones and tablets is increasing that media multitasking.

FCC Considers Auction Rule Options (Broadcasting & Cable) The FCC has sought input on a host of proposals to change its bidding rules in advance of the broadcast incentive auction, including whether to make it easier for designated entities who lease spectrum to larger players to qualify for bidding discounts, as the FCC had initially proposed.

FSR Pushes for Cybersecurity Legislation (Multichannel) The Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), the lobby for financial services companies, including banks, insurance companies and credit card companies, has launched a campaign pushing for passage of cybersecurity bills currently on both sides of the Hill. That will include billboards on Metro trains and digital ads.

The Tide Is Turning Against Comcast’s Proposal To Buy Time Warner Cable [Commentary] (Techcrunch) Reports that attorneys at the Department of Justice (DOJ) may recommend blocking Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable are good news, because if this $45 billion deal goes through, it will create a telecom behemoth unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

Norway to Become First Country to Switch Off FM Radio in 2017 (Hollywood Reporter) In what will likely be the opening move in a global transition to digital radio, Norway has announced it will shut down its FM band. Norway will start turning off FM radio on Jan. 11, 2017, and plans to stop transmission of the last FM signal to the country’s northernmost regions by Dec. 13 of that year.

Is Facebook Trying to Edge Out YouTube? (Adweek) On April 30, Popsugar will announce a daily show called Popsugar Rush at its Digital Content NewFronts presentation. But rather than have viewers catch the program on its women’s lifestyle channel on YouTube, they’ll be directed to Facebook where it will run exclusively for 24 hours.

House Set to Move Quickly on Patriot Act Bill (The Hill) New legislation to reform government spying programs and reauthorize expiring portions of the Patriot Act appears to have found the House’s fast lane. Lawmakers in the lower chamber are planning to introduce their new version of the USA Freedom Act and then mark it up in the Judiciary Committee later in the week.

Surveillance Reform [Commentary] (Los Angeles Times) A large and important segment of our society sees Edward Snowden as hero and whistleblower — and its members are the future. Though surveillance reform may confront resistance in the near term, millennials have made it clear that they don’t want government agencies tracking them online or collecting data about their phone calls.

Does the Net Neutrality Decision Impose Rate Regulation (Benton) Few issues before the FCC have generated as much controversy and partisan debate as Net Neutrality. As opposing sides have jockeyed for position, their goal has not always been clarity. Perhaps the most contentious and confusing aspect is the question of whether the FCC’s Net Neutrality decision imposes rate regulation.

Analyst: Big Auction Bucks Not A Slam Dunk (Katy on the Hill) Craig Moffett, an analyst with MoffettNathanson said that optimism over broadcaster windfalls in next year’s spectrum auction could be very misplaced since it is premised on a belief that the wireless business is healthy enough to spend like it did in the AWS-3 auction.