Digital Daily Dozen 4/28/17

Editor’s Corner—Rollback of net neutrality rules would give Verizon and AT&T a huge edge in digital media

Pai laid out his proposal to return to what he described as a light-touch approach that would reclassify broadband as a Title I information service rather a Title II common carrier service. He said that the proposed Title I classification—which came out of the Clinton administration-era 1996 Telecommunications Act—“was expressly upheld by the Supreme Court in 2005, and it’s more consistent with the facts and the law.”  –Fierce Wireless


Turner CEO: Ad-supported TV will die if commercial breaks don’t change

Turner Chairman and CEO John Martin said that his company is reducing the number of ads it shows during its original programming while making the ads more targeted.  –Fierce Cable


Facebook will let video creators make money when people pirate their videos

Facebook is giving video creators a chance to make some money when others on the network pirate their content without permission.  Facebook first rolled out what it calls “Rights Manager” a year ago so that video creators could use video matching software to automatically detect when their video was ripped off and re-posted.  –Recode


Google made a doodle for doomed Cassini, and space lovers are losing their minds

An important thing to know about Cassini, the plucky little NASA spacecraft featured in today’s Google doodle, is that it didn’t need to die this way.  –Washington Post


Comcast Reaches for Xfinity & Beyond

Once again shrugging off the need to buy a wireless provider or another cable operator, Comcast reported sterling results across the board for the first quarter, boosting cable revenues and customers by hefty margins.  –Light Reading


Bitcoin and Ether prices hit all-time high

Something is going on in the cryptocurrency world, but it’s hard to figure out why prices are jumping. Both bitcoin and Ether prices are currently trading at an all-time high.  –Tech Crunch


Netflix is playing down the significance of its first major distribution deal in China

The company’s share price surged nearly six percent after it announced that it had agreed to a distribution deal with iQiyi, one of China’s largest video portals which was started by internet giant Baidu.  –Tech Crunch


Military launches ‘Hack the Air Force’ bug bounty program

The Air Force announced its first bug bounty challenge on Wednesday, the third such program run in the United States military.  –The Hill


Cruz looks to boost space industry

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at a hearing on Wednesday called for expanding commercial investment in the space industry.  –The Hill


FCC Public Notice Seeks 411 on Broadband for Health IT

Imagine if all Americans had seamless remote access to doctors and hospitals throughout the country, if an individual in Angle Inlet, MN (total population of 60) could consult with a doctor in Minneapolis without ever having to leave the comfort of his own home  –Comm Law Blog


Mark Zuckerberg helps build pickup trucks at Ford plant

It’s my first time in Michigan, and my first stop was at the Ford Rouge Plant outside Detroit.  I played a very small part in assembling some new Ford F-150s on the line by adding antennas, cleats and drilling screws. I even signed the inspection sticker on one. You’re welcome, future F-150 owner.  –USA Today


Facebook and Google confirmed as victims of $100M phishing scam

Last month, the Department of Justice charged a Lithuanian man for fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering after documents revealed he scammed two major tech companies for over $100 million by masquerading as a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. A Forbes report this week identified those two affected companies as Facebook and Google.  –The Verge



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. ________________________________________________________________