Digital Daily Dozen: 5/13/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for May 13, 2015.

Facebook Starts Publishing the New York Times, BuzzFeed and More With Its ‘Instant Articles’ Program (Recode) Hey Web publishers! Facebook is coming in peace. The social giant has finally unveiled the terms of its “give us your content and let us run it on our app” plan. And the terms look very good: It’s hard to imagine any publisher passing on the chance, if they get it, to collect eyeballs and dollars on Facebook’s mobile platform.

AOL’s Tim and Arianna Now Work for the Phone Company [Commentary] (Recode) At some point in the future, if it all works out as AOL CEO Tim Armstrong grandly envisions his deal to be acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion in cash, I will gladly admit I am wrong. But right now, despite all the talk about the glorious mashing together of content and technology, the details seem somewhat squishy.

Verizon’s Takeover Of AOL Raises ‘Urgent Privacy Concerns,’ Advocacy Group Says (Mediapost) Verizon’s proposed $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL gives the FCC a new reason to impose privacy obligations on broadband providers. That’s according to advocacy group Public Knowledge, which called for the FCC to move forward with privacy regulations for Internet service providers.

WeChat is Tencent’s ace in China’s online entertainment race (Reuters) In a multi-billion dollar dogfight with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd for leadership in China’s online entertainment market, mobile messaging app WeChat is Tencent Holdings Ltd’s trump card. The wildly popular app allows Tencent to channel 500 million monthly active users to its entertainment services, a huge consumer base.

Social Media Talk May Correlate To TV Cancellations (Mediapost) Can social media predict which TV shows might be cancelled? Networked Insights, an analytics company, says shows that ended up being “cancelled” had a low ‘love’ index — meaning not much in the way of social media conversations where there were high volumes of sentiments/words like “love,” “like,” “hope” and other emotions.

Ad Industry Opposes Illinois Data Breach Bill (Mediapost) A proposed data breach bill in Illinois would create “unnecessary compliance burdens” for businesses, the ANA and other trade groups said in a letter to state lawmakers. Illinois Senate Bill 1833 would require companies to notify consumers about data breaches that exposed not only financial information, but also consumers’ geolocation data.

FCC Chairman, Republican Commissioner Spar over Net Neutrality, Budget Increase Before Congress (Inside Sources) FCC Chair Tom Wheeler and Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai took their ongoing agency boxing match before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, where the two sparred over net neutrality and the FCC’s 2016 budget increase request.

Comptel Backs FCC in Title II Fight (Broadcasting & Cable) Comptel, which represents competitive communications carriers—ISPs, backbone providers and others—is putting its legal money where its mouth is, asking a D.C. federal court for permission to weigh in on the FCC’s behalf in the legal challenges to the Title II reclassification order.

Senators Seek Help for Rural Cord-Cutters (Broadcasting & Cable) A bipartisan group of sixty-one senators, led by Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and committee member Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.), have written to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to ask the FCC to get moving on migrating Universal Service Fund subsidies to broadband so rural cord-cutters aren’t penalized.

Democrats Diss Reversing Effective Competition Presumption (Broadcasting & Cable) A dozen senators have asked the FCC to rethink its proposal to assume cable operators have local market competition and thus can get out from under basic-cable rate regulation. Among the FCC’s directives from Congress in the STELAR Act reauthorization was streamlining the process for effective-competition petitions.

Post-Snowden, NSA Crafts New Plan to Protect National Secrets (Next Gov) In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations, the NSA has “reached a point where a single individual can cause catastrophic harm,” said NSA’s first chief risk officer, Anne Neuberger. Neuberger described the philosophy behind NSA’s nascent risk management framework, saying it’s a system that measures the risks of each decision.

The ‘Privacy Coalition’ That Wants to Trim Data Regulations for Telecom Giants (National Journal) The “21st Century Privacy Coalition” might sound like the name of a group fighting for stronger privacy protections in the Internet age. But, in fact, it represents some of the nation’s largest cable and phone companies, and is working to help those companies escape regulations on how they have to handle customer data.

What’s Missing in Seattle: Affordable Universal Broadband [Commentary] (Seattle Times) One of the next topics for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to address is whether taxpayers in Software City should support a new broadband network. Murray is giving earnest consideration to the perennial question of whether the city should build and operate a municipal network. A feasibility study is due later in May.