Digital Daily Dozen: 6/1/2015

The Digital Daily Dozen for June 1, 2015.

Patriot Act provisions expire as Senate compromise comes late (USA Today) The Senate let key sections of the Patriot Act law expire, but voted to advance a bill that would eventually replace its most controversial provision. The drama on the Senate floor over the anti-terrorism law, passed in the wake of 9/11, highlighted sharp divisions within the GOP over privacy concerns and national security. 

Drag queens, others plan Monday Facebook protest (USA Today) Drag queens, Native Americans, domestic violence survivors, activists and others plan to protest at Facebook headquarters over the social media company’s “real name” policy. “People who’ve done nothing wrong are being targeted and harassed,” said Sister Roma, a drag queen in San Francisco who’s used that name “nearly 30 years.” 

Time we spend with media is growing (Media Life Magazine) The time we spend with media is growing. But some media are benefiting more than others. A new study finds global media consumption across 65 countries will increase by 1.4 percent this year, to 492 minutes per day per person. Media consumption has grown an average of 1.2 percent per year from 2010 to 2014.   

Sky launches Veep on demand before linear  (TBIA Vision)

Sky is making the new, fourth, season of HBO comedy Veep available as an on-demand box-set ahead of it hitting linear TV. The UK pay TV operator will make the entire season available as a Fourth of July special through its Sky Box Sets on-demand service. The previous three seasons will also be available.

Better Broadband at Better Prices? Welcome to Charter CEO’s Fantasy (Los Angeles Times) To hear the chief executive of Charter Communications tell it, his company’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable will mean a better broadband experience for all. “We’ll offer consumers a broadband product that makes watching online video, gaming and engaging in other data-hungry applications a great experience.”

AT&T Wants to Choose Which Online Video Services Count Against Data Caps (Ars Technica) AT&T doesn’t want any rules preventing it from choosing which online video services count against its customers’ data caps. AT&T’s “Sponsored Data” program already charges businesses, often in the ad industry, for the right to deliver services without counting against customers’ mobile data caps.   

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Broadband Access in Rural America [Commentary] (The Journal by IJReview) 1. Universal Access to Broadband Makes America Stronger. 2. Rural Infrastructure is Expensive to Build and Difficult to Maintain, But the Investment is Worth It. 3. Rural Americans Embrace New Technology, Too. 4. Outdated Rules Hurt Rural America. 5. A Common-Sense Fix is Available. 

Virtual Reality Is Grabbing Brands’ Attention but Not Their Ad Dollars (Ad Week) More than a year after Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift and virtual reality’s promise to transform digital storytelling, major marketers are taking the 3-D technology out for a test drive but are far from ready to shift their activations into high gear.

Facebook ‘Likes’ And Pinterest Photos Can Be Endorsements, FTC Says (Mediapost) “Liking” a company on social media, or posting a photo of one of its products to Pinterest, can be an endorsement, the FTC said in new guidance about online endorsements. “Simply posting a picture of a product in social media, such as on Pinterest, or a video of you using it could convey that you like and approve of the product.” 

Second Thoughts On Viewability: The Viewer’s [Commentary] (Media Post) A year after Madison Avenue began applying industry standards for defining the viewability of digital ads, plenty of views have emerged on the subject. But until now, none of them have represented the point of view of the most important stakeholder: the people who are supposed to look at those ads.

Ross Ulbricht, mastermind behind online drug market Silk Road, sentenced to life in prison (Washington Post) A federal judge sentenced the mastermind behind online drug marketplace Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, to life in prison. “Make no mistake: Ulbricht was a drug dealer and criminal profiteer who exploited people’s addictions and contributed to the deaths of at least six young people,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. 

FCC Proposals Create White-Space Divide (TV Technology) White-space devices are running up against resistance in the fight for access to TV spectrum, or what’s left of it after the spectrum incentive auction. Wireless mic makers, for example, do not want them for neighbors. “Two channels sans white-space devices is a need, not a want,” Sennheiser’s Joe Ciudelli told the FCC.

The Next Billion: A New Digital Generation (Recode) One billion more people will be connected to the Internet in five short years than are connected today, creating a global digital middle class and lifting millions out of poverty worldwide. This is no wild guess — it’s insight drawn from Cisco’s 10th annual visual networking index.