Digital Daily Dozen: 6/24/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for June 24, 2015.

Facebook can recognize hidden faces (USA Today) Facebook is experimenting with technology that can recognize faces in photographs even if they are hidden or obstructed. “In the absence of a clear, high-resolution frontal face, we rely on a variety of subtle cues from other body parts, such as hair style, clothes, glasses, pose and other context.”

Apple may soon need a lot more music revenue (USA Today) With the roll out of its new music streaming and Internet-based radio services this month, Apple is entering the entertainment industry in a much deeper way. Yet along with the new business opportunities the company acquired with Beats Music, Apple also faces new competitive pressures. 

T-Mobile Escalates Fight With AT&T Over Airwaves Buy (Recode) T-Mobile found a new way to mess with rival AT&T, asking federal regulators to reject a plan by the wireless giant to expand its network in parts of Kentucky. T-Mobile filed a petition with the FCC asking the agency to reject the deal, saying essentially that it’s not a good idea to let AT&T get bigger there.

Instagram Overhauls Search Feature to Surface More Trending News (Recode) Instagram unveiled a massive overhaul to its search feature in an effort to bring users into the app more often, particularly during breaking news events. The new feature lets users search for images by location and includes a section for trending places and hashtags, none of which was available before.

News flash: Cord cutting is a problem (Media Life Magazine) There’s long been a debate among media people over whether cord cutting, or getting rid of pay TV services such as cable and satellite, is actually a problem or if it’s just overhyped by the media. A new report suggests it is a real problem. Digitalsmiths found that 8.2 percent of respondents had gotten rid of their cable or satellite service.

Live TV Use Dropped to 4:55 a Day in 1Q (Broadcasting & Cable) The amount of time adults spent watching live TV fell to 4 hours and 55 minutes per day in the first quarter from 5 hours and 10 minutes a year ago. Time spent watching time-shifted TV rose to 35 minutes from 34 minutes. The big gainer is in smart phone use, which increased to 1 hour and 27 minutes from 1 hour and 12 minutes.

FCC’s O’Rielly: Govt. Wants Broadcasters to Do More With Less (Broadcasting & Cable) FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly told a New York State Broadcasters Association audience that the FCC needed to limit the variability of its post-incentive auction band plan and try to avoid inter-service interference and conflict between broadcasters and wireless operators. 

Devolving Online Gaming Regulation to States is a Good Bet [Commentary] (Inside Sources) Instead of seeking to intrude further into people’s entertainment habits, national lawmakers should allow states to set their own policies on online gaming. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his support for Restoring America’s Wire Act (RAWA), a bill working its way through the House of Representatives.

Google Executives Call for Online Pushback Against ISIS (Hollywood Reporter) Google wants to push back against ISIS and has called on the online community to challenge the group’s “terrorist propaganda.” Google’s legal chief issued a call to arms, saying the media industry has to push back against terrorists who have created a “viral moment” on social networks with propaganda, including beheading videos.

Copyright Dispute Over Paparazzi Photos Gathers Heat at Appeals Court (Hollywood Reporter) Hollywood and tech companies are weighing in on a dispute involving photographs of Katy Perry in a bikini and Beyonce Knowles showing off her baby bump. A court ruling last September received scant attention, but now that the case is on appeal, it’s setting off some jockeying to influence interpretation of copyright law.

Why Smart Africa is smart policy [Commentary by Stuart Brotman] (Brookings) Transform Africa was once just an idea of President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda and Dr. Hamadoun Touré, then the Secretary General of the ITU. But they were intent on making it real. In October 2013, they organized a summit to develop concrete steps that would move the continent as a whole into the 21st century.

Oregon Expands Data Breach Law (Privsecblog) Some big changes are coming to the Beaver State’s data breach law in 2016. Oregon is the sixth state to amend its state data breach law since the beginning of the year. The modified law will expand the definition of personal information to include medical information and physical characteristics, and require notification to the state AG.

Turn Hit With New ‘Supercookie’ Lawsuit (Mediapost) Ad company Turn has been hit with a second lawsuit stemming from its use of a controversial “supercookie” tracking technology, which enabled the company to send targeted ads to consumers — even when they deleted their cookies.