Digital Daily Dozen: 6/27/16

Crisis Text Line takes suicide prevention into the age of texting (USA Today)

While hotlines have helped people in crisis for decades, communication methods have evolved. In the age of Snapchat and WhatsApp, talking on the phone can seem awkward or uncomfortable. For the hearing impaired, using a telephone can be tough or impossible.   

YouTube Is Beefing Up Its Live Video Game to Compete With Facebook and Periscope (Ad Week)  

YouTube may have been first in the online video space, but as the digital ecosystem explodes, the online video giant has fallen behind in one of the newest trends: live video. YouTube will be adding a livestream component to its mobile app, which should make it easier for creators to stream live video, in the same way that Periscope and Facebook Live work. 

Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos (Reuters) 

Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so. 

Working With the ‘Frenemy’: Publishers Both Optimistic and Cautious With Social Platforms (Media Shift)  

Newsrooms are posting more of their content directly to social media platforms, but with little idea of what the rewards will be. Researchers surveyed more than 40 journalists and news media executives, from both national and local brands, as well as eight executives from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and Snapchat.

Dish Blasts Broadcasters In Senate Hearing (Fierce Cable) 

During a Senate hearing aimed at questioning pay TV operators about customer service, Dish Network used the occasion to take another shot at broadcasters and blackouts caused by retransmission consent disputes.  


Representatives from Fight the Future, the Center for Media Justice and Free Press hand-delivered a 6-foot tall package containing 100,000 letters of complaint to the FCC. They ask the agency to take action against AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile and Verizon for violating the agency’s Open Internet order by offering so-called zero-rating service plans.     


The recent Court of Appeals decision upholding the FCC decision to classify broadband providers as common carriers is a huge personal victory for President Barack Obama and FCC Chair Tom Wheeler. It’s also a huge institutional victory for the FCC, establishing a clear foundation for it to establish rules for communications networks in the broadband era.  


Rank-and-file Democrats are calling for C-SPAN to be given more control of cameras in the House after the blackout of their sit-in on gun control. The cameras in the House have long been under the control of the majority party, despite vocal protests from C-SPAN and government transparency advocates. Rep David Cicilline said Congress should reevaluate.  

The Sacramento Kings’ New Stadium Is Wired for Virtual Reality (Technology Review)

When the Sacramento Kings’ $507 million new stadium opens in October, it will boast a hanging bundle of video screens 84 feet long, just shorter than the court. It will also have technology that’s much less visible—the arena is being built with a high-capacity Wi-Fi system intended to give fans fast Internet access on their mobile devices.    

Accessing Data For The Internet Of Me (Media Post)   

The report, “A New Paradigm for Consumer Data,” bashes the concept it’s the consumer who needs to be educated and emphasizes the need for a data economy that gives the data’s owners (i.e., you and me) as much value from using their data as organizations such as Facebook.   

37% Drop Wearables, 54% Within First 3 Months (Media Post)   

As the world of wearables continues to grow, a major concern from consumers buying and using the devices is sensor accuracy. Of those who do not own a wearable, the majority (58%) would consider buying one if they trusted the accuracy of the device, according to a new study by the MEMS and Sensors Industry Group and Valencell.   

Researchers steal data from a PC by controlling the noise from the fans (Network World)      

Even the noise from your PC’s fans could be used to steal the data inside. Researchers in Israel have found a way to do just that by hijacking the fans and manipulating the sounds they create. The research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev shows how data could be stolen from “air-gapped” computers, which are not connected to the Internet. 

CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN Escape Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Broadcast Deals (Hollywood Reporter)  

Four major broadcasters with rights to televise NFL games got some good news when they were dropped from an antitrust lawsuit claiming collusion in the way that professional football broadcast deals have been set up. The putative class action alleging that DirecTV “Sunday Ticket” customers suffer from anti-competitive pricing.