Digital Daily Dozen: 6/3/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for June 3, 2015.

Mich. joins other states with ACLU app to record police (USA Today) A mobile app that allows residents to film police encounters on their phone, and send them to the ACLU moments after the recording is over is becoming available in more states. The ACLU of Michigan is the latest state chapter to roll out an app called “Mobile Justice.”

Pinterest Launches the Buy Button (Recode) Pinterest launched its long awaited “buy” button, wading into the world of e-commerce. The announcement confirmed a February report. People using the visual discovery tool can buy products inside the application itself, without ever leaving Pinterest. Products available for purchase will have a blue “buy it” button. 

Apple’s Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy (Tech Crunch) Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored for ‘corporate leadership’ during EPIC’s Champions of Freedom event. Cook spoke on guarding customer privacy, ensuring security and protecting their right to encryption. “Like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security.”

USA Freedom Act Passes Senate (Broadcasting & Cable) The Senate voted 67 to 32 to pass the USA Freedom Act, which limits NSA bulk data collection. That came after amendments were voted down that would have forced a re-vote in the House, which passed it overwhelmingly. The bill can now go to the President, who has signaled he would sign it ASAP.

New Report Focuses on Quality of Data (Broadcasting & Cable) The buzzword in the advertising industry today is data but a new report says it is important to improve the quality of the data that increasingly is being used to make decisions. A whitepaper calls for greater disclosure and transparency to improve data quality and the standardization of definitions. 

WikiLeaks Puts $100,000 Bounty on TPP (Broadcasting & Cable) WikiLeaks has put a $100,000 bounty on a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a treaty being negotiated by the U.S. and Pacific Rim countries that includes protections for digital content. WikiLeaks says the goal of the treaty is, among other things, to “create a new international legal regime.”

Vimeo Launches Subscription Video Feature (Hollywood Reporter) Just as YouTube seems poised to launch a subscription video business, competitor Vimeo has unveiled new tools that allow creators to charge for recurring content. IAC-owned Vimeo on Tuesday announced subscription features for its Video On Demand platform. Creators who use the ad-free service will now be able to charge.

John Malone: Charter-Time Warner Cable Deal Won’t Face “Material” Regulatory Issues (Hollywood Reporter) Liberty Media chair John Malone said that he sees no “material” regulatory issues for the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable deal. “The deal will not have major regulatory” issues, he reiterated later during the annual shareholder meeting of Liberty Broadband, which holds Liberty’s stake in Charter.

Universal Tells ‘Blurred Lines’ Judge Not to Violate Its Seventh Amendment Right (Hollywood Reporter) As a judge gets set to figure out what to do with a jury’s $7.4 million verdict over “Blurred Lines,” an argument has erupted between the parties about the meaning of the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For those in need of a refresher, that’s the one that guarantees the right to a jury trial.

AOL Debuts Makeover That’s All About Mobile Video and Social-Friendly Content (Ad Week) AOL is unveiling a data-driven site overhaul today that should give marketers a sense of how it will zero in on mobile video and branded content as it plots its future. The revamp comes less than a month after Verizon’s $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL and is based on a load of the publisher’s stats.

Federal Funding Fosters Senior Digital Learning [Commentary] (Benton) Concern about seniors being left behind in the digital divide is not a recent phenomenon. Some efforts date back to the mid-1990s. Others emerged when the federal government began to pay serious attention about a decade ago. The Obama Administration has made 21st century telecom technology a priority for all Americans.

Intended Outcomes and Effectiveness of Efforts to Address Adoption Barriers are Unclear (U.S. Government Accountability Office) While broadband is available to a majority of Americans, barriers have kept some from subscribing and enjoying its benefits. In 2010, the FCC published the National Broadband Plan, which noted that some demographic groups lagged behind others in adopting broadband and called on FCC and the NTIA to take action.

Smartphone Revolution (Financial Times) Most of the world will be using a smartphone to watch videos and access news in five years’ time and almost two in three dollars set to be spent globally on internet services will be for mobile access not fixed line, says new research. More than two-thirds of the world’s population will be using smartphones by 2020.