Digital Daily Dozen: 9/15/15

How YouTube Is Reprogramming Video and Increasing Watch Time (Advertising Age) 

Amid the rise of video competitors including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Vessel and Twitch, YouTube engineers have added support not just for vertical but also 360-degree video, created apps dedicated to popular categories like gaming and overhauled the company’s primary mobile app to make it easier for people to find videos.   

Russian Authorities Rule Google Broke Antitrust Regulations (NY Times)  Officials said that the company had abused its dominant market position with Android, its mobile operating system, by favoring the company’s own services over those of its rivals. 

Amazon Warns FCC About OTT Redefinition (Broadcasting & Cable)

FCC chair Tom Wheeler proposed reclassifying some linear over-the-top video providers as MVPDs to help boost them as a competitor for traditional cable, but OTT provider Amazon is advising it not to. Amazon execs and their counsel argued that the OTT marketplace is already “vibrant and growing” without the FCC stepping in.   

FCC’s O’Rielly Slams Protective Orders Item (Broadcasting & Cable)

FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly says that the FCC’s new protective orders for the Charter-Time Warner Cable deal (and how they signal the FCC will treat sensitive information going forward) could subject industry players to irreparable harm. That came in his dissenting statement.  

NAB Seeks FCC Clarity on ‘Voluntary’ Auction (Broadcasting & Cable)

The National Association of Broadcasters has petitioned the FCC to clarify that “all broadcasters will receive equal treatment in repacking, regardless of whether and how they participate in the auction (if their bids are not ultimately accepted),” saying repacking only stations that don’t participate in the auction would not fill the bill.  

Skinny Bundle Seen Hampering Content Fierce Cable   

While some in Hollywood are heralding a golden age of quality TV, driven by investments in new shows and movies by the likes of Netflix and Amazon, some content provider execs say the growing interest in a la carte options and skinny bundles could stifle the development of new and experimental TV programs and content.   

Here’s How Social App Whisper Has Quietly Become a Marketing Force (Ad Week)   

When Secret (a much-hyped “dark social” platform) closed shop in April, observers assumed websites and mobile apps that offer anonymity were just a fad. Since then, the similarly themed Whisper has proven otherwise, touting more than 10 million users, 10 billion pageviews a month and a whopping 1 million app users every minute.  

WHEN WILL THE INTERNET BE CHEAPER? (The Atlantic)   

Wait long enough, and the price you pay for various technological marvels will fall. So it follows that Internet connections and mobile-data plans will be far cheaper in the future, just the way long-distance prices evaporated. But is that right? “It’s a very natural question to ask, but the metaphor fails for a number of reasons.”  

VERIZON IS WEASELING OUT OF ITS DEAL TO BRING FIOS TO NEW JERSEY’S POOREST REGIONS (The Verge) 

In 2006, New Jersey cut a deal with Verizon, signed into law as the Statewide Cable Franchise Act. In exchange for full franchise rights to the state, the company agreed to make its high-speed FiOS service available for the state’s 70 densest municipalities, including poor areas in Newark and Jersey City that might not otherwise see coverage. 

APPEALS COURT STRIKES A BLOW FOR FAIR USE IN LONG-AWAITED COPYRIGHT RULING (Ars Technica) 

The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a ruling that could change the contours of fair use and copyright takedown notices. The three-judge panel found that Universal Music Group’s view of fair use is flawed. The record label must face a trial over whether it wrongfully sent a copyright takedown notice over a 2007 YouTube video.   

Netizen Report: Networks Blocked in North Eastern India Amid Riots  (MediaShift)

The Indian government blocked Internet access and text messaging services in some parts of the northeastern state of Manipur following violent protests that resulted in eight deaths. The protests began after the state government passed a series of bills that redefine who can claim residency in Manipur, which borders Myanmar.  

Facebook Looks to Bring Virtual Reality to Mobile Devices (Wall Street Journal)   

Facebook is vying to bring virtual reality to your phone. The social network is working on a stand-alone video app that would support 360-degree or “spherical” videos, people familiar with the matter said. The format, typically compiled from multiple cameras, allows users to change their viewing perspective by tilting their phones.    

Apple Music Is No ‘Spotify Killer’ (Bloomberg)    

Spotify said it has added customers since Apple debuted Apple Music in June, as the tech giant’s expansion into music streaming has created a larger global market for Spotify’s service. The notion that Apple would be a “Spotify killer” was overblown, Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek said at an event in Toronto Monday.