Digital Daily Dozen: 9/21/15

Federal Judge May Lift Stay on Injunction Against NSA Phone Program (Inside Sources)

A federal judge who previously ruled the National Security Agency’s mass telephone surveillance program likely unconstitutional has reopened the possibility of issuing an injunction against the program ahead of its November expiration. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said he may issue a preliminary injunction against the program.   

Malicious Code Infiltrates Some Apple App Store Apps in China (Recode)

Hackers have cracked Apple’s App Store. Software developers in China were duped into downloading a fake version of Apple’s tool for creating apps for the iPhone and iPad. These developers used a tainted version of Xcode to create apps that contained malicious code.  

CAF AUCTION: AT LEAST $1 BILLION UP FOR GRABS  (Telecompetitor)

At least one billion dollars should be available to carriers interested in bidding in the upcoming Connect America Fund reverse auction, based on data provided by the FCC. Earlier in 2015 the FCC offered the nation’s largest price cap carriers nearly $1.7 billion annually for six years to bring broadband to parts of their local service territories.   

ARE INTERNET PROVIDERS RIPPING OFF SOME OF THEIR BIGGEST CUSTOMERS? THIS DATA MAY TELL. (Washington Post- The Switch Blog)

Federal regulators are finally releasing a huge trove of pricing and network data they’ve spent months collecting on the massive $40 billion market for business broadband, part of an effort to determine whether Internet providers such as Verizon and AT&T are charging hospitals, universities and other enterprises fairly for data.   

TIME HAS COME TO REFORM LAWS GOVERNING LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCESS TO DATA  (Tech Insider- Commentary)  

Some of the laws governing the process by which the federal government gains access to electronic data are nearly 30 years old. As a result, electronic evidence today is, effectively, accessible to the government by fiat at a time and place of its choosing, often without regard for who is holding the evidence or even where.    

Report: Streaming Video Up, Live TV Down in Q2 (Broadcasting & Cable)

Winds of change continued to blow through the TV business in the second quarter, with live TV viewing dropping as the number of homes with broadband only and those with streaming video subscriptions rose. According to Nielsen’s second-quarter Total Audience report, the number of homes with pay-TV subscriptions is down 1.2%. 

Mobile Ad Blockers Have Already Become the App Store’s Top Downloads  (Ad Week)

Apple’s support of ad-blocking in its iOS9 software has caused plenty of hand-wringing for U.S. publishers and ad-tech companies, and it appears they had good reason to worry. As of today, three of the Apple App Store’s top paid apps in the U.S. are ad blockers, including the No. 1 download, called Peace. 

 Netizen Report: Refugee Crisis Inspires Both Love and Hate Online (Media Shift) 

Stories of refugees moving en masse to Western Europe from Syria and other conflict-ridden countries have moved into digital rights territory, as access to communications networks has become vital for those navigating unfamiliar terrain on foot while facing increasing pressure from border authorities.    

 It’s Time to Put TV and Digital On an Even Playing Field (Commentary-  Advertising Age) 

Digital viewing should be included in video measurement as soon as possible, as there is no question that it is growing and has become part of everyday video consumption. This will require continued collaboration and will also require publishers and advertisers to come to a joint decision to include digital viewing in the ratings.  

STATIONS OFFER BIG VALUE TO SKINNY BUNDLES (TV News Check)

Wall Street analysts say cable and satellite operators will be hurt more by OTT offerings than will stations because the skinny bundles are going to need stations’ local programming as well as their network lineups.   

How Twitter Is Reshaping The TV Landscape (Ad Week)

TV lovers who tweet can have real-time and potentially very profitable benefits for shows and advertisers, according to newly updated research from Twitter. The TVxTwitter Playbook features research from Twitter compiled using its own internal data as well as data from Nielsen and others.   

How the SEC Boosted the Potential of Crowdfunded Movies (The Hollywood Reporter)   

The SEC adopted regulations that open up new potential sources of film financing via the Internet, known as ‘Reg. A’ of the Securities Act. Under the prior Reg. A, the maximum amount which could be raised in a 12 month period was only $5 million (with other restrictive requirements). Now, filmmakers can raise up to $50 million.   

How Google Will Know You Better Than You Know Yourself  (Media Post)  

Google has updated a patent for a wrist-worn device with removable headset with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that has multiple sensors and can collect data such as heart rate, skin conductivity, movement rate, and frequency.