Digital Daily Dozen 9/30/2013

Intel Seeking Partners for Planned Web-Based TV Service 

Reflecting a change in approach, Intel Corp. is looking to develop its planned TV service with a partner who has an Internet subscription base or cadre of media rights already established.   
Guided by Touch Screens, Blind Turn to Smartphones for Sight   
Advocates for the blind say smartphones and tablets could be the biggest aid to come along since Braille was invented in the 1820s.   
Shrinking List of Video Games Is Dominated by Blockbusters   
As video game players’ tastes shift toward smartphones and tablets, more and more of the money spent on console games goes to a small number of blockbusters.  
In case you haven’t heard, third-party cookies are dying. That means publishers’ first-party data is becoming more valuable than ever. But not all publisher data is created equal. The digital media world is elevating the already lofty status of login data.
A new United Nations report makes clear that broadband access is surging around the world. By the end of 2013, there will be 2.1 billion mobile broadband connections, or almost three times the number of fixed-line ones, it predicts. Some countries are already completely saturated.   
The cable network’s legal target addresses a media landscape where digital technologies and bots play a role in the delivery of factual information.   
Top-secret NSA leaked documents show the NSA is using Facebook, GPS, insurance, bank codes, taxes and other data to track and map some Americans’ social connections. 
Upward Mobility: Hand-Held Web Accounts For Half Of U.S. Ad Expansion 
Mobile advertising — ads on wireless handheld devices including smartphones and tablets — will account for half of the expansion in the U.S. advertising economy this year and next, according to the fall edition of ZenithOptimedia Group’s quarterly forecast.      
Yahoo, Singapore Press Settle Copyright Lawsuit  
Yahoo has agreed to pay unspecified costs to settle a lawsuit filed by Singapore Press Holdings over copyright infringement. Singapore’s largest newspaper company sued Yahoo in 2011 on claims that the Internet company reproduced its news content without permission. 
Report: Social Media ‘Destroying’ Teenagers’ Lives   
This year, 81% of Internet-using teenagers in America reported that they are active on social-networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and new dating apps have become key players in social interactions. But some teens complain that social media is “destroying” their lives. 
Google Pressured by France to Take Privacy Action   
France’s data protection watchdog plans to launch formal proceedings against Google after the Internet giant failed to meet a deadline to change its privacy policy to meet French regulations. Google responded with a statement saying its policy “respects European law.”   
Study charts ebb and flow of mobile site visits by type  
Mobile users tend to visit business-related sites more often in the middle of the week while more leisure-related sites predominate on the weekends, according to data from a study by Opera Software based on usage of Opera Mini mobile browser. However, visits to sites don’t necessarily correspond to rates of engagement.  
Electronic Arts Reaches Settlement With College Athletes in Lawsuit 
EA Sports, the athletic division of game-making giant Electronic Arts, agreed this week to settle ongoing lawsuits with college athletes whose likenesses the company used it its games. 
 The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.