Digital Daily Dozen 10/11/2013

Marketers Could Be Hit by Tough New Data Laws for EU 

The battle between big data and individual privacy will be put in the spotlight on Oct. 21 when the European Parliament votes on the introduction of the harsh new Data Protection Regulation. Organizations have been furiously lobbying ahead of the vote, hoping for a lighter-touch regime to protect the interests of business.   
   
        
Here’s What a Twitter News Service Might Look Like 
Many of Twitter’s 215 million users have turned the service into their own personal newspaper by following people and publishers that bring them news (or trivia, or whatever) of the day. But what if Twitter started delivering that news itself?    
 
    
An Android App Plus a Court Win: It’s Aereo’s Busy Day 
A Boston judge today denied a request from Hearst to shut down the TV streaming service on breach of copyright grounds. US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said that Aereo was essentially a remote DVR service rather than a public broadcast.   
         
 
Facebook no longer lets users hide from search 
Facebook on Thursday announced the final phase of removing an old privacy feature from the social media platform. The feature, which allows users to be hidden from search, will finally be taken away for users who have it enabled.   
 
 
Critical infrastructure companies could face new liability risks if they fail to meet voluntary cybersecurity standards being developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 
 
  
FilmOn Says It Will Defy Injunction In Boston 
On the news that a Massachusetts U.S. District Court judge has decided not to block Aereo from delivering a Boston TV station online while the court considers the underlying broadcaster challenge to the service, FilmOn has said it will “defy” a court injunction and start delivering local TV stations in Boston to its users.   
 
     
Pew: Video Posters Double Since 2009 
The number of online adults who share or post videos has doubled, from 14% to 31%, since 2009, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, driven by the rise of video sharing sites like YouTube. Streaming and downloading videos is also on the rise.   
 
 
T-Mobile Hands Consumers a Pleasant Shocker  
T-Mobile’s plan to eliminate international roaming charges is bold and transparent. And it suggests that we’ve been paying those insane charges for nothing.  
 
 
Real-Time TV Watching Small Part Of Overall Viewing 
Real-time TV viewing and social media interactions are growing — but still a small piece of overall U.S. TV viewership. Around 15% to 17% of TV viewers are having real-time conversations about TV.  
 
 
Hostile Takeover: Now the NSA Wants to Snoop on Wall Street, too 
You might think that Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, would be looking to lower his agency’s profile after a stream of embarrassing leaks about its surveillance activities. Instead, he’s doubling down, asking for new powers to secure the U.S. financial industry — and using some rather suspect arguments.  
 
  
A FEW FEET FROM FAILURE: WHY VERIZON FIOS IN NEW YORK IS A SAD JOKE  
Verizon has a contract with New York City that promises fiber access in every neighborhood. However, the availability of the service has been frustratingly spotty, skipping buildings, floors, and blocks without clear explanation. Verizon says that’s because landlords aren’t letting them install, but that’s not always the case.  
 
                                                                
OVUM FORECASTS GLOBAL MOBILE REVENUE DECLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MOBILE INDUSTRY HISTORY  
The golden age of telecoms growth and prosperity is waning, according to Ovum. New research predicts that global connections will grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of less than 4 percent between 2012 and 2018, while global revenues will grow at less than half that rate.  
 
 
VOTE TO END PRIVACY TALKS  
Privacy advocates and online advertiser groups called for the end to a process that would create a way for users to opt out of being tracked online. The group, convened by the World Wide Web Consortium, voted on how the group should move forward after two years of missed deadlines and tense disagreements.  
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
 
 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.