Digital Daily Dozen: 3/2/16

Facebook Updates Its News Feed Algorithm to Give Preference to Live Video (Ad Week)   

In another sign that Facebook is increasingly betting on real-time video, the social network said its algorithm will now give more preference to video that is live than video that is not. The company said people spend on average three times as much time watching Facebook Live video as they spend watching other video content.   

AT&T to Sell DirecTV as Streaming Service (Hollywood Reporter)

AT&T wants to take DirecTV over the top. The telecom company, which acquired cable giant DirecTV last summer, plans to launch three new subscription streaming services during the fourth quarter of 2016 that promise pay TV content over the Internet without the annual contracts, satellite dishes and set-top boxes.    

German competition watchdog opens probe against Facebook (USA Today) 

Germany’s competition authority is investigating whether Facebook abused its market position by breaching data protection laws. The Federal Cartel Office said in a statement Wednesday that there is a “preliminary suspicion that Facebook’s terms of use breached data protection rules.”   

For Legacy Media CEOs, Digital is the Future (Net News Check)   

It points to an important seismic shift in the media industry when the CEOs of the country’s largest newspaper and television companies – not to mention a major player in the radio world – can agree that digital is essential to the future of their business.   

When technology and society outpace the law  (USA Today- Commentary)   

The FBI-Apple encryption battle is just the beginning of an important debate this country needs to have about what to do when U.S. innovation outpaces American law. The FBI’s failure to get data it wanted from an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists (despite significant help from Apple) shows that time has arrived once again. 

Here Are the Most Interesting Things Apple and the FBI Said About Encryption (Recode) 

Apple finally got the forum it was looking for to air its views on strong encryption: Congress. General Counsel Bruce Sewell came prepared to answer questions about the intricacies of the Justice Department’s request to help it unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attacks.   

Why Was a Facebook Executive Arrested in Brazil? Encryption. (Recode) 

Facebook executive Diego Dzodan was arrested by Brazilian police Tuesday morning on his way to work for the same reason Brazilian authorities succeeded — albeit temporarily — in having WhatsApp banned from the country back in December: Encryption.   

Report: Consumers Don’t Want FCC Privacy Enforcement, Net Neutrality Groups Do (Inside Sources)  

A panel of experts including a Federal Trade commissioner and former White House privacy adviser agreed Tuesday regulating privacy standards for Internet service providers is better left to the FTC than to the Federal Communications Commission.    

U.K. Government Mulls Changes to BBC Governance, Regulation (Variety) 

David Clementi, who was commissioned by the U.K. government to review the governance and regulation of the BBC, has recommended that media regulator Ofcom should take over responsibility for the regulation of the publicly owned broadcaster, and so ending 94 years of BBC self-regulation.    

Hill Report: White House Directed Title II Shift (Broadcasting & Cable)    

After a year-plus investigation, Sen. Ron Johnson, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chair, has released a report (“Regulating the Internet: How the White House Bowled Over FCC Independence”) he says shows the White House used undue influence to override the FCC decision-making process.    

LPTVs Ask FCC to Delay Spectrum Auction (Broadcasting & Cable)  

A group of low-power TV stations denied participation in the upcoming FCC incentive auction has asked the FCC to stay the March 29 start of the incentive auction. That request came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted expediting hearing of their challenge to the FCC’s decision to exclude them.   

Bill Directs FCC to Study IoT Spectrum Needs (Broadcasting & Cable)   

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would direct the FCC to identify the spectrum requirements for the growing Internet of things and study the impacts of connected technologies. The Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act follows up on a resolution that passed the Senate last March.    

White Space Database Clean-up (Communications Law Blog) 

Everybody interested in 600 MHz – whether broadcasters sweating the repacking process, carriers planning to bid on new spectrum, or one of the many other current spectrum users – share a common concern: How will the FCC ensure that the millions of unlicensed wireless devices expected to operate in the band won’t cause havoc?