Friday, April 24, 2015
  • FTC Opposes AT&T's Bid To Appeal Decision In Throttling Battle

    The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T shouldn't be allowed to immediately appeal a decision that allows the agency to proceed with a lawsuit challenging the telecom's throttling practices. "The order is unlikely to be overturned on appeal, and there are thus no advantages to an immediate appeal," the FTC argues in motion papers filed on Thursday with U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen in the Northern District of California. ...Read the whole story

  • ANA, 4A's Unveil 'Transparency' Task Force: Will Take 'Decisive Action' To Address Concerns

    The Association of National Advertisers and the 4A's Friday afternoon announced a new task force comprised of senior marketer and agency executives to take "decisive action to address concerns about media transparency." The task force will be co-chaired by the 4A's chief Nancy Hill and ANA chief Bob Liodice and will include top executives from their organizations' members. ...Read the whole story

  • With TWC/Comcast Deal Dead, Charter May Make TWC Bid

    Although the Comcast deal to take over Time Warner Cable is over, another major pay TV provider has quickly entered the picture, looking to buy Time Warner Cable. Many analysts are saying there will be renewed interest via Charter Communications. A merger of Charter and Time Warner Cable's traditional cable/video assets would be less of a concern for regulators. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • Data Breaches Are an Ongoing Threat to CompaniesThe Wall Street Journal

    Companies whose networks have been compromised by hackers run the risk of being attacked again, according to security firm CrowdStrike. In fact, hackers often come back the second, third and fourth times with specific goals in mind, such as trying to steal credit card information or email addresses. ...Read the whole story

  • Cable Ad Bureau Video Tweaks Online's 'Shocking' Click BotsCableadvertising Bureau

    The Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau produced a short tabloid TV news-type expose of an online "viewer" who discovers he's really a bot, not just a curious guy who visits mommy blogs, and paleo diet and scrapbooking sites. "Why was I following a dental hygiene brand? Truthfully, what kind of a human being follows teeth whitening strips?" he asks. "No human I know" answers the interviewer. The video claims bots are creating 30 million fake impressions a day, at a cost of $6.3 billion a year. The site comes with a operable toll-free phone number; the video is on the CAB site ... ...Read the whole story

  • How Government's Net-Neutrality Stance Killed Comcast-Time Warner MergerThe New York Times

    The New York Times looks at how the government's views on net neutrality affected Comcast's doomed merger with Time Warner Cable. “At the end of the day, the government’s commitment to maintaining a free and open Internet did not square with the prospect of a single company controlling as much as 40 percent of the public’s access to it,” the Times' Jonathan Mahler writes in a news analysis. ...Read the whole story

  • Comcast-Time Warner Dead, But Broadband Competition Still LackingRe/code

    Comcast's deal with Time Warner might have died this week, but the state of broadband in the U.S. remains "pretty lousy," re/code's Peter Kafka writes. “Most people who want high-speed access are stuck with a single provider, with no incentive to provide better speeds, quality or service,” Kafka writes. ...Read the whole story

  • Disney Blocks Verizon Custom TV AdsBloomberg

    Walt Disney Co. TV and radio stations rejected ads for Verizon Communications Inc.'s Custom TV because of a dispute over whether the TV service violates contract agreements with major media companies. Disney's WABC-TV and ESPN Radio in New York have refused to run the ads, according to Jim Gerace, a spokesman for Verizon. The company received an e-mail from WABC Wednesday saying it wouldn't run the Custom TV ads. ...Read the whole story

  • Comcast/TWC Merger Hassle Shows Growing Importance of BroadbandAssociated Press
  • WPP's Sorrell Welcomes EU Charges Against GoogleThe Telegraph
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