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Yo, Matey! Pirate Content Theft Sites Still Raking in the Booty

Pirate FlagThere are about 600 websites that still illegally stream TV shows and movies online.

It’s a lucrative venue. A recent study by Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and MediaLink discovered that they took in $209 million in revenue in 2014 from ads adjacent to stolen digital content.

The study, “Good Money Still Going Bad,” notes that this is less than the $227 million from the 2013 study, but DCA attributed that to the fact that about four in 10 of those sites have been shut down or “shrunk” in the last year. Because of that, revenues for the two years is actually comparable.

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Not All Popcorn and Skittles in Theater Biz: AMC Chain Accused of Text Spam Violations

Not All Popcorn and Skittles in Theater Biz AMC Chain Accused of Text Spam ViolationsAre consumers giving out their phone numbers in exchange for free popcorn or soda coupons — and then forgetting they did so? Or are companies abusing SMS capabilities and pestering people?

The answers to those questions may prove critical when Minnesota jurists consider a lawsuit in Minnesota lobbed at the AMC theater chain.

Andria Addison has alleged in a complaint just filed that AMC violated a federal text spam law. Addison is seeking class action status on the case.

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How to Properly Collect an Opt In SMS Database (Part 1 of 2)

How to Properly Collect an Opt In SMS DatabaseAs we all know SMS text messaging is a very popular and effective way to get your marketing message out to your audience. More reliable than email, text messages are read quicker than email and people tend to keep their cell phone number longer than they do any given email address. So it stands to reason that marketers should take the time to acquire a nice, clean, opt in SMS database. But some Marketers that begin collecting SMS databases really do not know the proper way to go about it. Its frustrating for businesses and marketers alike to spend time and effort collecting cell phone numbers with the hopes of sending them text messages only to find out that the way they went about collecting their data is not ‘carrier compliant’ or compliant with the new TCPA Amendment and thus reputable companies like mobileStorm cannot accept their data. So let’s go on record here and outline Best Practices and Carrier Requirements for collecting a good, opt-in SMS database.

First of all there are just a few different ‘carrier approved’ methods in which a marketer can collect an SMS database; Enter a phone number online, Click a button on a mobile webpage, Send an MO message containing an advertised keyword and Sign up at a POS location.

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Advertising Associations Build Cross-Industry Task Force to Tackle Transparency Issues

Advertising Associations Build Cross-Industry Task Force to Tackle Transparency IssuesThe American Association of Advertising Agencies (known as the “4A’s) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) want to get to the bottom of concerns about media transparency.

To that end, the associations are working together via a new task force designed to “identify material issues and to address them with constructive dialogue and pragmatic courses of action.”

According to a recent announcement from the ANA, the task force will be co-chaired by the Chief Executive Officers of both the 4A’s, Nancy Hill, and the ANA, Bob Liodice. A distinguished group of execs with deep experience in the industry will join the task force.

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Comcast Taps Out of Time Warner Deal

Comcast Taps Out of Time Warner DealComcast is calling it quits.

Bloomberg broke the news Thursday that Comcast is yanking its $45 billion merger proposal with Time Warner Cable, just days after rumors mounted that regulators are poised to block the deal.

“The deal’s demise promises to strengthen the hand of online players like Amazon.com Inc., Netflix Inc. and others providing programming over the Internet,” Bloomberg reports. “Philadelphia-based Comcast, the largest U.S. cable provider, faced scrutiny in Washington over whether it complied with agreements made in its 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal.”
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Google VP Warns: ‘It’s Time to Actually Print Digital Photos, Documents, Correspondence’

Google VP Warns ‘It's Time to Actually Print Digital Photos, Documents, CorrespondenceCall me prescient or just the ever-pessimist, but I was telling people this for some time: let’s get that digital stuff on paper.

How old fashioned! But here’s the thing. Few send you a photograph of their new babies anymore, or an actual bona fide letter with a stamp on the envelope. They post the stuff to Facebook and call it good enough.

But what happens when technology (and other things) change, making access to digital images and information inaccessible?

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More Blowback Against the Broadband Bandits: FTC Asks Court To Allow ‘Throttling Lawsuit’ to Proceed Against AT&T

More Blowback Against the Broadband Bandits: FTC Asks Court To Allow "Throttling Lawsuit" to Proceed Against AT&TThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is requesting that a federal judge uphold the agency’s authority to bring an enforcement action against AT&T for allegedly “slowing down the broadband connections of some unlimited data users.”

In sum, the FTC is asking U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen to reject AT&T’s claim that it’s a “common carrier,” and not subject to FTC jurisdiction.

“The Communications Act … unambiguously states that an entity may be treated as a common carrier only to the extent that it provides a common carrier service,” the FTC adds. “Mobile data is not a common carrier service,” notes MediaPost in a recent story.

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