Tech Review | Apple $AAPL Special Event Postpartum Depression?

Tech Review (TR 2017-09-23)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news with commentary, analysis and opinion: Features • 1) Apple $AAPL Special Event Postpartum Depression? 2) Google & HTC: Everyone Wants To Make A High-end Phone, 3) Cord-Cutting Trends--Cable Is For Old People, 4) Investing: Mass Psychology, Diversification, Gurus, US$, Buffett,  5) ICYMI Tech News.

1) Apple $AAPL Special Event Postpartum Depression?
 Apple Special Event. September 12, 2017.

2) Everyone Wants To Make A High-End Phone: Google & HTC
 Pixel Phone
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) and HTC Corporation (TWSE: 2489"announced a definitive agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. HTC will receive US$1.1 billion in cash from Google as part of the transaction. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property (IP) ... this agreement also represents a significant investment by Google in Taiwan as a key innovation and technology hub ... expected to close by early 2018."--HTC.com, 21 Sep 2017.--About 2,000 HTC staffers to join Google; HTC to continue making its own smartphones, including a new flagship model.

See also: Android zero-touch enrollment: seamless and secure enterprise deployment | blog.google: carrier partners who plan to offer zero-touch: USA: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile; Europe: BT, Deutsche Telekom; Asia-Pacific: Softbank, Telstra.

3) Cord-Cutting Trends--Cable Is For Old People: 
Cord Cutters to Top 22 Million in U.S. by End of 2017 (Study) | Variety.com: "By 2021, the number of cord-cutters will nearly equal the number of people who have never had pay TV — a total of 81 million U.S. adults." See also Cable News Is Almost Exclusively Watched by Old People.
"The last couple of years, a few friends pulled the plug on cable/satellite ... my daughter Katie ditched the corded life, as have many (most?) of her Millennial friends. They have been doing the "streaming thing," first with subscription models such as Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime, and then with expanded services offering network bundles: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, etc. Those who want to add a little "premium" to their lives can get stand-alone services from HBO or Showtime. (A basic guide to streaming options can be found on the Consumer Reports free site.)."--SeekingAlpha.com.  
Editor's note: best option for many may be either, or both, an Amazon Prime subscription (using an Amazon Fire TV Stick which will give you access to Amazon Prime content as well as Netflix (subscription), HBO and much more via Amazon Channels, AND/OR a Google Chromecast to access the free and à la carte and subscription content available from the internet and via Google Play (including apps). Total one-time hardware cost less than $75.00 (Fire Stick $39.99 + Chromecast $35). Put a little money into a quality screen, good internet connection (including router and modem), and pay for only the content you really want.

4) Investing
"Investing, in other words, is an exercise in mass psychology. I’ve spent decades studying it, and believe that one way to predict future market moves is to sort through the narratives that sweep through the population and influence decisions on whether to buy or sell. Such an analysis is a matter of art as much as science, however. Getting it right is crucial in the United States right now, because stock market valuations are already high enough to be worrisome."--Robert J.Shiller, Sept 15, 2017, NYTimes.com.

Separating the Dos From the Don'ts of Investing | Bloomberg.comDiversification is the idea of reducing specific risk in your portfolio.

Investment GurusBeware of investing advice from market gurus | usatoday.com"... the ninth anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy and the subsequent collapse of our country’s financial system. One of the most important lessons we can learn is that no one — not even the experts — saw it coming."

US$--The Demise of the U.S. Dollar? Don't Hold Your Breath--"The USD is still the dominant reserve currency, despite decades of diversification. Global reserves (allocated and unallocated) are over $12 trillion. Note that China's RMB doesn't even show up in allocated reserves--it's a non-player because it's pegged to the USD. Why hold RMB when the peg can be changed at will? It's lower risk to just hold USD ... the problem of replacing the USD in all its roles is that no other issuer has a large enough economy and is willing to shoulder the risks and burdens of issuing a free-floating currency in sufficient size to meet global demands."--Charles Hugh Smith

Warren Buffett, The Sage of Omaha: “Whenever I hear people talk pessimistically about this country (U.S.), I think they’re out of their mind ... It has been 241 years since Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence ... Being short America has been a loser’s game. I predict to you it will continue to be a loser’s game.” Buffett said he expects the Dow Jones Industrial Average to be “over 1 million” in 100 years, up from Tuesday’s close of 22,370.80, given where the index was roughly a century ago.--Buffett speaking this week in New York.

5) ICYMI Tech News:

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MacroView: Election in Germany (video), ECB, EU, Spain, IMF & Greece

The German Election Explained

Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com) video published Sep 18, 2017: German voters head to the polls this Sunday in an election that determines whether Chancellor Angela Merkel remains at the helm of Europe’s biggest economic power. WSJ.com's Niki Blasina explains how the election will be won and why the race for third place is all important. See also: German election polls 2017 | FT.com

Germany's AfD Tests Merkel's Leadership, Says Posen

Bloomberg.com video published Sep 19, 2017: Adam Posen, president at Peterson Institute for International Economics, previews the upcoming German election. He speaks with Bloomberg's Francine Lacqua on "Bloomberg Surveillance."

How German Elections Can Influence the ECB's (European Central Bank) Future:

Video above published Aug 18, 2017, by Bloomberg.com: Themis Themistocleous, head of European investments at UBS Wealth Management, explains how choices made by voters in the German election on 24 Sept 2017, can impact the European Central Bank (ECB). He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: European Close." See also:
"It's been a lost decade for investors in the world's banks. For Europe's lenders in particular, the wounds are far from healed."--Bloomberg.com
"The IMF remained upbeat about the soundness of the European banking system ... this lapse was largely due to the IMF’s readiness to take the reassurances of national and euro area authorities at face value"--IEO report, infra
IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises for the immolation of Greece | telegraph.co.uk"The three main bailouts for Greece, Portugal and Ireland were unprecedented in scale and character. The trio were each allowed to borrow over 2,000pc of their allocated quota – more than three times the normal limit – and accounted for 80pc of all lending by the fund between 2011 and 2014 ... “Before the launch of the euro, the IMF’s public statements tended to emphasise the advantages of the common currency," ... Some [IMF] staff members warned that the design of the euro was fundamentally flawed but they were overruled." (emphasis added)

The IMF and the Crises in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal | ieo-imf.org executive summary excerpt:
"The IMF’s handling of the euro area crisis raised issues of accountability and transparency, which helped create the perception that the IMF [International Monetary Fund] treated Europe differently. Conducting this evaluation proved challenging. Some documents on sensitive issues were prepared outside the regular, established channels; the IEO faced a lack of clarity in its terms of reference on what it could or could not evaluate; and there was no clear protocol on the modality of interactions between the IEO and IMF staff. The IMF did not complete internal reviews involving euro area programs on time, as mandated, which led to missed opportunities to draw timely lessons." (emphasis added)
Press release (highlighting added):

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Price Too High? iPhone X Prices Around The World & iPhone Pricing History

Price Too High? Charts of the iPhone Pricing History and iPhone X Prices Around The World:
Infographic: How The iPhone's Price Developed  | Statista source: Statista.com

A Price Too High?
Infographic: What The iPhone X Costs Around The World  | Statista
Chart: What The iPhone X Costs Around The World | Statista.com

iPhone X Price Too High? Apparently Not:
Infographic: iPhone X Steals the Show | Statista source: Statista.com

Apple Inc. (investor.apple.com) NASDAQ: AAPL

See also:

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Digital Winners: Square $SQ, Consumers; Loser: TV Networks (video)

Digital Winners & Losers

Video above published Sep 14, 2017, by L2inc.com which noted that "We screwed up the calculation of Jack Dorsey's shares based on different classes of stock. The correct percentage is closer to 18%. We apologize for the error and will be more diligent in the future."

Scott Galloway on Digital Winners and Losers:

Winner: Square (NYSE: SQ). After a rocky start, the payment company Square (domain: squareup.com) rebounds under Jack Dorsey's leadership.

Loser: TV networks continue their descent with fewer 30-second spots and still-unresolved attribution challenges. 

Winner: Consumers, who already benefit from AI while tech moguls philosophically debate its future. 

Reference sources:

(0:11) Source: “Square Shares Climb After Better-Than-Expected Results,” CNBC, August 2017. http://cnb.cx/2eX9tG4 

(0:13) Source: “Square Revenue Beats Estimates on Higher Transactions,” Fortune, August 2017. http://for.tn/2jtnu3G 

(0:27) Source: “Schedule 13G/A for Square Inc.” Securities and Exchange Commission, February 2017. 

(0:27) Source: “Statement Of Changes In Beneficial Ownership Of Securities,” Securities and Exchange Commission, April 2017. 

(0:27) Source: Yahoo Finance. 

(0:46) Source: “Six-Second Commercials Are Coming to N.F.L. Games on Fox,” The New York Times, August 2017. http://nyti.ms/2wVe9Yo 

(0:55) Source: “11 Minutes of Action,” The Wall Street Journal, January 2010. http://on.wsj.com/2wY1ALo 

(1:07) Source: “Amazon Is Promising NFL Advertisers It Will Track Whether Their Ads Get People To Buy Things On Amazon,” Business Insider, September 2017. http://read.bi/2vQHmhO 

(1:13) Source: “Powering Ads And Analytics Innovations With Machine Learning,” Google, May 2017. http://bit.ly/2xb0t7w (1:52) Source: “New York Times Opens Up Comments With Google-Backed AI,” The New York Times, June 2017. http://for.tn/2s7X9Zx 

(2:10) Source: “Netflix’s New AI Tweaks Each Scene Individually To Make Video Look Good Even On Slow Internet,” Quartz, February 2017. http://bit.ly/2lu8A9M 

(2:18) Source: “Next Top Fashion Designer? A Computer,” The Wall Street Journal, March 2017. http://on.wsj.com/2mfQYyJ 

(2:28) Source: “Google Announces Over 2 Billion Monthly Active Devices On Android,” The Verge, May 2017. http://bit.ly/2f8Ctyr 

(2:35) Source: “Google’s New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index The Real World,” Wired, September 2017. http://bit.ly/2gHASAd

Scott Galloway's Book "The Four"

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EU Antitrust & Competition Policy, EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager

Video above published Sep 18, 2017, by AEI.org: Antitrust & Competition policy from a European perspective: A conversation with EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager
"There is broad global agreement on basic principles of competition policy: Firms with market power should not engage in conduct that mainly harms competition; mergers should not lead to monopoly; government subsidies should not favor some competitors over others. But important debates remain. How much weight should be given to keeping prices low versus creating incentives for investment and innovation? Should antitrust seek to protect competitors or competition?"--aei.org
On September 18, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager visited AEI (American Enterprise Institute) in Washington, D.C., to discuss the EU perspective on important issues in antitrust and competition policy. A Q&A session with Commissioner Vestager followed.

  • 1:30 PM Introduction: Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI
  • 1:35 PM Remarks: Margrethe Vestager, European Commission
  • 1:55 PM Discussion: Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI, and Margrethe Vestager, European Commission
  • 2:15 PM Q&A
The European Commission has been active against Google ($GOOG $GOOGL).

Question: When will global monopoly ICANN and/or its monopolistic gTLD registry operators come under investigation?

See also: @vestager  @AEIecon  @AEItech  @AEI:

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Jeff Bezos Empire: Amazon $AMZN, Blue Origin, WaPo, Bezos Expeditions

Above courtesy of: VisualCapitalist.com

Bezos Expeditions (domain: bezosexpeditions.com) is a Family Investment Office that does Seed, Early Stage Venture, and Later Stage Venture Investments, including managing Jeff Bezos' personal venture capital investments.
Bezos Expeditions


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News Review: ICANN New gTLDs Declining, But Other Domains Growing

News Review | ©2016 DomainMondo.com
Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-09-17) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) Internet Grew to 332 Million Domain Names in Q2 2017, But ICANN New gTLDs Declining2) ICANN news, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks News, 4) ICYMI Internet Domain News, 5) Most Read Posts.

1) Internet Grew to 332 Million Domain Names in Q2 2017, But ICANN New gTLDs Declining:
Verisign.com/DNIB September 2017 Domain Name Industry Brief | verisign.com (pdf)
.COM and .NET registry operator Verisign.com reported this week that globally, the internet grew to 331.9 million domain name registrations as of June 30, 2017 (end of Q2 2017), an increase of approximately 1.3 million registrations in Q2 2017, a growth rate of 0.4 percent over Q1 2017, and an increase in domain name registrations of 6.7 million, or 2.1 percent, year over year.

At the end of Q2 (June 30, 2017), the .COM domain name base totaled 129.2 million domain name registrations, an increase from Q1's 128.4 million, while the .NET domain name base totaled 15.1 million domain name registrations, a less than 1% decrease from Q1's 15.2 million (pdf). .NET registrations have slowly been declining since 2016, a trend likely to continue since global monopolies ICANN and Verisign seem intent on continuing their price-gouging of .NET consumers (registrants) worldwide. New .COM and .NET domain name registrations together totaled 9.2 million in Q2 2017 vs. 8.6 million in Q2 2016. Unlike .NET domains, .COM wholesale prices are presently capped and controlled by the U.S. Department of Commerce (NTIA). The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division is currently investigating ICANN and Verisign.

As of June 30 2017, Verisign reported the world's ten largest TLDs (top-level domains) were:
As of June 30 2017, Verisign reported the world's ten largest TLDs
As of June 30, 2017, there were 302 ccTLDs (country-code top-level domains) delegated in the internet root, including Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 64.8 percent of all ccTLD domain name registrations. Total ccTLD domain name registrations were approximately 144.2 million, a 0.8 percent increase over the first quarter of 2017, and a 2.6 percent increase year over year.

Summary as of  Q2 2017 (June 30, 2017) domain name registrations globally:
Summary as of  Q2 2017 (June 30, 2017) domain name registrations globally
Editor's note: "other gTLDs" include ICANN's new gTLDs which were launched starting in 2014, and many are already referred to as "garbage extensions" by astute domain name registrants worldwide.

ICANN new gTLDs are failing, badly, in the global domain names marketplace--
New gTLDs’ domain name registrations declined in Q2 2017, and the decrease in registrations has continued—new gTLDs have lost more than 6 million domain name registrations in just 5 months--from April 13, 2017 (29,420,893), thru September 13, 2017 (23,245,161), a decline of -21% according to nTLDstats.com:
Source: ntldstats.com
As for some of the reasons why ICANN's new gTLDs are failinglosing millions of registrations, read on DomainMondo.com:
Obviously, ICANN and its "ICANN community" of lobbyists and "special interests," as well as most new gTLD registry applicants and operators, are clueless about what consumers (registrants) really want and need. Hardly surprising since most domain name registrants are excluded, by design, from ICANN policy-making structures.

2) ICANN news
•  Chairman’s Blog: Previewing the Montevideo Workshop | ICANN.org: "From 20-23 September 2017, the ICANN Board of Directors will be meeting in Montevideo for our last intersessional Board workshop of the year ..." and ICANN Board to Hold Public Session and Board Meeting During Montevideo Workshop - ICANN:
The sessions will be in English only. The format for each will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/.
Additional access numbers and participant codes here. More information: here.

•  ICANN 'Last Resort' Auction Proceeds CCWG Newsletter | August 2017 (pdf):"The CCWG will NOT make any recommendations or determinations with regards to specific funding decisions (i.e. which specific organizations or projects are to be funded or not)."

•  EU GDPRData Protection and Privacy: Progress Update and Next Steps | ICANN.org: "... an update on our data protection and privacy work as it relates to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ... We have now consolidated the information that was collected into a more easily readable format [PDF, 686 KB]. A high-level summary is also included in the document. We encourage you to review the submissions, and the summary ..."

•  Reconsideration Request 17-2: DotMusic Limited:
Requestor's Rebuttal to BAMC Recommendation on Reconsideration Request 17-2, 12 Sep 2017:
reconsideration-17-2-dotmusic-requestor-rebuttal-bamc-recommendation-12sep17-en.pdf [259 KB]
Annexes I to K, 12 Sep 2017: reconsideration-17-2-dotmusic-requestor-annexes-i-redacted-12sep17-en.pdf [1.15 MB].

•  Battle Over New gTLD .AMAZON RejoinedICANN Correspondence | ICANN.org: 07 September 2017 Letter from Scott Hayden & Brian Huseman to Steve Crocker [Published 12 September 2017] Vice President | Amazon New gTLD Application for .AMAZON

•  ICYMI Quarterly Report | ICANN.orgFY17 Q4 Presentation (pdf)

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks news
•  Caveat Emptor re: new gTLD registry operators:
•  Domain name registrar Web.com (Network Solutions, Register.com):
•  Harvey and Irma scams"Real websites for first responders, insurance companies, construction, medical and other vital organizations in the Florida and Texas areas — are being targeted by these malicious spoofed domain registrations."--circleid.com

•  "Phishing scams seem to be getting more common and more sophisticated"--Fighting Phishing with Domain Name Disputes | circleid.com.
•  DNS vulnerabilityWhat would happen if the DNS, the ‘phone book’ of the internet, were compromised? | MarketWatch.com"... one crucial part of the internet’s infrastructure, the Domain Name System (DNS), isn’t diverse ... As applied to DNS, diversity means making sure these mission-critical services aren’t all the same type ..."

•  Booking.com TrademarkBooking it to the District Court | Dorsey & Whitney LLP | JDSupra.com"This case is unusual because the trademark applicant, Booking.com, B.V., did not appeal the refusal decision to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, but instead filed a civil suit against the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  This allowed the Virginia federal court to review the record de novo and as the finder of fact ..."

•  Law Firm Squire Patton Boggs in battle over its name in China--worldtrademarkreview.com

•  Intellectual Property 101: What It Is and Why I Should Protect It | NatLawReview.com

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
•  Internet Shutdowns in IndiaGovt issues first-ever rules to carry out internet shutdowns in India | HindustanTimes.com: "India has shut down the internet more than 40 times in 2017. The government has now come out with rules to order such blackouts." See also: India issues sweeping rule on internet shutdowns--CPJ.org.

•  Internet TaxDoomed plan to tax online retailers | RStreet.org: "Gov. Charlie Baker wants Massachusetts to join a handful of other states in a doomed effort to pass an extraterritorial taxing scheme that the U.S. Supreme Court has already declared unconstitutional."

 Cuba’s Internet paradox: How controlled and censored Internet risks Cuba’s achievements in education | Amnesty.org. See also: Google included a freedom of information clause in deal with Cuba--"Google Global Cache uses local servers to store content from Gmail and YouTube, among others. The service, which began operating in Cuba in late April, is the result of a partnership with the state-owned telecommunications monopoly, ETECSA."--MiamiHerald.com

•  Apple & China--"... it appears that instead of successfully pushing China towards more progressive ideals, Apple is conceding to continue massive profitability ..."--It’s Time To Be Honest About What Exactly Apple Is Doing In China | DailyCaller.com

•  Vietnam's Facebook dissidents test the limits of Communist state | reuters.com

•  Anonymity OnlineWe can’t let the dark web give online anonymity a bad name | WIRED.co.uk

5) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
1. News Review: ICANN Webinars On DNS Abuse in ICANN's New gTLDs
2. Discovering The Next Unicorn Tech Startup (video)
3. Digital Winners Walmart $WMT & Giphy, + What Happens in an Internet Minute
4. Tech Review | Amazon HQ2: Second Headquarters North America (video)
5. 2017 Hurricane Season, Satellite Views, Weather App MyRadar, LIVE Feeds
6. The 'Hurricane Irma Trade' in Florida Oranges and Sugar (video)

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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Tech Review | Hurricane Irma: Using Tech For Disasters & Recovery

Tech Review (TR 2017-09-16)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news:
Features • 1) Hurricane Irma: Using Tech For Disasters & Recovery, 2) New Apple iPhones Too Expensive?, 3) Bitcoin a "fraud", 4) Investing: Tax Reform and Things the Market Does Not Care About5) ICYMI Tech News.

1) Hurricane Irma: using tech for disasters & recovery:
Google Crisis Maps: http://google.org/crisismap/2017-irma and http://google.org/crisismap/
Florida Power & Light (FPL) Update: https://www.fplmaps.com/
See also: Harvey and Irma scams"Real websites for first responders, insurance companies, construction, medical and other vital organizations in the Florida and Texas areas — are being targeted by these malicious spoofed domain registrations."--circleid.com

2)  New Apple iPhones Too Expensive? Lucky 8? $1,000 price tag dampens iPhone enthusiasm in China | Reuters.com--iPhone’s share of China’s smartphone shipments fell to 9 percent in January-June, down from 14 percent in 2015 (source: CounterpointResearch.com data). See also Apple $AAPL Special Event: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & More | DomainMondo.com.

3)  Bitcoin a "fraud"--JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon calls bitcoin a 'fraud' | TheHill.com: “It’s a fraud” ... “worse than tulip bulbs" ... “You can’t have a business where people can invent a currency out of thin air and think that people who are buying it are really smart" ... [it] "won’t end well." See also  China to Shut Bitcoin Exchanges | WSJ.com Sep 11, 2017: "Authorities to ban commercial trading of all virtual currencies."

4) Investing: 
Tax Reform: "Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying he will eliminate the carried interest tax loophole."--YouTube.com and US Senate Finance Committee hearing 10:00 am EDT, Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017,  on Business Tax Reform, a big issue for tech, internet and telecom companies.

Things the Market Does Not Care About:
  • "... Your feelings. Emotions usually get in the way of investment success but the markets have no sympathy if you get too excited, nervous, scared or greedy about your holdings. Taking things too personal is a great way to make poor decisions when money is at stake ...
  • How successful you are. Success in other areas of life doesn’t always translate into success in the markets. Personalizing your successes can set you up for failure if you become too overconfident in your own abilities ... 
  • Your political views. Markets are apolitical. They don’t care who you voted for, which cable news network you watch or what your ideological leanings are. 
  • How much money you made on your last trade. Investors have a memory but the markets do not. One winning trade has no bearing on your future trades ..."--awealthofcommonsense.com

5) ICYMI Tech News:

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Discovering The Next Unicorn Tech Startup (video)

How to discover the next ‘unicorn’ startup

Video above published Aug 25, 2017, by FoxBusiness.com: Chegg (domain: chegg.com) CEO Dan Rosensweig, Brit & Co. CEO Brit Morin, Cadre CEO Ryan Williams and Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia on discovering the next ‘unicorn’ tech company.

Chegg (domain: chegg.com)(NYSE:CHGG) is an American online textbook rental company based in Santa Clara, California, specializing in online textbook rentals, homework help, online tutoring, scholarships and internship matching.

Brit + Co (domain: brit.co) is a media company that inspires, educates, and entertains real women with a creative spirit through content, online classes, and creative products.

Cadre (domain: cadre.com) is a New York-based technology company that provides individuals and institutions direct access to large commercial real estate properties.

Nextdoor (domain: nextdoor.com) is a free private social network for your neighborhood community.

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Digital Winners Walmart & Giphy, + What Happens in an Internet Minute

What Happens in an Internet Minute?

Video above published Sep 7, 2017, by L2inc.com--The week's Digital Winners presented by Scott Galloway:

Winner: Walmart (domain: walmart.com), which has taken a page from Amazon's playbook and stepped up its storytelling.

Winner: Giphy (domain: giphy.com), the four-year-old GIF search engine with more daily users than Snapchat.

Plus "everything that happens in an Internet minute." (*Note the "screw-up" on the YouTube stat that compared hours viewed to videos watched.) 

Reference sources:
(0:16) “Walmart U.S. Q2 Comps Grew 1.8% and Walmart U.S. eCommerce GMV Grew 67%, Company Reports Q2 FY18 GAAP EPS of $0.96; Adjusted EPS of $1.08,” Walmart, August 2017. 

(0:38) L2 Inc. Analysis of Walmart Press Releases, 2017. 

(1:14) “With 200M Daily Users, Giphy Will Soon Test Sponsored GIFs,” TechCrunch, July 2017. http://tcrn.ch/2wdRLFh

(1:17) “Inside the GIF Factory: How Giphy Plans to Build a Real Business by Animating the Internet,” Business Insider, May 2017. http://read.bi/2shphZa 

(1:22) “With 200M Daily Users, Giphy Will Soon Test Sponsored GIFs,” TechCrunch, July 2017. http://tcrn.ch/2wdRLFh “Number of Daily Active Snapchat Users From 1st Quarter 2014 to 2nd Quarter 2017 (In Millions),” Statista, 2017. http://bit.ly/2wK9xTn (1:43) Giphy. http://gph.is/2j6DgkF 

(1:51) “What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2017?” Visual Capitalist, August 2017. http://bit.ly/2hoewDI (2:07) “What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2017?” Visual Capitalist, August 2017. http://bit.ly/2hoewDI “What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2016?” Visual Capitalist, April 2016. http://bit.ly/1WQyt1S

RIP Walter Becker

Transcript via YouTube.com:
00:00 [Music]
00:01  we spent a lot of time talking about
00:03  Amazon and stand by our prediction that
00:05  the Seattle firm will be the first one
00:07  trillion-dollar market capitalization
00:10  firm but today let's take a look at how
00:11  one company is responding Walmart online
00:15  sales grew 60% in the second quarter
00:18  impressive but even more impressive is
00:20  what they've been able to accomplish
00:21  culturally they've taken a page from
00:24  Amazon playbook and become master
00:26  storytellers most firms want to under
00:28  promise and over deliver however that
00:30  doesn't work in a digital age where it's
00:31  all about the vision drones and car
00:34  production volumes that are impossible
00:35  to meet are the flavor of the day the
00:37  retailer made 15 plus major digital
00:40  announcements in the past year touting
00:42  acquisitions omni-channel investments
00:44  and reorganizations signaling to the
00:47  street hey we're in the game as well
00:49  they've also been vocal about killing
00:51  things and aren't afraid to tell the
00:53  street when things are not working all
00:55  of these announcements collectively
00:56  paint Walmart is visionary and shift the
00:59  focus away from the Seattle retailer and
01:01  fix the markets gaze on an old lover
01:03  from a simpler more nostalgic time a
01:06  winner Giphy or is it
01:09  jiffy
01:10  I don't know the 40-year old gif search
01:14  engine has 200 million daily active
01:16  users who watch over 4 million hours of
01:19  gifts every day to put that in
01:21  perspective snapchat as 173 million
01:23  daily active users the companies raised
01:26  a 150 million and is valued at 600
01:29  million but is not yet profitable
01:30  although they are trying to change that
01:32  by rolling out sponsored gifts gift he
01:35  seems to be jiffy seems to be doing a
01:37  lot right not just creating a huge
01:39  repository of content but also executing
01:41  an effective search strategy forging
01:43  impressive partnerships and engaging a
01:45  massive network of users Giphy gets how
01:47  young people communicate What happens in
01:50  an internet minute 50 voice first
01:52  devices are shipped 342,000 apps are
01:55  downloaded Facebook registers 900,000
01:59  logins and 15,000 gifts are sent via its
02:02  messenger app what has changed most
02:04  dramatically since 2016 video usage has
02:07  exploded across social platforms with
02:10  consumers watching 4 million YouTube
02:12  videos permit
02:13  and another forward looking indicator of
02:15  the death of the broadcast television
02:17  industrial complex snapchat shares of
02:20  grounds threefold since last year to 1.8
02:22  million per minute and what hasn't
02:24  changed the number of emails sent
02:26  Spotify plays tinder swipes and Netflix
02:30  hours viewed are relatively flat and my
02:33  internet minutes we'll see you next week
02:44  this is what we should do is to have an
02:46  animation and it should be a pie discuss
02:48  in a minute it should be Wikipedia NPR
02:50  NYU Stern The Economist National
02:54  Geographic - like this slightly tiny I
02:57  mean increase like this little like half
02:59  a percent slice it zooms back and it's
03:02  like this side it's like a sliver
03:08  [Music]
03:17  [Music]

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Apple $AAPL Special Event: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & More

Meet the Apple iPhone X

iPhone X: All screen. Introducing Face ID so you can unlock with a look. A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Radically new cameras with Portrait Lighting. Wireless charging, animojis and augmented reality. Meet iPhone X. Say hello to the future. Learn more at http://apple.co/2f2ujYA

Apple Special Event 2017 LIVE STREAM | apple.com presentation: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 - Livestream of the 2017 Apple Special Event on September the 12th also available on YouTube here.
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Things the iPhone Helped Destroy | The New York Times:

Video published on Sep 12, 2017: Since it was introduced 10 years ago, the iPhone has been a great disrupter, heralding an end to everything from paper maps to small talk. Here’s a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek look at all the things this ubiquitous gadget has laid to waste.

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Jeffrey Gundlach LIVE Webcast "Wack-O Season" Sept 12, 4:15pm EDT

Yes, we know about that September 12 event in Cupertino: the 10th anniversary of Apple's iconic iPhone celebrated with a first-ever event at the new Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park Campus at 10am PDT (1pm EDT) reportedly introducing the OLED iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with LCD displays, Apple Watch with LTE, 4K Apple TV with HDR, and more, but for investors, analysts, traders, speculators, and more, there is another event also worth paying attention to: 

 Jeffrey Gundlach Webcast "Wack-O Season"

To register: https://doublelinefunds.com/webcasts/

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This webcast should be especially entertaining and informative due to a recent Wall Street Journal report which Gundlach has characterized as "fake news."

If you don't know who Jeffrey Gundlach, sometimes referred to as "the Bond King,"  is, read this brief profile on Wikipedia.org.

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