2017-07-23

News Review: ICANN Accountability, FY16 IRS Form 990 Redux

News Review | ©2016 DomainMondo.com
Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-07-23) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) ICANN FY16 IRS Form 990 Redux, 2)Other ICANN news: AMAZON IRP, .WEB DOJ Antitrust Investigation, CEP and IRP Status Update, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: Bodog.com, Chinese Cybersquatter Registrars, Trademark Infringer, 4) ICYMI, 5) Q2 2017 Earnings July 24-27: $GOOGL, $FB, $TWTR, $VRSN, $AMZN,  6) Most Read.

1)  Holding ICANN Accountable: ICANN FY16 IRS Form 990 Redux
•  Background: News Review: ICANN Chairman and ICANN Accountability & Transparency
 Follow-up email Monday, July 17, 2017, to ICANN Chief Financial Officer Xavier Calvez:

•  On Tue, Jul 18, 2017, ICANN CFO Xavier J. Calvez wrote:
Dear Mr. Poole,
Thank you for your note below [July 17 email above]. I acknowledge and agree that the document posted on 13 July in response to your questions left unanswered the specific question that you highlighted in the paragraph referenced below in quotes. This question is perfectly relevant to the topic of disclosures of information on compensation of directors, officers, key employees, etc… and answering it will help providing clarity and transparency on this matter which is technically complex and subject to legitimate and useful public scrutiny. The discussion you offered to explain further the quoted paragraph will be quite helpful to ensure we address fully your question, and I thank you for it. I suggest that we publish your email below and the response that I will provide in accordance with our Correspondence process.Thank you.
Best,
Xavier
My reply of July 18: Dear Mr. Calvez: Thank you for the quick reply, and yes, I agree with your suggestion. Best regards, John.

Stay tuned!

2) Other ICANN news:
"The practical effect of the Panel's ruling is that the dispute is remanded for further proceedings. In other words, Brazil, Peru, the GAC and ICANN, as well as Amazon, may now supplement and strengthen their positions ..." --Hon. A. Howard Matz 
b. New gTLD .WEB: ICANN Hands Over 7000 Pages to DOJ Antitrust Division | DomainMondo.com
 ICANN New gTLD .WEB, Verisign, ICANN, DOJ Antitrust Division
ICANN Org Report to the Board Highlights June 2017 [covering 11 Apr-30 May 2017]: a. New gTLD .WEB - DOJ Antitrust Division Investigation; b. ICANN Headcount; c. New gTLDs Program; d. ICANN Security Operations team report; e. Gravy Train: ICANN59 "Supported Travelers"; f. ICANN.org website g. FY18 Projections for new gTLD transaction fees; h. Outstanding ICANN Board Issues from May 2017 Board Workshop."

c. Independent Review Process Documents | ICANN.orgCEP and IRP Status Update, 18 July 2017 (pdf, 327 KB).

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
•  Bodog.com and Calvin AyreUS Prosecutors drop all charges against Calvin Ayre | GamblingInsider.com: ".... following last week’s ruling Ayre was allowed to reacquire the Bodog domain name [bodog.com] in exchange for a one-off payment of $100,000."

•  China: Cybersquatter asks Chinese court to declare its own domain names invalid | Hogan Lovells | JDSupra.com: "This is not the first case where the Beijing Haidian Court found against domain name registrars for participating in cyber-squatting activities. Would these cases support a brand owner in tackling cyber-squatting by arguing in court that the registrars involved are liable or at least jointly liable? This seems like a potential strategy. One advantage would be that unlike domain name proceedings under UDRP, courts can grant compensation to a winning plaintiff, and in a cyber-squatting case the plaintiff may find that the registrars are in a better position to pay compensation ..."

•  Trademark InfringementStone Creek, Inc. v. Omnia Italian Design, Inc. (9th Cir. July 11, 2017). "The court in Stone Creek held the defendant’s knowledge of the plaintiff’s trademark rights defeats any defense of good faith adoption of a mark in a remote geographic area ... [also] ruling that a plaintiff must prove willfulness in order to be awarded the defendant’s profits."--Dorsey & Whitney LLP | JDSupra.com.

•  What do you see as the biggest problems in the domain industry? | TheDomains.com: One comment:"One wordICANN. Consistently wrong policy choices are being made there ..." --Another comment: "ICANN has become corrupt ..."

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 

5) Investing
Notable Q2 2017 earnings webcasts this coming week:
  • Alphabet $GOOG / $GOOGL July 24 5pm EDT
  • Facebook $FB July 26 5pm EDT
  • Twitter $TWTR July 27 7am EDT
  • Verisign $VRSN July 27 4:30pm EDT 
  • Amazon $AMZN July 27 5:30pm EDT

6) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
1. News Review: ICANN Chairman and ICANN Accountability & Transparency
2. Tech Review: How Google Cloud Plans to Overtake Amazon's AWS
-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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2017-07-22

Tech Review: US Tech Stocks Soar, Hitting New Highs (video)

Tech Review (TR 2017-07-22)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news:
Features • 1) US Tech Stocks Soar, Hitting New Highs, 2) How Trump Is Kicking Silicon Valley's Butt, 3) China Takes Advantage of U.S. Limits on Drone Sales, 4) Amazon $AMZN DC Lobbying, FTC Probe, Messaging App, 5) Oculus Rift Dead in the Water, 6) FANG and Q2 2017 Earnings this week, 7) ICYMI Tech News.

1) US Tech Stocks Soar, Hitting New Highs

Video above published Jul 20, 2017, by FT.com: The crash of tech stocks after dotcom mania and the long, subsequent crawl back by the sector has been accompanied by radical change.

2) How Trump Is Kicking Silicon Valley's Butt

Video above published Jul 20, 2017, by Bloomberg.com:  Bloomberg’s Max Chafkin discusses how Silicon Valley’s resistance to the Trump administration has faded. He speaks with Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”

3)  China Takes Advantage of U.S. Limits on Drone Sales

Video above published Jul 18, 2017, by WSJ.com: As the U.S. tries to curb the selling of military drones overseas, China is filling the void, expanding sales of the advanced weaponry in the Middle East and Africa.

4)  Amazon $AMZN: Amazon spent $3.2 million in second quarter on Washington lobbying effort | Reuters.com and FTC probing allegations of Amazon's deceptive discounting | Reuters.com  and Amazon Makes A Move On Facebook | SeekingAlpha.com"It is also looking to build a messaging app which will directly challenge the dominance of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp."

5)  Oculus Rift Is Dead in the Water | MIT TechnologyReview.com--Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion in 2014.

6) FANG--Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), Google (Alphabet: GOOG, GOOGL)--Ranked By Strength Of Competitive Advantage"If we take price into account, there is only one FANG I'd want"--$GOOG, $GOOGL--SeekingAlpha.com

Q2 2017 earnings this coming week:
  • Alphabet GOOG / GOOGL July 24 5pm EDT
  • Facebook FB July 26 5pm EDT
  • Twitter TWTR July 27 7am EDT
  • Verisign VRSN July 27 4:30pm EDT 
  • Amazon AMZN July 27 5:30pm EDT

7) ICYMI Tech News:

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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2017-07-21

New gTLD .AMAZON IRP Final Declaration, What Happens Next?

ICANN Loses Another New gTLD IRPAmazon EU S.à.r.l. v. ICANN (.AMAZON) | ICANN.org:
New gTLD .AMAZON IRP Final Declaration
New gTLD .AMAZON IRP Final Declaration (pdf)
Independent Review Process Final Declaration (IRP) (pdf, 293KB) 11 July 2017, excerpt (pp. 2-3):
The [ICANN] Board, acting through the NGPC [ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee], acted in a manner inconsistent with its Articles, Bylaws and Applicant Guidebook because, as more fully explained below, by giving complete deference to the consensus advice of the Government Advisory Committee (“GAC”) regarding whether there was a well-founded public policy reason for its advice, the NGPC failed in its duty to independently evaluate and determine whether valid and merits based public policy interests existed supporting the GAC’s consensus advice. In sum, we conclude that the NGPC failed to exercise the requisite degree of independent judgment in making its decision as required by Article IV, Section 3.4(iii) of its Bylaws. (See also ICANN, Supplementary Procedures, Rule 8(iii) [hereafter “Supplementary Procedures”] ... While the GAC was not required to give a reason or rationale for its consensus advice, the Board, through the NPGC, was. In this regard, the Board, acting through the NGPC, failed in its duty to explain and give adequate reasons for its decision, beyond merely citing to its reliance on the GAC advice and the presumption, albeit a strong presumption, that it was based on valid and legitimate public policy concerns. An explanation of the NGPC’s reasons for denying the applications was particularly important in this matter, given the absence of any rationale or reasons provided by the GAC for its advice and the fact that the record before the NGPC failed to substantially support the existence of a well-founded and merits-based public policy reason for denying Amazon’s applications ..." (emphasis added)
Costs, fees, expenses and attorney fees (p. 53):
"ICANN shall reimburse Amazon the sum of US$163,045.51, representing that portion of said fees and expenses in excess of the apportioned costs previously incurred by Amazon ... Each side will bear its own expenses and attorneys’ fees."
 So what happens next? 
"The practical effect of the Panel's ruling is that the dispute is remanded for further proceedings. In other words, Brazil, Peru, the GAC and ICANN, as well as Amazon, may now supplement and strengthen their positions. The Applicant Guidebook states that the objective for ICANN is to "determine whether approval would be in the best interest of the internet community." §5.1. Here, all the interested parties, including Brazil, Peru and the GAC, are members of that community. See Bylaws, Art. I, § 2(11). They all share a common objective and potentially a common benefit in promoting their respective interests anew in light of this Declaration."--Hon. A. Howard Matz, IRP supra, p.67 (emphasis added)

Domain Mondo's analysis and opinion:

Upon "remand" and in accordance with the "objective for ICANN" referenced by Judge Matz above, Brazil, Peru, and the GAC, may very well prevail. As I have noted before, ICANN's dot BRAND new gTLDs were a BAD idea and completely contrary to the historic principles of the internet, see RFC 1591 and News Review: ICANN's Extortionate .BRAND Scam Failing.

Trademarks as generic top-level domains, and presumptive rights of renewal (of gTLD registry agreements), are two of the worst corruptions of the global internet DNS foisted by inept ICANN and its corrupt GNSO upon the global internet community. All TLDs are global public resources, NOT property, in accordance with RFC 1591 and the U.S. government's argument in the recent Weinstein case (pdf). But greed, conflicts of interest, cronyism, and incompetence govern ICANN policy-making and implementation.
"[W]hen a decision is taken about a possible new top-level domain, ICANN's job is to work out, in a transparent and accountable manner, whether it is really in the best interest of the world as a whole, not just of those launching the new domain."--Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the Net Mundial Conference, April, 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil.

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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2017-07-20

New gTLD .WEB: ICANN Hands Over 7000 Pages to DOJ Antitrust Division


Highlights of June 2017 ICANN Org Executive Team Report to the ICANN Board (with a dash of Domain Mondo humor added):
ICANN Org Report to the Board June 2017 [covering 11 Apr 2017 — 30 May 2017] (pdf) highlights (all page references below are to the above referenced report):
a. New gTLD .WEB - DOJ Antitrust Division Investigation
b. ICANN Headcount
c. New gTLDs Program
d. ICANN Security Operations team report
e. Gravy Train: ICANN59 "Supported Travelers"
f. ICANN.org website
g. FY18 Projections for new gTLD transaction fees
h. Outstanding ICANN Board Issues from May 2017 Board Workshop
a. New gTLD .WEB - DOJ Antitrust Division Investigation:
graphic - New gTLD .WEB - DOJ Antitrust Division Investigation - ICANN, Verisign
ICANN Turns Over 7000 pages of documents to the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (domain: justice.gov/atr) in response to the Civil Investigative Demand regarding Verisign's potential operation of [new gTLD] .WEB (p.11):

b. ICANN Headcount: "As of the end of May 2017, ICANN org has 393 people, which is 7 people more than the FY17 year-end budget projection of 386. Over the last three months, 23 joined and another 4 left." A true picture of the geolocation of ICANN staff is below (by adding the first 200 staff members (all in the U.S.) cut off in the graphic (p.7) which gives a distorted view)--76% (298 people) of all ICANN staff work in the U.S.--
ICANN graphic modified to show 200 U.S. staff (lower blue bars) not shown in original (June Board Report p.7)
c.  New gTLD Program: "In the period 12 April to 30 May 2017, the GDD team facilitated 2 delegations of new gTLDs, bringing the total delegated from the program to 1220. There are now 37 strings pending in the program, made up of 103 applications that have either not progressed to sign a registry agreement or not formally withdrawn from the application process. The primary issues impeding progress on the 103 remaining applications are the 53 of applications in contention awaiting the conclusion of the Review of the CPE process ..." (p. 14)

d. The ICANN Security Operations team report:
 "... the [ICANN] CEO’s trip to LACNIC in Brazil (which, despite protests and the overrunning and burning of government buildings in Brasilia, went smoothly). In Istanbul, Simon and Sean delivered travel safety and security training for all staff ..." (p.18)(emphasis added)

e. Gravy Train: "To date, Travel Services has booked 355 supported travelers for travel to ICANN59." (p. 20)

f. ICANN.org website: "The Communications team recently took over responsibility for the ICANN.org website, so one of our primary areas of focus has been on improving the process for adding new content, managing existing content and increasing the speed of publication, while also working within the technical and resource limitations we have." (p. 30)

g. FY18 Projections for new gTLD transaction fees (sec. 3.2 “Funding”) show a best estimate of approximately 30% growth in funding derived from transaction fees associated with registrations in new gTLDs. Given that this level of growth is also established as the “low estimate,” the GNSO Council strongly encouraged ICANN Finance staff to consult with GNSO contracted parties (and in particular, gTLD registry operators) to ensure that this assumption is supported by their growth projections for the corresponding time frame. (p. 32)

h. Outstanding ICANN Board Issues from May 2017 Board Workshop (p. 4):

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2017-07-19

Q2 2017 Earnings Webcasts July 19: $TMUS 4:30pm, $QCOM 4:45pm EDT

Q2 2017 earnings webcasts Wednesday, July 19, 2017:
T-Mobile

T-Mobile Q2 2017 Earnings Call: Behind-the-Scenes Livestream
Starts: July 19, 2017 WED 4:30 PM EDT
T-Mobile US - Q2 2017:

 $TMUS

T-Mobile usually has the best, and most entertaining, quarterly earnings sessions, John Legere presiding--"Similar to past quarters, prepared remarks will be kept to a minimum in order to provide more time for free-flowing dialogue with analysts, investors, media and consumers.

"Participants will have multiple ways to submit questions including via phone, Twitter (tweet using $TMUS) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/JohnJLegere via post comment). T-Mobile will also take questions via text and respond to some of them on the call (send a text message to 313131, enter the keyword TMUS followed by a space).

"The call will be live-streamed via the Company's Investor Relations website at http://investor.t-mobile.com. T-Mobile US, Inc. will issue a press release and Investor Factbook reporting its results at approximately 4:05 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The press release and Investor Factbook will be posted at the same time on the Investor Relations website at http://investor.t-mobile.com.

Q2 2017 Earnings Call, Livestream and Webcast Access Information
Access via Phone (audio only):
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Call-in Numbers: 800-432-9830
International: 719-234-7318
Participant Passcode: 5188137

Submit Questions via Text, Twitter or Facebook:
Text: Send a text message to 313131, enter the keyword TMUS followed by a space
Twitter: Send a tweet to @TMobileIR or @JohnLegere using $TMUS
Facebook: Post a comment to John Legere’s Facebook Earnings post

Access via Webcast:
The earnings call will be broadcast live via the Company's Investor Relations website at http://investor.t-mobile.com. A replay of the earnings call will be available for two weeks starting shortly after the call concludes and can be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112 (toll free) or 719-457-0820 (international). The passcode required to listen to the replay is 5188137.

Access via Social Media:
The @TMobileIR Twitter account will live-tweet the earnings call:


Qualcomm
 $QCOM

Investor Relations: https://www.qualcomm.com/info/investor-relations

Events & Presentations - Qualcomm Incorporated:
Jul 19, 2017 4:45pm EDT
Qualcomm Q3 FY17 Earnings Conference Call - Listen to webcast


Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. QCOM pioneered 3G and 4G - and now is a leader in 5G and the new era of intelligent, connected devices. QCOM products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes its licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of QCOM engineering, research and development functions, and all of its products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business (source: Qualcomm).

See also: Is The U.S. FTC Chairman Taking Qualcomm's Side? (And Other Matters) - Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) | SeekingAlpha.com

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2017-07-17

Netflix $NFLX Q2 2017 Earnings LIVE Video July 17 6pm EDT & Replay

Netflix $NFLX Q2 2017 Earnings LIVE Video & Replay

Netflix Second Quarter 2017 Earnings video via Netflix Investor Relations | YouTube.com,
LIVE Jul 17, 2017, 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT.
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $2.79B, vs. $2.76B expected, and total streaming subscriptions grew 5.2M to 104M, vs. 3.2M expected; stock up in after-hours trading. 

NASDAQ: NFLX: Netflix shares are up over 63% over the past year through last Friday:
 $NFLX

Principal domain: Netflix.com

Netflix, Inc. is the world's ninth-largest internet company by revenue. Founded on August 29, 1997, Scotts Valley, CA, by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph, Netflix is an entertainment company that specializes in and provides streaming media or video-on-demand (VOD) online, as well as still providing its legacy business of DVDs by mail.

When Netflix reports its second quarter earnings, shareholders will closely look at how many subscribers the world’s largest video streaming service was able to add in the U.S. and internationally. According to Netflix, the biggest driver of subscriber additions is the company’s exclusive original content. And, at least according to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the company has been doing a great job with its own TV shows. Netflix has established itself as a household name for quality content:
Infographic: Netflix Challenges HBO at the 2017 Emmys | Statista source: Statista
Infographic: The U.S. Tech Giants Piling on the Profit | Statista source: Statista

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Future Earth: 20 Most Populous Cities in the World by 2100 (GIF Map)

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

Look at a modern map of the world’s most populous cities today and you will notice that they are quite evenly distributed around the globe. Metropolitan areas like Moscow, New York, Tokyo, Cairo, and Rio de Janeiro are spread apart with very different geographic and cultural settings, and 5 of the world's 7 continents today can claim at least one of the world’s 20 most populous cities.

In the future, things will be very different, according to projections from the Global Cities Institute (domain: globalcitiesinstitute.org). In fact, over the next 80 years or so, some cities will literally grow 10x or 20x in size – turning into giant megacities that have comparable populations to entire countries like modern-day Germany, France, or the United Kingdom.

The most interesting part? None of these megacities will be in the Americas, Europe, or China.

Top Four Megacities of the Future (based on the Global Cities Institute's projections):
  1. Lagos, Nigeria - population by 2100: 88.3 million people
  2. Kinshasa, Dem. Rep. of the Congo (already the world's largest French-speaking city) - population by 2100: 83.5 million people
  3. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - population by 2100: 73.7 million people
  4. Mumbai, India - population by 2100: 67.2 million people
As noted above, eastern Africa will be home to many of the world’s biggest cities in the future, many seemingly popping up out of nowhere--Blantyre City, Lilongwe, and Lusaka, for example--and while most Westerners will not likely have even heard of these places, these centers in Malawi and Zambia will each hold over 35 million people. Perhaps the bulk of humanity is shifting and returning to its common ancestral home--according to many experts, everyone alive today can trace their biological roots to a small group of anatomically modern humans inhabiting the grasslands of eastern Africa some 100,000 years ago. 


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2017-07-16

News Review: ICANN Chairman and ICANN Accountability & Transparency

News Review | ©2016 DomainMondo.com
Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-07-16):
Features •  1) Holding ICANN Accountable: IRS Form 990 and ICANN Accountability & Transparency--Disclosure of compensation paid to ICANN Chairman Steve Crocker and/or his personal corporation Shinkuro, Inc.  2)Other ICANN news, 3) ICYMI: Fragmented ‘Splinternet’, 4) Investing: Q2 2017 Earnings Webcasts, Rightside $NAME Class Action, 5) Most Read Posts.

1) Holding ICANN Accountable: IRS Form 990 and ICANN Accountability & Transparency--Disclosure of compensation paid to ICANN Chairman Steve Crocker and/or his personal corporation Shinkuro, Inc.

ICANN filed its Form 990 (pdf, 5.54 MB) for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2016 (FY16) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on 12 May 2017:
excerpts from ICANN's FY16 IRS Form 990
Above: excerpts from ICANN's FY16 IRS Form 990
Excerpt from Domain Mondo's post of May 21, 2017 (highlighting added):

My email to ICANN (pdf) on May 28, 2017, and the initial response from ICANN is here (pdf). The substantive response from ICANN (pdf), dated July 13, 2017, received this past week is embedded in full below following this excerpt:
"The ICANN Chairman’s Corporation, Shinkuro, Inc. was paid a total of $114,203.24 in the fiscal year 2016. The total amount comprised of $75,000.00 for compensation and $39,203.24 for office rent ... ICANN will be publishing a revision to the FY16 Annual Report of Expense Reimbursement and Other Payments to or on behalf of ICANN Board members, with the objective to clarify all the amounts that have been paid to Shinkuro, Inc., and/or Steve Crocker in relation to Steve Crocker’s role as Chair of the Board (or as Board member, prior to his appointment as Chair)."--Xavier Calvez, ICANN CFO, letter to John Poole, Editor of Domain Mondo, July 13, 2017, embed below (highlighting added). 


While I will leave to others, including the IRS, to judge ICANN's interpretation of relevant tax provisions, including ICANN's treatment and classification of funds paid to individuals and their "personal corporations," unfortunately, Mr. Calvez did not address the following questions (highlighted below) in my email of May 28, 2017 (pdf), which will require a follow-up email this coming week to Mr. Calvez (w/ copy to the ICANN Ombudsman):

2) Other ICANN news
a. Reader's comment (received via email) to last week's News Review: ICANN's Extortionate .BRAND Scam Failing:
".brand raised $123M for ICANN to pay for the lucrative salaries and conferences."  (Editor's note: $185,000 application fee x 664 .BRAND TLD applications= $122.84M.) 
For a glimpse of the future 'global DNS nightmare' ICANN is foolishly creating for itself and the global internet community (via a new gTLDs program and policies driven by greed, incompetence, cronyism, and conflicts of interest), read Could the next new gTLD round last 25 years? Or 70 years? | DomainIncite.com"Will the next new gTLD round see 25,000 applications? If so, how long will it take for them all to go live?"

Perhaps the answer is to build a new internet (and new internet root zone) coordinated by an entity other than ICANN which is proving itself too inept or corrupt to fulfill its purported mission.

b. Post-ICANN59 Policy Report | ICANN.org (pdf)

c. ICANN Data Protection and Privacy Issues | ICANN.org: a current listing of ongoing projects at the ICANN organization related to data protection and privacy matters including (a) GNSO Policy Development Processes and Implementation, (b) WHOIS Conflicts Procedure, and (c) European Union General Data Protection Regulation.


3) ICYMI Internet Domain News
  • The World May Be Headed for a Fragmented ‘Splinternet’ | WIRED.com"... The trend of courts applying country-specific social media laws worldwide could radically change what is allowed to be on the internet, setting a troubling precedent. What happens to the global internet when countries with different cultures have sharply diverging definitions of what is acceptable online speech? What happens when one country's idea of acceptable speech clashes with another's idea of hate speech? ..."
  • Venezuela: Citizens know the 'news' "isn’t matching the reality they are living."--CSMonitor.com

4) Investing
•  Notable Q2 2017 earnings webcast dates already announced:
  • T-Mobile $TMUS July 19 4:30pm EDT 
  • Qualcomm $QCOM July 19 4:45pm EDT
  • Alphabet $GOOG $GOOGL July 24 5pm EDT
  • Facebook $FB July 26 5pm EDT
  • Twitter NYSE: $TWTR July 27 7am EDT
  • Verisign $VRSN July 27 4:30pm EDT 
  • Amazon $AMZN July 27 5:30pm EDT
  • Apple $AAPL Aug 1 5pm EDT
  • GoDaddy $GDDY Aug 8 5pm EDT
•  Rightside $NAME & Donuts: A class action lawsuit has been filed  in United States District Court for the Western District of Washington against Rightside Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ: NAME) for alleged breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with the proposed sale of the company to Donuts Inc.--Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman Class Action | bgandg.com: "The complaint alleges that on June 13, 2017, Rightside’s Board of Directors (the “Board” or “Individual Defendants”) caused Rightside to enter into an agreement and plan of merger (the “Merger Agreement”). Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Donuts commenced a tender offer, set to expire on July 26, 2017, and stockholders of Rightside will receive $10.60 per share in cash. On June 27, 2017, defendants filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the Proposed Transaction. The Complaint alleges the Solicitation Statement omits material information about the Proposed Transaction."

5) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
1. News Review: ICANN's Extortionate .BRAND Scam Failing
2. Evolution of Starbucks $SBUX & Coffee (video)
3. a16z VC Marc Andreessen On Tech Valuations and More (podcast)

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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2017-07-15

Tech Review: How Google Cloud Plans to Overtake Amazon's AWS

Tech Review (TR 2017-07-15)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news:

Features • 1) How Google Cloud Plans to Overtake Amazon's AWS: TensorFlow, 2) FCC Net Neutrality | Nomination Hearing, 3) Mars Rover 2020 and Europa Clipper, 4) Q2 2017 earnings T-Mobile $TMUS & Qualcomm $QCOM, 5) BlackHat and DefCon, 6) Rural Broadband Internet, 7) ICYMI Tech News.

1) How Google Cloud Plans to Overcome Amazon's AWS Lead in Cloud Computing: TensorFlow

TensorFlow: Machine Learning for Everyone
"TensorFlow [domain: tensorflow.org] is becoming the clear leader among programmers building new things with machine learning. “We have significant usage today, and it’s accelerating,” says Jeff Dean, who led TensorFlow’s design and heads Google’s core artificial-­intelligence research group. Once you’ve built something with TensorFlow, you can run it anywhere—but it’s especially easy to transfer it to Google’s cloud platform." --MIT TechnologyReview.com (link added).
Other Tech News:

2)  FCC Net Neutrality | Nomination Hearing FCC - U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, & Transportation: "Ajit Varadaraj Pai, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission (Reappointment) - Jessica Rosenworcel, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission (Reappointment) - Brendan Carr, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission," Wednesday, July 19, 2017 10:00 a.m. EDT. See also Poll of Republican voters shows that a majority of President Trump's supporters are in favor of net neutrality rules and also oppose the pending AT&T-Time Warner merger | TheHill.com.


4) Q2 2017 earnings webcasts this coming week: 
5)  BlackHat and DefCon: BlackHat.com: Black Hat USA 2017 July 22-27, 2017--Late registration pricing discounts on Briefings & Trainings end at 23:59 PT on July 21. DEF CON® 25 Hacking ConferenceDEF CON 25 July 27-30, 2017, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.

6) Rural Broadband Internet Public Hearing RE: The State of Infrastructure in Rural America | US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am EDT.

7) ICYMI Tech News Quick Takes:

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2017-07-14

Okta & Identity: Oktane17, August 28-30, Aria, Las Vegas (video)


Okta, Inc.
Domain: okta.com
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
CEO: Todd McKinnon
CFO: Bill Losch
Founded: 2009
Stock: NASDAQ: OKTA
Our mission is to enable any organization to use any technology, and we believe identity is the key to making that happen. Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. Okta pioneered identity in the cloud. The Okta Identity Cloud is our category defining platform that enables our customers to securely connect people to technology, anywhere, anytime and from any device.--source: okta.com
Starting Up In A Downturn: How Okta Built An Enduring Enterprise Company

Video above published Oct 28, 2015: Okta CEO and co-founder Todd McKinnon and COO and co-founder Frederic Kerrest tell the story of starting Okta in a time of economic downturn and share how they think about building an enduring enterprise company.

Why CIOs choose Okta

Video above published Feb 27, 2017: CIOs are driving transformations at their organizations and identity plays a critical role. Hear from CIOs at Experian, 20th Century Fox, Dish, Pitney Bowes, News Corp and Flex about why they choose Okta to be a key partner.
Okta Customer Journey: Federal Communications Commission

Video above published Jun 2, 2017: The Okta Identity Cloud is a major player in the FCC’s massive modernization effort. Find out how the 100 percent cloud-hosted identity management provider with thousands of pre-integrated apps eases the FCC’s modernization for everyone involved.



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2017-07-13

How a Startup Can Thrive in the Digital Age (video)

How a Startup Can Thrive in the Digital Age

Video above published Jul 6, 2017, by Bloomberg.com: Technology is reshaping the digital economy, and MIT's Andrew McAfee says that if today's entrepreneurs don't embrace machines, platforms, and crowds, they will be left behind by the ones who do.



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2017-07-12

Fight For the Future's Net Neutrality Day of Action Is July 12

Fight For the Future's net neutrality day of action is July 12.

The day of action will focus on grassroots mobilization, with public interest groups activating their members and major web platforms providing their visitors with tools to contact Congress and the FCC.
“A threat to net neutrality is a threat to the free exchange of ideas that creative culture and an informed public rely upon. Kickstarter, and the tens of thousands of creators who have brought new ideas to life through our platform, all depend on a free and open internet. We’re proud to stand alongside so many others today to preserve net neutrality, and to protect the freedoms that make the internet such a powerful force.”--Michal Rosenn, General Counsel, Kickstarter
"At Y Combinator, the startup accelerator I run, we have proudly supported thousands of entrepreneurs and more than 1,400 businesses, including companies like AirBnB and Dropbox. Companies like these have gone on to change our lives for the better—how we work, how we eat, how we live. They could grow and compete, and ultimately consumers choose who wins and loses online. Without strong net neutrality rules, though, I’m concerned that the cable and wireless companies that control internet access will have outsized power to pick winners and losers in the market.”--Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator
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2017-07-11

Amazon.com Prime Day Starts July 10, 9pm EDT (US), LIVE Twitter Feed

Prime Day 2017

Amazon.com, Inc.’s ($AMZN) third annual Prime Day features hundreds of thousands of deals exclusively for Prime members around the world--30 hours of deal shopping starting at 9pm EDT. Monday, July 10 in the U.S.--with new deals as often as every five minutes. Prime Day has expanded to 13 countries this year, and Amazon says it is bringing new and existing members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Mexico, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium and Austria the best deals of the year, "Prime Members will find millions of items in stock including deals from thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs."--Amazon.com/primeday
More information at http://amazon.com/primeday and PRIME DAY Insider Guide
Amazon Prime Day--"30 hours of deals"--starts at Amazon.com 9pm EDT (US), July 10, 2017

Prime Day Domain: amazon.com/primeday  |  LIVE Twitter Feed further below

Amazon is beating Google in "product searches"--according to a UPS survey among more than 5,000 U.S. online shoppers, Amazon and other marketplaces are the most popular destination for shoppers searching for a product--Amazon.com is increasingly the "first stop" for U.S. online shoppers:
Infographic: First Stop: Amazon | Statista Source: Statista


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