Broken Public Equity Markets, Cannabis Real Estate & Waste-to-Energy

In this recent Bloomberg Markets P&L podcast:

1) Convergex's Colas Says Public Equity Market May Be a Broken Concept: Nick Colas, chief market strategist at Convergex [domain: convergex.com], says David Einhorn's General Motors plan exposes broken public equity markets.

2) Dawn Sandoval, COO at Kalyx Development [domain: kalyxdevelopment.com], discusses the current outlook for the cannabis real estate market and the impact of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' anti-drug stance.

3) Stephen Jones, CEO at Covanta [domain: covanta.com], talks about the waste-to-energy process.

4) Finally, Bloomberg's Laura Keller discusses her article, "Wall Street's WhatsApp Secret: Illegal Texting Is Out of Control." See also: Wall Street's WhatsApp Secret: Illegal Texting Is Out of Control | Hacker News | news.ycombinator.com.

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The Global Splinternet: Digital Borders, TLD Filters & Tolls? | NR 2017-04-23

News Review | ©2016 DomainMondo.com
Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-04-23):

Features •  1) The Global Splinternet2) ICANN news: .NET Registry Agreement and Domain Transfers & Changes, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: WIPO IP Day, 4) ICYMI Internet Domain News, 5) Q1 2017 Earnings This Coming Week: TWTR, GOOG, AMZN, VRSN, 6) Most Popular.

 1)  The Global Splinternet: Digital Borders, TLD Filters & Tolls?
Splinternet --Source Image Credit: NASA/NOAA "Earth at Night"
"China’s internet policy may be a forerunner of a federated, loosely connected set of national internets called “the splinternet.” This future potential state of affairs would be characterized by digital borders that are meant to protect both real and cognitive sovereignty while keeping out unwanted foreign competition or influence. In this way, rather than the global village envisaged by the 20th-century counterculture, the mid-21st century internet might actually turn out to be a federation of loosely connected national platforms closely aligned with state power. On its surface, the splinternet may resemble today’s open internet, and would probably run on the same technologies and protocols. But the access and trade policies of individual states will combine to create wildly different experiences for users across different countries, with less exchange between regional internets."--"former open web booster" Ben Moskowitz, in Quartz (qz.com), infra (emphasis and first link added)
[Domain Mondo Editor's note (hereinafter Editor's note): We live in strange timesUnlike most in the U.S. financial and technology sectors who have largely adjusted and adapted to the Trump Presidency, many Hillary Clinton supporters in the media and political spheres are still in a funk over last year's Presidential election results, perhaps consumed by their Trump Derangement Syndrome fed by "false news" spread by mainstream media, and are now attacking the free and open internet like Mr. Moskowitz--The reasons why a free and open internet could spell the web’s downfall | Internet freedom may not be the safest future: Instead, nations could consider "the splinternet" to protect their digital borders | Quartz | qz.com--apparently, the price of an open, free-flow-of-information internet now strikes certain American political and media elites on the left as "too high." Facebook, Twitter, and Google appear willing to "fall in line." Should anyone be surprised if ICANN follows behind? If so, pity the multitudes of struggling new gTLD registry operators who all thought they were going to get filthy rich off ICANN's new gTLDs program--optimism bias knows no bounds--and all those suckers who bought new gTLD domain names, or even worse, bought and are using their own .BRAND new gTLDs, when they get hit by the "Chinese internet governance model" in multiple countries, each with their own laws, rules, TLD filtering, taxes, fees, and tolls. Only the strong will survive.]

See also:  

2) ICANN news
  • Public Comment Period Now Open on Proposed Renewal of .NET Registry Agreement | ICANN.org: Close Date 30 May 2017 23:59 UTC. [Editor's note: The disclosures provided by ICANN in its Public Comment posting (link above) are grossly inadequate and I will attempt to address this with ICANN staff and management and provide a later posting of what I find out.]
In the meantime, one comment has already been received from George Kirikos and published by ICANN, which provides detailed pricing information undisclosed by ICANN--excerpt:
[Comments-net-renewal-20apr17] Prices could be $14.52/yr in 2023! Opposed to .NET renewal with 10% annual price increases. Contract should be tendered, to foster competition | mm.icann.org:
".... After 6 more years of 10% annual price increases, [.NET]consumers could be facing registry fees of:
2018: $9.02/yr
2019: $9.92/yr
2020: $10.91/yr
2021: $12.00/yr
2022: $13.20/yr
2023: $14.52/yr  
(of course, those are the fees to registrars, who would then pass them along to consumers with an additional margin; registrars face competition amongst other registrars). Compared to $2/yr, a $14.52/yr fee on 15 million domains represents a loss to consumers of $187.8 million PER YEAR ($12.52/yr x 15 million).Obviously these allowed price increases are untenable. Compared to the $4.95/yr starting point 6 years ago, in 6 years consumers could be facing prices that are 193% higher (i.e. comparing $14.52/yr to $4.95/yr), when all other technology costs (hosting, bandwidth, storage costs, computing) have been decreasing. All other technology costs face competition, whereas ICANN protects Verisign from competition, harming consumers in the process. As ICANN appears incapable of negotiating in the public interest, it is time for this anti-competitive and anti-consumer contract to be set aside on anti-trust grounds by the relevant national authorities." (emphasis added)
[Editor's note: also note that ICANN receives a $0.75 fee which must be added to the pricing of each .NET domain name provided above. Compared solely to the unfettered pricing, "rape and pillaging" of domain name registrants and the global domain name marketplace that ICANN enables and permits of its new gTLDs' registry operators, the proposed .NET contract is an improvement when it comes to consumer (registrant) protection. Just think if ICANN had extended the new gTLDs' pricing policies to .NET? Of course most of us know ICANN is incompetent (at best), as ICANN has never instituted competitive bidding with maximum fee schedules for renewal of any gTLD registry agreement even though that is exactly what the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division recommended in 2008 (and ICANN rejected) for ICANN's new gTLDs program. As I have noted before, ICANN is a global public interest #FAIL, and does not operate gTLDs in the interests of registrants (consumers) even though the US DOJ told ICANN it was ICANN's obligation to do so. Domain name registrants (consumers) would be better served if ICANN were abolished and all gTLDs transitioned to ccTLDs with each government providing consumer protections pursuant to a new international treaty on TLDs.  The uncomfortable truth is that we're all screwed if the Cooperative Agreement between the U.S. government and Verisign on .COM pricing is not extended beyond November 30, 2018. .COM is the global gold standard among all TLDs (top-level domains), in part because it is the world's only open* gTLD that comes with a pricing guarantee backed by the U.S. government. Verisign would be stupid to let go of that "competitive advantage." *Anyone, anywhere in the world, can register a .COM domain name, and is protected by the .COM pricing guarantee in Amendment 32 and Amendment 34. As noted by George Kirikos in his .NET comment above, ICANN management and staff are"incapable of negotiating in the public interest" which means ICANN should never be allowed to replace the U.S. government role in .COM pricing. Final caveat: this proposed .NET Registry Agreement demands close scrutiny by not only .NET registrants, but also .COM registrants. As I already noted above, I will have more to say in a future posting.]
  •  Elise Gerich to Leave ICANN After Seven Years of Service | ICANN.org"Elise Gerich has decided to step down from her role at ICANN as Vice President, IANA Services and President, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) in October 2017." [Editor's notegood move Elise, get off that sinking ship while you still can!  And since ICANN got rid of Fadi last year, I guess the "ICANN community" won't have to worry about the current ICANN CEO appointing one of his neighbors or friends, or an inept former co-worker (or spouse), as Gerich's replacement.]

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News Quick Takes 

5) Q1 2017 Earnings Season
This coming week on Domain Mondo:
  • Twitter TWTR April 26 at 7:00 am EDT
  • Verisign VRSN Apr 27 at 4:30 pm EDT
  • Alphabet GOOG / GOOGL Apr 27 4:30 pm EDT
  • Amazon AMZN Apr 27 at 5:30pm EDT

6) Most popular post (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: News Review | Caveat Emptor: ICANN & New gTLD Domain Names

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo (note our new digital ISO 8601 compliant format)

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Founders Fund's Approach to Investing in Tech (video) | TR 2017-04-22

Tech Review (TR 2017-04-22)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news:

Features • 1) Founders Fund's Approach to Investing in Tech,  2) Q1 2017 Earnings TWTR, VRSN, GOOG, AMZN, 3) Qualcomm, 4) Google Antitrust case in Russia, 5) Trump's DOJ Antitrust Chief, 6) Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 or a Chromebook? 7) ICYMI 7 Tech News Quick Takes.

1) Founders Fund's Approach to Investing in Tech

Video above published April 21, 2017: Brian Singerman, a partner at Founders Fund [domain: foundersfund.com], discusses the firm's investment strategy with Caroline Hyde on "Bloomberg Technology." Techonomy CEO David Kirkpatrick also speaks.

Other Tech News:

2)  Q1 2017 Earnings Season: this coming week on Domain Mondo:
  • Twitter TWTR April 26 at 7:00 am EDT
  • Verisign VRSN Apr 27 at 4:30 pm EDT
  • Alphabet GOOG / GOOGL Apr 27 4:30 pm EDT
  • Amazon AMZN Apr 27 at 5:30pm EDT

4) Google settled its antitrust case in Russia, ending exclusivity of Google applications on Android-based devices in Russia and ending restrictions on pre-installation of rival search engines and other applications, as part of a deal with FAS, the Russian antitrust regulator.--FAS Russia Reaches Settlement with Google | en.fas.gov.ru

5) President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Justice's antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

6) Windows XP: Why it won't die for years to come | ZDNet.com"Spiceworks calculates that Windows XP is running on 14 percent of all PCs in businesses worldwide, while Windows Vista is only running on one percent. In contrast, Windows 7 has the highest share, running on 69 percent of business PCs. Windows 10 currently has nine percent of the overall share, followed by Windows 8 at five percent, according to the research."--Editor's note: Windows 7 was the best OS Microsoft has ever made. Windows 8 was a disaster, and Windows 10 carries many of the same flaws. For most PC users, a good Chromebook is a much better choice going forward.

7) ICYMI 7 Tech News Quick Takes:
  1. China's Ant hikes MoneyGram bid by over a third, beats rival U.S. offer | Reuters.com
  2. Redesigned Google Earth brings guided tours and 3D view to Chrome browsers and Android devices | TheVerge.com
  3. Verizon profit, revenue miss Wall Street view as subscribers dash | Reuters.com
  4. Publishers are seeing another big decline in reach on Facebook | Digiday.com
  5. Google: The Most Valuable Company In The World | Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) | SeekingAlpha.com
  6. India's Paytm in talks with SoftBank to raise $1.2-$1.5 billion: report | Reuters.com
  7. China's Ant Financial targets brand boost in SEAsia with helloPay deal | Reuters.com

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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The French Election & Global Markets, Italy A Threat to the Euro (videos)

The first round of the 2017 French presidential election is on 23 April 2017. The run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on 7 May 2017. The leading candidates are Le Pen (National Front), Macron (En March!), Fillon (Republicans), Mélenchon (La France insoumise). Latest polls: FT.com - Bloomberg.com - wikipedia.org.

UPDATE April 23, 2017: Macron vs Le Pen for next President of France, runoff election May 7, 2017

FRANCE 24 Live – International Breaking News & Top stories - 24/7 stream

Emmanuel Macron: France's Next President?

Video above published Apr 19, 2017, by WSJ.com: A relative unknown in French politics until he announced his candidacy, Emmanuel Macron is a front-runner in France’s presidential election. But who is Mr. Macron, what does he stand for, and what are his chances?

Soc Gen CEO on French Election, ECB, European Banking

Mar 08, 2017: Frederic Oudea, chief executive officer at Societe Generale SA, discusses the French presidential election, French support for the European Union, normalization of ECB policy, and explains why he is "optimistic" about European banks. He speaks with Bloomberg's Jonathan Ferro on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

Franco-German short term yield spreads blow out to eurozone crisis high | ft.com, April 4, 2017: "The yield gap between French and German two-year debt has blown out to its highest level since the eurozone crisis as investors snap up German assets ahead of France’s presidential elections in three weeks’ time."

In the UKBritish PM May calls for early election to strengthen Brexit hand | Reuters.com, election June 8th--Theresa May is set to deliver a crushing blow to "remainers"--UK growth is faster than expected, consumer confidence is high, and unemployment low.

Why Italians Have "Fallen Out of Love" With The Euro: The euro zone's greatest existential threat? Italy, the eurozone's third largest economy, which could abandon the euro because: 1) Italians are poorer as a result of being part of the euro currency bloc; and 2) they are falling further behind their counterparts in main trading partner Germany.--Reuters.com

Is the Euro Doomed?

Apr 12, 2017: With the UK heading out of the European Union, Greece back on the brink and discontent fuelling the rise of populist politicians, Bloomberg QuickTake asks can the world’s most ambitious financial experiment survive?

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China's New Silk Road Project to Reshape Global Trade (video)

China's Pet Project to Reshape Global Trade

Video above published Apr 19, 2017, by Bloomberg.com: China’s President Xi Jinping wants to revive China’s ancient Silk Road by spurring trade via a network of new railways, ports, pipelines and highways. This Bloomberg QuickTake explains Xi’s pet project. Video by Robin Fall, Henry Baker

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Qualcomm $QCOM Q2 FY17 Earnings LIVE Webcast April 19 REPLAY

McNamee Says Law May Favor Qualcomm in Apple Dispute

Apr 11, 2017: Elevation Partners co-founder Roger McNamee and Bloomberg's Ian King discuss Qualcomm's countersuit against Apple. They speak with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde on "Bloomberg Technology."

Qualcomm Inc.
Stock exchange: symbol  |  NASDAQ: QCOM
Domain: qualcomm.com
Investor Relations: http://investor.qualcomm.com

Q2 FY17 Earnings Conference Call & LIVE Webcast
Apr 19, 2017, at 4:45 PM EDT -- Listen to webcast

Results: Q2 EPS of $1.34 beat consensus by $0.14 and Non-GAAP $6B Revenue (up 9.1% Y/Y) beat by $90M.
Qualcomm is a US-based multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. $QCOM derives most of its revenue from chipmaking and the bulk of its profit from patent licensing businesses. Company headquarters are in San Diego, California, with 224 worldwide locations. The parent company is Qualcomm Incorporated (Qualcomm), which includes the Qualcomm Technology Licensing Division (QTL). Qualcomm's wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), operates substantially all of Qualcomm's R&D activities, as well as its product and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.

See also:

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GMO's Jeremy Grantham: Stocks 'Decently Different This Time' (video)

GMO's Grantham: Stocks 'Decently Different This Time'

Video above published Apr 3, 2017 by WSJ.com: Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of Boston investment firm GMO, doesn't expect valuations to drop back to normal levels for two decades. But he is keeping cash on hand to take advantage of any dip, which he says would need to be 15-20% to act.

GMO LLC (domain: gmo.com) is a global investment management firm committed to providing sophisticated clients with superior asset management solutions.

Keeping the Faith in Value Investing

Video above published Sep 14, 2016: Ben Inker, Co-Head of GMO’s Asset Allocation team, discusses the advantages of long-term valuation-based investing and why GMO is Keeping the Faith in this approach

GMO Quarterly Letter (pdf)
The 4Q2016 GMO Quarterly Letter features Ben Inker's "Is Trump a Get Out of Hell Free Card?" and Jeremy Grantham's "The Road to Trumpsville: The Long, Long Mistreatment of the American Working Class"
 GMO Quarterly Letter 4Q 2016

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Qorvo $QRVO Solving RF Complexity: Eric Creviston at MWC 2017 (video)

Solving RF Complexity™: Eric Creviston Explains How at MWC 2017

Video above published Mar 29, 2017: Eric Creviston, President of Mobile Products, Qorvo, Inc.--domain: qorvo.com-- speaks to GSMA at MWC 2017 about the RF challenges facing handset OEMs, Qorvo’s broad product portfolio that solves the toughest RF problems and defining what’s possible for 5G.  Note: RF = radio frequency

$QRVO up 45.21% since Apr 18, 2016
Stock exchange & symbol  |  NASDAQ: QRVO
Headquarters: Greensboro, NC
Founded: 2015
Subsidiaries: TriQuint Semiconductor, GreenPeak Technologies, More

Qorvo is a US-based semiconductor company that designs, manufactures, and supplies radio-frequency systems and solutions for applications that drive wireless and broadband communications, as well as foundry services.

ref. Marketwatch.com, infra
Stock-picking fund managers double down on economic growth | MarketWatch.com 29 Mar 2017: "Compared with the 5% gain in the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.16%  over the past three months, the tech sector has gained 11%."

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News Review | Caveat Emptor: ICANN & New gTLD Domain Names

News Review | ©2016 DomainMondo.com
Domain Mondo's weekly review of internet domain news:

Features • 1) New gTLD Domain Name Registrants Caveat Emptor: ICANN & New gTLD Domain Names, 2) Tweets of the Week, 3) ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 slippage, 4) Names, Domains & Trademarks: A Brave New World Without Sunrises or the TMCH? 5) ICYMI Internet Domain News: We Need A New Internet and the IETF is a Mess, 6) Q1 2017 Earnings Season: Qualcomm April 19, 7) Most Popular.

1) Caveat Emptor Registrants: ICANN Says New gTLDs' Domain Names May Not Work As Expected on the Internet--
 Graphic of frustrated New gTLD Domain Name Registrant--"WTF ICANN?"
"1.2 Technical Feasibility of String. While ICANN has encouraged and will continue to encourage universal acceptance of all top-level domain strings across the Internet, certain top-level domain strings may encounter difficulty in acceptance by ISPs and webhosters and/or validation by web applications. Registry Operator shall be responsible for ensuring to its satisfaction the technical feasibility of the TLD string prior to entering into this Agreement."--ICANN Base Registry Agreement (pdf), updated 09 January 2014 (emphasis added).
ICANN press release April 11, 2017: "... According to one study, 13 percent of websites reject new domain names with more than three letters [in the TLD (top-level domain)] ... many applications still do not accept the new domains [new gTLD domain names]. Universal Acceptance [UA] has progressed [even] less for IDNs than for gTLDs ..." (emphasis added) (Editor's note: ICANN has known about this UA problem since at least 2003 and yet the greedygrossly negligent, and incompetent ICANN decided to proceed with its new gTLDs program, collect the money, and delegate over 1200 new gTLDs knowing they would "break stuff," without any disclosures or warnings to the general public or domain name registrants!)

Add to the above the fact that ICANN's new gTLDs come with no limitations as to future price increases to consumers (domain name registrants).  Unlike .COM domain names, that shiny new gTLD domain name that cost you $XX this year to register could cost you $XX,000 next year to renew, and ICANN is in the process of deleting the requirement that new gTLD registry operators notify ICANN about price increases--better not put your new gTLD domain name on "auto-renew."
"ICANN is just a scam and the entire industry is based on monopolistic fraud with DC payoffs."--Mike Mann, domain name registrant, March 30, 2017.
How did ICANN come to screw up its new gTLDs program so badly? There's plenty of blame to go around--inept ICANN leadership compounded by rampant conflicts of interest, incompetence, and cronyism, the effects of which continue to this day, but if I had to choose a single point failure it would be ICANN's decision to not follow the advice they were given by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (pdf) via the U.S. Department of Commerce (NTIA) (pdf) in December, 2008:
U.S. Dept. of Justice Antitrust Division advice to ICANN (Dec 8, 2008), supra, p.2
See also on Domain Mondo: Global Public Interest: Why ICANN Will Always Be A #FAIL and New gTLDs Failing, ICANN58 Ends, ICANN in La La Land.

2) Tweets of the Week: 
(a) @DomainKing on ICANN's new gTLDs:
(b) @SwiftOnSecurity on new gTLD .TOP:
Editor's note: What's ICANN doing? Nothing but collecting the money--.TOP is the second largest new gTLD in registrations--mostly in China (78%)--having a 15.4% market share among all new gTLDs.

3) ICANN Accountability-Work Stream 2 slippage, March 2017 status (updated 10 Apr 2017):
Note: Jurisdiction subgroup (see below), will miss its target date for completion of work. 3 other subgroups--Diversity, Ombuds Office, and Review of the CEP--are "behind schedule:"
Above: excerpt from Activity Dashboard embedded in full further below
CCWG Plenary,
I have attached a "discussion draft" of the Jurisdiction Subgroup's Revised Work Plan and Schedule.  While this was first reviewed at the Subgroup's meeting earlier today, it was based on earlier discussions in the Subgroup.--Greg Shatan, Rapporteur, April 12, 2017  --[see embed below, highlighting added]

CCWG-Accountability WS2 Activity Dashboard updated 10 April 2017:

4) Names, Domains & Trademarks
  • Registrar, Registry, Domain Name…A Quick Primer… | Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC | JDSupra.com"... “What other documentation would be part of a domain name transfer (or sale)?” Excellent point. Beyond the processes above, if you are transferring a domain name to or from a third party, we generally recommend the parties enter into a Domain Name Transfer and Assignment Agreement that specifies domain to be transferred, the consideration to be paid between the parties (and when such amounts are paid), and contains at least three key concepts (sample wording for each is provided below) ..."
  • India's Growing Internet Penetration and the Power of .COM by Prakhar Bindal | businessworld.in 12 Apr 2017: "So, even if you need to pay a little extra to get the domain name of your choice, it is almost always worth it. India’s growing online penetration spells a world of opportunity for Indian small businesses ... Choosing the right domain extension also matters. 79 percent of the SMBs in India currently prefer .com over other TLDs. Trust and the need for a professional image are the primary reasons driving this preference. This is in line with the global trend, where .com remains the most widely used TLD across the world ..."

5)  ICYMI Internet Domain News 

6) Q1 2017 Earnings Season coverage on Domain Mondo this coming week:

Qualcomm NASDAQ: QCOM (Domain: qualcomm.com) --Apr 19, 2017, 4:45pm EDT Qualcomm Q2 FY17 Earnings Conference Call--this Domain Mondo coverage due to pending Apple vs Qualcomm litigation.
See also: Why We Think We’re Better Investors Than We Are | NYTimes.com"Studies have revealed significant overconfidence in the judgments of scientists, lawyers, engineers, doctors and those in other professions ..."

7) Most popular post (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: News Review | ICANN & Its New gTLDs: Pedophilia's Best New Friends?

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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Tech Review | Disruption: T-Mobile Big Winner of FCC's Spectrum Auction

Domain Mondo's weekly review of technology news:

Features • 1) T-Mobile Big Winner of FCC's Spectrum Auction, 2) Digital Advertising, Search & Social, 3) Google & LG Display, 4) The inconvenient Apple Pay truth, 5) Silicon Valley vs Trump administration’s net neutrality plan, 6) ICYMI.

1)  Disruption: T-Mobile--$TMUS (NASDAQ: TMUS)--Big Winner of FCC's Spectrum Auction

@JohnLegere, @TMobile CEO:

Video above published Apr 13, 2017--The #Uncarrier cleaned up in historic low-band spectrum auction: "T-Mobile, The Un-carrier, just CLEANED UP in the recent, once-in-a-lifetime low-band @FCC auction. Stuck choosing between the duopoly where you live? That’s about to change. @TMobile will be able to bring choice to everyone, everywhere."
For more information:

Other Tech News:

2) Digital Advertising, Search & Social: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snap--Google and Facebook control 54% of total digital advertising spend while Twitter and Snap are part of "experimental" budgets for advertisers. Twitter is more of an information network than social network and is missing the bulk of the direct response advertising market.--SeekingAlpha.com

3) Google & LG Display: Reuters reported Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) offered to invest $880 million to help LG Display [lgdisplay.com] (NYSE:LPL) boost OLED screen production, in order to secure a stable supply of OLED screens for its Pixel smartphones instead of relying on Samsung.

4) The inconvenient Apple Pay truth: For Apple Pay, the "narrative" can no longer be "just give it time and consumers will come around"--not enough consumers see the value in it, so 19 out of every 20 people who could use it don't even bother anymore according to research over the last 2.5 years.--SeekingAlpha.com

5)  Silicon Valley vs Trump administration’s net neutrality plan--The Internet Association, a lobbying group representing Facebook, Google, Twitter and other web giants, has told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its new Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, this week, that it should not weaken net neutrality rules--Recode.net.

6) ICYMI 15 Tech News Quick Takes:
  1. Samsung's Galaxy S8 smartphones are reportedly outselling their predecessors in pre-orders by double-digit percentages--Fortune.com.
  2. Apple is working on its own battery-saving chip for the iPhone that could replace German manufacturer Dialog's power management integrated circuits (PMIC) as early as 2019. Apple accounted for more than 70 percent of Dialog's 2016 sales--Reuters.com
  3. Google Photos v2.13 adds video stabilization, hints at possible Google+ integration [APK Download + Teardown] | androidpolice.com
  4. WeChat becoming a threat to Baidu in mobile search? | ChinaInternetWatch.com
  5. Mobile game revenue grew 53% to $11.9 billion in Q1 2017 | GamesBeat | venturebeat.com
  6. How Google Book Search Got Lost | Backchannel.com: Just another "moonshot" now "stuck in low-Earth orbit."
  7. 3-D printed titanium parts expected to save millions in Boeing Dreamliner costs--Norsk  [domain: norsktitanium.com] aims to have nine printers running by year-end at a 67,000-square-foot (6,220-square-meter) facility in Plattsburgh, New York--Reuters.com
  8. Venture capital is about avoiding losers as much as picking winners | FT.com Alphaville: avoiding losers is where skill and experience matters.
  9. UK provides millions to help build more electric vehicle batteries | Reuters.com
  10. Not on my watch: Huawei CEO sees no future for wearable smart devices | South China Morning Post | scmp.com
  11. China draft cyber law mandates security assessment for outbound data | Reuters.com
  12. Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It | ProPublica.org
  13. Lawmakers introduce bill to end warrantless phone searches at border | TheHill.com
  14. China’s Souche.com receives $180m in Warburg-led series D round | dealstreetasia.com
  15. Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT 'cowboys' ride into sunset | Reuters.com: about $3 trillion in daily commerce flows through COBOL systems which underpin deposit accounts, check-clearing services, card networks, ATMs, mortgage servicing, loan ledgers and other services.
-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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China, EU & Russia Foreign Trade Barriers: Internet, Digital, Domain Names

Cover of The 2017 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers
2017 National Trade Estimate Report | United States Trade Representative | ustr.gov: The 2017 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) is the 32nd in an annual series that highlights significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports, and is a companion piece to the President’s Trade Policy Agenda published by USTR in March. 

Full Report here (pdf)--excerpts:

Regulation of Domain Names in China:

Web Filtering and Blocking of Websites in China:

EU Right To Be Forgotten: extraterritorial application of domestic law on the Internet, creating significant market uncertainty for businesses worldwide:

Google Tax in Russia:

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