2017-09-26

Tez, Google's New Digital Payment App for India (video)

Introducing Tez, a new payments app by Google

Google Tez video above published Sep 18, 2017: "When making payments, big or small, online or offline, to friends or out shopping, why must we have to choose how we pay? Introducing Tez, a simple and secure payments and commerce app from Google that lets you pay straight from your bank account." 
#GoogleTez is a payments and commerce app, made for India first. Make payments big and small, straight from your bank account. It’s money made simple.
Google Tez & India: Google Has Hit the Jackpot With 'Tez' | Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) | SeekingAlpha.com: "Total payments in India via digital payment instruments estimated to reach $500 billion by 2020. Google set to take advantage of favourable macro and industry trends through its capabilities."

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2017-09-25

What Will It Take For A Stock Market Crash? (video)

What will it take for markets to crash?

Video above published Aug 18, 2017, by FT.com: As the US stock market gets into its eighth year of gains, and with global markets caught up in a bull market for stocks and other assets, the FT.com's Dan McCrum says the big question is, what will make markets crash and when will it happen? See also: Stock Market Warning Siren is Blaring | WolfStreet.com Aug 12, 2017.

But note Professor Shiller's take:
Mass Psychology Supports the Pricey Stock Market | NYTimes.com by Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale, 15 Sep 2017: "... current valuations make the market vulnerable. But it took more than high valuation numbers to precipitate those ugly declines in the past. The other ingredient was mass psychology ... where are we today? Mass psychology appears to be in a different, calmer place. Investors do not seem to have the concern they had in 1929 or 2000 that other investors might suddenly sell their holdings and get out of the stock market ... Why people are so calm about the high-priced market is a bit of a mystery. On this, I can only speculate ... I don’t really know. But the result is that while valuations remain very high there just doesn’t seem to be much evidence that many investors in the United States stock market are actively worrying today that other investors are on the verge of selling. Mass opinions may well change, but for now, in the critical psychological dimension, the stock market does not closely resemble the market in the dangerous years of 1929 or 2000. That doesn’t mean that there is no danger of a crash. But at the moment, the psychological preconditions for a spiraling downturn don’t appear to be in place.

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The 2008 Financial Crisis: Explaining the Start

Video above published Aug 16, 2017, by WSJ.com: August 2007 marked the beginning of worst financial crisis since the great depression. A decade later, WSJ's finance and banking editors break down the events that led to the 2008 financial crisis.

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2017-09-24

News Review: ICANN Interactive Webinar on DNS Abuse September 25

News Review | ©2016 DomainMondo.com
Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-09-24) with analysis and opinion: Features • 1)  ICANN Interactive Webinar on DNS Abuse Sept 25, 2)Other ICANN news a. Editor's Comment on DNS Abuse in gTLDs, b.Latest on Spain vs .CAT, c. ICYMI RegistrarSG to ICANN Letter, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: Please No Emoji in Domains, 4) ICYMI Internet Domain News: Internet Censorship, 5) Most Read Posts.

1) ICANN Interactive Webinar on DNS Abuse September 25
ICANN WEBINAR: Compliance & Consumer Safeguard Overview | ICANN.org: ICANN will host an interactive webinar on 25 September 2017 to discuss Compliance and Consumer Safeguard matters within ICANN’s remit, including:
  • Review and discuss existing safeguards within ICANN’s contracts and By-laws.
  • Identify types DNS abuse that may fall within ICANN’s remit.
  • Discuss voluntary efforts to address abuse within the DNS.
  • Consider possible topic(s) for discussion during a session at ICANN 60.
"This webinar will allow for an open discussion on these topics as well as any other related issues raised by members of the community. Hosted by ICANN’s Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards team, the webinar will also include representatives from ICANN’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Global Domains Division."--ICANN

Webinar Date & Time25 September 2017, 1500-1600 UTC | time convert 11am EDT (US)
Join via Adobe Connect: https://participate.icann.org/safeguardsandcompliance/
Dial-In Conference Number(s)--Participant Code: 1941584829:
  • US (Toll): 1-605-475-5603
  • US (Toll): 1-712-770-4202
  • US (Toll Free): 1-888-619-1583
  • Canada, Montreal (Local): +1 514 669 5944
  • Canada, Toronto (Local): +1 647 426 9168
  • Additional access numbers: here
The webinar will be conducted in English. Recordings will be published here. More info:

2) Other ICANN news
a. DomainMondo.com Editor's comment (pdf) re: Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs (SADAG) Report, submitted 19 Sep 2017 (comment period now extended to 27 Sep 2017), excerpt:

"Conclusion: With its 2012 round of expanding gTLDs from just 22 to more than 1200, ICANN has made a mess of the DNS and given multistakeholderism a bad name. And it’s not as if ICANN wasn’t warned, repeatedly, as noted hereinabove. No, this disaster wasn’t any force majeure, but a disaster of ICANN’s own making, founded upon a mixture of arrogant power and greed:
"I really can’t see a legitimate upside where new benefits [of the new gTLDs] outweigh costs, and everyone I mention this to feels the same way. People just shake their heads. It’s all about the money. They [ICANN] are creating these extensions because they can."--University of Pennsylvania Wharton School marketing professor Peter Fader, co-director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (source: Knowledge@Wharton May 21, 2014).
"ICANN’s new gTLDs program is a systemic failure of both the organization and the “ICANN community”—they need to own it and be held accountable. It is as important to understand “how we got here” as “what happened.” The failed ICANN leadership that got us into this mess includes Peter Dengate Thrush (former ICANN Board Chairman), Steve Crocker (ICANN Board member and Chairman), ICANN ex-CEOs Rod Beckstrom and Fadi Chehade, former ICANN Chief Strategy Officer Kurt Pritz (“architect of ICANN's new gTLD program”), and lastly but not least, Akram Atallah, interim ICANN CEO (twice) and President of ICANN’s “Global Domains Division.”" (emphasis added)

Full comment embedded below. Other comments submitted may be read here.


b.  Latest on Spain vs .CAT--gTLD .CAT domain names judicial seizure warrant
.CAT statement 22 Sep 2017: Our Director of Innovation and Information Systems has been released | fundacio.cat"... Pep Masoliver, has been released on September 22, after more than 60 hours of detention, accused with charges of embezzlement, prevarication and disobedience ..." (emphasis added)

Background: Intervention at Fundació puntCAT's headquarters | fundacio.cat 20 Sep 2017: "Fundació puntCAT wants to express its utmost condemnation, indignation and reprobation for the actions that it has been suffering lately with successive judicial mandates, searches and finally the arrest of our Director of Innovation and Information Systems, Pep Masoliver ..." (emphasis added)

See also 17 September 2017 Letter from Fundació puntCAT CEO Eduard Martin Lineros to ICANN CEO Göran Marby (pdf) published by ICANN 20 September 2017, embed below:
See also: Spain and Catalonia Wrestle Over .Cat Internet Domain - The New York Times"Given the web’s rich cat history, you’d think that domain names ending in .CAT would be another online feline gold mine."--For the love of god, not everything is about cats | theoutline.com: "The foundation that administers the .CAT domain for Catalonians just got raided by the Spanish police, but all the media wants to talk about is cats."

UPDATE--Catalonia Police Reject Madrid Orders: Barring Invasion, the Vote Will Take Place October 1st--"Given the importance of the story, Western media is amazingly silent. Stories are few and far between."--MishTalK.com.

c.  ICYMI: ICANN’s “Proposal Regarding Feasibility Analysis of Cross-Field Address Validation Services.”--Letter from Graeme Bunton to Jennifer Gore | ICANN.org embed below, highlighting added:
(Editor's Note: Graeme Bunton is manager of public policy at Tucows, and was elected as Chair of the Registrar Stakeholder Group in July 2016. Jennifer Gore is ICANN Director, Registrar Services & Engagement since July, 2016; prior to that she was employed by Web.com.)

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
•  Emoji in Domains? Don't, just don'tWorth Repeating Again--SAC 095 | SSAC Advisory on the Use of Emoji in Domain Names | ICANN.org--Advisory from the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) 25 May 2017 (pdf): "... the practical implication is that domain names with emoji will not be accepted or processed consistently by applications ... Currently, it is already difficult to get people to accept the new labels that have appeared with IDNs and the new generic TLD (new gTLDs) program. Adding emoji to domain name labels will only make this problem worse ... Recommendation 1: Because the risks identified in this Advisory cannot be adequately mitigated without significant changes to Unicode or IDNA (or both), the SSAC recommends that the ICANN Board reject any TLD (root zone label) that includes emojiRecommendation 2: Because the risks identified in this Advisory cannot be adequately mitigated without significant changes to Unicode or IDNA (or both), the SSAC strongly discourages the registration of any domain name that includes emoji in any of its labels. The SSAC also advises registrants of domain names with emoji that such domains may not function consistently or may not be universally accessible as expected ..." (emphasis and link added)

•  IT Contractor Convicted of Wire Fraud for Defacing Website of Arizona Company | USAO-AZ | US Department of Justice | justice.gov"... According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, [Defendant] Tso provided information technology (“IT”) services for a company located in Phoenix, Ariz. Tso subsequently used the company’s account information to make changes to the company’s website. These changes prevented the company’s employees from using their email accounts and redirected the company’s homepage to a blank page. Tso then offered to return everything to normal for $10,000. When the company refused to pay the requested amount, Tso redirected the company’s homepage to a pornographic website. Visitors to the company’s website were redirected to the pornographic website for several days before the website was returned to normal ..."

 IP in the Digital Age: Protecting Against Domain Name and Social Media Infringement | New Jersey Law Journal | njlawjournal.com

•  Don’t Fall for a Scam: Trademark Owners Targeted | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP - JDSupra.com"These scamming organizations, which often use names that resemble government agencies, will obtain freely accessible information regarding a registration or application ... and then create an official-looking letter or invoice seeking payment regarding the referenced trademark."

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
•  Internet CensorshipThe Terrifying Power of Internet Censors | NYTimes.com"Because of the precise nature of Cloudflare’s business, and the scarcity of competitors, its role censoring internet speech is not just new, it’s terrifying."

Iceland authorities weighing options after neo-Nazi site registers there | ArsTechnica.com“What we worry about is the reputation of the .is domain,” ISNIC CEO Jens Pétur Jensen told the Reykjavik Grapevine. “ISNIC does not want to have the reputation that we’re a safe haven for criminals.”
See also: Why many Russians have gladly agreed to online censorship | osu.edu and Iran: Policing the Internet and Social Media | AEI.org.

  • China's Great FirewallChinese man jailed for helping others break Internet firewall | newsbytesapp.comSee also U.S. seeks partners to help Internet users evade foreign censors--bgov.com: "The Office of Internet Freedom (OIF), part the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, is looking for vendors that have systems and software to counter internet censorship by foreign governments, according to a notice published Sept. 6."--helping dissident groups set up web proxies and secure email.

•  Net NeutralityFCC Chair’s “chat” with tech execs draws protest | Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org .See also: "... the FCC blatantly ignored the evidence that the agency had in its possession throughout its push to scrap the vital consumer protections established by the Open Internet Order," NHMC Policy and Legal Affairs Director Carmen Scurato said in a press release last week."  See also Technology is outsmarting net neutrality | AEI.org.

•  EFF Resigns from W3C over EMEAn open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team and membership | Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org: ".... The W3C process has been abused by companies that made their fortunes by upsetting the established order, and now, thanks to EME, they’ll be able to ensure no one ever subjects them to the same innovative pressures. So we'll keep fighting to keep the web free and open. We'll keep suing the US government to overturn the laws that make DRM so toxic, and we'll keep bringing that fight to the world's legislatures that are being misled by the US Trade Representative to instigate local equivalents to America's legal mistakes. We will renew our work to battle the media companies that fail to adapt videos for accessibility purposes, even though the W3C squandered the perfect moment to exact a promise to protect those who are doing that work for them. We will defend those who are put in harm's way for blowing the whistle on defects in EME implementations. It is a tragedy that we will be doing that without our friends at the W3C, and with the world believing that the pioneers and creators of the web no longer care about these matters. Effective today, EFF is resigning from the W3C. Thank you"--Cory Doctorow, Advisory Committee Representative to the W3C for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (emphasis added).

•  Internet FreedomHow supporting internet freedom in Cambodia makes America great | R Street Institute | RStreet.org

Internet Regulation: FEC Dems renew bid to regulate Internet, Drudge, 'not done fighting' | washingtonexaminer.com

•  Internet Shutdowns: Togo latest country to lose web access as regimes increasingly shut down Internet to control protests | theglobeandmail.com

•  China Connecting The Unconnected: "... as new players enter the race to connect the 4 billion people who remain offline, new questions are emerging about who is providing that connection and what their agenda is. As China’s interest in global development has grown, so too has its influence in the telecommunications sector, with two companies in particular — the privately owned Huawei and state owned ZTE — making up the majority of China’s efforts to connect the unconnected."--China's role in the race to connect the next billion | Devex.com.

5) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
1.  News Review: ICANN New gTLDs Declining, But Other Domains Growing
2.  Hurricane Maria: 2017 Hurricane Season, Satellite Views .... LIVE Feeds
3.  EU Antitrust & Competition Policy, EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager
4.   MacroView: Election in Germany (video), ECB, EU, Spain, IMF & Greece
5.  Jeff Bezos Empire: Amazon $AMZN, Blue Origin, WaPo, Bezos Expeditions

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2017-09-23

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.
NASDAQ:AAPL:
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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: 
CordCutter
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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2017-09-22

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

Germany election 2017 UPDATE 24 Sep 2017: Far-right AfD stuns German establishment by finishing third with 13.5% and will enter parliament for the first time, but Merkel wins fourth term--"Of course we had hoped for a slightly better result." said Angela Merkel, who must now form a coalition government, a potentially difficult task that could take months trying to woo unwilling potential coalition partners.

The Latest: German election: Merkel vows to form stable govt | The Washington Post"Center-left challenger Martin Schulz, whose Social Democrats were the junior partners in Merkel’s outgoing government, said shortly after exit polls showed his party headed for a historic election defeat Sunday that it would go into opposition. In a television discussion involving major party leaders, he accused Merkel of conducting a “scandalous” campaign that avoided debate and created “a vacuum” that the nationalist Alternative for Germany party filled."

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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2017-09-21

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
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2017-09-20

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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2017-09-19

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.

Agenda:
  • 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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2017-09-18

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.
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2017-09-17

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:
 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)

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