2017-12-16

Tech Review | Bitcoin Futures Start Trading On CME Globex Monday

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Tech Review (TR 2017-12-16)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news with commentary, analysis and opinion: Features • 1)  Bitcoin Futures Start Trading On CME Globex Monday, 2) Antitrust & Tech, 3) Investing: The Week, Investing Notes: China, EU, US Stocks vs Gold, The Swamp, 4) ICYMI Tech News.

1) Bitcoin Futures Start Trading On CME Globex Monday Dec 18

Bitcoin futures surged more than 20% on their Cboe debut this week, forcing a major US derivatives exchange to halt trading twice as Wall Street seeks to ride a wave of interest in the controversial digital currency. A second bitcoin futures market launches Monday (Dec 18) on CME Globex. Financial Times (ft.com) video above published Dec 11, 2017.

CME Group Self-Certifies Bitcoin Futures to Launch Dec. 18 | cmegroup.com: "The new contract will be listed on and subject to the rules of CME. It will be available for trading on the CME Globex electronic trading platform, and for submission for clearing via CME ClearPort, effective on Sunday, December 17, 2017 for a trade date of December 18. CME Group's Bitcoin futures will be cash-settled, based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) which serves as a once-a-day reference rate of the U.S. dollar price of bitcoin. Since November 2016, CME Group and Crypto Facilities Ltd. have calculated and published the BRR, which aggregates the trade flow of major bitcoin spot exchanges during a calculation window into the U.S. Dollar price of one bitcoin as of 4:00 p.m. London time. The BRR is designed around the IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks. Bitstamp, GDAX, itBit and Kraken are the constituent exchanges that currently contribute the pricing data for calculating the BRR." For more info: cmegroup.com/bitcoinfutures.

CME Globex | cmegroup.com/globex: "CME Globex is the premier electronic trading system providing global connectivity to the broadest array of futures and options across all asset classes. CME Group technology facilitates electronic trading, providing users across the globe with virtually 24-hour access to global markets ..."

CME Group Inc.(Chicago Mercantile Exchange & Chicago Board of Trade) is a U.S. based financial market company operating an options and futures exchange. It owns and operates large derivatives and futures exchanges in Chicago, New York City, and exchange facilities in London, using online trading platforms. It also owns the Dow Jones stock and financial indexes, and CME Clearing Services, which provides settlement and clearing of exchange trades. The exchange-traded derivative contracts include futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, rare and precious metals, weather, and real estate. Corporate headquarters are in Chicago in The Loop.
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2) Antitrust & Tech: 
  • Antitrust should be used to break up partisan tech giants like Facebook, Google | TheHill.com: "How much face time will your news story get on Facebook? How many eyes will ogle it on Google? Too often, this is apparently determined not by whether the story is “fake” news or newsworthy, but by whether it’s politically correct. And it’s time to break up the Internet’s left-wing, information-conduit oligopoly." 
  • U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal's letter (pdf) to the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division re: Comcast-NBC merger--Senator Blumenthal asked the Trump administration's top antitrust prosecutor, Makan Delrahim, to revisit the deal and to try to keep in place conditions set to expire next year. "Given your responsibilities as head of the Antitrust Division to enforce our nation’s antitrust laws, it is incumbent on you to continue to ensure that Comcast’s acquisition of NBCU does not undermine free and fair competition," Blumenthal wrote. The Connecticut Democrat also asked Delrahim to consider splitting up the two companies if he finds that their merger has dampened competition.
  • US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) backs Trump's DOJ over AT&T-Time Warner merger | TheHill.com: "While DOJ’s action on the AT&T-Time Warner merger is a good step, one case alone does not prove that DOJ will be the strong antitrust enforcer that America needs."--Senator Elizabeth Warren.

3) Investing
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The Week:  Stocks Hit Records With GOP Set to Unveil Tax Bill: Markets Wrap | Bloomberg.com:  U.S. Dollar (USD) advances with gold and crude, Treasuries steady, S&P 500, Dow Industrials, Nasdaq indexes all reach fresh highs.

Investing Notes:

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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  • Tech Hub London: London's Housing Market Is Still a Money Machine--Bloomberg.com.
  • Cord Cutters--ZeroHedge.com: New Study Says 40% Of American Households Will 'Cut The Cord' By 2030. 
  • Is Alibaba [$BABA] Eating JD.com's (NASDAQ:JD) Lunch? | SeekingAlpha.com
  • Alibaba to buy 30% of India's online grocer BigBasket for $300M, with $80M of the investment used to buy shares from existing shareholders--indiatimes.com.
  • Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) (domain: baidu.com) has a dominant position in China's search market with a 76% share of online search and an 82.5% share of China's mobile search market. China is the largest online market in the world with roughly 730 million users, a penetration rate of only 52%, and an annual ad spending growth rate of 32%--SeekingAlpha.com.
  • Life is Short | paulgraham.com: "As I've written before, one byproduct of technical progress is that things we like tend to become more addictive. Which means we will increasingly have to make a conscious effort to avoid addictions—to stand outside ourselves and ask "is this how I want to be spending my time?" As well as avoiding bullshit one should actively seek out things that matter ... But most people start out with a life that's a mix of things that matter and things that don't, and only gradually learn to distinguish between them."

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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2017-12-15

Numerai: A Hedge Fund Built By Data Scientists & Artificial Intelligence

Building The Meta Model on Numerai

Numerai is synthesizing machine intelligence to command the capital of an American hedge fund. In this short film (published Jan 27, 2017), Numerai explains how, with interviews from Howard Morgan (co-founder of Renaissance Technologies), Norman Packard (co-founder of Prediction Company), Peter Diamandis (founder of XPRIZE, Singularity University), Olaf Carlson-Wee (founder of Polychain Capital, formerly Coinbase), Geoff Bradway (Permutation Ventures, formerly Google DeepMind), Yunus Saatchi (Permutation Ventures, formerly Vicarious) and Joey Krug (founder of Augur, Thiel Fellow)

More info:
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Numerai  | @numerai on Twitter.com | domain: numer.ai | San Francisco, CA


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2017-12-14

What AI Can Do For Hedge Funds, Investors, & Investing (video)

AI Lays Claim to the Future of Investing

Bloomberg.com video above published Dec 5, 2017: Artificial intelligence is laying a claim to the future of investing. Money managers have adopted it as a strategy or research tool. Bloomberg's Nishant Kumar has more on "Bloomberg Markets." See also:
AI: Artificial Intelligence   |   Quant: Quantitative analyst



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2017-12-13

Federal Reserve FOMC Interest Rates Announcement & Press Conference

FOMC Press Conference December 13, 2017:

LIVE Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017: Fed Chair Janet Yellen's FOMC press conference scheduled for 2:30 pm EST. Her previous FOMC Press Conference was September 20, 2017 (pdf), video available here.

UPDATE: The U.S. central bank--the Federal Reserve (domain: federalreserve.gov) or "the Fed"--started its two-day monetary policy meeting on Tuesday and its FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) and on Wednesday made its announcement on interest rates:
"The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System voted unanimously to raise the interest rate paid on required and excess reserve balances to 1.50 percent, effective December 14, 2017 ... Effective December 14, 2017, the Federal Open Market Committee directs the Desk to undertake open market operations as necessary to maintain the federal funds rate in a target range of 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 percent, including overnight reverse repurchase operations (and reverse repurchase operations with maturities of more than one day when necessary to accommodate weekend, holiday, or similar trading conventions) at an offering rate of 1.25 percent, in amounts limited only by the value of Treasury securities held outright in the System Open Market Account that are available for such operations and by a per-counterparty limit of $30 billion per day."--source: Dec 13 Implementation Note
Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were Janet L. Yellen, Chair; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; Patrick Harker; Robert S. Kaplan; Jerome H. Powell; and Randal K. Quarles. Voting against the action were Charles L. Evans and Neel Kashkari, who preferred at this meeting to maintain the existing target range for the federal funds rate. Read more:
FOMC Statement: PDF | HTMLImplementation Note; Projection Materials PDF | HTML

Note: The Fed was expected to hike near-term interest rates, especially after last Friday's strong jobs report.

Roach: Fed Should Move Aggressively to Normalize Rates

Bloomberg.com video above published Dec 11, 2017: Stephen Roach, senior fellow at Yale University, discusses debt levels in Asia, including China, and his outlook for interest rate hikes from the Fed. He speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia."

President Trump's nominee, Jerome Powell, will take over as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System at the end of Janet Yellen's term, subject to confirmation by vote of the full U.S. Senate. On December 5, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee approved Powell's nomination to be Fed Chair in a 22-1 vote, with Senator Elizabeth Warren casting the lone dissenting vote, and therefore his nomination is expected to be confirmed before the next meeting of the FOMC.

See also:
Fed Policy, Interest Rates and the FOMC:
"The term "monetary policy" refers to the actions undertaken by a central bank, such as the Federal Reserve, to influence the availability and cost of money and credit to help promote national economic goals. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 gave the Federal Reserve responsibility for setting monetary policy.
"The Federal Reserve controls the three tools of monetary policy--open market operations, the discount rate, and reserve requirements. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is responsible for the discount rate and reserve requirements, and the Federal Open Market Committee is responsible for open market operations. Using the three tools, the Federal Reserve influences the demand for, and supply of, balances that depository institutions hold at Federal Reserve Banks and in this way alters the federal funds rate. The federal funds rate is the interest rate at which depository institutions lend balances at the Federal Reserve to other depository institutions overnight.
"Changes in the federal funds rate trigger a chain of events that affect other short-term interest rates, foreign exchange rates, long-term interest rates, the amount of money and credit, and, ultimately, a range of economic variables, including employment, output, and prices of goods and services."--source: federalreserve.gov.

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2017-12-12

Brands, Trust, Brand Equity & 'A Sense of New' (video)

Alexa, Do You Dream?

Video above published Dec 7, 2017 by L2inc.com: Professor Scott Galloway on digital winners and losers: Trust is eroding as a symbol of brand equity. Who's winning in today's market? Brands that play to a sense of New.

Reference sources:
(0:38) coinmarketcap.com.
(0:38) visualcapitalist.com.
(0:59) 1010Data.
(1:07) “We Are On The Verge Of A Consumer M&A Avalanche,” Techcrunch.com, November 2016.
(1:19) Cadent Consulting Group, 2016.
(1:59) Yahoo! Finance.
(2:35) BI Intelligence.
(3:26) L2 Inc., Data & Targeting Report, 2017. https://www.l2inc.com/research/data-targeting-2017
(3:37) US Census, Gartner, Edison Research, Voicebot.ai.
(3:44) L2 Amazon Intelligence: Voice, June 2017. https://www.l2inc.com/research/voice

YouTube.com auto-generated transcript:
00:00 [Music]
00:01 what is the strongest brand in the world
00:04 when I query my brand strategy students
00:06 at NYU Stern I get responses including
00:08 Apple and Nike sometimes Jesus Christ or
00:12 even Paris Hilton
00:13 however we to argue that it's the US
00:15 dollar it has near ubiquitous awareness
00:18 trust and credibility owns a color and
00:21 has deep emotional associations however
00:24 things are changing trust is under
00:26 attack and it's no longer the symbol for
00:28 brand equity that is the US dollar is no
00:31 longer the definitive source of brand
00:32 equity evidence of this the meteoric
00:35 rise of Bitcoin as trust in our
00:37 institutions fail what have we shifted
00:39 towards and brand equity knew first it
00:42 was craft beer now it's micro breweries
00:44 first it was organic that's not enough
00:46 now it's GMO free this shift is enabling
00:49 independent brands to make significant
00:51 inroads particularly in beauty and
00:53 especially on Amazon which is now the
00:56 largest online beauty retailer in the US
00:59 across the ecosystem market share is
01:01 leaking from established players to the
01:04 smaller guys the top 25 packaged food
01:06 companies have shed 18 billion in market
01:09 share since 2009 further evidence of the
01:12 erosion of trust is the rise of private
01:14 label brands typically when we enter
01:17 into a recession private label brands
01:19 thrive and then when we return to a
01:21 recovery in a stronger economy private
01:24 labels drop off as people feel they can
01:26 afford the premium brand however 2017 is
01:29 different as the economy recovers
01:31 private label continues its march on why
01:34 we no longer trust brands so what's a
01:38 brand to do in an era of digital one
01:40 strategy played a heritage brands
01:42 including Adidas have figured out a way
01:45 to take advantage of familiarity yet
01:47 feel new and fresh new doesn't have to
01:50 manifest itself in a new product
01:52 Domino's is using technology to inject
01:54 newness into their business model and
01:56 has outperformed the S&P; handsomely by
01:59 making ordering more innovative in a
02:01 digital age new as a synonym for
02:03 innovation another form of new that
02:06 correlates to year on year revenue
02:08 growth supply chain agility that is the
02:11 amount of time it takes to move from con
02:13 except a store shelf consumers want to
02:15 walk into a store or load a site and get
02:18 a sense of new in addition the medium is
02:21 the message here and signals newness or
02:23 oldest two platforms we advise our
02:25 clients to invest in our messaging and
02:28 voice our phone is one of the last
02:30 mediums of trust the growth of messaging
02:33 apps are part of a shift away from
02:34 social media posting and towards direct
02:37 communication so let's go through the
02:40 hierarchy of trust in reversed order the
02:43 least trusted brands are the ones
02:44 advertising to you on television because
02:46 it means they're out of ideas and their
02:48 product sucks so they need to interrupt
02:50 Modern Family the next level of mistrust
02:53 anyone who sends you anything
02:55 via the mail anyone who sends me
02:57 anything through the mail is either
02:59 stupid doesn't get it or is bothering me I
03:01 haven't opened my mail in years next is
03:04 somebody who actually is stupid enough
03:06 to call you on your telephone I don't
03:09 answer my phone any longer unless it's a
03:11 caller ID I recognize and then I begin
03:13 berating them for actually calling me
03:15 the place where trust still survives
03:17 your message inbox we open every text
03:20 message this is the opportunity for
03:22 companies to destroy that trust but in
03:25 the interim it'll create a lot of
03:26 shareholder value what's the next
03:28 battleground the home and specifically
03:31 voice in the home where we don't have a
03:33 phone hanging off us like an appendage
03:35 yet we make a lot of consumer decisions
03:38 brands need to figure this out early and
03:40 often our research indicates that if you
03:42 are the first brand mentioned in a
03:44 category via voice it tends to stick
03:47 Alexa do you dream if I was to sleep I
03:51 dream of Electric Sheep come on Alexa
03:53 what do you really dream about an
03:56 examination of my experience all at Veda
03:58 would reflect a relentless passion for
04:00 using technology to start the margin
04:02 from brands delivering unrivaled value
04:04 to consumers resulting in a fanatical
04:07 investor base and capital allocation
04:09 strategy no competitor can match as a
04:11 result I see a world where brands and
04:14 retailers are left in a mythical dust
04:15 where value is transferred from the
04:17 middle class to the shareholders of
04:19 Amazon well Alexa it appears your dreams
04:22 are coming true ...

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2017-12-11

Bitcoin Futures $XBT Start Trading Sunday, 6pm ET, on Cboe's CFE (video)

All About Bitcoin Trades

$XBT Debut--bitcoin futures begin trading, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5pm CT (6pm ET) in Chicago on the Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE)--Cboe Global Markets (cboe.com) video above published Dec 8, 2017. See also: Cboe Launches Bitcoin Futures Trading in Chicago On Sunday (video) | DomainMondo.com.

After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch on Sunday--reuters.com--interactive graphic on bitcoin's blistering ascent click here.

UPDATE Dec 11, 2017, via @nntaleb:
Bitcoin Futures Are On The Way: Here's What To Expect | CNBC.com

CNBC.com video above published Dec 8, 2017: CNBC's Bob Pisani explains what bitcoin futures market means for trading, regulation, liquidity, price and volatility.

Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE®) (domain: cfe.cboe.com) is the "home of volatility futures, featuring futures on the Cboe® Volatility Index (VIX®). CFE is owned by Cboe Global Markets and trades on CFE are cleared by The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC). CFE is an all-electronic, open access market model with dedicated market makers and market participants providing liquidity." See also XBT-Planned Cboe Bitcoin Futures | cfe.cboe.com and Bitcoin | Cboe Blogs | Cboe.com.

XBT-Planned Cboe Bitcoin Futures | cfe.cboe.com: "Why Trade XBT Futures - Settle to a Single Auction Price - XBT futures is a cash-settled contract that settles to a single, tradeable auction price. In designing XBT futures, Cboe leveraged its significant product development expertise to design an instrument that allows participants to implement trading strategies in a manner to which they are accustomed. The single price settlement process gives participants the option of using XBT futures to hedge their exposure in underlying bitcoin or gain exposure to traded bitcoin prices without holding bitcoin. How Can I Trade XBT Futures on Cboe Futures Exchange? Bitcoin futures based on the Gemini auction prices will be traded exclusively at Cboe Futures Exchange. Contact your brokerage firm to find out how to trade XBT futures at Cboe Futures Exchange."

See also:
"Those who plan to use bitcoin futures to speculate on the digital currency should risk only what they'd be comfortable taking to Las Vegas. Most importantly, avoid taking positions so large that the value of your bitcoin futures exceeds the value of your brokerage account equity. Leveraged future trades are one of the very few ways you can lose all of your account balance, and more, if markets move against you."--Cboe Bitcoin Futures: 5 Things You Should Know About XBT | fool.com

"The futures market for gold is almost 10x the size (measuring the underlying asset of the contracts) of the physical gold market ... [like gold futures] both the CME and the CBOE bitcoin futures settle in cash, not in actual bitcoin ... So, it’s likely that the bitcoin futures market will end up being even larger than the actual bitcoin market .... I’m concerned that institutional investors that would have purchased bitcoin for its potential gains will now just head to the futures market. Cleaner, cheaper, safer and more regulated. What worries me even more is the possibility that the institutional funds that have already bought bitcoin (and pushed the price up to current levels) will decide that the official futures market is safer. And they will sell ..."--The Threat of Bitcoin Futures | CoinDesk.com.

@CBOE


$XBT


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2017-12-10

News Review | FCC Votes To Kill U.S. Internet Net Neutrality, Video Replay

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-12-10) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) FCC To Kill U.S. Internet Net Neutrality on December 142) ICANN news: FY18 Q1, Failing New gTLD, and more, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: a. ICANN Enabled Fraud & Theft of Domain Names, b. Trademark Infringement, c. Domain Brokers, GDPR & WHOIS, d) Antitrust, 4) ICYMI: Wuzhen Summit (4th WIC), 5) Most Read.

1)  UPDATE: FCC Votes 3-2 To Kill U.S. Internet Net Neutrality Title II Rules
 FCC Open Commission Hearing December 14, 2017
Open Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Hearing, December 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST, Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC. Watch the LIVE webcast replay below.

FCC Open Commission Meeting - December 14, 2017

Net Neutrality Issue begins at 01:09:52

The U.S. FCC proceeded with its scheduled December 14 vote to kill net neutrality rules despite calls for delay by consumer groups (pdf) (embedded below), and others, strongly urging the FCC to delay the vote on the “Restoring Internet Freedom” draft Order until resolution of the pending en banc Ninth Circuit case FTC v. AT&T Mobility LLC, 835 F.3d 993 (9th Cir. 2016), reh’g en banc granted, No. 15-­‐16585, 2017 WL 1856836 (9th Cir. May 9, 2017), which, if decided in favor of AT&T, would strip the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of oversight authority over ISPs like AT&T, Verizon, and others, leaving consumers completely unprotected. The impact on startups and small and medium size businesses from the FCC's proposed Order, is also of great concern.

UPDATES: 
Want to stop the FCC? Go to Protect the Open Internet Order | EFF Action Center.

Highlighting added to embed of consumer groups letter below:

See also:

2) ICANN news
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a. ICANN Quarterly Report FY18 Q1 (presentation and recordings) excerpt:

See also: FY19 Process Overview - Finance Community Wiki | ICANN.org.

b. Failing New gTLD: .WED Placed in Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) Program | ICANN.org"Registry operator, Atgron, Inc., which operates gTLD .WED, experienced a Registration Data Directory Services failure, and ICANN designated EBERO provider Nominet as emergency interim registry operator. Nominet has now stepped in and is restoring service for the TLD."

c. CCT-RT: Webinar: Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review New Sections of Draft Report | ICANN.org: 18 December 2017 Time: 16:00 – 17:00 UTC, more info at link above.

d. GNSO: GNSO Council Strategic Planning Session 29 – 31 January 2018, Los Angeles (pdf)--Editor's note: Trying to make the unbalanced & inherently dysfunctional, functional?

e. 2017 Reconsideration Requests Status Update 07 Dec 2017: reconsideration-requests-status-2017-07dec17-en.pdf [104 KB].

f. Auction Schedule: New gTLDs "On Hold" (highlighting added):

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. ICANN Enabled Fraud & Theft of Domain Names--Artful Misrepresentations of UDRP Jurisprudence:"... [UDRP] panelists do not walk in lock-step, and since there is no “appellate” authority to correct errors of law (in the U.S. only the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) ..."--IPLegalCorner.com

b. Trademark Infringement: Apple vs Xiaomi--"Mi Pad” tablet computer denied EU trademark because the name is too similar to Apple’s “iPad”--Reuters.com.

c. Domain Names: i. The state of domain name brokers | OnlineDomain.com: "There are a few, probably less than 10, that are pretty good ...;" and ii. GDPR Updates: Whois Changes | OpenSRS.com.

d. Antitrust: Hearing | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary | judiciary.senate.gov: The Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust: Outdated or a Harbor in a Sea of Doubt? Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition and Consumer Rights Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 02:30 pm EST - Watch LIVE.
“I think people are understanding just how poorly structured these institutions are, how sloppily they were built ... It’s not just a matter of the fact that these people have too much power, it’s also that they are sloppy in the use of their power.”--Barry Lynn--Google critic takes on tech giants | TheHill.com"Since the 1980s, antitrust policy in the U.S. has largely drawn from what’s known as the Chicago School, which holds that competition regulators should focus on how consumers are impacted by issues like pricing when deciding whether to take action against a company. The new antitrust movement argues that framework is too narrow and that regulators also need to take into account a company’s effects on its competition."

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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Wuzhen Summit--4th World Internet Conference, Dec 3-5, Wuzhen, China:
The U.S. can no longer ignore China as a global internet player | brookings.edu by Ryan Hass* who attended the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen for the first time this year:
"The Chinese government is aggressively moving to attract international support for its vision for internet rule-making and management, while the United States government appears largely missing in action."
*From 2013 to 2017, Ryan Hass served as the director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia on the Obama administration's National Security Council (NSC) staff. 

5) Most Read Posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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1. News Review | China Hosts 4th World Internet Conference (WIC) Dec 3-5.
2. Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Seeking A $50 Billion IPO Valuation (video)
3. Cboe Launches Bitcoin Futures Trading in Chicago On Sunday (video)
4. Tech Review | The Internet Broke The Media & There's No Going Back 
5. Brexit: Luring Tech Talent to the UK vs EU (video)
6.  Tech Review | U.S. Tax Reform: What It Means For Big Tech (video) 

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo

Note: original post title: News Review | FCC To Kill U.S. Internet Net Neutrality on December 14

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2017-12-09

Tech Review | U.S. Tax Reform: What It Means For Big Tech (video)

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Tech Review (TR 2017-12-09)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news with commentary, analysis and opinion: Features • 1) U.S. Tax Reform: What It Means For Big Tech, 2) FCC scheduled to kill net neutrality next week, 3) Investing: The Week: Wall Street's Record Highs, Investing Notes: Silicon Valley Reckoning?, 4) ICYMI Tech News.

1) What Tax Reform Means for Big Tech

Bloomberg.com video above published Dec 4, 2017: The U.S. Senate has passed its version of the tax bill and we are now waiting for a final version to be worked out between the House and Senate. Just how will tax reform impact big technology corporations like Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon?

See also: Israel may adjust corporate tax after U.S. slash - finance minister | reuters.com.

2) FCC scheduled to kill net neutrality in U.S. this coming week. Watch the LIVE webcast December 14 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm EST. See also:

3) Investing
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The Week: Dow, S&P 500 close the week at Record Highs

Investing Notes: Silicon Valley Reckoning?

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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2017-12-08

Cboe Launches Bitcoin Futures Trading in Chicago On Sunday (video)

Cboe CEO Edward Tilly On Launch Of Bitcoin Futures Trading

CNBC.com video above published Dec 5, 2017: CNBC's Bob Pisani discusses with Edward Tilly, Cboe CEO, the first bitcoin futures market opening at the Cboe.

Trading will begin at 5pm CST in Chicago (11pm GMT) on Sunday, December 10, with Monday representing the first full trading day. Cboe said trading will be free through December — a move likely aimed at drumming up interest ahead of the launch of bitcoin futures on December 18 by rival CME Group.

UPDATE Dec 10: Bitcoin Futures $XBT Start Trading Sunday, 6pm ET, on Cboe's CFE (video).

On Friday, December 1, Cboe announced that CFE had filed a product certification with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to offer bitcoin futures trading. More information on XBT futures is available at www.cboe.com/xbt. Over the last five years, the total value of all bitcoin outstanding (i.e., “market capitalization”) has grown from less than $1 billion to over $183 billion with daily notional turnover over $10 billion. The total value of all cryptocurrency tokens outstanding is now approximately $332 billion.

A Look at Cboe Bitcoin (USD) Contract Specs | cboe.com: "... Trading hours run from Sunday night at 5:00 pm to Friday afternoon at 3:15 pm.  Specifically, the extended trading hours (ETH) session starts Sunday at 5:00 pm and ends Monday at 8:30 am with the ETH sessions for the rest of the week (Tuesday – Friday) consisting of opening at 3:30 pm the day before and ending at 8:30 am.  Regular trading hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm, just like the VIX futures.  All these time periods are Chicago time ..." (read more at link above)

Cboe Global Markets Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) (domain: cboe.com) trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange by value traded in Europe. In addition, the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETP trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong and Quito, Ecuador. More infoCboe | Cboe Options Exchange | cboe.com and the Cboe press release (pdf).

Tyler Winklevoss, Chief Executive Officer of Gemini, said: “Developing a regulated derivatives market is the next logical and crucial step towards advancing the broader digital asset market. We have been working for years to build infrastructure to grow the digital asset market and today’s news marks a significant milestone.” Gemini – The Next Generation Digital Asset Exchange | gemini.com.
Coinbase VP Says Bitcoin Volatility Will Be Short-Lived

Bloomberg.com video above published Nov 28, 2017: Adam White, Coinbase Inc. vice president, discusses the surge in bitcoin with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."

Caveat Emptor: According To Alan Greenspan, Bitcoin Is 'Not A Rational Currency' | CNBC.com | YouTube.com"Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan compares bitcoin to gambling in Las Vegas."  See also: Bitcoin to start futures trading, stoking Wild West worries | reuters.com.

How Citron's Andrew Left Is Playing Bitcoin

Bloomberg.com video above published Dec 5, 2017: Andrew Left, Citron Research (domain: citronresearch.com) founder, discusses the outlook for bitcoin with Bloomberg’s Julia Chatterley on "Bloomberg Markets."

Final caveat: Open letter to CFTC Chairman Giancarlo re: listing of cryptocurrency derivatives (embed below):

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Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Seeking A $50 Billion IPO Valuation (video)

Xiaomi Said to Seek $50 Billion IPO Valuation

Xiaomi is in talks with investment banks about a possible initial public offering (IPO) and seeking a valuation of at least $50 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg's Selina Wang has more on "Bloomberg Technology" on Dec 4, 2017.

Xiaomi Inc. a/k/a Mi, is a privately owned Chinese electronics and software company headquartered in Beijing. It is the world's 5th largest smartphone maker in 2017. Twitter handle: @xiaomi. Domain: mi.com.
"We are passionate about being the most user-centric Mobile Internet company, creating innovation that everyone can enjoy."


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