Tech Review | Future Finance: Smart Contracts on the Blockchain (video)

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Tech Review (TR 2018-10-20)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech investing news with commentary, analysis and opinion: Features • 1) Future Finance: Smart Contracts on the Blockchain, 2) Bitcoin Detectives: Cracking the ​Blockchain, 3) Investing: The Week, Investing Notes: US, Europe, China, 4) ICYMI Tech News: Amazon AWS JEDI & HQ2, Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Wirecard.

1) "Future Finance" Forum 2018: Smart Contracts on the Blockchain

A lively panel discussion on the divergence in the blockchain ecosystem between cryptocurrencies and other private permission systems and how smart contracts are evolving, moderated by Ray Chan, Senior Correspondent, FinanceAsia, with Panelists: Paul Sin, Consulting Partner, Deloitte, Angelina Kwan, Managing Director, Head of Regulatory Compliance, HKEX, Joshua Kroeker, Blockchain/DLT Lead, Global Commercial Banking, HSBC, Lawrence Ma, President, HK Blockchain Society, Douglas W. Arner, Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. The session was filmed at the "Future Finance - Adapting to Disruption" Forum held at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong on Wednesday, 7th February 2018. Thomson Reuters video published Oct 5, 2018.
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See also: From Farm to Blockchain: Walmart Tracks Its Lettuce | NYTimes.com Sep 24, 2018: The giant retailer will begin requiring lettuce and spinach suppliers to contribute to a blockchain database that can rapidly pinpoint contamination.

2) Bitcoin Detectives: Cracking the ​Blockchain

The cryptocurrency Bitcoin has a problem as old as money itself​ -- theft​. And that's giving rise to a new profession: bitcoin detectives like Kim Nilsson, a victim of the massive Mt. Gox exchange hack.

3) Investing
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The Week: NASDAQ Composite -0.6% | S&P 500 Index +0.02%  | DJIA +0.4%

Wall Street's Charging Bull
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Investing Notes: US, Europe and China
  • US is the most competitive country in the world--regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2008 in an index produced by the World Economic Forum--WSJ.com
  • Eurozone: ECB's "Bubble” Warning--WolfStreet.com: "After it Caused the Most Absurd Bond Bubble Ever." See also: Bavaria election (video) clear signal the center is moving to the fringes in Germany.
  • Brexit: How 4 Experts Think It'll Impact Business (video). Four scenarios (graphic).
  • EU: VC investment in European startups plunged 21% in Q3 2018--even with Brexit looming, startups in the United Kingdom were still number one, raising 43 percent ($2.3 billion) of the total capital in Q3, accounting for 32 percent (215) of the deals. France ranked a distant second in terms of venture capital raised, $679 million, and third in number of deals (78). Germany was third in amount raised, $631 million, and second in number of deals (83).--Dow Jones VentureSource Venture Capital Report - Europe Q3 2018 (pdf).
  • China: "Most surveyed companies are now experiencing unprecedented difficulties and have become increasingly pessimistic about business prospects for the next six months ... For most, business has never been worse."--Li Wei, economics professor at CKGSB. See also: China May Have $5.8 Trillion in Hidden Debt With ‘Titanic’ Risks--Bloomberg.com.

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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• Amazon $AMZN: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is widely seen as front-runner in the race to win the US DOD $10 billion cloud-computing contract [JEDI]. Alphabet Inc. a/k/a Google withdrew last week, leaving AWS, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft vying for the contract. Amazon Chairman & CEO Jeff Bezos said Monday at the Wired 25 Summit in San Francisco:
"If U.S. tech companies turn their backs on the Department of Defense, this country is in trouble. This is a great country and it does need to be defended." 
[Editor's note: most likely outcome? AWS wins JEDI contract, and a suburban Washington, D.C., location (northern Virginia) is chosen for Amazon HQ2.]
  • Facebook $FB: Fb.gg online gaming hub expands to mobile with the launch of the beta version of a standalone Android app--techcrunch.com.
  • Google $GOOGL: Google's real-time translations now available on Android phones and all Assistant-optimized headphones, not just Google Pixel Buds--droid-life.com. See also Android is dirty word?  ‘Android’ wasn’t said a single time during the Google Pixel 3 event--9to5google.com.
  • Apple $AAPL reportedly cut Chinese iPhone repair fraud with hidden dyes and software.
  • Wirecard (WDIG.DE), German fintech company expects core profits to grow sixfold by the middle of the next decade thanks to a boom in e-commerce and digital payments--reuters.com.

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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Unilever Q3 2018 After Plan to Move HQ from UK to Rotterdam NIXED

Unilever Drops Plan to Move HQ from London

Unilever is considering its next steps after abandoning its plan to scrap its dual-listed structure and move its headquarters to the Netherlands. It faced a groundswell of opposition from shareholders in the UK. Financial Times (ft.com) video above published Oct 5, 2018.

Q3 2018 Earnings conference call transcript | SeekingAlpha.com 18 Oct 2018.

Asked whether Unilever would propose unifying the company in London instead of Rotterdam, Unilever's CFO Graeme Pitkethly reportedly said “We always said we wanted to retain our Anglo-Dutch heritage, but it’s more complicated than just trying for PLC now that NV has failed ... I can’t speculate on the outcome of what is a big body of work to be done by the board. They will review it all again and see if there is an alternative way.”

See also:
  • TheGuardian.com: Unilever reports sales boost after HQ row but investors unimpressed - a 3.8% rise in third quarter for firm behind Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Dove soap.
  • Unilever Introduces A New 'Healthy' Ice Cream To Compete With Halo Top--forbes.com.
Unilever is a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its products include food and beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. It is the world's largest consumer goods company measured by 2012 revenue. List of all Unilever brands here.

The Unilever Group
Principal Domain: unilever.com

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Interview with Fintech Startup WiseAlpha CEO Rezaah Ahmad (video)

Tech Talk: interview with Rezaah Ahmad, WiseAlpha

Rezaah Ahmad, CEO, WiseAlpha, a fixed income platform giving everyday investors and savers access to corporate bonds, talks about disrupting the lending market and why the corporate debt market is ripe for digital innovation. TheBanker.com video above published Oct 8, 2018.

Domain: WiseAlpha.com

Categories: Credit, Financial Services, FinTech
Headquarters: London, England, UK
Founded: Mar 1, 2014
Founder: Rezaah Ahmad
Last Funding Type: Equity Crowdfunding

WiseAlpha is an online investment platform offering its members access via Notes to senior secured loan investments. replacing the substantial costs and complexity of investing in specialist credit funds with a simpler and more cost effective way to invest. Until now, the corporate loan market has remained largely untransformed by technological innovation but WiseAlpha is now making this asset class accessible to a wider investment audience. In order to gain access to this asset class, individual investors usually had to use brokers and/or invest in specialist debt funds which often charged substantial upfront fees and ongoing management and performance fees.

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Berlin-based Digital Bank N26 Plans U.S. Launch Q1 2019

Berlin-based digital bank N26 (domain: n26.com) launched in the UK Oct 4, 2018, and will open in the United States in the first quarter of next year according to its CEO. The app-only bank is backed by China's tech giant Tencent, German insurer Allianz, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

Twitter profile: "We're Europe's first mobile bank with 1.5 million customers." 

N26.com website: "The Mobile Bank - A bank account for your phone." Excerpt below:

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Netflix $NFLX Q3 2018 Earnings Video Interview Oct 16, 6pm EDT

Q3 '18 Earnings Interview

Netflix Investor Relations video above published Oct 16, 2018.

House of Cards: Season 6 (Netflix Official Trailer)

House of Cards Season 6 Coming to Netflix on November 2.
 Netflix Q3 2018 Earnings Interview
Netflix Q3 2018 Earnings Video Interview October 16, 2018 6pm EDT 

Netflix, Inc.
Principal domain: Netflix.com
Investor Relations: netflixinvestor.com

Q3 2018 Earnings Release--Netflix third-quarter 2018 financial results and business outlook--letter to shareholders (pdf) and financial statements (xlsx). $NFLX shares are UP in after hours trading.

See also Netflix Crushes Estimates, Renewing Faith After July Letdown--Streaming giant adds 6.96 million users globally in quarter,  Outlook shows international markets will pace company’s growth--Bloomberg.com.

A video interview with Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings, Chief Financial Officer David Wells, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Chief Product Officer Greg Peters and VP, IR & Corporate Development Spencer Wang will be available at 6:00 p.m. EDT. The discussion will be moderated by Eric Sheridan, UBS, with questions submitted via email.  Questions from investors should be submitted as well in advance as possible for inclusion to eric.sheridan @ ubs.com. The video interview can be accessed on the Netflix Investor Relations YouTube channel.

Netflix is a media services provider, headquartered in Los Gatos, California, founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. 

The primary business of Netflix is its subscription-based streaming media service, which offers online streaming films and television programs including those produced in-house. As of July 2018, Netflix has 130 million total subscribers worldwide, including 57.38 million in the United States. Its service is available worldwide except mainland China, Syria, North Korea and Crimea. Netflix also has offices in the Netherlands, Brazil, India, Japan, and South Korea.

See also: Barry Diller Says Hollywood Risks Getting Overtaken by Amazon and Netflix.

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BlackRock’s Rick Rieder: Technology Stocks Are Not Overvalued (video)

Technology stocks aren’t overvalued: BlackRock’s Rick Rieder

Rick Rieder, BlackRock.com’s CIO of global fixed income, discusses his outlook on technology stocks and why he owns Tesla $TSLAFoxBusiness.com video published Oct 12, 2018.

"The BlackRock GPS signals that G7 growth remains solid and above-trend. The gap between the GPS and consensus expectations has widened slightly over the past month, suggesting that scope for upside growth surprises remains in coming quarters, particularly in the US"--Blackrock.com.

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News Review | Fadi, Akram & Donuts, ICANN Conflicts of Interest

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-10-14 with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) a. ICANN News: Fadi Chehade, Akram Atallah & Donuts--Conflicts of Interest at ICANN--Who Me? b. GDPR & ICANN WHOIS Data EPDP, c. ICANN63 starts Saturday, 2) Q3 2018 Earnings Season: Verisign $VRSN & GoDaddy $GDDY3) ICYMI Internet Domain News, 4) Most Read.

EPDP Team F2F Saturday Meeting Oct 20, 2018 (1 of 4 at ICANN63) 8:30 CEST - 18:30 CEST

1) ICANN News
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a. Fadi Chehade, Akram Atallah & Donuts--Conflicts of Interest at ICANN--Who Me?
Fadi Chehade (L) and Akram Atallah (R) at ICANN44 (source: icannphotos)
a. Donuts Press Release, October 9, 2018 – "Donuts Inc., the global leader in high-quality, new top-level Internet domains [new gTLDs], today announced that Akram J. Atallah [ICANN Global Domains Division President] will assume the role of chief executive officer [CEO], effective November 12, 2018 ..."

Clueless Goran Marby, ICANN President & CEO 9 Oct 2018:
"I want to extend my warmest wishes to Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division, who has decided to leave ICANN org for another opportunity after eight years, effective immediately ... I have asked Cyrus Namazi [crony of Akram Atallah], VP, DNS Industry Engagement, Global Domains Division, to serve as interim department head for the Global Domains Division, to help ensure a smooth transition ..."
Editor's note: as I previously noted--
source: abry.com/investment/donuts/ 10 Oct 2018
September 9, 2018--Editor's Analysis and Opinion:
"... The largest new gTLDs registry operator (more than 200 new gTLDs), Donuts Inc., announced Sep 5, 2018, that it had entered into an agreement "to be acquired by Abry Partners," a private equity firm in which former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade is now a partner. Terms and timing of the agreement were not disclosed, but Abry's investment is reportedly only for a majority stake in privately held Donuts, and does not provide any additional cash for the company, instead, it provides a way for original investors in Donuts to exit.
While still ICANN CEO, Chehade announced in May, 2015, he would leave ICANN in March 2016, long before his contract ended on June 30, 2017, and did not disclose his reasons for serving as ICANN CEO for only 3½ years, instead of his full term. In August, 2015, he announced that after leaving ICANN he would be a "Senior Advisor on Digital Strategy" at Boston-based Abry Partners, adding, "I expect to add other roles to my portfolio and will update you all as appropriate." Later in December 2015, Chehade announced from Wuzhen, China, that he would serve, after he left ICANN, as Co-Chair [other Co-Chair Jack Ma] of an advisory committee to the government of China's World Internet Conference (WIC), described by Professor Milton Mueller as "like almost everything in China, the WIC is unabashedly state-driven ... a vehicle for the Chinese [Communist] Party-state’s policy agenda ..." 
As ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehade's pet project was the NetMundial Initiative [Co-Chaired by Chehade and Jack Ma], which "crashed and burned" when ICANN and the World Economic Forum stopped funding it in 2016. In February, 2015, at a DNA meeting during ICANN52, Chehade stated, "I need to understand it [the domain name industry] more and spend more time in it, no question."
While at ICANN, Chehade was known for hiring and promoting his cronies to management positions within ICANN. Chehade promoted, in June, 2013, his childhood friend and former co-worker, Akram Atallah, to the then second-highest paid position at ICANN, President of the Global Domains Division (GDD), which is now [was] the highest paid position at ICANN at  $745,615.00 per the most recently available IRS 990 (pdf), p.56 of 81.
Perhaps it was for some or all of these reasons, that Abry Partners decided to venture into an industry where it has no experience--the domain name industry--despite what Abry says on its website, abry.com: "Abry invests in private equity, preferred stock and debt securities within our sectors of expertise ..."
October 2, 2016"Fadi ChehadĂ© quit as ICANN CEO 3½ years into a 5 year contract, but unfortunately, he left behind his legacy of cronyism at the organization [ICANN]:
"... Chehade and COO Akram Atallah – who are old friends – brought in more and more of their own people ... Not all of them were best suited or qualified, but real frustration developed when jobs were filled without the job even being posted internally. Nora Abusitta-Ouri, a former classmate of Chehade’s, became vice president of public responsibility programs. Former neighbor Susanna Bennett became Chief Operating Officer. Former co-worker Chris Gift became vice president of online community services. Former co-worker Allen Grogan became chief contracting counsel and then when that job finished, chief contract compliance officer. Neighbor of Atallah, Elizabeth Hoover became HR manager. Former co-worker Cyrus Namazi became vice president of industry engagement. Old friend Ashwin Rangan became chief innovation and information officer. The wife of a former co-worker, Maguy Serad, became vice president of contractual compliance. Another former neighbor, Christine Willett, became vice president of gTLD operations. In all, only one member of the C-suite hired since Chehade came on board has not been a friend or former co-worker ..."--IoNmag.asia Jun 25, 2015.
“Given how quickly these two individuals sped through the revolving door [at ICANN], one can’t help but wonder if thinking about their next career move influenced their policy [implementation] decisions,’’ said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics.--Washington Post, August 20, 2011.
ICANN was admonished by NTIA in 2012, to little avail obviously--and ICANN's sordid history includes episodes involving an ICANN Board Chairman, and ICANN's Chief Strategy Officer "architect of the new gTLDs program." Now a former ICANN President & CEO and his crony President of the Global Domains Division add another chapter.

All of that "confidential" privileged and proprietary information ICANN required new gTLD applicants and their principals to submit to ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD), is now (or soon will be) also known by their largest new gTLDs' competitor Donuts (240 new gTLDs) by virtue of the former GDD President being Donuts CEO--talk about an unfair competitive advantage!  ICANN runs such a slipshod operation that every new gTLD applicant should always assume all information they ever submit to ICANN, will also be known by at least one of their competitors in the future.

As I noted in my recent comment (pdf) to ICANN on the new gTLDs program, ICANN's founding Chair, Esther Dyson, warned the U.S. government and global internet community against both the IANA transition and the new gTLDs program, saying in 2011 about the proposed new gTLDs program:
We are not running out of domains. This is a “way for registries and registrars to make money.”--source.
Little did we know that among the people who would personally be enriching themselves the most from ICANN’s corrupt new gTLDs program and policy (developed solely for the benefit of “contracted parties,” i.e., registry operators and registrars, not registrants), would be the two most senior officers at ICANN, who guided and were in charge of the full implementation of the program!

In addition to the multiple Fadi-Akram-Donuts conflicts of interest at ICANN now, and in the future,  Donuts and ICANN are currently in litigation against each other, and Akram Atallah is a material witness in that case, as well as one other pending case, and possible future litigation. The very same day as Akram's appointment as Donuts CEO (and resignation as President of ICANN's Global Domains Division) was announced, the appeal of Ruby Glen (Donuts affiliate) vs ICANN was being argued before a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Oral Argument video: Ruby Glen, LLC v. ICANN

Oct 9, 2018, 16-56890 Ruby Glen, LLC v. ICANN oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ruby Glen, LLC appeals the district court's Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) dismissal of its diversity (jurisdiction) action against Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), seeking to temporarily enjoin ICANN from conducting the new gTLD .WEB auction [see District Court Order 2:16-cv-05505-PA-AS (pdf), and the Appellate Briefs].

Listen to the oral arguments of counsel for Ruby Glen (Donuts) and ICANN. At one point (starting at 21:19), counsel for ICANN concedes that Donuts (Ruby Glen) has a further right to file an IRP (Independent Review Process) whenever .WEB is no longer "on hold" status at ICANN, which sets up the interesting possibility that Donuts (Ruby Glen) could further attack the .WEB auction, as may also Afilias, either of which if successful in disqualifying Nu Dot Co (Verisign), could result in a new .WEB auction in which Donuts (Ruby Glen), now financed by Abry Partners' unknown investors a/k/a 'limited partners' (Chinese?), outbids Afilias for new gTLD .WEB.

UPDATE: The Ninth Circuit issued its "Not for Publication" decision (pdf) Oct 15, 2018, affirming the District Court's dismissal of Ruby Glen's (Donuts) First Amended Complaint, stating, inter alia: 
"... Ruby Glen is not without recourse—it can challenge ICANN’s actions through the Independent Review Process [IRP] .... Because Ruby Glen may pursue its claims through the Independent Review Process, the covenant not to sue is not “so one-sided as to shock the conscience.” See Walnut Producers of Cal. v. Diamond Foods, Inc., 187 Cal. App. 4th 634, 647–48 (2010) ..." (emphasis added)
Related: ICANN Board Liasons' Letter (pdf) re: ICANN New gTLDs' Filthy Lucre (new gTLD auction proceeds).

ICANN EPDP Meetings this coming week:
Non-members of the EPDP working group can follow the Oct 16 meeting via Adobe Connect, or audio cast via browser or application. The EPDP meeting on Oct 20 can be followed remotely by clinking the link on the meeting's ICANN63 pageLinks to all EPDP meetings' transcripts and recordings are on the GNSO calendar. Other EPDP links: wikimail listaction itemsTemp SpecEPDP Charter (pdf), Data Elements Workbooks (pdf), GNSO Council's updatesEPDP page.

Highlights of the EPDP Meetings Oct 9-11:
EPDP meeting to discuss retaining independent legal counsel Oct 10--chat transcript:
Stephanie Perrin (NCSG): we are not doing training, we are doing legal drafting. Let us not have any illusions about that. Who goes into a legal drafting exercise without an advising counsel? ...
Farzaneh Badii (NCSG): how much did they [ICANN] spend for the lawsuit against EPAG? Ayden FĂ©rdeline (NCSG): exactly Farzi ... perhaps we just weren't given an adequate budget ... Farzaneh Badii (NCSG): nope we were not. Stephanie Perrin (NCSG): So this is arguably the biggest policy argument in the history of ICANN, and we are pinching pennies? ... Berry Cobb (ICANN staff): From a budget perspective, we in effect have at most $168K without afffecting other line items such as funds set aside for F2F.

Thursday Oct 11 transcript (pdf), pp. 37-38:
Stephanie Perrin (NCSG): "... I’d just like to note that we had a discussion last night about why we need legal counsel independent, neutral legal counsel who is familiar with data protection law to be on this call to stop this going in circles. In my view this is a good example. We continue to conflate the legitimate interests of third parties, that would be BC interests, to combat trademark abuse, law enforcement interests, cybercrime interests to combat, you know, malware and other kinds of DNS abuse. We continue to conflate those interests with the purpose of the collection, use and disclosure of the information, which is a primary relationship between the individual or entity getting a domain name and the delegated party that provides the ability to the Internet with that domain name. Right? That’s the primary purpose of registering a domain name. All these other interests are interests, they are not purposes. ICANN was instructed to pay attention to all of these other interests but that does not make them purposes in a relationship. So really to suggest that we are not going to facilitate the legitimate interests is unfair. We are working on how to facilitate those legitimate interests. But that is an instrument. The purpose of ICANN is not to set up Whois; it is to permit the registration of domain names. And while the purpose of ICANN in the context of GDPR has been stated as being continuing the Whois to the maximum extent possible, that is not a shared belief; that is a position taken by ICANN Legal and the Board ...".

More info on the EPDP meetings Oct 9-11 in last week's News Review.

Note also: 8 Oct 2018 Letter from Theresa Swinehart to Manal Ismail (pdf) re: ICANN Unified Access Model Status Update to Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

c. ICANN63 Barcelona 20-25 October 2018
ICANN63 starts Saturday, October 20, 2018, with a full schedule (all times local Barcelona CEST UTC+2)--ICANN63 info here and here--more on ICANN63 in next week's News Review.

 NCSG Letter to ICANN Board of Directors and ICANN CEO
17 Oct 2018 Letter (pdf) from NCSG (Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group), Dr. Farzaneh Badiei, and Dr. Stephanie Perrin to ICANN Board of Directors re: "ICANN org violates data protection laws and principles to advance the interests of certain parts of the community"  [Domain Name Registrants Data Protection (GDPR)].

Pre-ICANN63 Policy Report (pdf)
d. GNSO Policy Briefing ICANN63 Edition (pdf)
 GNSO Policy Briefing ICANN63 Edition

e. GNSO Council Chair Candidates' Statements: Keith Drazek (pdf); Rafik Dammak (pdf).

f. 10 Oct 2018 Letter from GAC Chair Manal Ismail (pdf) to ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby and ICANN CEO--Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Request for additional Secretariat Support: "it has become clear that in 2019 there will be a period of time during which the GAC will be without the resources to support a number of the functions currently being provided."

g. Emoji & Domains: 3 Oct 2018 Letter from ICANN CTO David Conrad to GNSO Council [published 8 Oct 2018 by ICANN org]:
"Thank you for your correspondence of 26 July 2018 concerning the GNSO's understanding of SSAC095 about emoji in domain names. We agree that no further action on this matter is needed at this time."
SSAC095 (pdf) recommendations re: emoji (highlighting added):
 SSAC095 recommendations (highlighting added)

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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Q3 2018 Earnings Season:

Verisign $VRSN webcast Oct 25, 2018 at 4:30 PM EDT
GoDaddy $GDDY webcast Nov 6, 2018, 5:00 PM ESTEditor's note: Citi upgraded GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) from Neutral to Buy with a $86 price target, with Citi analyst Mark May citing $GDDY’s recent market correction, characterizing the company as a “nicely profitable, high FCF generative business with highly recurring subscription-based revenue, a stable competitive landscape, and a strong management team with a track record of execution.” Forecasts put revenue growth up 15% in Q3, 14% in Q4, and 11% in 2019.  Sources: Bloomberg First Word and SeekingAlpha.com Oct. 11, 2018.

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 

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Reasserting cyber sovereignty: how states are taking back control by Evgeny Morozov--TheGuardian.com--The digital debate is now about trade and security – and every major nation is insisting on its technological sovereignty.

Net Neutrality: ISPs Suing California Over Net Neutrality Law--broadcastingcable.com. See also fedsoc.org: A Reader on Net Neutrality and Restoring Internet Freedom.

China: China’s Internet guidelines a ‘serious violation of people’s freedoms’--adhrrf.org

Nepal: Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Nepal | Internet Society Nepal (pdf). See also  Nepal bans porn websites to curb sexual violence--over 24,000 pornography websites blocked but activists say the real problem is the lack of justice for women--aljazeera.com.

Laos: Overcoming a government crackdown on social media in Laos--aljazeera.com.

Africa: After Troubles In Myanmar, Facebook Charges Ahead In Africa--wired.com.

US: US State Department needs a makeover for the digital age--TheHill.com.

5) Most Read Posts this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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-- John Poole, Editor  Domain Mondo 

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Tech Review: When Amazon $AMZN Comes For Your Startup (video)

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Tech Review (TR 2018-10-13)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech investing news with commentary, analysis and opinion: Features • 1) When Amazon $AMZN Comes For Your Startup, 2) Why Blue Origin Is  Jeff Bezos's 'Most Important Work', 3) Investing: The Week, Investing Notes, 4) ICYMI Tech News: Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, China, Venture Capital.

1) What happens when Amazon comes for your startup

CNN.com's Jon Sarlin explains why companies panic when Amazon $AMZN enters their markets and what unexpected opportunities that can bring. CNN Business video above published Oct 5, 2018. Featured startup: Porch.com "Home Improvement Simplified."

See also: "Merchants and brands that sell on Amazon are growing increasingly worried about competing directly with Amazon"--cnbc.com.

2) Why Blue Origin Is  Jeff Bezos's 'Most Important Work'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said his company Blue Origin (blueorigin.com) is trying to build low-cost infrastructure that can reduce the expenses of space travel. CNBC.com video above published Oct 3, 2018.

3) Investing
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The Week: NASDAQ Composite -3.7% | S&P 500 Index -4.1% | DJIA -4.2% --Editor's note: "tech stocks have borne the brunt of the recent sell-off" yet the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite is up +8.6% year-to-date as of Friday's close.

S&P 500 Likely To Report Earnings Growth Above 20% For Third Straight Quarter--factset.com.
"This reset to normal Treasury volatility means equity market volatility will also move off its lows, so expect wider swings in stock prices from here on out ... this reset is not a sign “The end is nigh” for the rally in US stocks. Getting back to “Normal” volatility in stocks and bonds is actually a healthy sign."--DataTrekResearch.com
Wall Street's Charging Bull
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Investing Notes:

Gundlach Says Trump "Crazy Like A Fox" For Blaming Fed For Market Rout--zerohedge.com.

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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Amazon $AMZN vs Google $GOOG $GOOGL: "Some advertisers are moving more than half of the budget they normally spend with Google search to Amazon ads instead, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars"--CNBC.com.

The Apple $AAPL $600 million deal to acquire critical iPhone technology, patents, and people from Anglo-German chip designer Dialog is not only unusual, but also the largest of its kind by Apple--reuters.com.

Microsoft $MSFT Clears Hurdle For US DOD $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Computing Contract as Google Drops Out--law360.com and TheHill.com.

Alphabet appeals the record $5B fine imposed by European Union antitrust regulators for Google's practices involving Android--reuters.com. See also Google shuts down Google+ after API bug exposed details for over 500,000 users--zdnet.com.

Facebook's WhatsApp builds system to comply with India's payments data storage norm--reuters.com. See also newsroom.fb.comFacebook breach (between July 2017 and September 2018) investigation: large-scale attack on Sept. 14-27 accessed info of about 29 million people.

Twitter TWTR: Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), has opened a GDPR investigation of Twitter (Twitter’s European operations are headquartered in Dublin, Ireland).

China: US Department of Justice announced the arrest and extradition of Yanjun Xu, high-ranking director in China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), the country's counter-intelligence and foreign intelligence agency. Xu was arrested for attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets after trying to recruit several insiders from multiple US aviation and aerospace companies--zdnet.com. See also "China reportedly is weaponizing the technology supply chain"--TheHill.com.

Saudi Arabia says it will invest $45 billion in SoftBank's planned second Vision Fund--Bloomberg.com.

Venture Capital Investment in US companies to hit $100B in 2018: "There are more than 2.5 months remaining in 2018 and already U.S. companies have raised $84.1 billion--more than all of 2017--across 6,583 VC deals as of Sept. 30, 2018"--TechCrunch.com. See also Kirsten Green, the VC behind Warby Parker, Glossier, and Jet.com has raised a new $360 million fund--FastCompany.com.

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