News Review Postscript

  • Below: Sordid Backstory of ICANN, Ethos Capital, and .ORG. A China connection?
News Review Postscript: Most Read (week ending July 6, 2019), on DomainMondo.com: 
#1 News Review | ICANN65 Recap, Regulatory Capture at ICANN "ICANN65 was a rather more dreadful ICANN meeting than usual, perhaps due to a confluence of factors demonstrating how incompetent, corrupt, and unfit ICANN is ..."

#2 Tech Review 1) Why Jony Ive Chose To Leave Apple, 2) Big Tech & Profits

#3 Android or iOS, Why Smartphones Aren't Exciting Anymore (video)

Signing off for now, thank you.

-- John Poole, Editor  Domain Mondo 

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Nov 19, 2019 EFF Rebuttal to ICANN Board (pdf) excerpt: "... sale of PIR to a private equity firm ... heightens the need for you to spend more time and discussion on the .ORG contract renewal challenges ..." More here.

Nov 13, 2019: Ethos Capital, led by former ABRY Partners Managing Partner, buys .ORG registry.
The interesting connection between the .ORG deal and ICANN -- "Former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé appears to have a connection to the latest big deal in the domain name industry." -- And they named their company Ethos. Give me a break! 
"... moral bankruptcy ... Especially in combination with the recent removal of price caps for .org domains."
Domain Mondo: Sordid Backstory of ICANN, Ethos Capital, and .ORGA China connection?

ICA Letter to ICANN re: Ethos Capital & .ORG (pdf) Nov 15, 2019. 

Nov 10, 2019: ICANN66 Wrap (pdf): "... UAM: Domain Name Registrants Look Forward to Suing ICANN under GDPR ... Every Antitrust & Competition Authority in the World Should Be Investigating ICANN & its gTLDs ..." [more here].
Internet Society received $48.7 million in 2018via its affiliate PIR, .ORG Registry Operator (pdf).

Oct 9, 2019, email from a reader: "John, I've been following your comments on the CCT review team – and I’m shocked more people are not paying attention.  Your words are spot on and its extremely troubling. I also spent hours and hours going through DomainMondo.com – wow!! You are right on so many different areas. Are you planning on making a comment here as well?  As a follow up?"

Editor's response: 
Thank you for your email and kind comments. As you may know, I have already commented at various times during the CCT process, see this (pdf). Accordingly, I see no point in commenting further on either the ICANN Board's decision, or ICANN org's "path" concerning the Board's decision re: the CCT recommendations. 
I have pretty much 'given up' on ICANN and its "commenting process" which appears to be as much a public charade as ICANN's claims concerning "competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice." ICANN has failed the global internet community and does not operate in the global public interest. Because of the IANA transition, we, the global internet community, have no effective remedy, at present, to reform or replace ICANN, or its misguided policies and practices.

However, I encourage you, and others so inclined [notwithstanding the above], to submit your own comments to ICANN on this and any other matter. If DomainMondo.com aids in providing reference sources which you find helpful, so much the better.
  • Domain Mondo Archive below (on mobile go to "web version");
Selected comments to ICANN from the Editor:
Also note: "... there are some very disturbing things about the new .ORG Registry Agreement contract. The problems relate to the role of community policy development vs. bilateral contract in the governance of the domain name system. It appears that ICANN’s contracting process provides ICANN and its contracting parties a way to completely bypass ICANN’s policy development process. As such, it undermines the whole purpose of having ICANN in the first place .... It gives the lie to ICANN’s continued claim that it fosters bottom up multistakeholder consensus policies. It provides for an end run around fundamental bylaw constraints, such as the one prohibiting ICANN from regulating content. This is a troublesome loophole in ICANN’s contractual model of governance, and board members and GNSO representatives need to do something about it. As for the community, we need to put Verisign on notice. We will not allow the same thing to happen to the .COM contract ... a coalition with antitrust agencies concerned about market power and monopoly pricing and civil society free speech advocates would be powerful, and litigation inevitable if they try the same trick again."--Dr. Milton Mueller, The real problem with the new .ORG contract | internetgovernance.org (emphasis added);
and The Case for Regulatory Capture at ICANN | ReviewSignal.com;
and ICANN Fails the Internet Community, allows an unlimited non profit tax | ReviewSignal.com;
and  Namecheap, Inc. 12 Jul 2019 Reconsideration Request (pdf) re: ICANN’s decision to renew the registry agreement for .ORG and .INFO without the historic price caps.  Follow the proceeding here;
Read also How the battle over domain prices could drastically change the web | mashable.com: "... [ICANN] just opened the door to monopolies charging whatever they want for registering a web address. Ironically, the U.S. government formed ICANN in 1998 to prevent a monopoly ..."
and  Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 30 July 2019 Reconsideration Request (pdf) re: .ORG registry agreement renewal, including incorporation of the URS and "explicit permission from ICANN for PIR to 'at its election, implement additional protections of the legal rights of third parties' unilaterally and without further consultation with existing .org registrants or the ICANN community." Follow the proceeding here, including this letter from EFF (pdf), excerpt:
"... The Ombudsman’s Evaluation misstates EFF’s positions and reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the issues. The Committee should disregard the Ombudsman’s Evaluation and recommend to the Board that EFF’s Request for Reconsideration be granted ..." 
Read also: Opening the Door for Censorship: New Trademark Enforcement Mechanisms Added for Top-Level Domains | eff.org.
and  "... it is troubling to see ICANN dismissing comments because they were collected via an organized campaign, since it essentially closes off the comment space to anyone other than ICANN insiders. This defeats the purpose of having public comments ...  If ICANN does not take this duty seriously, people will naturally start to question why it should be entrusted with this role."--Michael Karanicolas, Wikimedia Fellow at Yale Law School, Sep 14, 2019 (emphasis added).
and letter to ICANN Ombudsman (pdf) from Internet Commerce Association, Sep 12, 2019. [Editor's note: even the ICANN Ombudsman is incompetent, an Inept Apologist for a 'Corrupt' & 'Captured' ICANN.]
"ICANN fatally flawed"
ICANN65, EPDP, AMAZON, New gTLDs, Regulatory Capture at ICANN
Trademarks (.BRAND) gTLDs were a MISTAKE (read 2)b. at that link),
an extortion racket, see .PING testimony. Follow .AMAZON reconsideration here and here.
"Let’s face it, the Internet is a utility and so are the corporations who control it .... Technology needs to be regulated"--Alan Patricof.
Ill-Conceived & Corrupt New gTLDs: Win $50 Million By Losing New gTLD Auctions
"Signing off for now ..."
"To create something that's genuinely new, you have to start again and I think with great intent, you disconnect from the past."--Jony Ive
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Tech Review 1) Why Jony Ive Chose To Leave Apple, 2) Big Tech & Profits

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Tech Review (TR 2019-07-06)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech investing news: Features • 1) Why Jony Ive Chose To Leave Apple, 2) Big Tech: Do Profits Really Matter? 3) Investing: The Week & Investor NotesChina & Huawei, Eurozone Japanification, US Pension Crisis & Federal Debt, 4) ICYMI Tech News: WTF Apple? Amazon, Broadcom, Antitrust, Google, and more.
UPDATE Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DBbites the bulletradical transformationnew leadershipcuts 18,000 jobs. 
1) Why Jony Ive Chose To Leave Apple

Jony Ive will leave Apple later this year to start a new venture of his own, called LoveFrom, with Apple as his first client. No one will be taking Jony Ive's title, Chief Design Officer, a position at the center of 20 years of product development at Apple, when he leaves, says the FT.com's technology correspondent Tim Bradshaw, who talks about his exclusive interview with Jony Ive in the video above published June 28, 2019.
"To create something that's genuinely new, you have to start again and I think with great intent, you disconnect from the past."--Jony Ive
Editor's note:  Why did Jony Ive choose to leave Apple? He simply wanted to do something new.

See also: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday fiercely disputed a WSJ report about the departure of Jony Ive and the company's ability to uphold its commitment to innovative design.

2) Big Tech: do profits really matter?

Why are loss-making tech companies still attracting investors who are willing to wait for companies to turn a profit? FT.com video published July 1, 2019.

Note also re: fracking technology: “I'm not aware of another case of a disruptive technological change that has done so much harm to the industry that created the change ... While hundreds of billions of dollars of benefits have accrued to hundreds of millions of people, the amount of shareholder value destruction registers in the hundreds of billions of dollars ... The industry is self-destructive.”--Steve Schlotterbeck, former chief executive of EQT, a shale gas giant, at a petrochemicals conference in Pittsburgh. Editor's note: and this doesn't even begin to address  fracking's health and environmental issues.

3) Investing
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The Week: NASDAQ Composite +1.9% | S&P 500 Index +1.7% | DJIA +1.2%
Stocks finished slightly lower on Friday, backing away from all-time highs hit earlier this week, after a better-than-expected employment report in June partially rolled back investors' expectations for multiple rate cuts this year.
I Just Hope the Fed Doesn’t See This Jobs Report--wolfstreet.com. U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose 224,000 in June, well above market expectations of 165,000, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate edged higher to 3.7% (300,000 people entered the labor force looking for work and therefore counted as unemployed), but was still near 50-year lows. Wage growth was 3.1% year over year.
Goldman Sachs' explanation on why there is now a "bull market in almost everything"--"monetary policy" remains the main driver of risk appetite and expectations are now very bullish.

Global hedge fund liquidations exceeded launches for the third consecutive quarter as managers faced a tough capital-raising environment. About 213 funds closed in the first three months of this year, compared with 136 that opened--bloomberg.com. Editor's note: why pay the high fees?
Investor Notes: 
China: "The Huawei battle reflects a fundamental geostrategic shift in Washington. For decades, the U.S. foreign policy establishment assumed Beijing would evolve into a cooperative partner in the rules-based, American-led international order that did so much to foster China's boom. That hope has evaporated. Now, the United States sees China as an adversary determined to challenge American leadership in technology and innovation. President Donald Trump has launched a trade war against Beijing and is boosting defense spending. Huawei is cast as a Chinese standard-bearer in that struggle."--Special Report | reuters.com See also:

EU: The Eurozone’s Japanification--with the eurozone economy stuck in a low growth, low inflation and low rates environment, it's really hard not to make 'Japanification' comparisons. If we're honest, the eurozone is probably already in the thick of it, which means rates are likely to remain lower for longer and every new crisis or recession will bring the bloc closer to more Japanification--ing.com. See also French Bond Yields Slide Below Zero, Hit All Time Record Lows and Deutsche Bank's Restructuring Plan To Cost Staggering €5 Billion--zerohedge.com; German prosecutors are escalating a money laundering inquiry involving Deutsche Bank, including planned raids on wealthy former clients, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told reuters.com.
There is the ongoing economic misery across Europe. Most of the economy remains stalled – and there are signs it could get worse ...  I am not anti-European, but I think it’s about to go through a slow implosion. There is an increasing likelihood Europe becomes largely detached and delinked from the US and other Occidental economies, and irrelevant to the growth economies of the Orient. From a trade perspective, I suspect we’d [UK] be better off outside [the European Union]--Bill Blain.
See also  How Does the European Union Work? The EU’s authority has steadily expanded as its members have passed more and more decision-making power to the union--cfr.org. New leaders of the EU / ECB (nominees still need to be debated and ratified by the European Parliament):
  • Ursula von der Leyen, 60, Germany: European Commission President;
  • Charles Michel, 43, Belgium: President of the European Council;
  • Josep Borrell, 72, Spain: EU High Representative (foreign policy);
  • Christine Lagarde, 63, France: European Central Bank President.

U.S. Under the Radar: Pension Crisis Deepens in U.S. as strategies shift, outlooks dim--bloomberg.com. "I can only repeat again and again: There is no solution to the woefully underfunded pensions in Chicago and in Illinois that does not involve benefit cuts subsequent to a 2020 constitutional amendment or municipal bankruptcy.  And the sooner Pritzker and Lightfoot figure that out, the better off we’ll all be."--wirepoints.orgNote alsosoaring federal debt "poses substantial risks for the nation" warns Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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WTF Apple? Apple Moves Mac Pro Production to China--the $6,000 desktop computer had been the company’s only major device assembled in the U.S.--wsj.com. See also Electronics exodus from China--HP and Dell plan to shift up to 30% of notebook production out of China; Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Sony, Nintendo also want to move some production--nikkei.com.

Airbnb is among IPOs investors are anticipating in the second half of 2019--CNBC (video).

Broadcom In Advanced Talks to Acquire Symantec--another software acquisition by CEO Tan?

Antitrust: Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) representing Walmart, Target, Best Buy, others writes to FTC (pdf) about tech giant dominance, offering help with antitrust probes, and calls out Amazon and Google. 

Amazon & Product Liability: 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (2-1) rules customers can sue Amazon when they buy defective products from its platform, even if Amazon did not make those products.

What's left to monetize? It appears the answer is "very little."--blogspot.com--"Advertising has always monetized consumers' time and attention, what we call engagement today. Big Tech has generated billions of dollars by monetizing other forms of engagement and privately owned capital/assets. Google has monetized web search ... AirBNB has monetized privately owned or leased homes and flats ..."

Early front-runners to regulate Libra are FINMA (Switzerland) and BOE (UK): "The long-run success of Libra critically depends on finding a nation with financial gravitas willing to provide Libra-friendly rules."--seekingalpha.com.

Ireland-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitsane has apparently vanished, taking as many as 246,000 users’ crypto deposits with it.--zerohedge.com.

Personal Tech: Surviving a SIM swap attack | zdnet.com--"Turns out, the attack was likely driven by a Coinbase account I experimented with in early 2018 that was never closed." See also The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked.

-- John Poole, EditorDomain Mondo

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Starbucks 15-Year Journey to 100% Ethically Sourced Coffee (video)

The Starbucks 15-Year Journey to 100% Ethically Sourced Coffee with Conservation International

Starbucks has partnerships with organizations like Conservation International and the Eastern Congo Initiative to ensure its coffee is as close to 100% ethically sourced as possible. Starbucks video above published Jun 11, 2019.

How Starbucks $SBUX Created Its Iconic Mermaid Logo

How Starbucks Found Its Mythical Mermaid: the story about how a much-loved novel provided inspiration for the Starbucks logo. Video by Leila Hussain. Bloomberg.com video first published Apr 30, 2018.

Stock exchange: shares | NASDAQ: SBUX

Domain: starbucks.com

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The English Language & Americanisms (video)

Editor's note: the Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day in the U.S., commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. But the 'Americans' who revolted (predominantly English men and women then living in the 13 original colonies), also kept their mother tongue, which continued to flourish and prosper, in the U.S., and throughout the world.

The "Grand Union Flag" which served as the U.S. national flag from 1776 to 1777:
The Grand Union Flag is considered to be the first national flag of the United States. The design consisted of 13 stripes, red and white, representing the original Thirteen Colonies, the canton on the upper left-hand corner bearing the British Union Flag, the red cross of St. George of England with the white cross of St. Andrew of Scotland. The flag was first flown on December 2, 1775, by John Paul Jones (then a Continental Navy lieutenant), on the ship Alfred in Philadelphia.

The English Language and Americanisms

The Economist's language expert, Lane Greene, knows a thing or two about English. Lane is a fan of words, lots of words, and Lane is an American living in London. He's become accustomed to British English slang. But Lane often hears Britons complain that there are too many American words and expressions creeping into British English, these are called Americanisms. The Economist.com video above first published Nov 23, 2017.
About two billion people study English as a non-native language - that's nearly one in three people worldwide. There are more English speakers (native + non-native) worldwide, than of any other language in the world today. As a result, unlike the other major languages in the world today, non-native speakers of English far outnumber native speakers!

The country with the largest number of English speakers (native + non-native) is India, where English is an additional official language for government work along with Hindi. The total population of India will surpass China by 2024.

The UK government classifies the following countries as majority native English speaking: Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; United States of America.

The countries that have the best proficiency in English as a second language:
source: statista.com
See also:

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Digital Detox | Surviving Without Tech for Three Days (video)

Can I survive without tech for three days? 

What is it like to fast for three days without any technology or devices? CNBC.com’s Uptin Saiidi took on the challenge, as he goes on a quest to learn more about tech addiction and the billion dollar mindfulness industry hoping to combat it. CNBC International video above published May 15, 2019.

Domain referenced: headspace.com

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Android or iOS, Why Smartphones Aren't Exciting Anymore (video)

Why Aren't Smartphones Exciting Anymore?

Smartphone sales are declining, and the pace of innovation is slowing. Manufacturers are scrambling to find new ways to conjure up excitement. Bloomberg QuickTake explains what might be the future of smartphones. Bloomberg.com video above published Jun 19, 2019.

See also: WSJ: Jony Ive Became 'Dispirited' After Apple Watch and Sometimes Failed to Show Up to Meetings--Report: Jony Ive was dispirited by Tim Cook's lack of interest in the product development process and frustrated inside a more operations-focused company--macrumors.com.

source: statista.com
source: statista.com

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David Rosenberg on the U.S. Economy, Recession, U.S. Dollar (video)

'The recession has already started': David Rosenberg on the U.S. economy

BNN Bloomberg spoke with David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, about growing concern over the state of the global economy. and why he thinks the U.S. recession has already started. BNN Bloomberg video above published Jun 17, 2019. Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., (domain: gluskinsheff.com) is a Canadian wealth management firm. BNN Bloomberg is a Canadian English language specialty channel owned by Bell Media, broadcasting Canada’s only TV service devoted exclusively to business, finance and the markets, headquartered at 299 Queen Street West in Downtown Toronto. [Editor's note and caveat: Rosenberg has been known as a perma-bear.]

Get U.S. dollar exposure to prepare for coming economic pain: David Rosenberg

David Rosenberg thinks the U.S. is already in recession, but doesn't believe investors should flee from the greenback. BNN Bloomberg video above published Jun 18, 2019.

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News Review | ICANN65 Recap, Regulatory Capture at ICANN

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-06-30) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) ICANN65 Recap 2) Regulatory Capture at ICANN  Update,  3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: a. Oracle Dyn, b. GoDaddy, c.Tucows, d.Fraudsters, e. Phishing, f. FUCT,  4) ICYMI: a. Google, b. Amazon, c. Privacy, d. Ethiopia, e. Ransomware,  f.DNS Attack, 5) Most Read.
”One of the advantages of leaving MMX is that I am finally done with ICANN ... one of the single worst organizations I have come across on this planet."--Fred Krueger
1) ICANN65 Recap
 ICANN65 | Marrakech
Editor's noteICANN65 was a rather more dreadful ICANN meeting than usual, perhaps due to a confluence of factors demonstrating how incompetent, corrupt, and unfit ICANN is:
Read more below at 2) Regulatory Capture at ICANN?
The truth about Kurt Pritz & ICANN? Read this.
Next EPDP Phase 2 Meeting July 11, 2019Jun 27 meeting notes & action items.
ACTO countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela.
Read last week's News Review, and News Review 2)a. 2019-06-02, and note the .AMAZON applications are "on hold" due to Colombia's Request for Reconsideration which raises the same point I raised in News Review 2)b. 2019-05-26"the .AMAZON applications now violate Specification 13 ..."
GAC Communique: "... V. Follow-up on Previous Advice - The following items reflect matters related to previous consensus advice provided to the Board. 1. .AMAZON applications: The GAC asks the Board to explain in writing whether and why it considers that its decision to proceed with the .AMAZON applications, based on a proposal [17 April 2019] that the eight Amazon countries considered did not address their concerns, complies with GAC Advice ...." See also Video of GAC - ICANN Board .AMAZON discussion (1:07:50 - 1:55:00) at ICANN65.
"This is a distraction from the EPDP Team’s work. We were informed that the TSG was a purely technical exercise. Now, we are being told this model is being taken to the DPAs. This has confirmed the fears this Team had regarding the TSG. It is not ICANN org or the TSG’s job to be developing policies - it is the ICANN community’s job."--EPDP feedback to ICANN Org
Another Reason Why ICANN's New gTLDs Program is Ill-Conceived & Corrupt.
Another Reason Why ICANN's New gTLDs Program is Ill-Conceived & Corrupt.
CCT and RPM implementation complete?--Next Round of new gTLDs in 2028?
Déjà vu: ICANN 52, Universal Acceptance, New gTLD Domain Names "break stuff"

See also  ICANN65 | Marrakesh, Morocco, 24-27 June 2019 Post-Meeting Report (when available).

2) Regulatory Capture at ICANN?
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UPDATE 3 July 2019: Letter from ICA to ICANN re: .ORG Renewed Registry Agreement (pdf), ICANN Reply (pdf) 26 July 2019.

'UPDATE 2 July 2019: Mainstream Media 'gets it' re: .ORG - ICANN Captured, Corrupt, Incompetent, Unfit: ICANN Just Threw Away the Multistakeholder Model

UPDATE 1 July 2019: CAPTURE Complete--"On 30 June 2019, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and Public Interest Registry, entered into a renewal Registry Agreement (pdf) [removing all price caps on .ORG domain names] under which Public Interest Registry operates the .org top-level domain."--ICANN.org. See also Addendum to .ORG Registry Agreement (pdf). Same result for .info, .biz and .asia.

See also ICANN Fails the Internet Community, allows an unlimited non profit tax | reviewsignal.com: "... The 96 page contract is identical from when it was proposed to [be] signed. The multi stakeholders and bottom up process that is supposed to govern ICANN policy? Ignored. The public outcry was nearly universally against this change. They weren't listened to at all. Did ICANN's board vote on the proposed contract after being briefed about the public outcry? As of [this] writing, I couldn't find any evidence in ICANN's board activity page. No agenda, no minutes, no resolutions, no briefing material, no preliminary report. Did ICANN staff simply push through this contract without a board vote? ..."
Original entry: The Case for Regulatory Capture at ICANN--https://reviewsignal.com/blog/2019/06/24/the-case-for-regulatory-capture-at-icann/  by Kevin Ohashi--excerpt (Conclusion) below, with an in-depth examination of the conflicts of interest and corruption rampant within ICANN and its processes, specifically in reference to the .ORG price cap issue, with numerous individuals and organizations cited, including Public Interest Registry (PIR), Internet Society, Verisign, Shane Tews, Steve DelBianco, Jonathan Zuck, Greg Shatan, Judith Hellerstein, Maureen Hilyard, and more.

"The public interest is at best being represented, in majority, by people tied up in potential conflicts of interest in the given matter. At worst, it looks like special interest groups for VeriSign and The Internet Society (ISOC) / Public Interest Registry have captured multiple groups at ICANN and are trying to use it to line their organizations' pockets.

"This appears to be a case study in regulatory capture. Beyond public outcry, there appears to be very little stopping ICANN from simply pushing through these contracts despite overwhelming evidence that the average internet user isn't in favor of these changes. There is virtually no meaningful argument in favor of removing price caps, unless you accept that it would be administratively easier for an organization with hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank. There is a bizarre free market argument that falls apart when you realize the cost of lock-ins for using a domain name and creating a web presence on any domain. .ORG is a thirty million dollar subsidy to the Internet Society (via PIR) which outsources, via competitive bid, the actual registry services. And they want the ability to charge more, at the expense of every other non profit. Their interests strongly align with VeriSign, who most likely see .ORG as the last hurdle before getting .COM and .NET to have price caps removed and increase their bottom line even more in their non competitive monopoly contract.

"The only step left before these changes go into effect, that I am aware of, is board approval. I think it probably will go through unless there is a tremendous amount of attention brought to the issue. I'm not only concerned about price caps on .ORG, but structurally the only people who can invest so much time and money participating in ICANN are the organizations which stand to financially gain the most. Who is representing the public interest? Registry groups appear to have a strong voice within the ICANN community. Finally, I also worry about potential conflicts of interest at the board level, which has twenty members. Five ICANN board members were or are connected to ISOC (1,2,3,4,5). One is a former board member of PIR as well. I hope they recognize their responsibility to do what is right for everyone and not the select few registry operators in this instance." (emphasis added)

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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Editor's noteremember all the lies touting new gTLDs used by incompetent ICANN Org management and staff, the unethical ICANN Board of Directors, and the corrupt   "ICANN community" con artists, including their preposterous growth projections?
 Oracle Dyn Domain Registration

"I can't find anything online yet and waiting for the office to open to confirm. Going to be a pain in the ass, we have over 500 domains with them and was trying to add more this morning and rejected ... Oracle Dyn is no longer offering Domain Registration, Standard DNS, and Secondary DNS. Customers with existing service should monitor the email associated with their account for further communication."--source: Reddit.com.

a. Oracle laid off sales and marketing staffs at Dyn (n/k/a Oracle Dyn / Oracle America, Inc.), a formerly independent DNS services provider and domain name registrar it acquired in 2016 for $600 million. Dyn users are getting "EOL" or end-of-life notices for products, and Oracle Dyn's landlord has put Dyn's offices in Manchester, N.H., up for lease, leading some to speculate more layoffs are to come.

b. Should I register a domain with GoDaddy?-- Benny from Pasadena. "Benny wants to create a website and wants to know if he should register a domain with GoDaddy. Leo says NO. He hates GoDaddy and their questionable business practices. And there are plenty of other domain registrars out there. Leo recommends HOVER [Tucows]" --techguylabs.com (emphasis added).

c. Tucows [NASDAQ: TCX]3 Terrible Businesses In 1 | SeekingAlpha.com"Tucows' Domains business is suffering similar stagnation. Industry-wide, growth is abysmal. GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) and VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) have been suffering low single-digit growth, while TCX's own revenue CAGR has been 1% over the last 3 years as it's been losing market share. The business is highly commoditized, with little to differentiate any individual firm other than price. TCX has been boosting prices to inflate growth metrics, but this will simply accelerate churn and share loss." (emphasis and links added).

d. Fraudsters are taking advantage of the increased number of new top level domains to register lookalike domains – for example, the letter "m" can be replaced by the letters "r" and "n" to give the appearance of "m" and it's something which many users won't notice at first glance--zdnet.com.

e. "Bargain basement gTLDs and glyph attacks using IDNs are powering phishing attacks, with fraudulent registrations on the rise. Worse yet, phishing sites are increasingly getting security certificates"--techrepublic.com.

f. FUCTLos Angeles streetwear designer Erik Brunetti, who had been turned down by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when he sought to register the brand name FUCT (domain: fuct.com) as a trademark, won in the U.S. Supreme Court--Supreme Court allows foul language trademarks in F-word case. [Editor's note: not hard to imagine what's coming next, including as trademarks and .BRAND new gTLDs -- ICANN will have completely FUCT UP the internet and global DNS.]

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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a. Google: analysis of 150B+ browser-based Google searches in Q1 2019 in the U.S. indicated only 41.45% resulted in organic clicks to non-Google sites, 48.96% ended without a click. Editor's note: confirming the Google Search page is now one of the world's major content and information destinations.

b. What Happens After Amazon’s Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues: The New York Times looks at some egregious cases of counterfeit books sold on Amazon.

c. Privacy: "... we have lost “ambient privacy,” i.e., daily interactions that should stay unremembered ... Confronted with the reality of a monitored world, people make the rational decision to make the best of it. That is not consent."--idlewords.com.

d. How Ethiopia Controls the Internet-- A one-week internet shutdown ends, but the government has more methods to silence online critics.

e. To pay, or not to pay: U.S. cities wrestle with ransomware | reuters.com.

f. Average Cost of a Domain Name System (DNS) Attack $1,070,000--securitymagazine.com.

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