Facebook $FB Q1 2019 Earnings LIVE Webcast April 24, 5:00pm EDT

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) release of first quarter 2019 financial results after market close on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Facebook will host a conference call to discuss its results at 2 p.m. PDT / 5 p.m. EDT the same day. The LIVE webcast of the call can be accessed at the Facebook Investor Relations website at investor.fb.com, along with the company's earnings press release, financial tables, and slide presentation.

Following the call, a replay will be available at the same website. A telephonic replay will be available for one week following the conference call at 404.537.3406 or 855.859.2056, Conference ID: 9195605. Transcripts of conference calls with publishing equity research analysts held on April 24, 2019 will also be posted to the investor.fb.com website. Editor's note: this post will be updated after the earnings release.
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Twitter $TWTR Q1 2019 Earnings LIVE Webcast April 23, 8:00 am EDT

Twitter Investor Relations
UPDATE April 23, 2019 $TWTR shares are trading UP 16% mid-day.

  • Revenue: "Q1 was a solid start to the year with revenue up 18% year-over-year, reflecting particular strength in the US."
  • Profitability: "In Q1, revenue outperformance, in combination with lower expenses, resulted in better-than-expected profitability, with GAAP operating income of $94 million and GAAP operating margin of 12%."

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) release of financial results for the first quarter 2019: April 23, 2019, before the market open at approximately 4:00 a.m. Pacific Time (7:00 a.m. EDT). On the same day, Twitter will host a conference call and LIVE webcast to discuss these financial results at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 8:00 a.m. EDT.

Twitter will be following the conversation about the earnings announcement on Twitter.com. To have your questions considered during the Q&A, Tweet your question to @TwitterIR using #TWTR. To listen to a live audio webcast, please visit the company’s Investor Relations page at investor.twitterinc.com. Twitter has used, and intends to continue to use, its Investor Relations website and the Twitter accounts of @jack, @nedsegal, @twitter and @TwitterIR as means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

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Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle's Investing Philosophy (video)

Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle's '90s Interview Shows His Investing Philosophy

Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, who died Jan 16, 2019, was famous for making investing accessible to the everyday person through index funds – funds that match a market barometer like the S&P 500. His message was simple: why waste money on expensive fees and commissions for complex funds when market barometers often outperform them? That message remained remarkably consistent throughout his career.

Jack Bogle needed hefty amounts of brainpower and market know-how to put together the first index fund. But for investors wanting to cash in on his idea, it's become pretty easy.

In 1975, the founder of Vanguard Group was able to turn a long-held belief into reality, namely that it was far more profitable to follow the market than fight it. Most mutual fund managers who picked stocks couldn't keep up with basic benchmarks like the S&P 500 Index, much less beat them, he found.

So he turned his thoughts into action, putting together the first fund that simply followed the S&P 500, minus a small management cost that was much cheaper than the active funds of the day. CNBC.com video above published on Jan 17, 2019.

One website (of many) using Bogle's principles: bogleheads.org

See also: 
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News Review | ICANN EPDP Phase 2 Chair Janis Karklins

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-04-21) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) ICANN EPDP Phase 2 Chair Janis Karklins,  2) EPDP Phase 2 Budget & EPDP notes, Domain Hijacking, 3) Other ICANN news: a. Domain Metrics, b. Name Collisions, c. DNS Hijacking, d. .AMAZON Update4) Names, Domains & Trademarks: Declining TLDs: .EU & New gTLDs, 5) ICYMI: Chinese-style Internet and more, 6) Most Read.

1) ICANN EPDP Phase 2 Chair Janis Karklins
Ambassador Janis Karklins, EPDP Phase 2 Chair (photo)
Ambassador Janis Karklins
"... the extended call for EOIs closed on Monday, 8 April. We received a total of two EOIs, one from Chris LaHatte, former ICANN Ombudsman, and another from Janis Karklins, former GAC Chair and current Latvian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. The GNSO Council Leadership Team and the Standing Selection Committee (SSC) Leadership Team met on Tuesday after conducting individual scoring assessments for each candidate. After approximately one hour of discussion and deliberation, we agreed to unanimously recommend that the Council appoint Janis Karklins as EPDP Phase 2 Chair. We are confident in Janis' ability and commitment to perform the EPDP Phase 2 Chair duties in a neutral manner and consistent with the GNSO PDP Operating Procedures. We are also confident Janis will ensure the work is performed efficiently, effectively, and in a timely manner. Therefore, we will now update the 18 April 2019 GNSO Council agenda to reflect this recommendation and to add Janis Karklins' name to the Consent Agenda item on this topic. If anyone has questions, please raise them prior to the GNSO Council meeting. We thank both candidates for their willingness to serve."--Keith Drazek, GNSO Chair, Apr 10, 2019 (emphasis and link added). Editor's note: the appointment of Janis Karklins was unanimously approved by the GNSO Council on April 18, 2019, after discussion of possible conflict of interest (Karklins is past chair of the WIPO General Assembly) [see also CV].
2) EPDP Phase 2 Budget: 12 April 2019 Letter (pdf) from GNSO Chair Keith Drazek to ICANN Chairman Cherine Chalaby re:Resource Support for Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Phase 2, excerpt:
"Pending the appointment of the Phase 2 Chair and the subsequent finalization of a detailed workplan with milestones, the EPDP Team has identified a preliminary list of the following four key resources needed to support the timely delivery of Phase 2 policy recommendations:
1. Continued availability of legal counsel, following the same process and approach in phase 1 (any questions are vetted through the legal committee);
2. Continued support for telecom services and transcriptions, but to reduce costs, transcriptions would have a 72-hour turnaround time (instead of 24-hour);
3. Mediation support for the EPDP Team meetings at ICANN65 in Marrakesh;
4. Travel support to be made available for ICANN65 for EPDP Team members who would otherwise not be able to attend and where no alternate is able to step in.
We look forward to receiving your feedback."
Additional EPDP related notes:

From the EPDP mail list:16 April 2019:"... Members from the CPH [Contracted Parties House, i.e., Registrars and Registry Operators] ... want to express our concern with discussing proposed working methods / prioritization without a Chair. We believe it is counterproductive to have these discussions without the new Chair in place, and that discussions and feedback should be placed on hold pending the new Chair. We are all anxious to get Phase 2 work underway, but trying to make decisions now increases the likelihood that we will need to revisit all decisions regarding work plans once the new Chair is in place. Accordingly, we respectfully request that all comprehensive discussions be paused until the new Chair is seated ..."--James Bladel (RrSG EPDP member) (emphasis added). April 16, 2019: "I support the CPH position"--Alan Greenberg (ALAC EPDP member).

EPDP Links: EPDP wiki & mail listPhase 1 Final Report (pdf), GNSO mail list & calendar. Link to legal questions and memos.

IRT Wiki: gTLD Registration Data Policy Implementation | Pre-IRT  ("IRT" Implementation Review Team)--"the pre-IRT is going to be a short-lived team to be replaced with the IRT, and all the members will be transitioned to the IRT ... we are putting this team together to get a fast start on the real IRT"--Dennis Chang, ICANN Org, 10 Apr 2019, transcript.). Pre-IRT mail list.

Public Comments closed April 17, 2019, on EPDP Phase 1 Final Report Policy Recommendations.
"... the European Commission considers that the purposes for processing WHOIS personal data by ICANN and/or the contracted parties should not include enabling access by third parties. This is also at the core of the concerns expressed for some time by the DPAs and the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which have clarified that the purposes of ICANN and contracted parties must not be conflated with the interests of third parties in accessing registration data ..."--European Commission comment, infra.
All comments may be found here, including the comment (pdf) by DomainMondo's editor, embed below, and the comment (pdf) by the European Commission, embed further below:

European Commission comment:

See also:
  • Failure to Redact Personal WHOIS Data Led to Domain HijackingJury Convicts Social Media Entrepreneur in Plot to Hijack Internet Domain | justice.gov Friday, April 19, 2019--"... On June 21, 2017, Adams drove Hopkins to the domain owner’s house and provided Hopkins with a demand note, which contained instructions for transferring the domain [doitforstate.com] to Adams’ GoDaddy account ... Hopkins pulled out Adams’ demand note, which contained a series of directions on how to change an Internet domain name from the domain owner’s GoDaddy account to one of Adams’ GoDaddy accounts. Hopkins put the firearm against the victim’s head and ordered him to follow the directions on the demand note.  Hopkins then pistol whipped the victim several times in the head.  Fearing for his life, the victim quickly turned to move the gun away from his head.  The victim then managed to gain control of the gun, but during the struggle, he was shot in the leg.  The victim shot Hopkins multiple times in the chest.  He then contacted law enforcement ..."  
  • TorrentFreak.comCopyright holders and the US Government (NTIA) want ICANN to make domain WHOIS data more accessible again.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg under close scrutiny--FTC probe into Facebook's privacy practices is also looking at past statements by Zuckerberg and weighing whether to seek oversight of his leadership--washingtonpost.com.

3) Other ICANN News
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a) ICANN Publishes Updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators--ICANN.org see also Global Domains Division (GDD) Metrics. [Editor's note: these metrics or "indicators" are mostly worthless, but as often is the case with "ICANN metrics" it is a situation where instead of counting what is really important and relevant, someone has decided to make what they have selectively chosen to count, "important."]

b) Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Discussion Group--ICANN.org. [Editor's note: better late than never ICANN, after dumping 1200+ new gTLDs into the global DNS, knowing (since 2003) new gTLDs "fail to work as expected on the internet" and "break stuff."]

c) DNS Hijacking: a nation-state backed group of attackers identified as 'Sea Turtle' by Cisco Talos, have been actively exploiting domain name information, by going after domain registries for entire countries.
"The actors behind this campaign have focused on using DNS hijacking as a mechanism for achieving their ultimate objectives. DNS hijacking occurs when the actor can illicitly modify DNS name records to point users to actor-controlled servers. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an alert about this activity on Jan. 24 2019, warning that an attacker could redirect user traffic and obtain valid encryption certificates for an organization's domain names ... Talos was able to identify two distinct groups of victims. The first group, we identify as primary victims, includes national security organizations, ministries of foreign affairs, and prominent energy organizations. The threat actor targeted third-party entities that provide services to these primary entities to obtain access. Targets that fall into the secondary victim category include numerous DNS registrars, telecommunication companies, and internet service providers. One of the most notable aspects of this campaign was how they were able to perform DNS hijacking of their primary victims by first targeting these third-party entities ..."--talosintelligence.com.

d) 17 Apr 2019 Letter from Amazon VP Brian Huseman to ICANN Board Chair Chalaby (pdf)
Re: new gTLD applications for .AMAZON:
"... Unfortunately, despite best efforts, Amazon and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (“ACTO”) member states have not reached a mutually acceptable solution regarding Amazon’s applications, but we have listened intently and heard their concerns. Thus, in accordance with the Resolutions and in support of the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance, we submit the following modified proposal for how we will address the concerns of the ACTO member states regarding our applications .... our modified proposal consists of a Public Interest Commitment (“PIC”) and joint Steering Committee that reflects our commitment to operate the TLDs in a way that respects the culture and heritage of the people in the Amazonia region. We commit to: (1) not use as domain names in each .AMAZON TLD those terms that have a primary and well-recognized significance to the culture and heritage of the Amazonia region; (2) provide nine domain names in each .AMAZON TLD to be used for non-commercial purposes by ACTO and its member states to enhance the visibility of the region; and (3) block from all use up to 1500 domain names in each .AMAZON TLD that have a primary and well recognized significance to the culture and heritage of the Amazonia region ..."
Editor's note: I have little to add to what I already said last week (News Review 3)c. .AMAZON Redux), but see the New York Times:
Battle for .amazon Domain Pits Retailer Against South American Nations"Amazon is the world’s biggest online retailer. It is also the world’s largest rain forest. The question is who owns the name. This is the core of an epic battle between the tech behemoth Amazon.com and eight South American countries that contain parts of the rain forest. At stake is the [new gTLD] domain ... .amazon, and who should control it on the internet ..."
But ICANN neither listens nor learns, just continues its mindless and relentless Californication of the internet and global DNS:
“… we have learned that there is tremendous concern about the specifics of the [new gTLDs] program that may lead to a number of unintended and unforeseen consequences and could jeopardize its success …”--Larry Strickling, NTIA, Jan 3, 2012, letter to ICANN (pdf).

4) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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ccTLD .EU: EURid Annual Report (2018) (pdf): Compared to 2017, total net registrations decreased by 130,305 (from 3,815,055 to 3,684,750)--"The decline in the overall number of registrations can be attributed both to a reduction in the number of new registrations in the UK (mainly due to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, which resulted in the UK falling from being the No. 4 market for .eu to No. 6 in one year), and to the increased efforts of EURid to build a trustworthy and secure .eu namespace which resulted in over 35 000 domain names being suspended in H2 2018."

Editor's note: .EU is not the only declining TLD, look at new gTLDs since the first of the year:

New gTLDs total net (adds minus drops) registrations decline Jan-Apr15, 2019: 
Source: ntldstats.com - new gTLDs total net registrations Jan-Apr15, 2019
Total net registrations in new gTLDs declined -669,064 from Jan 1 thru Apr 15, 2019. At that rate of loss in registrations, total net registrations in new gTLDs will decline in 2019 by over 2.3 million registrations. You won't hear ICANN or its Global Domains Division (GDD) talking about this (at least publicly), even though it is incontrovertible proof that ICANN's new gTLDs program was, and is, ill-conceived, and this has nothing to do with "lack of public awareness" of new gTLDs. Go to your registrar of choice, GoDaddy, Namecheap, Hover, et al, and look around, you can't avoid seeing all the crappy new gTLDs. Too bad ICANN didn't listen to the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (via NTIA) nor FTC, nor many others including Esther Dyson.

5) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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Governments across Southeast Asia, including Vietnam and Thailand, are adopting Chinese-style internet and data controls, raising alarms in the U.S.--bloomberg.com.

Scribd taking down the Mueller Report is the future the EU has voted for--Scribd took down multiple copies of the Mueller Report, which is in the public domain, claiming that its algorithms identified it as a copyrighted work--qz.com.

Singapore's fake news bill poses 'risks to freedom of speech'--require social media sites to carry warnings on posts the government deems false and remove certain comments--aljazeera.com.  

Russia: Kremlin Moves Toward Control of Internet, Raising Censorship Fears--NYTimes.com.

German Data Privacy Commissioner Says Article 13 Inevitably Leads to Filters, Which Inevitably Lead to Internet "Oligopoly"--eff.org.

EU gives final approval to the new Copyright Directive, with its controversial Article 11 and 13 provisions, after 19 of the 28 member countries voted in favor --europa.eu.

Era of internet freedom is over.--spiked-online.com. 404 The Internet--forbes.com.

The prosecution of Julian Assange is about much more than attempting to hack a password--eff.org.

EFF’s Tweet About an Overzealous DMCA Takedown Is Now Subject to an Overzealous Takedown--eff.org.

Websites like Reddit and Telegram are being blocked in India by internet service providers.

Turkey: Turkish Economist Arrested After Insulting Erdogan On Twitter--zerohedge.com.

Will a Free Press Cheer on Government Censorship of the Internet? Will a thirst to punish Silicon Valley destroy our liberty?--reason.com.

How digital technology is destroying our freedom--“We’re being steamrolled by our devices” says Douglas Rushkoff--vox.com.

Notice: Vacancy of the European Data Protection Supervisor.

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

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Tech Review | How Amazon $AMZN Could Disrupt Health Care (video)

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Tech Review (TR 2019-04-20)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech investing news: Features • 1) How Amazon $AMZN Could Disrupt Health Care, 2) Why Food-Delivery Apps Could Leave Restaurants Footing the Bill, 3) Investing: The Week & Investor Notes, 4) ICYMI Tech News: Qualcomm, Apple, Intel, Pinterest, Zoom, Uber, Amazon, Microsoft.

1) How Amazon $AMZN Could Disrupt Health Care

"Amazon has been described has the “everything store, ” but it’s missing one major category - prescription medicines. That might soon change, in the wake of Amazon’s roughly $1 billion acquisition of PillPack, an internet pharmacy. Health experts told CNBC that it’s only a mater of time before Amazon starts selling prescription drugs on its online marketplace, and that it’s assembling a team to do just that. For Amazon, pharmacy represents a multibillion market opportunity, but it’s also highly complicated and will involve battling with some entrenched competition that has a vested interest in keeping drug prices high. But Amazon, with its scale, leverage, and supply chain expertise, could be the company to do it, the experts said. People buying medical supplies on Amazon, such as glucometers and cold medicine, can now use their flexible savings accounts or health savings accounts to get discounts. These programs, often referred to as an HSA or FSA, allow people with health insurance to set aside a portion of their salary before taxes to cover medical expenses that would have been paid for out-of-pocket, such as prescription medicines and medical supplies.

"In recent years, Amazon has started adding more health and wellness products, including medical devices and over-the-counter medicines. Amazon’s rival Walmart, which currently offers pharmacy services, also has a storefront for HSA and FSA products. To sell prescription medicines, Amazon will need to work with middlemen, known as pharmacy benefits managers, in order to take a customer’s insurance. Some health experts suggest that the move into adding HSA and FSA cards is a smart method for Amazon to learn more about people’s spending on health. “It’s a back end way for Amazon to learn about consumer purchasing behavior of health care products and services, as it moves more deeply into the space,” said Michael Yang, a health-tech investor with Omers Ventures.

"Some in the pharmacy world have speculated that Amazon will get into the space by initially focusing this segment of consumers that typically pays cash for their prescription medicine. That’s about 6 percent of the U.S. population, which is a chunk of the $450 billion pharmacy market."--CNBC.com video above published Apr 10, 2019.

2) Why Food-Delivery Apps Could Leave Restaurants Footing the Bill

America's love for take-out is spurring a boom in food delivery startups. But what's convenient for customers may not be good for restaurants reports the Wall Street Journal (wsj.com). Video above published Apr 5, 2019.

3) Investing
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The Week: NASDAQ Composite +0.2% | S&P 500 Index -0.1% | DJIA +0.6%
Investor Notes: U.S. stock markets were closed on Friday, April 19, in observance of Good Friday. Good Friday is the only day U.S. markets are closed for the day that isn't also a federal (U.S.) holiday. The New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ will resume normal trading hours on Monday.

Cash Out, or Go All In: When Stocks Are Up 16% and It's Only April--bloomberg.com: “The first quarter’s rally would have been good enough to shut the whole year down and call it a day,” said Scott Colyer, chief investment officer at Advisors Asset Management. Even so, he says, “I’m paid to be a worrier. I look hard for signs that the markets are about to roll over every day. I don’t see them.”

S&P outperformance continues--bloomberg.com: U.S. investors are throwing in the towel on international stocks, diversification push fading.

Foreign investors sharply increased their holdings of US Treasury securities over December, January, and February, adding $185 billion, while ... American institutions and individuals are buying them at a ravenous clip--Who Bought the Huge $1.26 Trillion of New US Government Debt over the Past 12 Months?--WolfStreet.com.

Eurozone industrial production contracts for fourth straight month: Germany suffered 2% decline in February, Eurozone factories stuck in longest slump since debt crisis--telegraph.co.uk.

‘Flash Boys’ Trading Bots Are Running Wild on Crypto Exchanges-- Cornell Tech detects front running at decentralized exchanges. Researchers suggest impact could be in billions of dollars--bloomberg.com.

Brexit: “They’re all liars mate,” said my London cabbie. “May was a Remainer. How were we going to get a good deal when our negotiators don’t want to leave?” he asked. I shrugged. “They’ll stall until they can say it’s not what people want no more -- happened in every country that ever wanted a referendum or held one,” he said. “The EU paid to move a Land Rover factory from the Midlands to Slovakia where they earn 5 pound for every 25 we make – so our boys are out of work and the company makes more profit. How’s that right?,” he asked. “For every two pound we put into the EU, we get one back.” So I asked if Britain held another referendum, which way it’d go? “We’re split in two mate, we’re absolutely shattered.” --zerohedge.com.

Goldman Economists Say Trump Re-Election More Likely Than Not-- incumbency and state of economy help Trump’s chances--bloomberg.com. According to Nobel Prize winner, Robert Schiller, an election victory for President Donald Trump would not only boost the stock market but postpone the impending and imminent recession--zerohedge.com.

Global Migration of Millionaires | visualcapitalist.com: world’s wealthiest are the most mobile.
Biggest gainers: Australia +12,000; U.S. +10,000*; Canada +4000
*New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco all had inflows of over +1000
Biggest Losers: China -15,000; Russia -7000; India -5000; Turkey -4000.

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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Qualcomm hands Apple a stunning defeat--seekingalpha.com: Qualcomm has the only working 5G modem, and will be first to market this year, plus Qualcomm's rich 5G patent portfolio.

Intel to Exit 5G Smartphone Modem Business, Focus 5G Efforts on Network Infrastructure and Other Data-Centric Opportunities--newsroom.intel.com.

Apple: App Store Q1 downloads reportedly drop 5% YoY, first decline since 2015 --9to5mac.com.

Pinterest Inc IPO:
NYSE: PINS Thursday, April 18, 2019
Zoom Video Communications Inc IPO: 
NASDAQ: ZM Thursday, April 18, 2019
.Uber Discloses 3-Yr $10-Billion Loss from Operations, Stalling Rideshare Revenue & 50 Pages of “Risk Factors” that Are Not for the Squeamish--wolfstreet.com.

Amazon: retailers and Amazon.com-- major brands increasingly distribute clothing and accessories directly through Amazon.com, attracted by more than 100 million Amazon Prime members and Amazon logistics.

Microsoft A Better Buy Than Amazon? Microsoft's valuation is reasonable given its historical performance, growth potential, brand, and recession resilience.--seekingalpha.com.

Cable TV Cord-Cutting Is Quickly Picking Up Pace, while SVOD (subscription or streaming video on demand, e.g., Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.) has reached 69% penetration of the US market.

College is Broken: Reflections and Predictions--hackernoon.com.

Personal Tech: Quitting social media liberated me--cbc.ca: 'I put down my phone and picked up my life.'

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle on the Problem With Index Funds (video)

Vanguard Group founder on the problem with index funds

Vanguard Group Founder Jack Bogle (1929-2019) discusses with Maria Bartiromo how the indexing business has changed over the years and the problem with index funds in this Fox Business video published Jun 8, 2018.

Domain: vanguard.com

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Uber $UBER IPO - Six Numbers You Need to Know (video)

Uber’s IPO Filing: 6 Numbers You Need to Know

UBER Technologies, Inc. filed with the SEC its Form S-1, on April 11, 2019. Fortune.com video above published Apr 12, 2019.

Uber Technologies Inc. is a transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with operations in 785 metropolitan areas worldwide. Uber offers services including peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system.

Domains include:
  • Uber.com 
  • UberEats.com
  • OttoMotors.com
  • Jump.com

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Look Out Netflix! Disney $DIS Unveils Its New Streaming Service Disney+

New Streaming Service Disney+

Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) unveiled its new streaming service Disney+ preview.disneyplus.com. Launch date in U.S. is Nov 12, 2019, annual subscription $69.99 or $6.99 monthly.

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Fire Consumes Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (video)

Fire Consumes Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

April 15, 2019: Shock and sadness as Notre Dame catches fires, spire collapses.

LIVE France24 coverage

Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Construction started in 1163.

Domain: notredamedeparis.fr  |  Twitter: @notredameparis

The north rose window (installed 1250) of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Photo by Julie Anne Workman - own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,link

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DLD Munich 19 'Nineteen' with Scott Galloway (video)

DLD Munich 19 'Nineteen' with Scott Galloway

Scott Galloway on the future of Amazon $AMZN, Apple $AAPL, Facebook $FB, Google $GOOGL $GOOG, and how his predictions for 2018 sized up against the changing tides of the tech world today. Video published Jan 2, 2019. Galloway's blog:  profgalloway.com.

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News Review | GDPR & ICANN EPDP Phase 2, The Facebook Effect?

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-04-14) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) GDPR & ICANN EPDP Phase 2, The Facebook Effect? 2) ICANN Org & CCWG-IG WSIS Forum 2019 Session re: EPDP, 3) a. ICANN 4.0? ICANN's Broken Model, b. IDN Variant TLDs, c. .AMAZON Redux, d.Read this, 4)a.Trademark FUCT? b. Trademark Basics, c. Jones Day,  d. Legal Fakes & Trademark Squatting, e. Smart Regulation, 5)ICYMI: GDPR & Microsoft, EU Digital Tax, Antitrust & Privacy6) Most Read.

1)  GDPR & ICANN EPDP Phase 2, The Facebook Effect?
From the EPDP Mail List (emphasis and link added):
"On geographic differentiation, and on the subject of GDPR compliance generally, I was pleased to see the CEO of Facebook come out in favor of global, non-differentiated privacy protection. In his widely-read blog, Mark Zuckerberg said:
'... effective privacy and data protection needs a globally harmonized framework. People around the world have called for comprehensive privacy regulation in line with the  European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, and I agree. I believe it would be good for the internet if more countries adopted regulation such as GDPR as a common framework.'
"I look forward to seeing Margie [Milam][BC EPDP member] and other FB employees join us in support for a globally harmonized application of GDPR as we enter Phase 2"--Milton Mueller, Professor, Georgia Tech (NCSG EPDP member).

2) ICANN EPDP, GDPR & WHOIS--WSIS Forum 2019 Session 11 Apr 2019
WSIS Forum 2019 (graphic)
ICANN Org & CCWG IG briefing presented by CCWG IG Chair Olivier Crepin-Leblond, former EPDP Chair Kurt Pritz (remotely), and GNSO Chair Keith Drazek (remotely). Slides from presentation embed below:

Public comment period closes 17 Apr 2019 23:59 UTC on the EPDP (Phase 1) Final Report's recommendations.

See also briefing note (pdf) on the session prepared by Nigel Hickson.

Postscript from the CCWG IG mail list re: organization of an IGF Workshop:
"... EPDP is a piece of ex post facto internal ICANN-esque housekeeping. The time to have had an IGF session on WHOIS Privacy was about two years ago when we all knew about GDPR, except, apparently, GNSO. As of today, We don't know whether the ICANN Board will adopt EDPR, we don’t know whether the outcome will be compatible with GDPR, even if to goes up to the ECJ. For my part I haven’t the faintest idea what to expect from ‘Phase 2’ of EPDP, so I say no more."--Christopher Wilkinson
"I have concerns about the CCWG IG and ICANN Org proposing an IGF workshop on SSR (or on any subject) without adequate coordination and vetting of the proposal, panelists, subject matter, and messaging. I was happy to have been able to jump in and help with today’s WSIS Forum session on the EPDP, but I think we need to be more deliberate in our planning and decision-making around externally-facing engagements. I am not comfortable with proposing this session without sufficient preparation and agreement, neither of which I’ve seen. We’re probably better off not proposing a session at all, rather than scrambling to fit something in at the 11th hour."--Keith Drazek, GNSO Chair

3) Other ICANN News
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a. ICANN 4.0? ICANN's Broken Model
"ICANN is a b[r]oken model, I vote for ICANN 4.0. No ICANN"--J. Scott Evans is a "Trademark Titan and Adobe Rockstar" and past president of INTA, the International Trademark Association.

Editor's note: I agree, "ICANN is a broken model"--
 ICANN's Broken Model

b. Managing IDN Variant TLDs: Letter (pdf) of 08 April 2019 from ICANN GDD Sr. VP Cyrus Namazi to ccNSO Chair Kartina Sataki and GNSO Chair Keith Drazek, excerpt:
"... the ICANN Board approved a set of Recommendations for Managing Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Variant Top-Level Domains (TLDs) on 14 March 2019 and requested that the ccNSO  and GNSO take these recommendations into account while developing their respective policies to define and manage IDN variant labels for current and future TLDs. The ICANN Board has also requested that the ccNSO and GNSO keep each other informed of their progress in developing the relevant details of their policies and procedures to ensure that a consistent solution, based on these IDN variant TLD recommendations, is developed for IDN variant ccTLDs and gTLDs ..."

c. .AMAZON Redux
08 April 2019 Letter from ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby to Amb. Alexandra Moreira Lopez (pdf) re: new gTLD applications for .AMAZON, excerpt:
"... the 7 April 2019 deadline has now passed, and the ICANN Board has not received either a mutually agreed-upon proposal for a solution or a joint request for an extension of the 7 April 2019 deadline. Therefore, the Board will proceed with next steps, as laid out in the resolution quoted below, which calls on the Amazon corporation to submit by 21 April 2019 a proposal for how it will address the ACTO member states’ concerns regarding the .AMAZON applications ..."
UPDATE: ICANN Letter 15 April 2019 re Proposed Extension of Time to 7 June 2019.

As I said last week:
Editor's note: the idea of having private .BRAND gTLDs was a mistake from the beginning, a corruption of the concept of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) as set forth in RFC 1591 written by Jon Postel, which predates the formation of ICANN and its "Californication" of the internet and global DNS. I'm with the South American countries. ICANN should do the "right thing" for once and end the .BRAND gTLD program, refund the application fees, and "undelegate" all .BRAND gTLDs from the internet "root," while allowing every owner of a distinctive trademark to block use of that mark as a gTLD in the future. [End the ICANN extortion racket -- see .PING testimony.]

dRead this ICANN Org: Working together when we’re not together | blog.google--We were happy to find no difference in the effectiveness, performance ratings, or promotions for individuals and teams whose work requires collaboration with colleagues around the world versus Googlers who spend most of their day to day working with colleagues in the same office. See also Google's Distributed Work Playbooks (pdf).

4) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. Trademark FUCT? (domain: fuct.com): U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari January 4, 2019, and will hear oral arguments April 15, 2019, and decide whether "Section 1052(a)'s prohibition on the federal registration of "immoral" or "scandalous" marks is facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment." U.S. Supreme Court Case: 18-302 IANCU V. BRUNETTI.

b. Don’t Ignore Trademark Basics--finnegan.com: "... Trademark registrations protect your name, or logo, or in some cases the shape of your product ... A trademark registration can also be a useful tool in takedown procedures on social media, recovering a domain name, and preventing import of counterfeit products ..."

c. ICANN's outside legal counsel, Jones Day (jonesday.com), has been named the strongest law firm brand in the United States for the third year in a row per this year’s Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index, with Skadden (skadden.com) gaining to a close second. All top U.S. law firm brands listed in the Acritas Index use a .COM domain name exclusively as their primary domain.

d. Trademarks & 'Legal Fakes'--how to steal a brand by trademarking it in other jurisdictions--Trademark Squatting
  • Foreign Trademarks, Legal Feuds and Fake News: Supreme v. Supreme Italia--thefashionlaw.com
  • Bird & Bird | The Phenomenon of "Legal Fakes": A Supreme Contradiction? (pdf): "... One of the more common ways in which a brand might be regarded as a "legal fake" is when the "fake" brand obtains a trade mark registration in a market where the original has yet to expand into, or obtain trade mark registrations in. Intellectual property rights are territorial in nature, and registering a trademark in a country typically does not automatically grant one a global monopoly to use that trademark – the protection does not extend beyond the border of the country where it was granted. Many jurisdictions, including Singapore, adopt the first-to-file system, instead of the first-to-use system. This means that, generally speaking, an applicant who registers the trademark first would obtain an earlier, and therefore better, right on the trade mark register ..."

e. Smart regulation for combating illegal content--blog.google"... we support refinement of notice-and-takedown regimes, but we have significant concerns about laws that would mandate proactively monitoring or filtering content, impose overly rigid timelines for content removal, or otherwise impose harsh penalties even on those acting in good faith. These types of laws create a risk that platforms won’t take a balanced approach to content removals, but instead take a “better safe than sorry” approach—blocking content at upload or implementing a “take down first, ask questions later (or never)” approach. We regularly receive overly broad removal requests, and analyses of cease-and-desist and takedown letters have found that many seek to remove potentially legitimate or protected speech ..."

See also:
  • Official EU Agencies Falsely Reported Terrorist Content on more than 550 archive.org URLs--blog.archive.org.

5) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
"... The EDPS investigation will therefore assess which Microsoft products and services are currently being used by the EU institutions, and whether the contractual arrangements concluded between Microsoft and the EU institutions are fully compliant with data protection rules. Regulation 2018/1725 brings the data protection rules applicable to the EU institutions in line with the rules for other organisations and businesses operating in the EU, set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As the data protection supervisory authority for the EU institutions, the EDPS is not only responsible for monitoring their compliance, but also for ensuring public awareness of any possible risks to individual and societal rights and freedoms in relation to the processing of personal data, and for working in close cooperation with national data protection authorities and other relevant national bodies to mitigate these risks. It is in this spirit of cooperation that the EDPS takes note of the Data Protection Impact Assessment Report on diagnostic data in Microsoft Office ProPlus of 5 November 2018, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security. Any EU institutions using the Microsoft applications investigated in this report are likely to face similar issues to those encountered by national public authorities, including increased risks to the rights and freedoms of individuals ..."
EU Digital Tax: EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: Europe must lead the way with a digital tax if there is insufficient consensus globally.

EU Antitrust: Google and Facebook’s Next Big Fight--the EU regulator nicknamed “Mr. GDPR” wants to go way beyond privacy and into antitrust. "The linking of these two things should worry the tech giants."--bloomberg.com.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urged by Senators. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to "take action" against Facebook and Google over possible antitrust and data privacy violations.--thehill.com. See also The Privacy Project | nytimes.com.

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