Domain Mondo's review and look ahead [pdf], starting first with the macro view, the big picture, after cutting through all the noise, which is also this week's first feature:
Feature • Fear Campaigns
: EU referendum vote for Brexit 'would spark year-long recession' | BBC.com
May 24, 2016. Sound familiar?
Citigroup: A Trump Victory in November Could Cause a Global Recession | Bloomberg.com
August 25, 2016.
While no one knows who will win the U.S. Presidential election (as of August 27, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" tracking poll
shows Clinton and Trump virtually tied 44.6%-43.3%), any "expert
" opinion that a Trump
victory, will cause
a "global recession" should be treated as conjecture, hyperbole, bias, or just plain old hysterics
. Legendary investor Warren Buffett
, who endorsed Hillary Clinton, doesn't think that: Warren Buffett on Trump Presidency: We'll Be Fine | Fortune.com
: "Predicted the country, the economy and his company would continue to grow."
A Trump victory would most likely
lead to a surge in economic prosperity according to billionaire bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach
, who has not
endorsed Trump nor said whether he would vote for him, but has predicted Trump will win:
Not only will Donald Trump win the November election, but his victory will propel U.S. economic growth higher. Trump will fuel a debt-driven increase in government spending, which will push GDP growth to levels reminiscent of the Ronald Reagan era. Trump will move ahead in the polls, despite criticism from the media, and as Trump’s inauguration approaches, the market will rally “for reasons people won’t understand." --Gundlach: Trump Will Be an Economic Success | AdvisorPerspectives.com
Even staunch Clinton supporter, and Nobel Prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman
, agrees that Trump Is Right on Economics | Paul Krugman Op-Ed in The New York Times
. And in fairness to the Citigroup "expert" source of the Bloomberg story first cited above, the headline is misleading
. If you read the story all the way to the end, the source states that there could be a boost to the economy under either a Trump or Clinton administration.
of this is meant to suggest voting for either Trump or Clinton (frankly, at this point I have grave reservations about both
candidates), but I am pointing out that "fear" is a human emotion exploited by politicians, media, pundits, and hucksters (e.g., FUD
). Caveat Emptor!
And what about that Brexit Project Fear campaign
waged, unsuccessfully, by the Remain camp
? Well, besides Remain leaders David Cameron and George Osborne losing their jobs as Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, respectively, the UK economy has not
collapsed into recession either. Pro-Remain establishment media
the Financial Times
(FT.com), are now beginning to eat crow
Brexit apocalypse? No. The FT.com's economics reporter Emily Cadman and Lex writer Giles Wilkes take the temperature of the post-Brexit referendum economy. Video published August 25, 2016. See also: Pro-Remain billionaire Sir Martin Sorrell changes his tune on Brexit and calls on Theresa May to get us out of the EU as soon as possible | TheSun.co.uk
|FTSE 100 UP 7.89% since Brexit Vote on June 23rd|
The London Stock Exchange benchmark indexes: FTSE 100
up +7.89% since Brexit vote (see chart above
) and FTSE 250
up +3.45% since the Brexit vote on June 23rd. Meanwhile the German DAX
is ahead only 3.22%, and the French CAC40
(-0.54%) is still in negative territory, since June 23rd.
No one can "know" what the long-term impact of Brexit will be, on either the UK or EU, until
the details are "known" of a post-Brexit UK-EU trade agreement, as well as other UK non-EU trade initiatives. Projections based on assumptions are speculative at best
. All of this just reaffirms what I cited
three weeks ago: "There are no experts on the future. Explaining the present and the past requires expertise: “it’s your carburetor/prostate”. In forecasting the future, experts are generally no better than everybody else. They might be worse."
. See also Barry Ritholtz
on the folly of forecasts
(and see this
), "... it is worth reminding ourselves just how terrible humans are at predicting ... what will happen in markets and/or the economy."
Feature • Dot Registry Challenges ICANN Monopoly
On Friday, new gTLD applicant Dot Registry LLC
, filed a motion in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (No. 16-55693, No. 16-55694) for leave to file an Amicus Curiae ("friend of the Court") brief in support of Plaintiff-Appellee DotConnectAfrica Trust
). The motion and tendered brief can be reviewed in full here
(pdf) (highlighting added). Dot Registry is supporting DCA Trust's argument that ICANN's "release" from liability required of all new gTLD applicants is unenforceable under California Civil Code Sec. 1688 and is also unconscionable. In its tendered brief, Dot Registry refers to ICANN as a monopolist and repeatedly refers to ICANN's "monopoly" in the domain name space:
"ICANN exercises monopoly power over a critical channel of commerce. It may not lawfully use that power to exempt its decisions from any binding review by a court or arbitrator in any forum. California courts will not enforce contracts that are unconscionable. [citing authorities]"--p. 11
|Dot Registry Amicus Curiae Brief Table of Contents|
Other ICANN and Domain Name News:
• ICANN and UDRP Trademark Abuse
: Mystery over entertainment tycoon’s web of trademarks, domains and company names | Blog | WorldTrademarkReview.com
: "manipulating trademarks to reverse hijack domain names through [ICANN's] UDRP"
how some lawyers and other "bad actors" grab domain names
using ICANN processes. ICANN set up the UDRP
[Uniform Dispute Resolution Process] in 1999 and provided no penalties
for anyone filing meritless UDRP claims or otherwise attempting to take domain names through UDRP processes via trademark abuse. ICANN has known about this problem since at least 2001--see ICANN Hates Fairness and Predictability? So What's New?
--but, in typical ICANN GNSO fashion has "put the cart before the horse"
by delaying a review of the issue in its current GNSO working group
"GNSO Working Group that will be conducting a Policy Development Process (PDP) to Review all Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in all gTLDs. This PDP is being conducted in two phases, as described in the approved charter: Phase One will focus on a review of all the RPMs that were developed for the 2012 New gTLD Program, and Phase Two will focus on a review of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)."
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• Tech News
- EU vs Apple and Ireland: Brussels poised to strike down Apple ‘state aid’ | FT.com: "Brussels is poised to hand down an adverse ruling against Ireland after a three-year inquiry into claims the country granted an illegal tax arrangement to Apple, the world’s biggest tech company." See also US Treasury White Paper (pdf).
- Google's Russian antitrust case, global implications "... the Russian agency has issued a fine and given Google eight days to update its distribution deals and inform existing Android users about ways they can install competitive apps. Google has one more appeal left ... other governments, including the U.S., South Korea and in the EU, could be reevaluating their antitrust reviews of the Android operating system, the crux of Google’s global growth plan."--POLITICO.com
- Google petitions Supreme Court on Chrome and Patent Claims | Fortune.com: “Overbroad patent claims are a plague, especially in the vital and growing high-tech sector … All of this plays into the hands of entities that buy patents and then use litigation or the threat of litigation to extract settlements from alleged infringers,” says Google petition. See also Patentlyo.com.
- Peter Thiel is investing in startup Legalist (domain: legalist.us), that analyzes lawsuits to determine likelihood of victory and offers funding in exchange for half the judgment--TheGuardian.com. Caveat: see Champerty and maintenance | Wikipedia.org.
- Relaxing Privacy Vow, WhatsApp Will Share Some Data With Facebook--NYTimes.com.
- Alphabet's X division puts new leader on Project Loon: Tom Moore, co-founder of WildBlue Communications (acquired by ViaSat in 2009).--Bloomberg,com. See also Alphabet CEO ordered Google Fiber to downsize--ArsTechnica.com.
- The Metagame: A Monetization Opportunity For Twitter? "Twitter gets the metagame trend. Monetizing a metagame platform ..."--SeekingAlpha.com
- Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA: "NSA may prove to be one of Washington’s greatest liabilities rather than assets."--Reuters.com
- In the Bitcoin Era, Ransomware Attacks Surge: "The Federal Bureau of Investigation said ransomware attacks cost victims $209 million in the first three months of the year, including costs, such as lost productivity and staff time to recover files, that is an average of about $333,000 an incident, based on complaints that it has received. The total is up from $24 million for all of 2015, or about $10,000 an infection, the FBI said."--WSJ.com
- Apple iPhone vs Web Services: "... Why buy a $700 iPhone when a $200 Android phone can access the same YouTube or Amazon Music as everyone else? All you need to do to get new Facebook features is refresh your browser or update your app. You don't need a high-performance device to participate in the 21st century ... And it could be a dire omen for high-margin hardware companies like Apple."--BusinessInsider.com
- Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology--Chris Dixon, Medium.com.