The Big Four: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google; & The New Rules (video)

Scott Galloway - The Big Four - What To Do:

Video above published Jul 26, 2017: Worth more than $2.3 trillion combined, the Big Four: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, continue to grab share from media companies, brands, and retailers. Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business and Founder of L2, showcases how the traditional rules of business don’t apply to the Big Four and identify ways that brands and companies can fight back.

Scott Galloway is a Clinical Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches brand strategy and digital marketing. In 2012, Professor Galloway was named “One of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors” by Poets & Quants. He is also the founder of Red Envelope and Prophet Brand Strategy. Scott was elected to the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow and has served on the boards of directors of Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN), Eddie Bauer (Nasdaq: EBHI), The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He received a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.

The L2 Digital Leadership Academy, led by faculty from NYU Stern, Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School, and L2 researchers, is a two-day conference rooted in business fundamentals coupled with tactical sessions on digital topics.

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News Review: EFF Warns Registrants To Avoid New gTLD Domain Names

News Review | ©2016 DomainMondo.com
Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-07-30) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) EFF Warns Registrants To Avoid New gTLD Domain Names,  2) ICANN news: ICANN Chairman Tells GNSO new gTLDs' hucksters to stick it, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: Cannabis Domainer has 7500 domain names, $20 million in losses, $199 in the bank, 4) ICYMI Internet Domain News, 5) Investing: Q2 2017 Results, R.I.P. Rightside $NAME: it wasn't supposed to end this way, 6) Most Read Posts This Past Week.

1)  EFF is now encouraging registrants to avoid domain names that are subject to the TMCH (i.e., all the new gTLDs delegated by ICANN since 2012):
Read  How Threats Against Domain Names Are Used to Censor Content | Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org July 27, 2017: "Today EFF and Public Knowledge are releasing a whitepaper titled Which Internet registries offer the best protection for domain owners? ..." (embedded below):

Excerpt from EFF's linked article above, also announced on an ICANN public mail list (emphasis added):
".... This probably means you'll want to think twice about registering in any of the newer global [generic] top-level domains ([new] gTLDs), which provide brand owners access to a privately-run Trademark Clearinghouse that gives them veto powers that go far beyond those they would receive under the trademark law of the United States or those of most other countries.
"For example, under U.S. trademark law, if a trademark applicant sought to register an ordinary word such as smart, forex, hotel, one, love, cloud, nyc, london, abc, or luxury, they would have to specify the category of goods or services they provide, and protection for the mark might only be extended to its use in a logo, rather than as a plain word. Yet each of the plain words above has been registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse, to prevent them being used in any of the new gTLDs without triggering a warning to prospective registrants about possible infringement.
"This applies regardless of whether the planned usage covers the same category of goods or services as the original trademark—indeed there isn't even any way for the registrant to find out what that category was, or even which country accepted the mark for registration, because the contents of the Trademark Clearinghouse database are secret. And since 94% of prospective registrants abandon their attempted registration of a domain after receiving a trademark warning, this has a drastic chilling effect on speech.
"EFF is currently participating in an ICANN working group fighting to ensure that brand owners' veto rights aren't extended even further (for example to catch domains that include typos of brand names), and to prevent these outrageous rules being applied to older gTLDs such as .com, .net, and .org. But for now, you can minimize your exposure to trademark bullying by avoiding registering your website in one of the new domains that is subject to these unfair policies. Our whitepaper explains what to look for."-- Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Also caveat emptor: The URS Also Applies to These Top-Level Domains (in addition to the new gTLDs).  [Editor's note: the Bottom Line? Stick with .COM domain names and "safe" ccTLDs, and leave the "garbage extensions" a/k/a new gTLDs for cybercriminals, spammers, cybersquatters, and those mostly ignorant speculators in China and elsewhere who are such easy prey for the con artists and hucksters of the new gTLDs domain name industry and its "partner" ICANN.]

2) ICANN news
•  ICANN Chairman a/k/a "old man Crocker" told (in a nice way) the new gTLDs' hucksters (members of the GNSO Registries Stakeholder Group a/k/a RySG), where to stick it--correspondence/crocker-to-diaz-26jul17-en.pdf:

•  Geographic NamesFinal Paper – June 2017 | Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (pdf) Cross-Community Working Group - Framework for use of Country and Territory Names as TLDs: A substantial majority of the members recommend that the chartering organisations:
  • Close this CWG in accordance with and as foreseen in the charter.
  • Recommend that the ICANN community consolidate all policy efforts relating to geographic names (as that term has traditionally very broadly been defined in the ICANN environment to this point) to enable in-depth analyses and discussions on all aspects related to all geographic-related names. This is the only way, in our view, to determine whether a harmonized framework is truly achievable.
  • Recommend that future policy development work must facilitate an all-inclusive dialogue to ensure that all members of the community have the opportunity to participate. Again, we believe that this is the only way to determine whether a harmonized framework is truly achievable.
•  ICANN’s new Chief Data Protection Officer (CDPO) | ICANN.orgDaniel Halloran who "will take on this role, in addition to his current responsibilities as [ICANN] Deputy General Counsel."
•  Public CommentGNSO Operating Procedures and ICANN Bylaws | ICANN.org: Close Date 10 Aug 2017 23:59 UTC.
•   Contracting Stats | ICANN New gTLDs | newgtlds.icann.org
 ICANN Active Cooperative Engagement Process (CEP) Proceedings Status Update 18 July 2017 (pdf):
The Cooperative Engagement Process (CEP) is a process voluntarily invoked by a complainant prior to the filing of an Independent Review Process (IRP). More info here (pdf).
3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
•  Northsight Capital Makes Cannabis Stocks Look Bad | SeekingAlpha.com: "The company has recorded $20 million in losses and has $199 in the bank ... It's a media company that owns 7,500 domain names centered on the cannabis industry. The main platform is called The Marijuana Marketing Network and its biggest concept is WeedDepot.com."

•  Cannabis Industry FAQ | Pepper Hamilton LLP | JDSupra.com: "Can marijuana businesses receive federal trademark registrations? No. Because marijuana is still illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will deny applications for trademarks for marijuana retailers or marijuana products because they are not used in "lawful commerce.""

•  What's the Best Domain Name Registrar? | lifehacker.com: Namecheap or _____?

•  Do You Even Trademark, Bro? | Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. | JDSupra.com"... According to the Complaint ... Defendants have . . . recently resorted to ... using a trademark eatketobro and domain name, EATKETOBRO.COM, that are confusingly similar to Plaintiffs’ EAT CLEAN BRO Trademarks and Plaintiffs’ EATCLEANBRO.COM domain name.” Giovinazzo alleges both trademark infringement and dilution. What do you think? Is Eat Keto Bro confusingly similar to Eat Clean Bro?  What about these other bro-related food services? DoYouEvenEatBro.com ... CookingForBros.com ... MuscleBrothersPerformance.com ... SuperMealBros.com ..."

•  Amazon Tips Its Hand With New Trademark Application | Weintraub Tobin | JDSupra.com: The trademark that Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to register is WE DO THE PREP.  YOU BE THE CHEF. Does this concept sound familiar? Perhaps even a bit like Blue Apron? If so, that’s probably because it is exactly like Blue Apron [domain: BlueApron.com]."

•  New gTLD domain name registrations continue to decline:
Source: ntldstats.com/tld
And remember, reportedly millions of those new gTLD domain names shown as "registered" above, are actually held by ICANN's new gTLD registry operators and their affiliates. How many millions? ICANN has no interest in finding out and doesn't want you to know. ICANN calls that operating in the "global public interest" with transparency and accountability, in order to foster a free, fair, open and competitive domain names market. LOL!

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
•   Internet Shutdowns: India shut down internet 29 times in 2017 | IndiaTimes.com: A list of internet shutdowns that have taken place at India in 2017 so far.

•  Court rules FBI can continue to request data in secret | CNET.com"The US government can issue surveillance orders to tech companies without having to make them public."

•  Apple has removed all major VPN apps from its App Store in China which allowed users to bypass China's internet censorship.--TechCrunch.com

•  In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area | WBUR.org

•  Liu Xiaobo: A Voice of Freedom | cato.org"Denying China’s 1.4 billion people a free market in ideas has led to one of the lowest rankings in the World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters without Borders."  See also Globe editorial: Liu Xiaobo’s death is one more reminder of who rules China | TheGlobeandMail.com: "Mr. Liu’s ... death at age 61, in a Chinese hospital with guards at the doors, stand as a reminder of exactly who runs things in Beijing, and what kind of a regime the Trudeau government is so eager to be friends with. The Communist Party of China has joined ignominious company; the only other Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in custody was imprisoned by Nazi Germany."

5) Investing
  • Apple $AAPL (principal domain: Apple.com) conference call to discuss third fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. EDT (US).
Rightside was a new gTLDs "true believer" until near the end--it wasn't supposed to end this way--
Rightside $NAME (2014-2017 R.I.P.)
6) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
1. News Review: ICANN Accountability, FY16 IRS Form 990 Redux
2. Alphabet $GOOG $GOOGL Q2 2017 Results LIVE Video July 24 5pm EDT
3. Facebook $FB Q2 2017 Earnings LIVE Webcast July 26 5pm EDT

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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Tech Review: 7 of the Top 10 Global Brands Are Tech Companies

Tech Review (TR 2017-07-29)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news:
Features • 1) 7 of the Top 10 Global Brands Are Tech Companies, 2) Apple $AAPL, 3) Q2 2017 earnings, 4) Unicorn: Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo, 5) SoundCloud #FAIL, 6) Post-Brexit: new UK-US bilateral trade agreement, 7) ICYMI Tech News.

1) 7 of the Top 10 Global Brands Are Tech Companies
Blue companies above are classified by the source as non-tech, Gold as tech (source: visualcapitalist.com)
Source: Chart: Ranking the World's Most Valuable Brands | visualcapitalist.comin just 10 years tech brands have taken over the list. All ten use as their principal domain name brand.com.

Other Tech News:

2)  Apple $AAPL (principal domain: Apple.com) conference call to discuss third fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. EDT (US). See also Trump & Apple Contract Manufacturer Foxconn Announce New Wisconsin Facility | TheHill.com--Foxconn investing $10 billion in Wisconsin and creating 3,000 jobs there--"The White House said the new project is expected to be the first of many new U.S. plants from Foxconn, one of the biggest manufacturers of Apple products such as iPhones." and Why You Should Sell Your Apple Shares Before The Next iPhone Release | SeekingAlpha.com.

3) Q2 2017 earnings webcasts this past week on DomainMondo.com: Alphabet $GOOG / $GOOGLFacebook $FBTwitter $TWTR, Verisign $VRSN, Amazon $AMZNSee also

4) Unicorn: Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo (domain: ofo.so) in talks to raise $1 billion in a new funding round led by Japan's SoftBank Group--Reuters.com.

5) SoundCloud #FAIL:‘25 million plays, and zero dollars’--How SoundCloud's broken business model drove artists away | TheVerge.com.

6)  Post-Brexit world: work has already started on a new UK-US bilateral trade agreement between the two countries effective upon Brexit--Reuters.com.

7) ICYMI Tech News:
  • Samsung's semiconductor unit brought in $15.8 billion last quarter, passing Intel ($14.76 billion in chip sales)--Fortune.com.

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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DEF CON 25 Hacking Conference, July 27-30, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

DEF CON 25 - SupaFraud - Official DEF CON Teaser Video

25 Years! DEF CON is the world's longest running and largest hacker convention. It takes place immediately following Black Hat in Las Vegas every year.

DEF CON 25 Hacking Conference, July 27-30, 2017, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Excerpt from DefCon 25 schedule
Full Schedule here.

See also: The Story of DEFCON | YouTube.com

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Q2 2017 Webcasts Jul 27: Twitter $TWTR Verisign $VRSN Amazon $AMZN

Q2 2017 Earnings Webcasts Thursday, July 27, 2017:
Twitter Inc.
Stock exchange: symbol | NYSE: TWTR
Principal domain: twitter.com

Twitter Q2 2017 results: Q2 total revenue was $574M; GAAP net loss $116M with -20% margin; adj. EBITDA was $178M, with adj. EBITDA margin of 31%; DAU grew 12% Y/Y, marking the third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.Specifically, in Q2, we achieved the following results:
•  Q2 revenue totaled $574 million, a decrease of 5% year-over-year.
  • Advertising revenue totaled $489 million, a decrease of 8% year-over-year.
  • Data licensing and other revenue totaled $85 million, an increase of 26% year-over-year.
  • US revenue totaled $335 million, a decrease of 7% year-over-year.
  • International revenue totaled $239 million, a decrease of 1% year-over-year.
  • Total ad engagements increased 95% year-over-year.
  • Cost per engagement (CPE) decreased 53% year-over-year.
Tweet your question to @TwitterIR using #TWTR. Investor Relations:  investor.twitterinc.com for more information. Twitter has used, and intends to continue to use, its Investor Relations website and the Twitter accounts of @jack, @twitter and @TwitterIR as means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD."--Twitter Inc.

Verisign, Inc.
Stock exchange: symbol | NASDAQ:VRSN
Principal domain: verisign.com
The earnings call will also be accessible via direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (913) 312-6675 (international), conference ID: Verisign. An audio archive of the call will be available at https://investor.verisign.com/events.cfm.

Verisign FORM 10-Q excerpt:"On January 18, 2017, the Company received a Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) from the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) requesting certain material related to the Company becoming the registry operator for the . web  gTLD.  We are cooperating with the DOJ. At this time, the Company is unable to estimate a range of potential financial and non-financial outcomes in connection with this matter. Verisign is also involved in various investigations, claims and lawsuits arising in the normal conduct of its business, none of which, in its opinion, will have a material adverse effect on its financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows. The Company cannot assure you that it will prevail in any litigation. Regardless of the outcome, any litigation may require the Company to incur significant litigation expense and may result in significant diversion of management attention."

The Q2 2017 earnings news release and slides embedded below, via the company's investor relations website:

Verisign provides top-level domain (TLD) registry operator services (including .COM and .NET), as well as providing internet security services, and serving as the internet's root zone maintainer and operator of two (a. and j.) of the world's 13 internet root servers for the internet's Domain Name System (DNS). Verisign's security services include Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection and Managed DNS.

Last year, Verisign revealed it had provided funding to Nu Dot Co LLC, winner of the ICANN "last resort auction" for new gTLD (new generic top-level domain) .WEB, and had an agreement for transfer of Nu Dot Co's rights re: .WEB to Verisign.
New gTLD .WEB Auction Results | ICANN.org: An auction took place on 27 July 2016 to remove string contention among the .WEB .WEBS applicants. Nu Dot Co LLC was designated the winner of .WEB at the close of the auction. "Contention set on hold pending accountability mechanism."
More information re: new gTLD .WEB on DomainMondo.com:
See also: Application ID: 1-1296-36138 and Ruby Glen, LLC v. ICANN | ICANN.org. and Active ICANN CEP 2-Aug-2016 Donuts Inc. and Ruby Glen, LLC re: .WEB

Amazon’s 2017 Prime Day Was Its Best Sales Day Ever

Video above published Jul 12, 2017: Amazon’s 2017 Prime Day broke a new record with a 60% increase in sales compared to last year.

Amazon.com, Inc.
Stock exchange: symbol | NASDAQ: AMZN
Principal domain: Amazon.com
The event will be webcast live, and the audio and associated slides will be available for at least three months thereafter at www.amazon.com/ir.

Amazon.com Inc. Q2 2017 press release embed below--second quarter sales up 25% to $38.0 Billion:

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Facebook $FB Q2 2017 Earnings LIVE Webcast July 26 5pm EDT

Facebook Could Triple Its Revenue in 5 Years

Video above published Jun 16, 2017, by WSJ.com: Instagram and Messenger are key to the social network's next growth spurt.

Facebook NASDAQ: FB Q2 2017 Earnings LIVE Webcast July 26 (replay)

$FB Q2 2017 results (excerpt)
 $FB 1 year chart

Facebook is an American for-profit corporation and online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California.

Principal domain: Facebook.com

Founder(s): Mark Zuckerberg; Eduardo Saverin; Andrew McCollum; Dustin Moskovitz; Chris Hughes
Founded: February 4, 2004.
Key people: Mark Zuckerberg; (Chairman and CEO); Sheryl Sandberg; (COO)
Users: 2 billion monthly active users (June 2017)
Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, U.S
Employees: 18,770 (March 31, 2017)
Subsidiaries: Instagram; Messenger; WhatsApp; Oculus VR

See also:

The younger you are the more likely you are to stay on top of the news cycle throughout the day by checking Twitter, Facebook and news websites vs. legacy media such as radio, print, and TV:
Infographic: The Generational Divide in News Consumption | Statista Source: Statista

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Why We are Not Building a Defendable Internet (video)

Why We are Not Building a Defendable Internet

Video above published Apr 25, 2017 by Black Hat - Thomas Dullien / Halvar Flake: In IT security, offensive problems are technical - but most defensive problems are political and organizational. Attackers have the luxury to focus only on the technical aspects of their work, while defenders have to navigate complex political and regulatory environments. A previous talk ("Rearchitecting a defendable internet") discussed what technical measures would yield defendable devices - and intentionally omitted the political and economics side. This talk, on the other hand, explores the economics and incentive structures in IT security: Who is incentivized by who to do what - and how these incentives fail to produce the security level we desire.

The talk looks at different players in IT security: CISOs, security product vendors, computer manufacturers, cyber insurances - and examine their economic incentive structures, their interplay, and reasons for failure. The talk will also discuss an alternate reality where things work smoothly, and examine the differences to our current reality.

Black Hat USA 2017: "Now in its 20th year, Black Hat is the world’s leading information security event, providing attendees with the very latest in research, development and trends. Black Hat USA 2017 kicks off with four days of technical Trainings (July 22-25) followed by the two-day main conference (July 26-27) featuring Briefings, Arsenal, Business Hall, and more."

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Alphabet $GOOG $GOOGL Q2 2017 Results LIVE Video July 24 5pm EDT

Q2 2017 LIVE Earnings Webcast Replay:

Alphabet Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results - Investor Relations - Alphabet"With revenues of $26 billion, up 21% versus the second quarter of 2016 and 23% on a constant currency basis, we're delivering strong growth with great underlying momentum, while continuing to make focused investments in new revenue streams," said Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet.

Alphabet (GOOG / GOOGL) Q2 2017 Earnings Call Transcript | SeekingAlpha.com

The accrued $2.7B EU antitrust fine shaved over $2.7B off operating income, nearly halved net income to $3.5B, and reduced EPS from $8.90 to the $5.01 that still beat consensus according to SeekingAlpha.com.

Excerpt from $GOOGL $GOOG Q2 2017 Results

Alphabet Inc. NASDAQ: GOOG / GOOGL Q2 2017 Earnings LIVE Webcast July 24 5pm EDT

A replay of the webcast will also be available following the conference call. Visit the Investor Relations website at abc.xyz/investor on July 24, 2017 to view the earnings release prior to the conference call.


Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate created in a corporate restructuring on October 2, 2015. It is the parent company of Google [principal domain: google.com] and several former Google subsidiaries. Most of Alphabet's revenue and all of Alphabet's net income comes from Google as of Q1 2017.
Infographic: Most U.S. Tech Giants Still Growing | Statista source: Statista Infographic: Google Leads the Race for AI Domination | Statista source: Statista

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News Review: ICANN Accountability, FY16 IRS Form 990 Redux

News Review | ©2016 DomainMondo.com
Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-07-23) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) ICANN FY16 IRS Form 990 Redux, 2)Other ICANN news: AMAZON IRP, .WEB DOJ Antitrust Investigation, CEP and IRP Status Update, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: Bodog.com, Chinese Cybersquatter Registrars, Trademark Infringer, 4) ICYMI, 5) Q2 2017 Earnings July 24-27: $GOOGL, $FB, $TWTR, $VRSN, $AMZN,  6) Most Read.

1)  Holding ICANN Accountable: ICANN FY16 IRS Form 990 Redux
•  Background: News Review: ICANN Chairman and ICANN Accountability & Transparency
 Follow-up email Monday, July 17, 2017, to ICANN Chief Financial Officer Xavier Calvez:

•  On Tue, Jul 18, 2017, ICANN CFO Xavier J. Calvez wrote:
Dear Mr. Poole,
Thank you for your note below [July 17 email above]. I acknowledge and agree that the document posted on 13 July in response to your questions left unanswered the specific question that you highlighted in the paragraph referenced below in quotes. This question is perfectly relevant to the topic of disclosures of information on compensation of directors, officers, key employees, etc… and answering it will help providing clarity and transparency on this matter which is technically complex and subject to legitimate and useful public scrutiny. The discussion you offered to explain further the quoted paragraph will be quite helpful to ensure we address fully your question, and I thank you for it. I suggest that we publish your email below and the response that I will provide in accordance with our Correspondence process.Thank you.
My reply of July 18: Dear Mr. Calvez: Thank you for the quick reply, and yes, I agree with your suggestion. Best regards, John.

Stay tuned!

2) Other ICANN news:
"The practical effect of the Panel's ruling is that the dispute is remanded for further proceedings. In other words, Brazil, Peru, the GAC and ICANN, as well as Amazon, may now supplement and strengthen their positions ..." --Hon. A. Howard Matz 
Go to the link above to read why Peru, Brazil, and the GAC may ultimately prevail and block .AMAZON.

b. New gTLD .WEB: ICANN Hands Over 7000 Pages to DOJ Antitrust Division | DomainMondo.com
 ICANN New gTLD .WEB, Verisign, ICANN, DOJ Antitrust Division
ICANN Org Report to the Board Highlights June 2017 [covering 11 Apr-30 May 2017]: a. New gTLD .WEB - DOJ Antitrust Division Investigation; b. ICANN Headcount; c. New gTLDs Program; d. ICANN Security Operations team report; e. Gravy Train: ICANN59 "Supported Travelers"; f. ICANN.org website g. FY18 Projections for new gTLD transaction fees; h. Outstanding ICANN Board Issues from May 2017 Board Workshop."

c. Independent Review Process Documents | ICANN.orgCEP and IRP Status Update, 18 July 2017 (pdf, 327 KB).

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
•  Bodog.com and Calvin AyreUS Prosecutors drop all charges against Calvin Ayre | GamblingInsider.com: ".... following last week’s ruling Ayre was allowed to reacquire the Bodog domain name [bodog.com] in exchange for a one-off payment of $100,000."

•  China: Cybersquatter asks Chinese court to declare its own domain names invalid | Hogan Lovells | JDSupra.com: "This is not the first case where the Beijing Haidian Court found against domain name registrars for participating in cyber-squatting activities. Would these cases support a brand owner in tackling cyber-squatting by arguing in court that the registrars involved are liable or at least jointly liable? This seems like a potential strategy. One advantage would be that unlike domain name proceedings under UDRP, courts can grant compensation to a winning plaintiff, and in a cyber-squatting case the plaintiff may find that the registrars are in a better position to pay compensation ..."

•  Trademark InfringementStone Creek, Inc. v. Omnia Italian Design, Inc. (9th Cir. July 11, 2017). "The court in Stone Creek held the defendant’s knowledge of the plaintiff’s trademark rights defeats any defense of good faith adoption of a mark in a remote geographic area ... [also] ruling that a plaintiff must prove willfulness in order to be awarded the defendant’s profits."--Dorsey & Whitney LLP | JDSupra.com.

•  What do you see as the biggest problems in the domain industry? | TheDomains.com: One comment:"One wordICANN. Consistently wrong policy choices are being made there ..." --Another comment: "ICANN has become corrupt ..."

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 

5) Investing
Notable Q2 2017 earnings webcasts this coming week:
  • Alphabet $GOOG / $GOOGL July 24 5pm EDT
  • Facebook $FB July 26 5pm EDT
  • Twitter $TWTR July 27 7am EDT
  • Verisign $VRSN July 27 4:30pm EDT 
  • Amazon $AMZN July 27 5:30pm EDT

6) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
1. News Review: ICANN Chairman and ICANN Accountability & Transparency
2. Tech Review: How Google Cloud Plans to Overtake Amazon's AWS
-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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Tech Review: US Tech Stocks Soar, Hitting New Highs (video)

Tech Review (TR 2017-07-22)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news:
Features • 1) US Tech Stocks Soar, Hitting New Highs, 2) How Trump Is Kicking Silicon Valley's Butt, 3) China Takes Advantage of U.S. Limits on Drone Sales, 4) Amazon $AMZN DC Lobbying, FTC Probe, Messaging App, 5) Oculus Rift Dead in the Water, 6) FANG and Q2 2017 Earnings this week, 7) ICYMI Tech News.

Update July 25, 2017:
 Stock Chart: US Tech Stocks Soar. Hitting New Highs

1) US Tech Stocks Soar, Hitting New Highs

Video above published Jul 20, 2017, by FT.com: The crash of tech stocks after dotcom mania and the long, subsequent crawl back by the sector has been accompanied by radical change.

2) How Trump Is Kicking Silicon Valley's Butt

Video above published Jul 20, 2017, by Bloomberg.com:  Bloomberg’s Max Chafkin discusses how Silicon Valley’s resistance to the Trump administration has faded. He speaks with Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”

3)  China Takes Advantage of U.S. Limits on Drone Sales

Video above published Jul 18, 2017, by WSJ.com: As the U.S. tries to curb the selling of military drones overseas, China is filling the void, expanding sales of the advanced weaponry in the Middle East and Africa.

4)  Amazon $AMZN: Amazon spent $3.2 million in second quarter on Washington lobbying effort | Reuters.com and FTC probing allegations of Amazon's deceptive discounting | Reuters.com  and Amazon Makes A Move On Facebook | SeekingAlpha.com"It is also looking to build a messaging app which will directly challenge the dominance of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp."

5)  Oculus Rift Is Dead in the Water | MIT TechnologyReview.com--Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion in 2014.

6) FANG--Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), Google (Alphabet: GOOG, GOOGL)--Ranked By Strength Of Competitive Advantage"If we take price into account, there is only one FANG I'd want"--$GOOG, $GOOGL--SeekingAlpha.com

Q2 2017 earnings this coming week:
  • Alphabet GOOG / GOOGL July 24 5pm EDT
  • Facebook FB July 26 5pm EDT
  • Twitter TWTR July 27 7am EDT
  • Verisign VRSN July 27 4:30pm EDT 
  • Amazon AMZN July 27 5:30pm EDT

7) ICYMI Tech News:

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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