2019-01-17

How Fintech Startup Robinhood Makes Money (video)

How Robinhood Makes Money

Robinhood is an investing app valued at over $5 billion, that says it's trying to "democratize America's financial system" by making investing accessible to the little guy with free trades--Invest for Free--"Invest in stocks, ETFs, options, and cryptocurrencies, all commission-free, right from your phone or desktop." It's an eye-popping valuation for a financial company with opaque metrics and plenty of competition. The young company had its share of missteps as well, prompting questions of whether or not it can handle primetime. Robinhood has faced criticism for business practices that allow it to offer free trading. It also botched the rollout of a checking and savings account feature in late 2018, garnering concern from regulators. But the company's incredible growth and popularity with younger investors – more than 6 million users by the end of 2018 – means it could be a major player in banking moving forward. CNBC video above published Jan 16, 2019.

Domain: robinhood.com



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2019-01-16

Amazon $AMZN Playbook's Strategy for Alexa & Alexa Skills (video)

Amazon Playbook: Strategy for Alexa

L2inc.com video above published Jan 10, 2019: There are almost 25 million US households with an Amazon Alexa device. Here's how your brand can take advantage of Amazon's voice platform.
Amazon's Alexa is the voice-activated, interactive AI bot, or personal assistant, that lets people speak with their Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and other Amazon smart home devices. ... But Alexa Skills are apps that give Alexa even more abilities, letting her speak to more devices even websites--gearbrain.com.
Alexa Skills (Google SERP)

Amazon.com search:

Domain: developer.amazon.com/alexa


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2019-01-15

'Brexit Deal' Vote January 15, Varoufakis on the Euro at Oxford Union

Yanis Varoufakis at the Oxford Union: The Euro Has Never Been More Problematic

Oxford Union video above published Dec 23, 2018: Yanis Varoufakis, Professor of Economics and former Finance Minister of Greece, talks about the Euro, Brexit and more. See also: The Euro Ends When Germany is Ready to Print Deutsche Marks Again--poundsterlinglive.com.

UPDATE 15 Jan 2019: UK's Parliament (House of Commons) voted 432-202 against Theresa May's 'Brexit deal' with the EU, the worst parliamentary defeat for a government in recent British history. Both Brexiteers and supporters of EU membership joined forces to vote down the deal.

The UK House of Commons votes Tuesday, January 15, 2019, on the 'Brexit Deal' negotiated by UK Prime Minister Theresa May with the European Union, follow the proceedings LIVE here,
Theresa May’s fatal error was to accept a two-phase negotiation: a divorce agreement followed by a new trade deal. “This was a declaration of war because Barnier said: ‘You will give us everything we want: money, people, Ireland. And only then will we discuss what you want.’ Well, that isn’t a negotiation, that’s a travesty. And Theresa May agreed to play along.”--Yanis Varoufakis in “The EU declared war and Theresa May played along”--newstatesman.com.


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2019-01-14

Attention Amazon $AMZN Investors, Day 2 May Have Just Arrived

What's Day One at Amazon? What's Day Two?

Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN) (domain: amazon.com) video above published Apr 19, 2017: "At a recent Amazon all hands meeting, Jeff was asked 'Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?'"
'Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?' That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I’ve been reminding people that it’s Day 1 for a couple of decades. I work in an Amazon building named Day 1, and when I moved buildings, I took the name with me. I spend time thinking about this topic. 'Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.' To be sure, this kind of decline would happen in extreme slow motion. An established company might harvest Day 2 for decades, but the final result would still come. I’m interested in the question, how do you fend off Day 2? What are the techniques and tactics? How do you keep the vitality of Day 1, even inside a large organization?"--Jeff Bezos' 2016 Letter to Amazon Shareholders
Don't look now Jeff, but Day 2 may have just arrived, at your invitation:
Bezos owns approximately 16 percent of Amazon’s market cap of over $800 billion. Prominent short-seller Doug Kass, who runs hedge fund Seabreeze Partners, said he sold his stake in Amazon on news of the Bezos divorce, after initially buying a stake in late December and naming Amazon among his “best ideas list.”

Jeff, You May Be Needing This Soon:

Kohler unveiled a $7000 “intelligent toilet” called the Numi 2.0 at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas last week. It comes with built-in surround sound speakers, ambient mood lighting and Amazon Alexa, Amazon's AI voice assistant. You can talk to and ask Alexa questions while you're "doing your business." You can even ask Alexa to raise the lid as you walk into the bathroom, warm up the seat on a chilly day, change the glowing lights on the bottom of the seat, play music, and lastly, even ask Alexa to flush the toilet when you're finished.

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2019-01-13

News Review | ICANN EPDP Face-to-Face Meeting Jan 16-18 Toronto

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-01-13 with analysis and opinion: Features •  1)  ICANN EPDP Face-to-Face Meeting Jan 16-18  2) Other ICANN news: a. ICANN correspondence re: GDPR and .COMb. new gTLD .AMAZON, 3) Names, Domains & TMs: a. Global DNS Hijacking, b.New gTLDs review and 2019 predictions4) ICYMI: China & Censorship, Net Neutrality, Cybersecurity, Election Security, 5) Most Read.

1) ICANN EPDP Face-to-Face (F2F) Meeting, Toronto, Jan 16-18
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EPDP F2F Meeting Wiki Page* Jan 16-18:  Toronto's time zone is EST. Agenda embed below:

Observers may use Adobe Connect, or audiocast via browser / app. Links: EPDP Initial Report (pdf); comments to the Initial Report; Public Comment Review Tool PCRT; GNSO Council EPDP page and updates; links to EPDP meeting transcripts and recordings are on the GNSO calendar. Other EPDP links: wiki; mail list; action items; Temp Spec; EPDP Charter (pdf); Data Elements Workbooks (pdf), packet (pdf) of small team agreements.

UPDATE: F2F Day 1 notes and action items (pdf).

*On Saturday, Jan 12, ICANN staff sent a survey to EPDP members--"in order to help inform the EPDP Team Leadership's development of the agenda for the F2F meeting in Toronto" asking each "group" to "voluntarily rank the different purposes and recommendations ... currently slated for EPDP Team review,"--excerpt below:
Please rank in order of priority for discussion at the F2F meeting (with #1 being the most important topic to be addressed F2F)
  • Purpose 1 - Establish the rights of a Registered Name Holder
  • Purpose 2 - Maintaining SSR through enabling of lawful access
  • Purpose 7 - Registry Validation Requirements
  • Recommendation #2 - Commitment to consider a system for Standardized Access to non-public Registration Data
  • Recommendation #3 - Requirements related to accuracy
  • Recommendation #4 - Data elements to be collected by Registrars (incl. Question #2) (Data Elements Workbooks)
  • Recommendation #5 - Data elements to be transferred from Registrars to Registries
  • Recommendation #7 - Contractual Compliance
  • Recommendation #8 - Redaction (Consent)
  • Recommendation #9 - Organization field
  • Recommendation #10 - Email communication
  • Recommendation #11 - Data retention
  • Recommendation #12 - Reasonable access
  • Recommendation #13 - Controller Agreement
  • Recommendation #14 - Responsible parties
  • Question 3 - Geo/Legal vs. Natural
  • Additional purposes suggested.

EPDP Highlights week ending Friday Jan 11, 2019:
  • ICANN org "retained the law firm of Bird & Bird [twobirds.com] as an additional expert to help advise on GDPR matters, including advising the EPDP Team ... The engagement will be led by Ruth Boardman ..." --source: legal mail list Jan 10, 2019.
  • Thomas Rickert (Attorney - ISPCP) email Jan 11, 2019: "Given the time constraints we are under, I think it would make sense to have someone from Bird & Bird on the ground in Toronto to coach us as needed. Not sure this is asked for too much, but I think we would hugely benefit from that, be able to sit with the advisor in personal talks to answer questions and also to avoid that we build mistakes into our revisions of the report. That could expedite our journey towards a final report and hopefully consensus."
  • Small Teams' Conclusions (pdf) (meetings Jan 8-10), via EPDP Chair email Jan 12, 2019.
  • Marc Anderson (Verisign - RySG) email Jan 10, 2019: "Given that we are in the middle of our review of public comments and still have the face to face meeting next week, I feel somewhat bad asking this, however February 1st is 3 weeks from tomorrow. Given the timeline, I'm requesting an initial draft of the final report for working group members to begin to review and provide feedback on. The initial report was very much written for its intended purpose of updating the community on the progress we have made and soliciting input on the issues we are grappling with so I'm assuming some amount of rework will be necessary. I'm also mindful that the bar of consensus on final (phase 1) policy recommendations to the GNSO council is higher that of good enough for the initial report. The sooner we can see the draft and start working against that the better and more likely we are to meet our timelines."
  • Stephanie Perrin (NCSG Chair) email Jan 10, 2019: "I totally support this request" [request above from Marc Anderson].
More info in last week's News Review | ICANN EPDP Timeline: Final Report Due Feb 1, 2019.

2) Other ICANN News
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a. ICANN Correspondence:
07 Jan 2019 Letter from ICANN CEO Göran Marby to Laura Flannery (pdf) (see above) re: ICANN Contractual Compliance Data Processing Activities and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). See also Letter from Laura Flannery (pdf) and Letter from Göran Marby (pdf) to Helen Dixon and Willem Debeuckelaere.

08 Jan 2019 Letter from ICANN GDD VP Cyrus Namazi to Zak Muscovitch (pdf) (below) re: NTIA and the .COM Registry Agreement:
See also 16 Nov 2018 Letter from Zak Muscovitch to Göran Marby, Cyrus Namazi, and the ICANN Board (pdf). Editor's noteNeither Verisign $VRSN Nor ICANN Owns gTLD .COM a Global Public Resource RFC1591.

b. New gTLD .AMAZON: Recommendation (pdf) Of The Board Accountability Mechanisms
Committee (BAMC) Reconsideration Request 18-10, 21 December 2018:
"BAMC acknowledges that Request 18-10 reflects a difference in interpretation by the Requestor of the Resolution, and thus, the BAMC recommends that the Board reiterates that the Resolution was taken with the clear intention to grant the President and CEO the authority to progress the facilitation process between the ACTO member states and the Amazon corporation with the goal of helping the involved parties reach a mutually agreed solution, but in the event they are unable to do so the Board will make a decision at ICANN 64 on the next steps regarding the potential delegation of .AMAZON and related top-level domains." (p. 5 of 27 pages).

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. Global DNS Hijacking Campaign: DNS Record Manipulation at Scale--fireeye.com"affected dozens of domains belonging to government, telecommunications and internet infrastructure entities across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and North America. While we do not currently link this activity to any tracked group, initial research suggests the actor or actors responsible have a nexus to Iran."

b. New gTLDs review and 2019 predictions: 
  • "My First Ever Review of all Top 10 New GTLD’s. PLUS The List of 350++ New GTLD extensions that will go BYE BYE!! The Birdie in the Mine is DEAD!!"--ricksblog.com 5 Jan 2019.
  • "A prediction: new TLD registrations will drop in 2019"--domainnamewire.com 9 Jan 2019.

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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China's year of censorship--theguardian.com. See also: Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown--NYTimes.com.

Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Pai Statement on Failure of CRA Attempting to Overturn FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order--fcc.gov.

Cybersecurity: National Counterintelligence And Security Center (US) Launches Campaign To Help Private Industry Guard Against Threats From Nation State Actors--dni.gov.

Election Security: Democrats in Alabama's US Senate Election Used Russia-Style 'False Flag' Facebook Ad Campaign Against the Republican Candidate--zerohedge.com.

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

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2019-01-12

Tech Review | Apple's China Problem Goes Deeper Than iPhones

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Tech Review (TR 2019-01-12) Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech investing news:  Features • 1) Apple's China Problem Goes Deeper Than iPhones, 2) Silicon Carbide’s Meteoric Rise, 3) Investing: The Week, Notes: Eurozone, Brexit, Recession? 4) ICYMI Tech News: Amazon, Qualcomm, Facebook, Apple, Google, Ripe for Disruption.

1) Apple's China Problem Goes Deeper Than iPhones

Tepid iPhone sales aren't all that ail Apple (apple.com) in China. Competition from local smartphone rivals, trade-dispute fallout and a court battle could make 2019 a tough year for Apple in its most important market outside the U.S. Wall Street Journal (wsj.com) video above published Jan 7, 2019.  See also Why Apple Revised Its Outlook - It's Not All China (video).

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2) Silicon Carbide’s Meteoric Rise

For the first time, silicon carbide – a material older than the solar system – is helping power electric vehicles and ease the use of solar technology. While the compound was first discovered in meteorites dating back over 4.6 billion years, it’s now possible to synthesize it and use it to make power semiconductors. “Silicon carbide’s advantages can be summed up in one word – efficiency,” explains Alexander Duval of Goldman Sachs Research.

Although cheaper silicon-based devices are more widespread, silicon carbide can withstand higher temperatures and preserve more energy than silicon, benefiting power sources like batteries. Duval believes that silicon carbide could ultimately slash the cost of manufacturing EVs and installing solar inverters – savings that will outweigh its higher initial cost in the long run. GoldmanSachs.com video above first published Jan 7, 2019.

3) Investing
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The WeekNASDAQ Composite +3.5% | S&P 500 Index +2.5% | DJIA +2.4% 
"The stock market just got off to its best start in 13 years"--marketwatch.com
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Investing Notes: 

Next ECB chief will be in an ‘incredibly difficult position' says Economist

Daniel Lacalle, chief economist at Tressis Gestion (tressis.com), discusses the European Central Bank (ECB) and the future of European monetary policy. CNBC International TV video above published Jan 10, 2019.
  • Eurozone: not safe yet--the euro still needs fixing--economist.com
  • Recession? 
"John Maynard Keynes talked about feedback. When people lose their job, they stop spending. That feeds back into the labor market again because when they stop spending, more jobs are lost. It gets feedback and can amplify itself into a big depression, as Keynes explained. There’s a lot of talk in the air about a recession being overdue, or a recession coming. To some extent, this talk itself can be a self‑fulfilling prophecy"--Robert J. Shiller on Bubbles, Reflexivity, and Narrative Economics.

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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  • Qualcomm says Huawei gets only 22 percent of its modems from Qualcomm, and Samsung gets only 38 percent of the chips it uses from Qualcomm.
  • Facebook $FB: Over a 5-month period, Facebook $FB lost more than 40% of its market capitalization--SeekingAlpha.com. See also: Inside Facebook's 'cult-like' workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time--cnbc.com.
  • Ripe for Disruption? $3.5 Trillion A Year: Is America's Health Care System The World's Largest Money-Making Scam?--zerohedge.com.
  • China approves second group of video games but none of Tencent Holdings Ltd.
  • Personal tech: Acer's first AMD Chromebook comes with a 15.6-inch display, AMD A4 or A6 CPUs, integrated Radeon graphics, and up to 8GB of RAM, starting at $280.

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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2019-01-11

Expect Tech To Face a 'Tough Time' in 2019 Says Mark Mobius (video)

Expect tech to face a 'tough time' in 2019: Mark Mobius

Mark Mobius of Mobius Capital Partners (domain: mobiuscapitalpartners.com) also says good news will likely emerge on the U.S.-China trade front, though it's "going to take time." CNBC International TV video above published Jan 8, 2019.


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2019-01-10

Amazon $AMZN vs Google $GOOG Battle for Smart Speaker Dominance

Amazon and Google battle for smart speaker dominance at CES 2019

CNBC’s Elizabeth Schulze runs through the battle of Amazon Alexa vs Google Assistant "smart speakers" between Amazon $AMZN (amazon.com) and Google $GOOG $GOOGL (google.com) at CES, the biggest gadget show of the year. CNBC International TV video above published Jan 9, 2019



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2019-01-09

IBM Develops Quantum Computing System, World's First (video)

IBM Develops Quantum Computing System

IBM (domain: ibm.com) has created the world’s first fully integrated universal quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use that could help solve problems beyond the reach of classical computers. Financial Times (ft.com) video above first published Jan 7, 2019.

The World’s First Integrated Quantum Computing System

IBM Research video above first published Jan 8, 2019: IBM Q System One enables universal approximate superconducting quantum computers to operate outside the research lab for the first time. It's a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing, which could one day enable breakthroughs in such areas as materials and drug discovery, financial services, and artificial intelligence. Learn more: https://ibm.biz/systemone

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2019-01-08

NVIDIA $NVDA Event at CES 2019 with NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang (video)

NVIDIA Press Event at CES 2019 with NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang

NVIDIA (nvidia.com) video above published Jan 7, 2019: Watch the live replay of NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang's press event at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where he unveiled the GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, more than 40 NVIDIA RTX-powered laptops from every major manufacturer, an expanded ecosystem of G-SYNC displays, and a slew of amazing real-time ray tracing demos.

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Jump ahead to:
01:17 - GPU revolutionized graphics
09:00 - AI and ray tracing for next-gen gaming
13:31 - NVIDIA RTX powers next-generation graphics
15:07 - Turing architecture powers NVIDIA RTX
20:33 - Sol demo – showcasing amazing real-time graphics
25:42 - Reflections demo - ILMxLAB and Epic
27:15 - Porsche demo - 911 Speedster concept
28:31 - Mundfish demo - RTX On in robot lab
32:00 - DLSS: AI for graphics
36:33 - Anthem demo, from BioWare
42:52 - Justice demo, from NetEase
47:46 - Battlefield V demo from EA DICE
55:13 - GeForce RTX 2060 GPU unveiled!
1:05:16 - Growing NVIDIA G-SYNC display ecosystem
1:14:23 - NVIDIA RTX advances work of content creators everywhere
1:22:04 - Max-Q design for thinnest, fastest, quietest laptops
1:26:27 - Demo of incredible GeForce RTX 2080 laptop from MSI
1:30:42 - NVIDIA Ansel in-game photography
1:34:05 - Closing video and wrapping up

Learn more about GeForce RTX GPUs at nvidia.com

Nvidia Corporation is a U.S.-based technology company that designs and manufactures graphics processing units for the gaming and professional markets, as well as system on a chip units for the mobile computing and automotive market. Besides gaming, professional visualization, data centers and auto, Nvidia is now also focused on artificial intelligence.
  • CEO: Jensen Huang (Apr 1993–)
  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA
  • Revenue: 9.714 billion USD (2017)
  • Founded: April 1993
  • Founders: Jensen Huang, Curtis Priem, Chris Malachowsky


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2019-01-07

Vodafone Group $VOD Branding and Innovation (video)

Vodafone brand evolution

Vodafone Group short animation video showing the evolution of the Vodafone brand.
Vodafone is the most valuable brand in the UK because it’s pioneered innovation beyond the mobile space says Jane Bloomfield, Head of Business Development at Kantar UK--bloomberg.com
Vodafone Group Plc LON: VODNASDAQ: VOD | domain: vodafone.com

Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, Vodafone is a UK-based multinational telecom, the second largest mobile network operator in the world with a subscriber base of 469.7 million users  (China's state-owned China Mobile is the largest) . Vodafone is the fifth largest mobile network operator by revenue. Founded in 1991, Vodafone offers mobile network services primarily in the regions of Oceania, Africa, Europe, and Asia, operates and owns mobile networks in 26 countries, with partner networks in more than 50 additional countries. The Vodafone Global Enterprise division provides IT and telecommunications services in 150 countries. Vodafone shares are primarily listed on the London Stock Exchange (constituent of the FTSE 100 Index) and secondarily listed on NASDAQ.


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2019-01-06

News Review | ICANN EPDP Timeline: Final Report Due Feb 1, 2019

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-01-06 with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) ICANN EPDP Timeline: Final Report Due Feb 1, 2019,  2) GDPR & ICANN WHOIS:  EPDP Meetings and the EPDP Legal Committee,  3) .NET DeclineVerisign $VRSN, and more, 4) ICYMI: California Splinternet, Contract for the Weband more, 5) Most Read.

1) ICANN EPDP Timeline: Final Report Due Feb 1, 2019
EPDP Timeline as of Jan 3, 2019: Final Report due Feb 1, 2019 (source: ICANN.org).
Editor's note--so much to do, so little time left--the Final Report, due Feb 1, 2019, will most likely be a "rush job" written by ICANN staff (as was the Initial Report).  At last week's meeting (Jan 3), it was obvious very few EPDP members have actually read the public comments to the Initial Report, relying instead on ICANN staff summaries and interpretations. The EPDP Legal Committee (see further below) just had its first meeting January 2, 2019. This dysfunctional EPDP is looking more and more like another ICANN GDPR Train Wreck:
Definition of "train wreck" -- a chaotic or disastrous situation that holds a peculiar fascination for observers.
2)  GDPR & ICANN WHOIS:  EPDP Meetings & EPDP Legal Committee
EPDP Meetings were previously scheduled for Tuesday Jan 8, 2019, and Thursday Jan 10, 2019, at 14:00 UTC (9am EST), but may not be held due to a proposal sent by EPDP Chair Kurt Pritz late Friday (Jan 4) to cancel those meetings and have three small groups consider the public comments to the EPDP Initial Report. Read the EPDP leadership's proposal (pdf) and check the EPDP wiki and mail list for further updates as to this coming week's meetings.

For regular EPDP meetings, observers may use Adobe Connect, or browser / app audiocast. Links: EPDP Initial Report (pdf); comments to the Initial Report; Public Comment Review Tool PCRT;  GNSO Council EPDP page and updates; links to all EPDP meetings' transcripts and recordings are on the GNSO calendar. Other EPDP links: wikimail list; action itemsTemp Spec; EPDP Charter (pdf); Data Elements Workbooks (pdf).

Editor's note: see last week's News Review for more info on the January 3rd EPDP meeting, which I summed up by quoting EPDP member and NCSG Chair Stephanie Perrin:
"Let us ask the legal counsel to explain how one goes about elucidating purposes of processing. It is a bit late, but we are a long way from bringing this thing home, in my opinion. Better late than never .... My comment about seeking legal advice, was to try to explain to us what this process is. We do not have a sound methodology, people are all over the map, in my view because they do not really understand what we are trying to do."
At the January 3rd meeting, the EPDP working group did reject the few suggestions they considered from the public comments in regard to "Purpose 1" including my suggested "primary purpose"--
"As subject to registry and registrar terms, conditions and policies, and ICANN consensus policies: to record and maintain records of the names and contact information of domain name registrants."
As noted above, the EPDP Chair sent out a proposal (pdf) late Friday, to not have plenary meetings this coming week and instead have three small teams meet to consider the public comments. The upcoming EPDP face-to-face (F2F) meeting is in Toronto, 16-18 January 2019. After the F2F  meeting in Toronto ends January 18th, the EPDP working group will have only two weeks to prepare and file its "Final Report" by Feb 1, 2019 (see EPDP Timeline above).

The EPDP Legal Committee met Jan 2, 2019, and will meet again on January 9. See also action items and  legal mail list. Initial questions (from the Jan 2 meeting) below:
Question 1: "The EPDP Team also took note of a related footnote which states, “[if contact details for persons other than the RNH are provided] it should be ensured that the individual concerned is informed”. The EPDP Team discussed whether this note implies that it is sufficient for the Registered Name Holder (RNH) to inform the individual it has designated as the technical contact, or whether the registrar may have the additional legal obligations to obtain consent. The EPDP Team agreed to request further clarification from the EDPB on this point. (p. 33 of Initial Report)"
Question 2: "(For the EDPB) If registrars allow registrants to self-identify at the time as a natural or legal person, who will be held liable if the registrant incorrectly self-identifies and personal information is publicly displayed? Apart from self-identification, and educational materials to inform the registrant, are there any other ways in which risk of liability could be mitigated by registrars? (p. 53 of Initial Report)."
Question 3: "As noted below, the EPDP Team disagreed about the application of Art. 6(1)b, namely, does the reference ‘to which the data subject is party’ limit the use of this lawful basis to only those entities that have a direct contractual relationship with the Registered Name Holder? Similarly, in relation to Art. 6(1)(b), questions arose regarding how to apply “necessary for the performance of a contract”; specifically, does this clause solely relate to the registration and activation of a domain, or, alternatively, could related activities such as fighting DNS abuse also be considered necessary for the performance of a contract? The EPDP Team plans to put these questions forward to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to obtain further clarity in order to help inform its deliberations. (p. 57 of the Initial Report)."

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a.  The Continuing Decline of  gTLD .NET: Verisign's second-largest top-level domain .NET has been declining in total registrations for 3 years now (2016-2018), from a total of 15,805,487 (Jan 2016) to beginning 2019 with only 13,956,864 .NET domain name registrations, a decline of 12% or almost 2 million .NET domain name registrations. Editor's noteCause? Price-gouging by both ICANN and Verisign, plus a diminution of need (rationale) for any defensive registrations in the face of a glut of hundreds of new gTLDs, i.e., "if you have the .COM, that's all you really need."
gTLD .NET decline in domain name registrations 2016-2018
gTLD .NET decline in domain name registrations 2016-2018
Thanks to its .COM monopoly (which continues to grow in total registrations), Verisign $VRSN was among the best performers of 2018 among the NASDAQ-100--$VRSN up 29.6% in 2018 (sources: FactSet.com and Marketwatch.com):
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b. Where Have All the Vowels Gone? | NYTimes.com: "... tech companies like Tumblr and Flickr arrived on the scene, dropping e’s both for distinctiveness and because the altered names made it easier to trademark, claim [.COM] domain names on the internet and conduct other practical business."

c. How to: Build a photography website in 2019…what you need to know--emulsive.org. See also  fstoppers.com--"Trademark for Photographers: Protecting Your Brand and Photography Business."

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News:  California Splinternet & More
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a. California Splinternet: California May Soon Get Its Own Version Of The Internet--wired.com.
 Many Splinternets

b.  Fair Use Continued to Bear the Weight of Protecting Speech and Innovation--2018 in Review | eff.org. See also Data Privacy Scandals and Public Policy--eff.org, and Encrypting the Web to Encrypting the Net--eff.org.

c. The Internet Became Less Free In 2018. Can We Fight Back?--wired.com.

d. Government of India Wants Tech Companies To Give Law Enforcement 24-Hour Access To User Data And Broken Encryption--techdirt.com. See also133 Internet Shutdowns by Governments in India 2018--thecitizen.in, and Proposed rule changes for online platforms--indianexpress.com.

e. New Web Contract--France is the first country to sign a new "web contract" which aims to make the internet accessible, safe, and reliable worldwide--southeusummit.comEditor's note: for more info go to Contract for the Web | contractfortheweb.org:
 Contract for the Web

f. is for faster--year after net-neutrality’s repealinternet is faster than ever?--bostonglobe.com.

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