Blockchain: The Potential For Disrupting Beyond Business And Finance

These days, the media is brimming with stories on the possibilities of blockchain technology, with headlines dedicated to weighing in on which industry it will disrupt next. However, most projects and ICOs seem to show somewhat of a bias towards the business or finance applications of the blockchain. As a result, a natural question has…

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Blockchain Firm R3, Japan’s SBI Holdings To Establsih Joint Venture Next Year

Japanese financial services giant SBI Holdings is partnering with New York-based enterprise blockchain software firm R3 to establish a joint venture in January 2019. Japanese news outlet Nikkei reported that SBI Group is expanding its partnership with R3 to create a joint venture that would promote the use of R3’s Corda blockchain. The partnership would…

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Crypto Custodian BitGo Adds Support For Universal Protocol Platform’s Ethereum Tokens

Blockchain security and crypto wallet firm BitGo has announced that it will support the Universal Protocol Platform and its family of tokens. The UP platform was launched earlier this year by the Universal Protocol Alliance, a coalition of cryptocurrency companies and blockchain pioneers, including Uphold, Brave Software, Cred, Blockchain at Berkeley and FBG Capital. The…

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U.S. Republican Plans to Regulate Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings | BTCMANAGER

Warren Davidson, a U.S. Representative from Ohio recently announced a plan to introduce new regulations for the cryptocurrency and ICO industry via the Federal Government. According to Cleveland.com’s on December 3, 2018, Hamilton is hopeful that these potential regulations can help the financial sector grow. Republican Politician Hopeful for Potential Regulations There is currently unclear regulations…

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U.S. Air Force Promotes Learning of Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology is promoting blockchain technology for supply chain management purposes. The military entity has developed a free tool to help professionals learn about blockchain and published a live blockchain application along with tutorial videos. U.S. Air Force Looks to Increase Trust and Transparency to Complex Logistics Network The legacy…

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Technology Adoption Determines True Value of Crypto Industry

When Warren Buffett, a multi-billionaire investor, admitted that he was wrong about not investing in companies like Amazon and Google, it proved that not even the world’s most renowned investor can always get it right. Amazon and Google were bringing in products that the market hadn’t experienced before. Skepticisms were meant to be there. But…

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Trive Ventures Launches Government-Backed Blockchain Accelerator in Singapore | BTCMANAGER

Trive Ventures, a Southeast Asia-focused venture capital firm, is launching Tribe Accelerator, a government-backed blockchain accelerator focused on product development in Singapore, Tech in Asia reported on December 4, 2018. Singapore’s Lead Government Agency Backs Trive Venture’s New Project It seems that Singapore has yet again proven that it’s one of the most blockchain-friendly global…

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Cryptography Library For Blockchain Developers Announced By Hyperledger

Blockchain consortium Hyperledger has announced a new shared cryptographic library that would enable individuals and other blockchain projects to avoid duplicating other cryptographic work. Called Hyperledger Ursa, the shared cryptography library is the latest project to be accepted by the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee. Its objective is to make it much safer and easier for…

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Sachs & Morgan Enter Production Phase with Hyperledger

CLS is a financial institution with the aim to provide an variety of settlement services to its clients in the foreign exchange sector. They had been working with IBM to develop a netting solution, based on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain. Towards the end of last month, this solution went live. Fortunately, the product was welcomed…

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Singapore-Based VC Firm Launches Blockchain Accelerator

Early-stage venture capital firm Trive has announced an accelerator program for blockchain start-ups in Singapore. Trive (previously known as “TRi5 Ventures”), an early stage Venture Capital firm based in Singapore, has unveiled a blockchain accelerator. The program, which is backed by a government agency, aims to provide support to later-stage start-ups. The six-month program will…

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Blockchain-Based E-Voting Proves to Be A Hit in Switzerland: Report

Following the successful blockchain-based e-vote last summer, residents of Zug, Switzerland, are eager to adopt the new voting method more broadly, citing a quicker and easier process than traditional ballots, according to a new study that surveyed those who participated in the e-vote. The city of Zug, Hochschule Luzern’s Blockchain Lab, and Luxoft, jointly released…

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Blockchain Provides a Solution for Global Financial Institution

The global fund processing firm, Calastone, is the latest business to embrace blockchain in a bid to further digitize this part of the industry. It seems as if every day brings more news of blockchain adoption. The technology is spreading its wings and flying far away from just being used for cryptocurrencies. The list of…

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Long-Time Investor: IOTA is Centralized, Single Point of Failure Exists

An early-age IOTA investor has claimed that the project is centralized and is exposed to a single point of failure. Limo, who runs an IOTA-specific blog called TangleBlog.com, identified issues related to how IOTA’s data structure operates. The project uses Tangle, a Directed Acyclic Graph, known as a DAG, whose primary purpose is to hold…

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Gods Unchained Blockchain Game Starts Closed Beta Registration

The new PvP-focused Gods Unchained blockchain game is now open for closed beta registration. It seems that most businesses and major institutions are going crazy for blockchain technology. This innovative new technology is proving itself very adaptable to a wide array of industries, and it now appears that the world of online gaming is next….

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CFTC Introduces Guideline for Smart Contracts

A key component of blockchain technology, smart contracts, have caught the eye of LabCFTC, which have subsequently released a guideline for them. Disruptive technology can be confusing and concerning for some. Stepping into the great unknown can be scary and trepidation is only natural. However, it is essential that businesses and even average people move…

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Abu Dhabi Executes World's First Sharia-Compliant Bond with Blockchain Technology

Disruptive technology has once again paved the way for a “world first” in the form of the execution of a Sharia-compliant Islamic bond in Abu Dhabi through the use of blockchain technology. A Sukuk, or Islamic bond, is a financial certificate that is compliant with Sharia law. Because interest cannot be applied on assets as…

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Blockchain Academy Launched By Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance

The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) is launching a Blockchain Academy that will offer professional qualification programs, masterclasses and workshops. Established in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1981, BIBF covers a wide spectrum of subject matter, with over 300 different courses offered to the financial and corporate market. These include tailor-made training solutions…

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Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank Executes First Blockchain-based Islamic Bond Transaction

Al Hilal Bank, an Abu Dhabi-based Islamic bank, has executed “the world’s first sukuk transaction” using blockchain technology. Sukuk is the Arabic name for financial certificates, also commonly referred to as “sharia compliant” bonds. Al Hilal Bank was founded by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, an investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government. The bank…

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Boeing Partners with SparkCognition to Launch Blockchain-Powered Airspace Management System | BTCMANAGER

Boeing, a highly reputed manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, has allied with SparkCognition, a multinational company that builds cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), industrial internet of things and defense systems, to launch SkyGrid, a startup that will use blockchain technology and AI for airspace management, according to a press release on November…

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North Korea: Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency Conference to Be Held in April 2019 | BTCMANAGER

North Korea is set to host an international blockchain and cryptocurrency conference in April 2019, reports Independent UK, November 20, 2018. The conference will also see its attendees revel a seven-day tour of the country.   Pyongyang to Host the Tech Conference Due to the difficult political climate in the country, North Korea has created a…

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