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A block chain or blockchain is a permissionless distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of transaction records hardened against tampering and revision. It consists of blocks, holding batches of individual transactions. Each block contains a timestamp and an information linking it to a previous block. The block chain is seen as the main technical innovation of bitcoin, where it serves as the decentralized public ledger of all bitcoin transactions. This original design has been the inspiration for other cryptocurrencies and distributed databases. In this series, we cover latest development stories related to blockchain and its applications around the world.

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain firm BTL adds former VP of VISA Europe and AmEx to advisory board

Mar 13, 2017 12:39 pm UTC| Digital Currency

BTL Group, a technology company and blockchain solutions provider, announced the appointment of Jon Downing, former Vice President of VISA Europe and American Express, to BTL Advisory Board. Jon has successfully...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Xhai Studios to adopt NEM blockchain technology for video games platform

Mar 13, 2017 10:22 am UTC| Digital Currency

Malaysia-based innovative mobile game developer and publisher Xhai Studios announced that it will adopt new and promising blockchain technology to be incorporated into its developing video games platform services. Xhai...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blocko, Samsung SDS sign MoU for domestic and overseas blockchain joint venture

Mar 13, 2017 07:50 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain startupBlocko Inc.announced thatit has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung SDS on strategic business alliance for domestic and overseas joint venture that is related to blockchain and synergy...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain startup DigitalX rolls out AirPocket money transfers

Mar 13, 2017 07:39 am UTC| Digital Currency

DigitalX Limited, a blockchain payment solutions company, has announced that the update to its AirPocket app allowing money transfers into certain countries in Latin America went live on Tuesday, 8 March in the U.S.on...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Canada could take the helm in blockchain revolution – Report

Mar 13, 2017 06:14 am UTC| Digital Currency

Don and Alex Tapscott have released a new report in which they have said that Canada will lead the way in blockchain revolution. Titled The Blockchain Corridor: Building an Innovation Economy in the 2nd Era of the...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain firm releases Blockstack Core on Amazon Web Services

Mar 13, 2017 05:25 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockstack, a New York-based blockchain company, has released a new fastsync feature with Blockstack Core v0.14.1 and announced that Blockstack Core is available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. In the new...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Wolfram to bring blockchain to science and engineering with MultiChain integration

Mar 13, 2017 04:45 am UTC| Digital Currency

Wolfram Research and Coin Sciences Ltd have entered into a partnership in which the latters MultiChain blockchain platform will be made accessible from the Wolfram Language and across the Wolfram family of products,...

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Economy

U.S. consumer confidence spikes to 16-year high, raises upside prospects for economic growth in the coming months

U.S. consumer confidence defied economists expectations for a fall and unexpectedly improved in the month of March. Data showed that U.S. Conference Board consumer confidence index jumped to 125.6 in March from a revised...

UK gilts trade flat ahead of Q4 GDP

The UK gilts traded flat Wednesday as investors remain keen to watch the countrys fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP), due to be release by the end of this week, which will remain crucial in deciding further...

German bunds remain mixed ahead of March unemployment rate, consumer inflation

The German bunds remained narrowly mixed Wednesday as investors await the countrys unemployment rate and the consumer price inflation, during the month of March, scheduled to be released March 30 and 31...

New Zealand bonds slide at close following global rout in debt market

The New Zealand bonds slid Wednesday at the time of closing, tracking rout in theglobal bond market amid a session that witnessed data of little economic significance and as investors moved away from safe haven assets amid...

Australian bonds slump tracking softer U.S. Treasuries

The Australian bonds slumped Wednesday, tracking softness in the U.S. counterpart. Also, broad gains in equities led to the slide in the countrys money market. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which...

Politics

German election: Merkel’s CDU wins big in regional election

The final crucial election in the European continent will take place in Germany on September 24th. Incumbent German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to become Germanys longest serving chancellor by winning the fourth...

How the Spanish political laboratory is reconfiguring democracy

This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st...

Latin American presidents love Twitter – and that's not a good sign

The Conversation Globals series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Latin American democracy was born with an original sin: income...

Why polls seem to struggle to get it right – on elections and everything else

I am a professor of mathematics, so my ears perk up when I hear someone say that polls seem inaccurate. The public understandably focuses on polling results and how much these results seem to vary. Take two presidential...

Trump's credibility takes a hit as FBI finds no evidence of Obama 'wiretap'

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael S. Rogers have both testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that they do not have any information or evidence to support...

Science

Let me entertain you – that's how to get a science message across

Communicating science to the public can be hard. Climate change is the most notorious example, but the public debates around vaccinations and evolution have also exposed a lack of understanding of how the public engages...

National Science Statement a positive gesture but lacks policy solutions: experts

Today the Australian government launched the National Science Statement, outlining its commitment to science as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. This comes in advance of the 2030 Strategic Plan, with...

It’s the age of the antibiotic revolution, not apocalypse

Bad news sells papers. Or as Elliot Carver, the media mogul set on world domination in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies put it: Theres no news like bad news. As a scientist, my responsibility is to separate fact from...

New Drug Destroys Breast Cancer In 11 Days, Study Indicates

Breast cancer is one of the most frightening diseases that afflict women and even some men in all walks of life. While some treatment plans have been proven to work in the past such as chemotherapy, many of them are too...

Can science produce better passport control officers?

Passport officers often have to scrutinise hundreds of people each day. They have just a few seconds to stare through their glass screens at the impatient and perhaps slightly dishevelled traveller facing them and decide...

Technology

Android Co-Founder Makes His Own Smartphone, The God Creator Comes

Andy Rubin is one of the founders of the Android mobile operating system, which effectively makes him a God within the Android development community. In a recent Tweet, Rubin hinted that his new company called Essential...

New Tesla Roadster, Coming Right Up; Fastest EV Car

The Tesla Roadster was the first car that the popular electric car company ever built and it broke a lot of conventions. For one thing, it was the first all-electric sports car that was meant to be both fast and efficient....

Google Creates Dedicated Page For Free Paid Apps On Play Store, ‘Free App Of The Week’

At this point, everybody already knows that there are free apps and there are paid apps on stores like Google Play and the Apple App Store. Sometimes, however, paid apps are available for free. Google just made it a lot...

Apple Might Finally Start Selling iPhones In China Again

Apple and China havent really been seeing eye-to-eye over the last few years, with the second largest consumer market having its own ideas of what the American company should be sharing that the latter just did not like....

Tesla Model 3 Dashboard The Same As Model S, Will Have Better Range Than Chevy Bolt Though

The Tesla Model 3 is the companys attempt at finally accessing that coveted mass consumer market and a lot is riding on it. If fans were hoping for a more futuristic dashboard, however, it seems CEO Elon Musk popped that...
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