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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

NRI Secure announces Blockchain Assessment service

Jul 21, 2017 10:20 am UTC| Digital Currency

NRI SecureTechnologies, Ltd., a subsidiary of Nomura Research Institute (NRI) specializing in cybersecurity, has started providing Blockchain Assessment a security assessment service designed for systems and services...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Digital Currency Revolution

Digital Currency and Blockchain Weekly Round-up – July 21st, 2017

Jul 21, 2017 06:55 am UTC| Digital Currency

US Congressman calls for stronger digital currency standards Banning digital currencies such as bitcoin would not help in preventing financing of terrorism activities, a Republican member of the US House of...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Polish blockchain firm Billon receives €2M EU grant

Jul 21, 2017 04:18 am UTC| Digital Currency

Horizon 2020, the European Unions Research and Innovation programme, has granted funding of nearly EUR 2 million to Billon Group, a blockchain e-money services company. The grant was made under the SME Instrument...

Blockchain Revolution Series

R3 blockchain consortium considers opening office in Russia – Report

Jul 20, 2017 11:04 am UTC| Digital Currency

Financial innovation firm R3 leading a blockchain consortium of global financial institutions may open an office in Russia, Russian payments provider and consortium member Qiwi told RNS. Speaking with the news agency, a...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Overstock subsidiary Medici Ventures invests in blockchain startup Symbiont

Jul 20, 2017 07:29 am UTC| Digital Currency

Medici Ventures, the blockchain-focused subsidiary of online retail giant Overstock, has completed a strategic investment in Symbiont, a New York-based blockchain startup. As part of the new relationship, the two...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Digital Currency Revolution

Digital currency investors conference CoinAgenda announces winners for 2017 event

Jul 20, 2017 04:55 am UTC| Digital Currency

[The article has been edited to mention that DENT Wireless enables users to buy, sell or donate mobile data using DENTs as a global currency for mobile data.] CoinAgenda Europe, a global conference aimed at both retail...

Blockchain Revolution Series

FxWirePro: ETH/USD hovers around 20-DMA, close above targets 269

Jul 19, 2017 11:36 am UTC| Digital Currency

ETH/USD hit 257 levels on Tuesday but failed to close above 20-DMA. It continues to struggle for a decisive break above this level and is trading at 225 levels at the time of writing (BTC-e). Ichimoku analysis (Daily...

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Economy

New Zealand bonds end higher post better-than-expected improvement in June trade balance

The New Zealand bonds gained at the time of closing Wednesday after reading the better-than-expected improvement in the countrys trade balance for the month of June, released early today. At the time of closing, the...

Japanese bonds plunge on investors higher risk appetite

The Japanese bonds plunged Wednesday as investors moved to riskier assets including crude oil and stocks. Energy prices rallied on Saudi Arabias pledge to limit crude exports to help curb global oversupply. The yield on...

Australian bonds slump despite weak inflation, share prices up on firmer commodities

The Australian bonds slumped Wednesday despite consumer prices were surprisingly soft last quarter and core inflation rate stayed below target for a sixth straight quarter. Also, the investors found refuge in the riskier...

US private sector output expands at the fastest rate in six months in July, suggests economy gaining momentum in Q3

US-based manufacturing firms remained in expansion mode in July, flash estimates released by IHS Markit showed on Monday. Overall business conditions improved at the fastest pace for four months, while private sector...

FxWirePro: Anchoring CNB hiking hopes, advancing forecasts and valuations stimulate EUR/CZK

On the back of formidable economic data and the improved outlook for both domestic and foreign demand, we have revised our calls on GDP dynamics, the labor market, CNB policy, and the financial markets. We now expect two...

Politics

Law expert: where the Brexit battles over the Repeal Bill will be fought in parliament

The most important national law governing the Brexit process has been tabled before parliament by the UK government. The proposed European Union (Withdrawal) Bill previously known as the Great Repeal Bill is likely to...

Modi's polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

After Donald Trump was sworn in as US president, The Times of India published a piece titled Why both Modi and Trump are textbook populists. Citing Jan-Werner Mllers What is Populism?, the journalist, Amit Varma, was...

Politicians jeopardise the safety of whistleblowers with bad technology

The Western Australian Liberal Party has created a website, www.wawhistleblowers.com, encouraging whistleblowers to report on WA public officers, government ministers and members of parliament. The site has already been...

Malawi set out to give students skills to support democracy. But it's not been easy

Like many other countries, Malawi was caught in the wave of democratic change that swept sub-Saharan Africa in the early 1990s. The wave was triggered by the fall of communism along with military and civilian dictatorships...

US under Trump Series: Donald Trump Jr. may be called to testify before Senate over his meeting with Russian lawyer

President Trump eldest son Donald Trump Jr. might be called upon by the Senate Intelligence Committee to question about a meeting that took place in June 2016 at the Trump Tower between Trump Jr., President Trumps...

Science

NASA Is Launching A Nationwide Solar Eclipse Watch Project, Participate For Science

On August 21st, a solar eclipse that will completely blot out the sun was announced to happen by NASA. In an attempt to gather as much data about the celestial event as possible, the space agency is asking every single...

Scientists Create Material 5x Stronger Than Steel And Soft As Rubber

Researchers in Japan recently succeeded in creating a soft and flexible material that is five times stronger than steel but feels like rubber. Such a material could have numerous applications including the development of...

Humans Are Only Using 25% Of Their DNA, Study Says

Remember that popular misconception that humans only use about 10 percent of their brains power at any given time? It looks like something similar is about to start circulating the web with a new study indicating humans...

Scientists Create Super Spinach That Can Function As Bomb Detector

For the most part, the leafy green spinach has only ever been super in the animated classic Popeye the Sailor Man when the quirky main character would down a whole can of the leaves to gain strength. Recently, scientists...

The Most Advanced Artificial Heart Can Perform As Well As A Real One

Scientists have been trying to create artificial versions of human organs for decades, be it the liver, skin, eyes, and above all, the heart. These efforts are aimed at solving one of the biggest challenges in the medical...

Technology

Intel Throws Weight In Apple’s Corner Against Qualcomm In Huge Lawsuit

It would seem that the number of major brands that Qualcomm has to contend with in the lawsuit it has against Apple is growing. After the iPhone makers suppliers started backing their partner, even Google and Samsung have...

Why Swiping Up Using An iPhone Is A Bad Idea And Why Updating The iOS Is A Good Idea

Even though its the premier smartphone brand that Americans prefer, there are still plenty of misconceptions when it comes to the iPhone that a lot of users have. For example, in order to save on battery life, some...

Facebook Could Be Making A Modular Phone In Bid To Be Tech King

Its long been known that Facebooks ultimate goal is to take over the lives of every single person in the world by carving out a slice in every single industry. The social media platform has already done this by being...

Razer Could Get $5 Billion IPO Valuation And Make A Gamer-Specific Smartphone

The PC gaming hardware giant Razer is reportedly ready to go for an initial public offering, which could be worth $5 billion. The site for the IPO is apparently Hong Kong and achieving such an amount is also apparently...

Verizon Is Already Throttling YouTube And Netflix, Net Neutrality Is Dying

One of the biggest points of reassurance that FCC head Ajit Pai is trying to sell in dismantling Net Neutrality involves asking users to trust ISPs not abusing their power. According to him, carriers will not be throttling...
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FRConsumer Confidence

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104 %

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108 %

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108 %

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10.6 %

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0.90 %

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107.3 %

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107.3 %

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106.4 %

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106.4 %

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40.347 %

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0.3 %

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2.0 %

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