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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.

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Storj announces plans to migrate SJCX to Ethereum-based ERC20 token

Mar 27, 2017 07:28 am UTC| Digital Currency

StorjLabs, a distributed cloud storage provider, has announced that it will be migrating from SJCX to a new Ethereum-based ERC20 token in order to better serve the Storj ecosystem and its stakeholders. In a blog post,...

Blockchain Revolution Series

SmartCard Marketing Systems expands Fintech Accelerator program for biometrics, blockchain and AI interoperability

Mar 27, 2017 05:52 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc., a fintech payment accelerator Co solutions provider, has announced the expansion of its Fintech Accelerator Offering for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to prepare for biometrics,...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain project Hyperledger open sources bond trading platform

Mar 27, 2017 05:22 am UTC| Digital Currency

Hyperledger, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, has open-sourced a bond trading platform built on top of its Sawtooth Lake distributed ledger, CoinDesk reported. First...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain Academy, Satoshi Centre tie up to drive blockchain education in Botswana

Mar 27, 2017 04:50 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Blockchain Academy that provides training on digital currencies and blockchain technology, has announced its partnership with the Satoshi Centre in order to bring blockchain and bitcoin education to Botswana on 1st and...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Microsoft Azure announces support for multi-member consortium blockchain networks

Mar 27, 2017 04:30 am UTC| Digital Currency

Microsoft has announced the expansion of its blockchain support on Azure, enabling multi-member consortium blockchain networks. Christine Avanessians Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Azure, made the announcement in an...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Digital Currency Revolution

Digital Currency and Blockchain Weekly Round-up – March 24th, 2017

Mar 24, 2017 10:58 am UTC| Digital Currency

Bank of England launches fintech community; to work on blockchain and AI proof of concept The Bank of England has announced that its Fintech Accelerator has a launched a new community which will bring together fintech...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Alliance Bank inks agreement with Attic Lab to integrate blockchain-based banking solution

Mar 24, 2017 07:16 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

Alliance Bank, a Ukraine-based financial institution, has signed an agreement with fintech company Attic Lab to integrate SmartMoney a banking blockchain system, Forklog.net reported. Attic Lab CEO Sergei Vasilchuk...

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Economy

Spanish economic growth could exceed 2.5 pct for the next 2-4 years - Economy Minister Luis de Guindos

The Spanish economy expanded at 0.7 percent in both the third and fourth quarters of 2016. Spain maintained an economic growth of 3.2 percent in 2016, unchanged from the previous year. The economy expanded for the third...

U.S. Treasuries slightly gain ahead of Fed Chair Yellen’s speech

The U.S. Treasuries gained slightly Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellens scheduled speech later in the day. Investors reassessed Trumps ability to pass potentially reflationary bills, such as the...

Poland inflation likely to rise further in March, unlikely to have any impact on MPS stance

Poland Marchs flash CPI inflation data is due Friday, and analysts expect Polands inflation to rise further as base effects are still in place and are likely to push the number higher. Driven by a global acceleration in...

German bunds rally on expectations of lower March consumer inflation

The German bunds rallied Tuesday, following expectations of a fall in the countrys consumer price inflation during the month of March. The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond, which moves inversely to its price, slumped...

JGBs trade mixed ahead of February retail sales, consumer inflation

The Japanese government bonds traded mixed Tuesday as investors remain keen to watch the countrys February retail sales as well as consumer price inflation data, scheduled to be released on March 29 and 31...

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

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...

Astronomers to peer into a black hole for the first time with new Event Horizon Telescope

Ever since first mentioned by Jon Michell in a letter to the Royal Society in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, filmmakers and other artists. Perhaps part of the allure is that these...

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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KRBOK Manufacturing BSI*

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78 bln $

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79 bln $

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-106 mln $

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0.9 %

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100 bln $

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106.6 %

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