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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 Ideas Fest Vinnytsia 2017 to take place in Ukraine on March 4

Feb 15, 2017 09:56 am UTC| Digital Currency

Russian bitcoin exchange BTC-Alpha has announced blockchain conference that will be held at Vinnytsia, Ukraine on 4th March, 2017. The event aims to offer a unique opportunity for investors to plunge into the world of...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Japanese blockchain firm bitFlyer allocates shares to local financial institutions

Feb 15, 2017 07:34 am UTC| Digital Currency

Tokyo-based blockchain company bitFlyer announced that it has allocated new shares to third parties including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Group, Mizuho Financial Group, and Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company for the...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain-based platform Equibit unveils 2-year roadmap

Feb 15, 2017 05:27 am UTC| Digital Currency

Equibit Development Corporation (EDC) that created Equibit blockchain applications for the global securities industry, has announced a two-year roadmap for extensive value creation and post-coin sale development of its...

Blockchain Revolution Series

B3 announces Blockchain Academy London on 13-14 March

Feb 14, 2017 10:59 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain Business Board (B3), an international research program, has presented the Blockchain Academy London on 13 and 14 March2017 that will offer a comprehensive outlook on bitcoin and blockchain technology. The...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Enterprise Ethereum blockchain alliance to include financial and tech giants

Feb 14, 2017 08:35 am UTC| Digital Currency

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance that was formed by Microsoft Corp. and other major technology companies and banks, will include major financial institutions including JP Morgan, CME Group, BNY Mellon, Banco Santander, Red...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Voatz, Clear Ballot Group tie up to explore blockchain for secure remote voting

Feb 14, 2017 06:17 am UTC| Digital Currency

Boston-based companies Voatz Inc, and Clear Ballot Group Inc, have collaborated to explore the potentials of blockchain technology for secure and accessible remote voting in elections. Voatz, an innovative and highly...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Deloitte completes blockchain project for transaction data and infrastructure assurance

Feb 14, 2017 05:29 am UTC| Digital Currency

Big four accounting giant Deloitte announced that it has successfully completed a blockchain project that was entitled and designed to demonstrate tangible and actionable options for blockchain transaction data and...

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Economy

U.K. retail sales unexpectedly slip in Jan, show first signs of fall in underlying trend since Dec 2013

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed on Friday that U.K. retail sales volumes unexpectedly dropped by 0.3 percent compared with the previous month, widely missing analysts expectations for a 0.9...

FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 17th February 2017

Not many economic dockets scheduled for today and all with low to medium volatility risks associated. Upcoming: Eurozone: December current account balance will be reported at 9:00 GMT, construction output numbers...

EUR/CZK likely to dip towards 25.00 this H2, says Commerzbank

The EUR/CZK currency pair is expected to dip towards a level of 25.00 in the coming months, especially in the second half of this year. Further, Czech headline inflation is likely to overshoot the central banks 2 percent...

Singapore's banking industry to see limited upside in 2017 on weak GDP growth - S&P

SP Global Ratings in a report published today said that it sees limited upside for Singapores banks In 2017 due to weak GDP growth. SP Global Ratings maintains its stable outlook on the Singapore banking sector for 2017....

Markets price in 34 pct chance of Fed rate hike at March meet after Yellen's upbeat economic assessment

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellens congressional testimony gave a rather upbeat assessment of the US economy, consistent with the Feds expectation of further gradual increases in interest rates. In a testimony before the...

Politics

What a philosopher and the Thirty Years War tell us about Donald Trump

Michel Foucault, who died more than 30 years ago, has something to tell us about Donald Trump. The French philosopher once delivered a famous lecture which sought to explain why the people of Europe had done away with the...

Why the government should tax unhealthy foods and subsidise nutritious ones

In an Australian study published today, we show that if the government were to combine taxes and subsidies on a range of foods and beverages, it could substantially improve the health of Australians and potentially free up...

Understanding populism: how leaders can better sell economic reform

Economic policies are seldom an easy sell. Think of the governments continued attempts to get the crossbench to help pass its unpopular corporate tax cuts. Economic issues matter to Australians. Issues such as housing...

A new president and a chance for Germany to face its demons

Frank-Walter Steinmeiers election as Germanys president represents a rare opportunity for his country. While the role is essentially ceremonial, Steinmeiers background, combined with a dramatically changing global...

Zuma's state of the nation address: nothing but farce and fisticuffs

Lets face it. Over the last three years the annual State of the Nation address in South Africa has become embarrassing. First the citizens of the country tune into the usual punch-up between the opposition Economic Freedom...

Science

We need to think about redefining citizenship in the Anthropocene

The hottest year on record was 2016. It was also the year scientists advised that Earths citizens were now living in the Anthropocene, the name proposed for an epoch in which humans influence geology and environment on a...

Lab-Grown, Pork-Free Bacon For Everyone!

Bacon is one of the most popular foods among Americans, but climate change has increased the chance of a bacon shortage. With this being the case, perhaps lab-grown bacon will finally get the chance to muscle into porks...

How far they'll go: Moana shows the power of Polynesian celestial navigation

This article contains minor spoilers. One of the greatest feats of human migration in history was the colonisation of the vast Pacific Ocean by Polynesian peoples. They achieved it thanks to their sophisticated...

Immunity During Pregnancy Determined By Baby’s Sex, Study States

The immune system of pregnant women fluctuate throughout the course of the nine months carrying the child or children, this is an established fact. However, the sex of the baby as the factor has always been more of...

SpaceX To Send Super Bacteria Into Space On Valentine’s Day

Elon Musks rocket company SpaceX is slated to send a rocket up into space on February 14th carrying a very special payload. With the alarming rate of growth of drug-resistant superbugs on Earth, scientists now want to send...

Technology

Snapchat For Android To Get Major Updates Starting Next Week; Will We Expect A Smartphone Too?

According to CEO Evan Spiegel, Android users should expect some major updates for the Snapchat app. In a series of responses on Reddit, the recluse CEO made it known that hes aware of the performance issues on Android...

Nintendo Switch Unboxing Reveals First Look At Menu System

A new unboxing video for the Nintendo Switch was taken by a fan who received the gaming console a couple of weeks earlier. Den of Geek reports that gaming enthusiast hiphoptherobot filmed and uploaded an unboxing video...

Artificial Intelligence Can Rewrite Its Own Code For Predictive Responses Much Like Skynet

Current artificial intelligence technology is being taught to be smarter by basically feeding them mountains of data and having them repeat tasks again and again until they learn. A company recently came up with a way to...

Man Saves Life By Sacrificing Tesla Model S, Elon Musk Offers Free Repairs As Reward

There are rare moments in life when a person has the chance to act for the good of others even if it meant sacrificing something that they love. In one amazing case, a driver of a Tesla Model S in Germany actually saved...

Google Unleashes Secret Weapon To End Amazon Cloud Supremacy, Will It Be Enough?

The tech world has been experiencing a quiet kind of turmoil for some time now, with companies vying for the top spot in the cloud computing industry. Right now, Amazon is wearing the crown, but Google is determined to...
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