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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

Mercuria, ING and Societe Generale test blockchain for first large oil trade

Jan 19, 2017 12:26 pm UTC| Digital Currency

Swiss-based international commodity trading company Mercuria along with financial services companies ING and Societe Generale is working on blockchain-based first large oil trade, Reuters reported. Mercurias chief...

Blockchain Revolution Series

FINRA calls security industry participants to collaborate on blockchain tech to ensure regulatory compliance

Jan 19, 2017 07:29 am UTC| Digital Currency

FINRA(the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has released a report on the implications of blockchain for the securities industry that discusses key implementation and regulatory considerations for...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Liquidity Alliance to launch blockchain solution for cross-border collateral mobilization

Jan 19, 2017 06:15 am UTC| Digital Currency

Liquidity Alliance (LA), an international group of central securities depositories (CSDs), announced that four of its members are cooperating with Deutsche Brse to launch a blockchain-based initiative in order to provide...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Davos 2017: China unites 25 countries to establish Global Blockchain Business Council

Jan 19, 2017 06:07 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

On January 17, the governmental and industrial representatives from China and 25 other countries gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the Davos Forum. According to the latest update provided by Tai Cloud Corporation to...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Federal Reserve carefully monitoring blockchain and fintech innovations, says Janet Yellen

Jan 19, 2017 06:01 am UTC| Fintech Central Banks

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen recently revealed that the central bank is closely looking at the latest developments in the blockchain and fintech space. Speaking at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, California...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Chinese startup Juzhen Financials to launch blockchain technology for banks in 2017

Jan 19, 2017 05:10 am UTC| Digital Currency

China-based blockchain startup Juzhen Financials has planned to release its own blockchain technology for banks this year, CoinDesk reported. The Shanghai-based company has been working actively with Chinese blockchain...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain partners with Imperial College London to launch Digital Asset Research Lab

Jan 19, 2017 04:20 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain, a leading software platform for digital assets, has announced that it entering into a partnership with Imperial College London to launch the Digital Asset Research Lab. According to the official release, the...

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Economy

Brexit to have little impact on eurozone growth prospects in 2017 - Schaeuble

German Finance Minister, Schaeuble, speaking on the German growth prospects and on Brexit at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos said that Brexit is likely to have little impact on eurozone growth prospects in...

Too early to discuss ECB tapering, says Benoit Coeure

The European Central Banks executive board member Benoit Coeure speaking on the central banks monetary policy programme at Davos told CNBC that ultra-loose monetary policies will not last forever. However, he added that it...

Chart of the Day: Shrinking margins

This interesting chart, shared by Soberlook.com shows the difference between the input and output components of producer price index (PPI) for the United Kingdom. The recent drop in the pound has accelerated the input...

Steven Mnuchin supports strong dollar

Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker and the 45th President of the United States pick as the treasury secretary asserted in his support for a stronger dollar at the Senate confirmation hearing, which is striking...

China’s capital outflows mean tweaking of controls

There was further confirmation from SAFE yesterday that the Chinese authorities will continue to tweak the current system of capital controls to discourage and prevent capital outflows intensifying even further. The recent...

Politics

Theresa May confirms it'll be a hard Brexit – here's what that means for UK trade

Today, Theresa May confirmed that the UK government intends to leave the EUs single market and customs union. The consequences of this decision from a trade perspective should not be underestimated. The single market...

Liberal or conservative? Most of our beliefs shift around

One common reaction to the election of Donald Trump (and perhaps to a lesser extent, the Brexit vote) among liberals like me is an expression of dismay that some of our fellow citizens are more racist and more sexist than...

Trumpus Andronicus? What the Byzantine Empire can tell us about the rise of populist leaders

The approaching Donald Trump presidency has taken quite a battering from historians. Comparisons have abounded with the 20th centurys greatest villains, including Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, even if some have...

How progressives can still make change in the age of Trump

Things are not looking good for American progressives. President-elect Donald Trump is poised to put in place many regressive policies in his quest to make America great again that are fundamentally at odds with what...

When politicians become pundits

Former prime minister Tony Abbotts weekend column in The Australian was a good example of professional politicians intervening in the public debate through guest punditry. Abbott has a journalistic background, and is...

Science

Why we should send Bill Gates to Mars

Bill Gates, along with a few of his billionaire friends, has launched a US$1 billion fund to support research into energy technologies that will help us address climate change. The idea behind Breakthrough Energy...

Bee Makes Endangered Species List, Scientific Community Alarmed

Bees are often considered the single most important pollinators in the natural world, helping to spread life all across the land by coming in contact with pollens and spreading them everywhere. Now, one species of these...

Scientists Create Li-Ion Batteries With Built-In Fire Extinguishers

Following the wake of widely covered incidents involving exploding lithium-ion batteries in products like the infamous hoverboard and the unfortunate Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the fire hazard posed by the power source has...

Astronomers spot strange, bow-like structure in Venus' atmosphere

Venus is known both as the planet of love and the Earths evil twin. And although research suggests its environment is more hellish than romantic, theres actually a lot we dont know about our celestial neighbour. Now...

Menopause Reversing Treatment To Start Clinical Trials

A lot of things in life are thought to be irreversible and menopause has been one of the most devastating for a lot of women. Now, a new treatment that is meant to reverse menopause is about to go on clinical...

Technology

Government Green Lights Building Of Atlantis, Construction Begins in 2019

When talking about cities of the future, most people often think of major landmasses floating in the sky. Before getting there, however, it seems engineers are looking at solving the floating aspect first and they are...

Mind-Controlled Robot ‘Teleport Helps The Disabled Move Around

It would seem that the world of robotics is progressing at an exponential rate, with advances in artificial intelligence and cybernetic mimicry leading the charge. Now, machines that can be controlled via neural interface...

Meitu App Makes Users Look Like Cute Anime Characters And Vulnerable To Data Mining

There is a new app in the market that is skyrocketing in popularity of late because it can turn any user into a cute anime character. While the benefits may seem appealing, particularly to a certain otaku-ish segment of...

LG Patent Foldable Smartphones Too; Company Receives Tablet Hybrid Patent

LG seems to be seeking a dominant position in the smartphone market with its foldable phone model. GSMInfo first reported that LGs patent showcases a new smartphone model looking likea merger of two, different parts. The...

Mark Zuckerberg Doesnt Run His Facebook Profile, A PR Team Does

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most prolific billionaires in the U.S. largely thanks to his activities on Facebook. Having his own Facebook profile has given the social media figure the appearance of accessibility. However,...
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