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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 startup Ripple’s XRP Ledger ecosystem expands to 55 validator nodes

Jul 18, 2017 10:46 am UTC| Digital Currency

Ripple, a leading provider of blockchain solutions, has announced that the XRP Ledger ecosystem has grown to 55 validator nodes an increase of 120 percent since the month of May. The startup said that the new...

Blockchain Revolution Series

National Bank of Belarus creates blockchain-based information network

Jul 18, 2017 08:17 am UTC| Digital Currency

The National Bank of Belarus has announced the creation of an information network based on blockchain technology, which could be used for modern banking and non-banking tasks. In its official release, the central bank...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Indian IT industry body NASSCOM announces blockchain special interest group

Jul 18, 2017 06:39 am UTC| Digital Currency

NASSCOM (Nationwide Affiliation of Software program and Companies Firms), has joined forces with blockchain startup Blocksmiths and Quatrro, a global services company offering business and knowledge processing services, to...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Dubai Future Accelerators to focus on blockchain and AI in third program, opens applications

Jul 18, 2017 05:35 am UTC| Digital Currency

Dubai Future Accelerators, a unique program run by Dubai Future Foundation in partnership with the government of Dubai, has opened applications for its third program. The first two editions of the program have been...

Blockchain Revolution Series

TD Bank Group joins Chamber of Digital Commerce to promote adoption of blockchain technology

Jul 18, 2017 04:08 am UTC| Digital Currency

TD Bank Group has joined the executive committee of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the leading global blockchain trade association, in order to foster the adoption of digital assets and related technologies with the goal...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Bitfury launches open source enterprise-grade blockchain framework ‘Exonum’

Jul 17, 2017 11:12 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Bitfury Group, a Blockchain technology company, has officially announced the launch of its open source enterprise-grade blockchain framework, Exonum, which will help businesses and governments bring their blockchain...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain application could lead to per-year cost savings $50-60 Bln in capital markets: BIS Research

Jul 17, 2017 06:45 am UTC| Digital Currency

The application of blockchain technology could lead to a per-year cost savings of $6-8 billion in KYC/AML, $30-40 billion in trade finance, and $50-60 billion in capital markets, BIS Research said in a new report. The...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries gain on short-covering amid muted trading session

The U.S. Treasuries jumped in an uneventful day with no economic data of note due for release. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury, slumped 2-1/2 basis points to 2.24 percent, the super-long 30-year bond yields...

UK gilts tad higher in silent trading; investors eye Q2 GDP next week

The UK gilts traded tad higher Friday ahead of the countrys Q2 gross domestic product (GDP), scheduled for release early next week amid a silent trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. The...

FxWirePro: Recession in US still far-fetched idea

There are many indicators like PMI reports, jobs reports, inflation, industrial output, business sales etc. that we take a look into in determining whether the US economy is slowing down and heading for a recession but...

Eurozone periphery bonds jump ahead of benchmark German manufacturing PMI

The Eurozone periphery bonds jumped as investors wait to watch the benchmark Germanys manufacturing PMI, scheduled for release early next week. The benchmark German 10-year bond yields, which moves inversely to its...

Bank Indonesia unlikely to change current monetary policy stance thorough 2017, says ANZ Research

Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected not to change its current monetary policy stance through 2017 and is keen to preserve the on-going stability in the bond and FX markets. The central banks decision to remain on hold in its...

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

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...

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...

93% Of Patients Prefer Medical Marijuana To Opioids, Study Says

For years, medical marijuana was the only means of people to legally acquire a batch of cannabinoids. It was used by folks who suffered from actual medical problems and those who just preferred to get high alike. In a...

Google Subsidiary Wants To Eliminate Zika Virus By Releasing 20 Million Mosquitos

Fighting fire with fire is a phrase that many have used over the years to indicate the intent to answer aggression with the same. A Google subsidiary called Verily is taking the concept a step further with its goal of...

Technology

Musk Announced New York To D.C. Hyperloop Given The Go-Ahead

In case there was any doubt that Elon Musk can do the impossible, the Tesla boss recently announced via Twitter that he received a verbal green light regarding plans to create a Hyperloop connection from New York to...

Nintendo N64 Classic Could Be Coming, Trademark Filings Indicate

The SNES Classic isnt even out yet and already, there are indications that Nintendo could be producing N64 Classics down the road. This is what publications are interpreting from trademark filings that the company recently...

Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy Is Offering A Free Previously Unreleased Level, Limited Time Offer

The Crash Bandicoot franchise has been around for a long time but it seems the original games still had content that players never got to try. One previously unreleased level is actually on offer right now for free, but...

It Could Fail, Elon Musk Dampens Expectations Regarding Falcon Heavy Launch

SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket, the much bigger brother to the Falcon 9 soon, but the companys CEO is already trying to dampen expectations. According to Elon Musk himself, the launch could end up as a...

YouTube Finally Gets Serious About ISIS Recruitment On The Platform, It’s About Time

While it might sound odd that YouTube, one of the biggest and most influential video sharing platforms in the world has not exactly stamped out ISIS recruitment videos yet, this is exactly the case. Somehow, there are...
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