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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

Qtum Blockchain Project releases Economy Whitepaper

Feb 10, 2017 04:44 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Qtum Foundation, the organization overseeing the development of the Qtum Blockchain project, released their economy whitepaper. Titled Qtum Blockchain Economy Whitepaper, it outlines the Foundations structure, the...

Blockchain Revolution Series

US state representatives launch Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Feb 10, 2017 03:13 am UTC| Digital Currency

Two lawmakers and US state representatives Jared Polis and David Schweikert of Colorado and Arizona respectively, have announced that launch of Congressional Blockchain Caucus. The Caucus will focus on the advancement...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Russian education center Digital October to conduct ‘Blockchain Weekend’ course on 18-19 Feb

Feb 10, 2017 00:48 am UTC| Digital Currency

Russian-based education center Digital October that conducts courses with the industrys best leaders and experts, has announced a course on blockchain technology Blockchain Weekend that will take place on 18-19 February,...

Blockchain Revolution Series

WISeKey to launch IoT Blockchain Center of Excellence in New York

Feb 09, 2017 23:57 pm UTC| Digital Currency

Swiss-based digital security and cybersecurity company WISeKey has announced that it will establishan IoT Blockchain Center of Excellence in the U.S. in a move to offer a secure IoT model for performing common tasks like...

Blockchain Revolution Series

CoinsBank announces second annual Blockchain Cruise 2017

Feb 09, 2017 09:21 am UTC| Digital Currency

CoinsBank, an all-in-one gateway to blockchain services, has announced the second annual event CoinsBank Blockchain Cruise 2017 that will bring together expert speakers, innovators and representatives from blockchain and...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Iosco report calls for international cooperation to face regulatory challenges posed by FinTech

Feb 09, 2017 07:24 am UTC| Fintech

International Organization of Securities Commissions (Iosco) has released a new report that says that changes resulting from fintech are substantial and in certain cases leading to disintermediation and reintermediation,...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain firm Coinfirm secures $700k from Luma Ventures in seed funding round

Feb 09, 2017 06:28 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain startup Coinfirm announced that it has secured an investment of $700k from Luma Ventures in an ongoing seed round and aims to further build services and features onto its platform. The blockchain startup has...

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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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