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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

TrueUSD creator TrustToken secures $20M from Andreessen Horowitz and others

Jun 19, 2018 05:02 am UTC| Digital Currency

Asset tokenization platform TrustToken has raised $20 million in a strategic round, with support from leading investment firms Andreessen Horowitz, BlockTower Capital, Danhua Capital, GGV Capital, and...

Blockchain Revolution Series

SAP announces Cloud Platform Blockchain service, forms blockchain consortium for transportation industry

Jun 19, 2018 03:30 am UTC| Digital Currency

Enterprise software firm SAP unveiled a new a new blockchain as a service (BaaS) earlier this month alongside a number of products and partnerships. The company announced SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain a new BaaS that...

Blockchain Revolution Series

US DHS awards $192k to blockchain startup Factom

Jun 18, 2018 10:54 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain startup Factom has been awarded $192,380 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (ST) to begin beta testing of a capability that uses blockchain technology to secure...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain firm R3 sets the record straight on financial position

Jun 18, 2018 09:58 am UTC| Digital Currency

R3 CEO David E. Rutter has issued an official statement in response to a recent report on the blockchain initiatives alleged financial troubles. Calling the report negative and inaccurate, Rutter said: We were...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Insurance industry initiative B3i to use R3’s Corda blockchain platform

Jun 18, 2018 09:08 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i) will leverage R3s Corda blockchain platform to build its applications and business network. Launched in 2016 by Aegon, Allianz, Munich Re, Swiss Re, and Zurich, B3i...

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Indian state of Kerala to use blockchain to improve supply chain process

Jun 18, 2018 06:50 am UTC| Digital Currency

The government of Indian state of Kerala is undertaking a new project aimed at streamlining the purchase and distribution network of milk, vegetables and fish in the state using blockchain technology, according to the...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Korean Standards Association partners with Walton Blockchain Institute

Jun 18, 2018 05:58 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Korean Standards Association (KSA), a public organization under South Koreas Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), has entered into a partnership with the Walton Blockchain Institute in order to foster...

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Economy

New Zealand’s net migrant inflows continue to trend downwards in May; impetus to GDP growth likely to shrink

New Zealands monthly net migrant inflows continued to trend downwards, but ticked up on last month as arrivals bounced while departures continued to lift. Short-term visitor arrivals lifted and continue to hold at elevated...

USD/TWD likely to head for 30.5 as global markets start to react seriously on threat of trade war, says Scotiabank

The USD/TWD currency pair is expected to head for 30.5 level as global markets have started to take threat of trade war seriously, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. USD/TWD NDF points are now trading...

JGBs trade tight after May consumer price inflation meets estimates, June manufacturing PMI rises

The Japanese 10-year government bonds traded in a tight range on Friday after the countrys national consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of May met market expectations, although remaining far from the Bank of...

Australian bonds gain with U.S. Treasuries, lingering trade war concerns support

Australian government bonds gained on last trading day of the weekFridaywith the U.S. Treasuries amid a backdrop of lingering concerns related to escalating trade tensions between the US and China. The yield on...

UK gilts slump after BoE sounds hawkish in policy statement; Governor Carney’s speech in focus

The UK gilts slumped during late European session Thursday after the Bank of England (BoE) sounded hawkish in its monetary policy statement, albeit keeping rates on hold. Investors will now eye Governor Mark Carneys...

Politics

Venezuelans are boycotting their presidential election

Venezuelas May 20 presidential election may be an election in name only. Nicolás Maduro is widely expected to be reelected as Venezuelas president despite his 20 percent approval rating and profound mismanagement...

Ramaphosa's new dawn: much better, but not nearly enough

Cyril Ramaphosas rise to power has been greeted enthusiastically by most South Africans. Their hope is that the new president represents a leadership cohort within the governing African National Congress (ANC) thats...

Profile: Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's hardline defence minister

One of the most divisive figures in Israeli politics, Avigdor Lieberman, has been his countrys defence minister since May 2016. Despite his publicly acrimonious relationship with the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,...

The first terrorist act in Indonesian prison: the triggers and how to prevent them

Indonesia witnessed another terrorist act last week. But, this time, it occurred in a maximum-security detention centre located at the polices Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. More than 150 terrorist...

South Africa's print media is failing to empower citizens on corruption

The mainstream media can play an important role in fighting corruption. Investigative journalists in South Africa, for instance, helped to expose how the politically connected Gupta family captured elements of the...

Science

Bacteria Could Be the Key To Breathing on Mars, Study Says

The atmosphere on Mars is so thin that humans wont be able to breathe on the red planet unless they are wearing space suits. With plans to colonize it, wearing the bulky apparel would pose a considerable level of...

Magnets Could Be the Key to Better Wine, Study Finds

Humans have been making wine since pre-historic times, with the discovery of alcoholic beverages made from honey dating thousands of year back. Throughout the millennia, new methods for wine-making have cropped up. This...

Antipsychotic Drugs Increases Risks Of Obesity and Diabetes In Children, Study Says

Update: The article previously mentioned that antipsychotic drugs were used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study does not mention this fact and we apologize for the inaccurate statement....

Scientists Just Found A Black Hole That Is Eating Everything In Its Path

Black holes are some of the most terrifying subjects in the realm of science. Not only do they offer a glimpse into the raw power that is present in the universe, they also invoke undefinable terror in those who imagine...

Salt Could Prevent Hearing Loss After An Explosion

In movies, whenever a bomb goes off or an explosion occurs, there is that iconic moment where sounds are muffled and there is a high-pitched ring that pervades the whole scene. While films can go over-the-top with regards...

Technology

Ukrainian Authorities Arrest 4 Programmers Operating Bogus Crypto Exchanges

Ukrainian authorities arrested four men who were tagged in six fraudulent virtual currency exchanges that eventually resulted in the financial losses of their victims. According to Cointelegraph, the men promoted the bogus...

Festival Organizers Turn to Blockchain to Eliminate Scalpers

In the first of its kind, the promoters of a music festival will run the majority of an event via blockchain technology. This particular niche in the music industry has a deep-rooted problem with scalpers, those people who...

Chinese Academy of Sciences establishes Big Data and Blockchain Lab

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has set up a new Big Data and Blockchain Lab, CoinDesk reported referring to report from Peoples Daily. The lab was announced during a seminar on June 15. It is being launched in...

Apart from Project Maven, Google Employees Protested Against Another Government-Tied Collaboration

In recent weeks, Google made headlines after many of its employees petitioned against its participation in the United States military initiative called Project Maven. Now, a new report has revealed that concerned Google...

Niantic Releases 'Pokémon GO' Trading and Friends List Updates to High-Level Trainers

Pokémon GO trainers on the lower levels might have to wait a while before they can start trading characters and adding friends to their profiles. Last week, developer Niantic Labs finally announced the...
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