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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

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...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain platform Ardor’s testnet goes live

Feb 13, 2017 12:55 pm UTC| Digital Currency

Ardor, open-source multiple blockchain systems created by the Nxt development team, announced that its testnet is now live for everyone. The launch of the testnet allows users to test the various features of Ardor so...

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Economy

French government bonds and EUR under pressure ahead of upcoming French presidential election

Upbeat data from the euro area this week, with strong manufacturing PMIs and German ifo readings failed to boost the single currency. French government bonds and the EUR remain under pressure, as investors remain focused...

U.S. jobless claims suggest favorable labor market, upcoming payroll data key for shaping rate hike expectations

Minutes of the Federal Reserves Jan. 31-Feb monetary policy meeting published earlier this week on Wednesday showed that many policymakers believed another interest rate hike might be appropriate fairly soon if labor...

Banxico amplifies toolkit to support peso without Forex reserves

On February 21, Mexicos central bank announced that it will offer up to $20 billion in forex hedges, starting with a first auction of up to $1 billion on March 6. With the new measures the central bank aims to support the...

FOMC minutes provide no clear signal of March rate hike

Release of the minutes of the Federal Reserves 1st February meeting showed that many members noted that it might be appropriate to raise the federal funds rate again fairly soon if incoming information on the labour market...

Chinese house prices show further signs of cooling in January

House prices in Chinas largest cities in January rose marginally to 64.3 percent, the lowest rise in the last 12 months, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Wednesday. Out of the 70 cities analysed by the...

Politics

Dems Want To Probe Trump Over Lax Security Practices

Just to add to Donald Trumps increasingly full plate of political troubles, House Democrats are now pushing for an investigation into the new presidents tendency to practice weak security measures. The representatives are...

US under Trump Series: Learn honesty from Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger

Data from Edelman Trust Barometer of 2017 shows that the public trusts in the news media in the United States have declined to the lowest level ever. Only 32 percent of the American Public trusts the news media, which is...

Words, Tweets and Stones in the "Political Correctness" Wars

Last year, a friend alerted me to an opinion article which included the unusual story of Tim Hunt, a Nobel-Prize winning chemist. At a conference in Korea, Hunt ventured regrettably outside of his expertise. He...

Five lessons Trump could learn from Lincoln

How will Donald Trump observe Presidents Day? Will he have the inclination or take the time to read about or reflect on the qualities of our greatest leaders? Given how busy Trump is issuing executive orders,...

Universal Credit: from benefits panacea to government blunder

Only a fraction of the households in the UK originally intended to be receiving a new one-stop benefit payment in 2017 are currently doing so. As of January 12 2017, 960,000 claims have been made for Universal Credit and...

Science

50,000 New Seed Deposits Go To Doomsday Vault In Norway

Norways Svalbard Global Seed Vault or the Doomsday vault, as it is more commonly known, is home to countless species of plants and crops. The facility is meant to house and protect these seeds so that in the event of a...

Scientists Dare To Ask If Gene Editing Is A Human Right

For the longest time, humans have had to accept that they had limitations due to their genetics. With the advent of powerful gene-editing tools like CRISPR, however, this is no longer the case. Now, humans can potentially...

Scientists Think The Arctic Can Be Refrozen If They Had $500B

A lot of climate experts, global leaders, and financial giants have already declared Climate Change as the single biggest threat that humanity is facing as a species. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people and...

Scientists Created Foldable Shields That Can Stop Bullets, Light And Portable Protection

Law enforcement officials are facing constant danger as part of their duties, which is why they need all the protection that they can get. Body armor, helmets, and padding are all provided to police officers, FBI agents,...

Organic molecules found on giant asteroid Ceres – why that's a such a huge deal

Sometimes, I think scientists are just that little bit too modest. A new paper in Science has a humdinger of a title: Localized aliphatic organic material on the surface of Ceres. It doesnt exactly trip off the tongue and...

Technology

Tesla To Offer Life Insurance Bundle With All Future Car Purchases

Elon Musks electric car company has had to contend with questions with regards to how safe its vehicles are to drive after several traffic accidents involving its units resulted in death. Since then, Tesla has been cleared...

Google Launches New Tool For Fighting Trolls, Shares It With Developers

Trolls are practically an accepted part of the internet now, with many in various comment sections saying Welcome to the internet! to anyone who expresses astonishment at offensive statements on anything. It seems that...

Mass Effect: Andromeda First Impressions Roundup

BioWare recently gave certain video game media companies the opportunity to try the latest installment in the Mass Effect universe. With 3 hours to spend, reviewers eagerly dove into the demos and have been writing about...

Uber Gets Sued By Waymo Over Stolen Self-Driving Car Secrets

With so many tech companies vying for supremacy in the race for self-driving cars, some of them were bound to clash at some point. This is exactly what is happening between Googles driverless car division Waymo and the...

NASA Cargo Successfully Delivered To ISS Via SpaceX Dragon, Announces 7 Earth-Size Planets Around Nearby Star: Is This The Next Space Frontier?

SpaceXs the Dragon cargo ship containing over 2 tons of NASA supplies was finally captured by the robotic arm of the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the European...
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AREconomic Activity YY*

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10.5 %

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11.1 %

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3.6 %

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0.8 %

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1.0 %

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EZLoans to Non-Fin

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2.3 %

February 27 09:00 UTC 30093009m

ITFlash Trd Bal Non-EU*

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5.68 bln EUR

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4.8 %

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5.0 %

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EZLoans to Households*

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2.2 %

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2.0 %

February 27 10:00 UTC 30693069m

EZCons Infl Expec

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