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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

How the blockchain will transform housing markets

Apr 17, 2017 14:03 pm UTC| Fintech Real Estate

An emerging technology, blockchain, could transform the way we buy and sell real estate by doing away with the hidden costs and inefficiencies of our housing markets. Blockchain is an online ledger that records...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Tennessee-based Exchange Building to spearhead blockchain workshop on 15-16 May

Apr 17, 2017 07:51 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Exchange Building that is based in the city of Memphis in Tennessee, announced that it is spearheading a workshop on blockchain technology on 15-16 May 2017, in partnership with The FedEx Institute of...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Stampery launches blockchain add-in function for Microsoft Office

Apr 17, 2017 06:04 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain-based data certification company Stampery has added Microsoft Office as a client in their present solution in order to improve their enterprise customer reach. Stampery verifies documents against both...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Japanese Bankers Association to build common blockchain platform for member institutions

Apr 17, 2017 05:37 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

The Japanese Bankers Association (JBA) last week announced its plans to build a blockchain-based system that will act as a common basis for members to experiment with the technology, Nikkei reported. In March, the JBA...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Indian retail company launches Future C&D Lab to foster blockchain startups

Apr 17, 2017 05:15 am UTC| Digital Currency

Future Group, Indian-based leading retail company, has announced the launch of the Future CD (consumer and digital) Lab in Bengaluru that will bring together companies working on next-generation innovations like blockchain...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain startup Blockstream appoints Samson Mow as Chief Strategy Officer

Apr 17, 2017 04:56 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain startup Blockstream, has announced the appointment of Samson Mow as the new Chief Strategy Officer to accelerate market adoption and expand global footprint. Prior to joining Blockstream, Mow was the COO of...

Blockchain Revolution Series

BitFury, Ukrainian Government sign MoU to create blockchain eGovernance program

Apr 17, 2017 04:36 am UTC| Digital Currency

Leading full-service blockchain technology firm BitFury and Ukrainian Government have joined hands to build first full-scale blockchain eGovernance program for the country. A MoU was signed between the head of the State...

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Economy

Stronger Finnish consumer sentiment suggests solid GDP growth in near term – Nordea Bank

The rebound in the atmosphere surrounding the Finish economy is spectacular. Sentiment has improved in all sectors of the economy. The economic confidence indicator, which is the widest sentiment measure, is above its...

China likely to continue process of financial deleveraging with tighter regulations, says Scotiabank

China is expected to carry on with the process of financial deleveraging with tighter regulations, which might further be a drag on onshore market sentiment, according to a Scotiabank research report. According to...

UK gilts slump on expectations of rise in Q1 GDP

The UK gilts slumped Tuesday on expectations of a rise in the countrys first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP), scheduled to be released on April 28. The yield on the benchmark 10-year gilts, which moves inversely to...

PHP likely to weaken to 51.5 by end-2017, says ANZ Research

Economic growth in the Philippines is expected to stay strong. But this will not help the peso, as the deterioration in the current account will remain a drag on the currency. Strong domestic demand has seen import growth...

Taiwan Q1 GDP likely to register 2.5 pct y/y on improvement in trade flows, says DBS Bank

Taiwans first quarter gross domestic product (GDP), due to be released on April 28 is expected to register 2.5 percent y/y, down from the peak of 2.9 percent in Q4 2016 but close to the average levels seen in H2 2016. In...

Politics

The Kremlin has its watchful eyes set on the French elections

The Ukrainian crisis, from the Maidan protests and the annexation of Crimea to the violent conflict in Donbass, has led to an unprecedented deterioration of relations between Russia and the West. As early as 2014, the West...

Jakarta governor election results in a victory for prejudice over pluralism

The long, divisive campaign for governorship of Indonesias capital city Jakarta is finally over, with unofficial results showing a decisive victory for the challenger Anies Baswedan over the controversial incumbent...

Turkey's constitutional referendum: experts express fear for a divided country

Unofficial results from Turkeys April 16 constitutional referendum show that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has won the right to expand presidential power. The yes campaign has won 51.37% of the votes while no has...

Venezuela has lost its democratic facade

Although the Venezuelan government has become increasingly authoritarian since the early 2000s, last week was the first time it openly attacked democracy. On March 29, the Venezuelan Supreme Court, controlled by the...

In planned EPA cuts, US to lose vital connection to at-risk communities

Recent headlines point to a relentless undoing of policy and process within the Environmental Protection Agency. The Trump budget calls for slashing the EPA budget by an estimated 31 percent. Staff would be reduced by...

Science

Earth Day Protest Highlights Desperate Situation Of Science And Existing Hope

A few days ago, the world celebrated Earth Day. It was meant to be a time when humanity recognized the importance of Mother Nature, highlighting its plight in some form of solidarity. However, what ended up happening is...

Proof: Saturn moon Enceladus is able to host life – it's time for a new mission

Ever since studies started suggesting that chemical reactions between water and rock on Saturns moon Enceladus could provide enough energy in the water to feed microbial life, scientists have been searching for proof that...

"Pathogen hunters": citizen scientists track plant diseases to save species

Plant diseases threaten food security and sustainability. They affect ecosystems and change natural environments. They cost money, too. An enormous amount is spent globally each year to control these diseases; the damage...

Exoplanet discovery by an amateur astronomer shows the power of citizen science

You dont need to be a professional astronomer to find new worlds orbiting distant stars. Darwin mechanic and amateur astronomer Andrew Grey this week helped to discover a new exoplanet system with at least four orbiting...

Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Becomes A Hologram, Warns Against Wilful Ignorance

Professor Stephen Hawking has got to be the single most famous physicist in the world and he recently appeared as a hologram in Hong Kong. Aside from answering a few questions about various topics in his field, the famed...

Technology

Caterpillar Trucks Can Be Operated By Drivers 3,000 Miles Away

As one of the biggest providers of large machinery for construction, mining, and demolition, Caterpillar already has a pretty impressive portfolio. However, in the recently concluded 2017 Edison Awards event, the company...

Algorithm Imbalance Benefits The Privileged And Harms The Disadvantaged

Rare is the tech company that isnt using some form of algorithm these days to conduct business. Its in everything, from search engines to advertising strategies. However, recent trends seem to indicate a disturbing...

Another Electric Flying Car Will Be Market-Ready This Year

As yet another sign that the age of flying cars is on its way, a new contender in the electric flying personal vehicle has arrived. Called the Kitty Hawk Flyer, it was made by a company that was actually backed by Larry...

Tesla To Increase Number Of Charging Stations To 10K Worldwide This Year

As the single biggest name in electric supercars in the market, Tesla has a vested interest in expanding the reach of its vehicles. This is why it has built over 5,000 charging stations all over the world thus far. Tesla...

China Leading Automation Race, Companies Replacing Up To 90% In Workforce With Robots

The age of automation is coming and theres absolutely nothing that people can do about it. At this moment, China is taking the lead in terms of the number of companies adopting the trend. Some have replaced their human...
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