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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 regulations premature at this stage: ESMA

Feb 08, 2017 06:39 am UTC| Digital Currency

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on Tuesday released areporton Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), which sets out its views on the technology, the techs possible applications, benefits, risks and how...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Healthcare blockchain firm Hashed Health raises $1.85M in initial funding round

Feb 08, 2017 04:24 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain startup Hashed Health, a consortium for transformation in the U.S. healthcare system, announced that it has raised $1.85 million in an initial funding round led by healthcare investment firm Martin...

Blockchain Revolution Series

IBM launches blockchain trade finance initiative in Dubai

Feb 07, 2017 10:34 am UTC| Digital Currency

Amid the push for blockchain technology in Dubai, IBM has launched a trade finance blockchain initiative in collaboration with Dubai CustomsandDubai Trade, Emirates NBD, du, Aramex, and Banco Santander, IBTimes UK...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Bitcoin expert Andreas Antonopoulos to keynote at Blockchain Africa Conference 2017

Feb 07, 2017 09:33 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain Africa Conference that will be held in Johannesburg on 1-3 March 2017, has announced technologist and serial entrepreneur, Andreas M Antonopoulos as its keynote speaker. The conference announced earlier in...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Banque de France testing blockchain, to open lab to work with start-ups – Governor Villeroy de Galhau

Feb 07, 2017 05:13 am UTC| Fintech

Frances central bank is testing blockchain technology and opening a lab to work with startups, François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France, said. Speaking at the Paris FinTech Forum last month,...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Credit Suisse completes global blockchain hackathon using R3’s Corda

Feb 07, 2017 04:49 am UTC| Digital Currency

Swiss bank Credit Suisse recently held a global hackathon in which teams explored how R3s Corda distributed ledger platform could help in cost savings and efficiency applications. According to the hackathon details on...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Reinsurance company SCOR tests blockchain PoC, joins B3i consortium

Feb 06, 2017 10:36 am UTC| Digital Currency

SCOR, a global reinsurance company, announced that it has successfully tested and pleased with the results of a Technical Accounting Blockchain Proof of Concept (PoC) that was launched last year in a move to access the...

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Economy

FxWirePro: Option power pack for EUR/AUD as Eurozone election hedge - 3-way straddle as positively skewed 2w IV signifies OTM call writing

A glimpse on fundamentals: German IP plunged, likely due to holiday distortions. German VDA car production data already point to a big rebound in January. German election thrown open by thechange in SPD...

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...

Australia's labour market report suggests plenty of spare capacity, RBA to remain on hold for an extended period

Australias January labour market report released earlier today was broadly in line with expectations. Data released by the national statistics bureau showed seasonally adjusted overall employment rose by 13,500 to...

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...

Politics

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...

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...

How will native tribes fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in court?

On Feb. 8 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed course and issued an easement allowing the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. That decision followed a presidential memorandum...

America's always had black inventors – even when the patent system explicitly excluded them

America has long been the land of innovation. More than 13,000 years ago, the Clovis people created what many call the first American invention a stone tool used primarily to hunt large game. This spirit of American...

Why America needs Marvel superhero Kamala Khan now more than ever

During the first few weeks of the Trump administration, weve seen increased pressure on Muslim and immigrant communities in the United States. In the face of these threats, which Marvel superhero might be best equipped...

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

Even Dolls Pose Hacking Risk Now, Germany Bans Toy Over Espionage Concerns

Hacking is a serious problem in the modern world, with social media accounts, web hosting companies, and even Presidential elections becoming targets. Now, it has started spilling over to childrens toys. Germany recently...

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...

Mark Zuckerberg Warns About Isolationism In 5,700 Word Manifesto That Adds Up To Nothing

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg just posted a letter thats addressed to pretty much everyone. Containing over 5,700 words, the social media figure talked about a variety of subjects, including the rising sympathy towards...

EPA Used Encrypted App To Fight Trump Administration, Republicans Demand Investigation

Since assuming the mantle of the Presidency, Donald Trump and his administration have been waging war against the science division of the government. The Environmental Protection Agency has been one of the worst affected,...

Election Russian Hackers Are Now Targeting iPhone And Mac Users

After interfering with the most recent US Presidential elections that led to Donald Trump winning the race, the same Russian hackers now appear to be targeting the iPhone and Mac details of Americans. The group apparently...
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