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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

KPMG sees AI, insurtech, regtech and blockchain as 'hot areas' of investment

Nov 08, 2017 04:04 am UTC| Digital Currency

Artificial Intelligence (AI), insurtech, regtech, and blockchain are poised to remain hot areas of investment, according to KPMGs Q3 17 Pulse of Fintech report. We see a lot of optimism in the U.S. Fintech market from...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Allianz trials blockchain prototype for captive insurance market

Nov 08, 2017 03:06 am UTC| Digital Currency

Allianz Global Corporate Specialty (AGCS) has announced that it has successfully trialed blockchain technology for a global captive insurance program including cash transfer between countries. The prototype was...

Blockchain Revolution Series

B9lab joins Hyperledger blockchain project

Nov 07, 2017 11:07 am UTC| Digital Currency

B9lab, a blockchain training, advisory and research provider, has joined the Hyperledger Project and the Linux Foundation. The announcement follows the recent launch of B9labs Hyperledger Fabric course for software...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Federation of State Medical Boards taps blockchain for verification of academic credentials

Nov 07, 2017 08:23 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has issued official documents using blockchain technology. The organization issued sample verifications of undergraduate and graduate medical education credentials as part...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Thailand’s Krungsri uses blockchain technology to streamline contract management process

Nov 07, 2017 06:16 am UTC| Digital Currency

Krungsri, one of the largest banks in Thailand, and tech giant IBM have developed a blockchain-based system to streamline the banks contract management process across its offerings. In its official release, the bank...

Blockchain Revolution Series

DLT could change how central banks issue base money: ECB’s Yves Mersch

Nov 07, 2017 05:31 am UTC| Digital Currency

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has the potential to transform the issuance of base money by central banks, executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB) said recently. Speaking at the Slovenian Banking...

Blockchain Revolution Series

80 pct of blockchain projects fail to meet expectations - Forrester Survey

Nov 07, 2017 04:45 am UTC| Digital Currency

With only less than two months left for 2018, leading research and advisory firm Forrester has published a new report which identifies the major dynamics that will shape the next year. 2018 will be a year of reckoning...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries gain in muted trading session; eyes on Fed Chair Yellen’s speech

The U.S. Treasuries slightly gained Monday as investors remained sidelined in any major trading activity amid a silent session that witnessed data of little economic significance. Participants are now waiting to watch the...

EUR/USD likely to appreciate gradually towards 1.25-1.26 by end of 2018, says Credit Agricole CIB

The EUR/USD currency pair is expected to gradually appreciate towards the 1.25-1.26 level by the end of 2018, according to a recent report by Credit Agricole CIB. That said, risks for the pair remain tilted to the upside...

Bank of England likely to raise rates by 25 bps every six months, says Nomura Research

The Bank of England (BoE) is expected to raise its benchmark interest rates by around 25 basis points in every six months, the next move being at the time of the May 2018 Inflation Report, according to a forecast by Nomura...

New Zealand bonds close higher as food prices ease in October; GDT auction in focus

New Zealand bonds closed higher on Monday as investors sentiment was dented by weaker commodity prices and a central bank disinclined to raise interest rates. At the time of closing, the yield on the benchmark 10-year...

JGBs trade nearly flat in subdued trade; U.S. Treasury movements in focus

Japanese bonds traded nearly flat as investors remain sidelined in any big deal amid lack of any major domestic events. We foresee that the bond prices will keep drifting between small gains and losses in quiet trading...

Politics

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Kuwait's economic interest in mediating the Qatar-Gulf crisis

A blockade against Qatar by its Gulf neighbours is now in its fifth month. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed socio-economic ties with Qatar as punishment for its alleged support of terrorism...

Xi Jinping sets out plans to make China great again

In 1793, in his letter to Britains King George III, Chinas Qianlong emperor rejected all the British requests to improve the state of trade between England and China. After all, the Middle Kingdom possesses all things in...

Terrorist leaders in the Philippines are dead – will democracy be restored?

For almost five months, 21 million people in the southern Philippines have been living under martial law. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the province of Mindanao in May in response to...

Why the new banking laws won’t be the slam dunk the government is expecting

The federal government is set to enact new laws covering Australian banks, senior executives and directors. Called the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR), it imposes new legal obligations on banks and their...

Science

Cancer Patient Injected With Vaccine For The First Time

Cancer is one of the last remaining major illnesses that still does not have a vaccine, but human trials have finally begun to change all this. Moderna Therapeutics just injected a patient with a cancer vaccine for the...

New Zealand’s Plan To Weaponize CRISPR To Annihilate Pests Sparks Debate In Scientific Community

Its always the same story. Governments want to use science as a weapon of mass destruction, certain members of the scientific community speak up about the potential consequences, and the debates ensue. In the case of New...

Scientists Achieved Real-Time Gene Editing In Live Human Subject For The First Time

Gene editing is considered by many as the future of medicine. The potential uses attributed to the field range from curing all kinds of diseases to making humans practically invulnerable. For the first time, scientists...

Scientist Proves Brain Implant Can Improve Memory By 30%

These days, one of the hottest topics in the tech and medical industries is the matter of cybernetics or merging man with machine. A scientist has recently advanced this field by demonstrating how a brain implant can...

FDA Approves New Smart Pill, Raises Concerns Of U.S. Government Spying

For the most part, developing new medical technologies is a huge benefit to people. Take for instance the smart pill that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved, which is meant to monitor if patients are...

Technology

Online Payment App Square Cash Now Offers Bitcoin Buy/Sell, Stock Prices Skyrocketed

Its reflective of the industrys general mood regarding cryptocurrency when the stock prices of the online payment app Square Cash would rise right after offering Bitcoin buy and sell features. It didnt even matter that the...

Upcoming Electric Cars Could Have 500-Mile Range And 1-Minute Charge Time

Electric vehicles are growing in popularity, but due to the range anxiety that consumers have and the long recharge times, adoption has been slow. Now, it seems someone has filed a patent on a solid-state battery that...

Google Job Search Feature Now Include Salary Info And Location Filters

Googles new jobs search features on its search engine is a boon to job hunters because it makes looking for open positions much easier. However, there were a few issues with the early version. With the newest update, the...

New Moto Z Mod Turns Phone Into Polaroid Camera

The Motorola Moto Z smartphones just got a really interesting mod. Called the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod, its basically a mod that turns the phones into polaroid cameras. Of all the mods that are available for...

Kickstarter Declares War On Patreon, Offers Service To Support Content Creators

The crowdfunding platform Kickstarter just unveiled a new service called Drip, which is meant to allow viewers or readers to support content creators via donations. This is essentially what Patreon does, which means that...
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BRCAGED Net Payroll Jobs*

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77 k

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77 k

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RURetail Sales YY

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3.0 %

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3.1 %

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2.3 %

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3.1 %

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401.7 Bln EUR

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237.75 k

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USInitial Jobless Claims

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240 k

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249 k

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1.860 Mln

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-3.412 Bln USD

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