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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

Digital Currency Revolution

Hawaiian legislators propose establishing digital currency and blockchain working group

Feb 06, 2017 06:26 am UTC| Digital Currency

Two Hawaiian politicians have submitted a bill that proposes setting up of a working group dedicated to digital currency and blockchain technology. According to CoinDesk, Democratic Reps Chris Lee and Mark Nakashima...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Digital Garage, Blockstream partner to develop blockchain platform for Japanese financial market

Feb 06, 2017 05:12 am UTC| Digital Currency

Tokyo-based Digital Garage (DG), a context company that covers web business advice, research, web creation, and enhancement, announced its collaboration with blockchain-based startup company Blockstream to jointly develop...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Digital Currency Revolution

Fintech experts to focus on ICO craze at The Blockchain Event

Feb 06, 2017 03:58 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Blockchain Event, being hosted by TMC, Wachsman PR, and Gulf Pearl Ltd., has announced that financial technology industry experts and enthusiasts will discuss the new disruptive force in capital raising: the Initial...

Blockchain Revolution Series

dotBlockchain Music Project reveals first industry partners

Feb 03, 2017 06:59 am UTC| Digital Currency

The dotBlockchain Music Project (dotBC) has announced its first four industry partners, which includes Canadian Music rights organization SOCAN,its wholly owned subsidiary MediaNet, Songtrust, CDBaby and FUGA. dotBC,...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Former Haiti PM Laurent Lamothe emphasizes blockchain potential in government services

Feb 03, 2017 05:57 am UTC| Digital Currency

Former Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe spoke at a panel discussion on Demystifying Blockchain hosted by Decoded, on 25th January 2017 at New York, explaining the benefits of blockchain technology and how it could...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Australian travel agency Webjet’s blockchain PoC to attain pilot stage in 2017

Feb 03, 2017 04:32 am UTC| Digital Currency

Microsoft recently announced that the blockchain Proof-of-Concept (PoC) project with Australian travel agency Webjet has been moved to the pilot stage in 2017, CoinDesk reported. The update follows November announcement...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Chamber of Digital Commerce welcomes Accenture, CME Group and TMX Group as members

Feb 03, 2017 04:03 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Chamber of Digital Commerce, the leading blockchain trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C., has announced the addition of Accenture, CME Group and TMX Group to its membership. The three market leading...

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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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