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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

BLOKTEX blockchain event to be held in Malaysia from 7 – 9 April

Mar 17, 2017 07:20 am UTC| Digital Currency

Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) will co-organize a three-day regional premier blockchain event BLOKTEX at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 7th to 9th of April 2017. The event will...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain could make financial markets and services more efficient, says Deutsche Bundesbank President

Mar 17, 2017 06:08 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

New technologies like blockchain, robo advisors or crowd funding could have the potential to make financial markets and services faster, more efficient, more convenient, and more inexpensive for everyone, President of the...

Blockchain Revolution Series

40 firms come together for Blockchain Intellectual Property Council

Mar 17, 2017 05:11 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Chamber of Digital Commerce, a trade association dedicated to promoting digital assets and blockchain technology, has announced a new initiative that aims to address intellectual property issues relating to blockchain...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Fintech startup INVICTUS collaborates with IBM to leverage blockchain and Bluemix technologies

Mar 17, 2017 04:34 am UTC| Digital Currency Fintech

Singapore-based fintech startup INVICTUS is teaming up with IBM to leverage IBM Blockchain and Bluemix technologies to help SMEs raise their productivity and competitiveness. The startup willleverage IBM Cloud and...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Bloq launches BloqLabs to link enterprises with open source blockchain projects

Mar 17, 2017 04:11 am UTC| Digital Currency

Blockchain technology provider Bloq announced the launch of BloqLabs in a move to connect enterprises with the expansion of its ongoing sponsorship and support of critical open source projects in the blockchain...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Illinois’ financial regulator joins R3 blockchain consortium

Mar 17, 2017 03:54 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has joined the blockchain consortium initiative led by financial innovation firm R3 and has become the first state level regulator to join the group. R3...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Japanese Bankers Association to build platform for blockchain tests

Mar 16, 2017 11:29 am UTC| Digital Currency

The Japanese Bankers Association (JBA) said that it will build a platform for major and regional banks by the end of 2017, in order to conduct blockchain tests together, Nikkei reported. With the platform, small and...

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Economy

Softer inflation data from Spain and Germany dampen speculation of earlier unwinding of ECB stimulus

National CPI inflation releases today from Germany, eurozones largest economy point to price growth falling back from a four-year high this month. Flash German inflation data considered as a precursor to Fridays Eurozone...

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of FOMC members’ speech, Q4 GDP

The U.S. Treasuries jumped Thursday as investors await the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members Mester, Kaplan and Williams speech, scheduled to be held later in the day. The yield on the benchmark 10-year...

UK gilts jump after PM May begins Brexit process; investors eye Q4 GDP

The UK gilts jumped Thursday after Prime Minister Theresa May invoked the Article 50 of the Brexit Negotiations. It will now take around 2 long years for the process to end and officially declare Britain no more a part of...

USD/CAD likely to reach 1.40 level by mid-2017, says Scotiabank

The Canadian dollar performed relatively well in the early stages of 2017; in fact, the Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz was forced to remind investors that broader CAD strength would hurt Canadian exporters which...

German bunds gain on expectations of fall in March consumer inflation

The German bunds gained Thursday, following expectations of a fall in the countrys consumer price inflation during the month of March. Also, investors remain keen to read the unemployment rate and the eurozones March CPI,...

Politics

German election: Merkel’s CDU wins big in regional election

The final crucial election in the European continent will take place in Germany on September 24th. Incumbent German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to become Germanys longest serving chancellor by winning the fourth...

Study: 60 percent of rural millennials lack access to a political life

Like older voters, young ones were divided by the 2016 presidential election. A recent study of millennial voters by Tufts University found that young people had starkly different opinions about politics and civic...

Why threats to get votes for health law are more workplace bullying than political tactics

In an effort to pass the health care law, Donald Trump placed intense political pressure on members of the House, even telling one key lawmaker Im going to come after you, according to reports. The president has also made...

Indians' 'notes ban' compliance masks a silent crisis of legitimacy

This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing...

BBC 'Brexit bias' claims need to be based on hard evidence

The recent letter to the BBC by a group of MPs accusing it of anti-Brexit bias looks like the latest attempt by politicians and press magnates to intimidate the public broadcaster. The letter complains that the BBC has,...

Science

Momentum isn't magic – vindicating the hot hand with the mathematics of streaks

Its NCAA basketball tournament season, known for its magical moments and the March Madness it can produce. Many fans remember Stephen Currys superhuman 2008 performance where he led underdog Davidson College to victory...

How science is helping the police search for bodies in water

Police divers have started searching a canal in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, hoping to find the remains of schoolgirl Moira Anderson who disappeared, suspected murdered, in 1957. The operation follows an investigation by...

Let me entertain you – that's how to get a science message across

Communicating science to the public can be hard. Climate change is the most notorious example, but the public debates around vaccinations and evolution have also exposed a lack of understanding of how the public engages...

National Science Statement a positive gesture but lacks policy solutions: experts

Today the Australian government launched the National Science Statement, outlining its commitment to science as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. This comes in advance of the 2030 Strategic Plan, with...

It’s the age of the antibiotic revolution, not apocalypse

Bad news sells papers. Or as Elliot Carver, the media mogul set on world domination in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies put it: Theres no news like bad news. As a scientist, my responsibility is to separate fact from...

Technology

Microsoft Racks Praise With Windows 10 Creators Update, Big Gaming Features And More

While Microsoft has been getting a lot of flak for its botched Windows 10 rollout years after its initial launch, its updates seem to be receiving the opposite reaction. The Windows 10 Creators update has been particularly...

Artificial Intelligence Optimizes Traffic Flow Right Now If Humans Give Up Freedom Of Choice

Traffic jams are among the worst things about the modern world that practically everyone can agree on. No one wants to be stuck in a car for hours on end with a slow-moving line ahead. While there are several solutions...

Civilian Allowed To Fly A Jetpack In Historic Demo

After decades of broken promises, it seems the time has finally come. Jetpack Aviation just mad industry news by allowing a minimally trained civilian to try out its innovative mode of transport and nobody died. This marks...

Trump Gets A China-Made iPhone Despite Calling For An Apple Boycott And Anti-China Stance

The American people have been given plenty of reasons to doubt anything that President Trump has to say since his inauguration, with so many of his promises coming to nothing. Now, they can add his call to boycott Apple...

video Internet Privacy Is Dead, VPN Or Otherwise

Now that Congress has officially killed privacy for internet users, a new day is dawning over the World Wide Web. For starters, people are going to have to get used to the fact that every single thing they do over the...
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