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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

Can you truly own anything in the metaverse? A law professor explains.

Apr 23, 2022 08:32 am UTC| Technology Digital Currency

In 2021, an investment firm bought 2,000 acres of real estate for about US$4 million. Normally this would not make headlines, but in this case the land was virtual. It existed only in a metaverse platform called The...

Blockchain Revolution Series

PUBLISH, YFUND to launch world’s first principal and interest receivables NFT minting service

Feb 22, 2022 08:23 am UTC| Business Technology

PUBLISH announced today that it has partnered with YFUND to provide worlds first principal and interest receivables NFT issuance service. Specific areas of cooperation include the development of a platform for...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Australian Open offers fans chance to get art ball NFTs with real-time match data

Jan 10, 2022 23:48 pm UTC| Sports Digital Currency Economy

Australian Open organizers have partnered with Decentraland, Run It Wild, and Metakey to offer tennis fans the chance to purchase non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that automatically update with metadata collected from the first...

Blockchain Revolution Series

How Covid broke supply chains, and how AI and blockchain could fix them

Jan 10, 2022 13:05 pm UTC| Technology

When the coronavirus crisis erupted in 2020, it became apparent that the medical emergency was accompanied by severe shortages, especially in some medical devices. The pattern was first observed for ventilators: demand...

Blockchain Revolution Series

PUBLISH announces first cohort of PUBLISHalliance members to participate in closed beta of PUBLISH Link

Nov 13, 2021 07:07 am UTC| Business

PUBLISHalliance, a blockchain media consortium spearheaded by PUBLISH Inc, is pleased to welcome its first cohort of members that will participate in a closed beta of PUBLISH Link, an API enabling news media organizations...

Blockchain Revolution Series

TikTok is partnering with a blockchain start-up. Here's why this could be good news for artists

Aug 22, 2021 01:33 am UTC| Technology

On August 17, TikTok announced it will partner with Audius, a streaming music platform, to manage its expansive internal audio library. Audius was not the obvious choice for partnering with the short video giant. A...

Blockchain Revolution Series

NFTs hit the big league, but not everyone will win from this new sports craze

May 06, 2021 02:33 am UTC| Technology Digital Currency

Some buy sporting memorabilia for love. Others for money. The world record for most money paid for a sports-related item goes to the original Olympic manifesto written in 1892 by International Olympic Committee founder...

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Economy

McDonald's in Russia will re-open under a new name and it could be called 'Fun and Tasty'

McDonalds has formally stopped its operations in Russia this month after temporarily suspending its business in March. With its exit, the fast-food chain has sold its restaurants to a local operator, and now it will be...

POSCO Chemical, GM announce Quebec as chosen site for joint cathode plant

POSCO Chemical revealed on Friday, May 27, that it is building a new facility for the production of cathode worth $327 million. It has partnered with General Motors for this project, and they have picked Quebec, Canada, as...

Kakao's founder Kim Beom Su vacates chairman position at Brian Impact Foundation

Kakaos founder and former chief executive officer, Kim Beom Su, has stepped down as chairman of the Brian Impact Foundation, a private charity foundation that was launched last year to help innovators in technology and...

Mastercard to expand in Latin America, Southeast Asia after Russia exit and India ban

Mastercard is changing its target and will be focusing on Southeast Asia and Latin America for its expansion after withdrawing from Russia and getting banned from issuing new cards in India last year. The company also sees...

NFT Artwork on LG Display’s OLED screen auctioned off for US$6.2 million

The non-fungible token artwork created on LG Display Co.s transparent OLED screen in collaboration with Turkish media arts designer and director Refik Anadol was auctioned off for US$6.2 million. The NFT art collection...

Politics

Afghanistan: Taliban's restrictions look to make women, girls 'invisible', UN expert says

The Taliban has increasingly imposed restrictive policies on Afghan women and girls months since retaking control of Afghanistan. A UN expert who visited the country said the restrictive policies by the insurgent group...

Iran: Incident at Parchin military complex leaves one killed, one wounded

An incident occurred at Irans Parchin military complex this week, leaving two casualties. One was killed, and another was wounded in the incident, according to the countrys defense ministry. Irans defense ministry...

US Justice Department targeting Trump attorneys, advisers in fake electors investigation

The US Justice Department has mostly kept silent about its ongoing investigations, particularly probes related to the attempt by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 elections and stay in power. With the focus...

US GOP Rep. Jim Jordan demands to see all evidence against him before complying to Jan. 6 panel subpoena

The Jan. 6 congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection moved to issue subpoenas to a handful of sitting Republican lawmakers in Congress. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan recently demanded that he view all the...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop magnet-based soil purification tech

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute had developed a method for purifying radioactively contaminated soil by using magnets to separate radioactive cesium from the soil. Cesium is most frequently found in...

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Technology

Blizzard reveals global release times for ‘Diablo Immortal’

The free-to-play Diablo Immortal is launching in a few days, and Blizzard Entertainment has announced at exactly what time the game will go live. PC gamers can also start preparing for its arrival and start to pre-load the...

FromSoftware suggests ‘Dark Souls’ online servers are coming back soon

The long wait may be over soon for avid fans of Dark Souls. Developer FromSoftware has recently provided an update on the status of the games online servers more than four months after they were taken down...

Pixel 7 series will have the same Samsung panels used on Pixel 6, report says

Google has continued a familiar approach to avoid leaks from spoiling its surprises by unveiling the Pixel 7 series months before it arrives in stores. While Google still left the technical specifications under wraps,...

iPhone 14 Pro redesign appears in allegedly leaked Apple Pay ad

Apple is not expected to confirm details about the iPhone 14 series until its launch. However, there have been various reports from multiple sources that claim the next Pro models will sport notable design changes. An...

‘Returnal’ Steam listing hints at an upcoming PC port

Sony has previously stated its plan to release more first-party PlayStation games on PC. It appears that another game is headed to PC, thanks to a new leak. A new game was recently spotted on a Steam listing codenamed...
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