Category: Blockchain

  • Can Dubai Become the First Blockchain Powered City by 2020?

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    When we think of Dubai, we think of Arab billionaire lifestyles, 6-star hotels, and awe-inspiring skyscrapers. But did you know that plans are in place to turn Dubai into the first blockchain-powered city by 2020? The Director-General of Smart Dubai, Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, believes that city is in prime position to establish […]

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  • Blockchain Project Aims to Reform Traditional Lottery in Nigeria

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    On Dec. 13, Quanta Plc., owner of Quanta Technology Limited, a blockchain lottery operator, announced it had signed contracts to acquire a stake in International Lottery and Gaming Limited (ILGL). As Quanta reports, this is ”the world’s first deal to reform traditional lottery.” The companies say that Quanta’s blockchain-based lottery technology will help increase the transparency and fairness […]

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  • Netflix of Blockchain: MTonomy Brings Streaming Video to Ethereum

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    CCN had a chance to talk to Arjun Mendhi of MTonomy. MTonomy is a Netflix, Google Play, or Amazon Primeexperience for Ethereum users. Based in Cambridge, MTonomy went live this week. Part of their team come from the MIT Media lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, which a number of famous Bitcoin developers have worked through, including Gavin Andresen. They will be adding […]

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  • American Economic Association Holds Presentations on Crypto, Blockchain

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    The American Economic Association (AEA) will host four dedicated presentations of cryptocurrencyand blockchain research today, Jan. 4, as part of its ongoing annual meeting. The session, dubbed ‘Blockchain and Tokenomics,’ will cover four academic papers from various sources. It will be hosted by the academic group the Econometrics Society and chaired by Lin William Cong, assistant professor of finance at […]

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  • New York Forms Blockchain Study Task Force, Hints at BitLicense Update

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    New York State is officially launching a cryptocurrency task force aimed at helping the state understand cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill last month creating the task force to study cryptocurrencies, other forms of digital currency and blockchain technology, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman […]

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  • Saudi Arabia Completes IBM TradeLens Pilot for Cross-Border Blockchain Trade

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    Customs authorities in Saudi Arabia have concluded a pilot scheme linking its cross-border trade platform FASAH with IBM and Maersk’s TradeLens blockchain platform. A press release from Dec. 26 reported the pilot’s conclusion. TradeLens, which IBM and Maersk created in August last year, is intended to be a basis for digital supply chains and launched with almost 100 entities willing to take part in the pilot. For […]

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  • 2019: The Year We Might (Finally) See Better Blockchain UX?

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    Look at the crypto services you regularly use. Admit it: you aren’t in love. Some of them are OK, most of them are terrible – you know it. I’m not referring to the cosmetic allure of those products, which most of the time feel like pre-dial up era, but about how they work, how the […]

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  • Too Soon for Blockchain Benefits in 2019, Says UPS Executive

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    Senior executives at United Airlines (UA) and logistics giant UPS think 2019 will not be the year blockchain goes mainstream, the Wall Street Journal reported on Dec. 28. Speaking to the publication, UPS chief engineering and information officer Juan Perez and UA’s executive vice president of technology and chief digital officer Linda Jojo remained level-headed on blockchain’s prospects. “We have a […]

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  • Italy Unveils High-Level Experts to Help Develop Its Official Blockchain Strategy

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    The Italian government has published its list of 30 blockchain high-level experts to further its integration of the technology at state level, Cointelegraph Italy reported Dec. 27. The result of a four-month hiring and consultation process, the group will work for free advising authorities how to create a “national strategy on distributed register and blockchain technologies.” The project is being convened by the […]

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  • US Defense Department Says Blockchain Can Help in Disaster Relief

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    The U.S. Department of Defense says blockchain technology has “enormous” potential in helping improve disaster relief efforts. The Troop Support division of the Defense Logistics Agency held a meeting earlier this month in Philadelphia to understand how blockchain could have helped its already “successful” efforts assisting in Puerto Rico after the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017. The meeting […]

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