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Microsoft Launches Decentralized Identity Tool on Bitcoin Blockchain – CoinDesk

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Microsoft is launching the first decentralized infrastructure implementation by a major tech company that is built directly on the bitcoin blockchain. The open source project, called Ion, deals with the underlying mechanics of how networks talk to each other. For example, if you log onto Airbnb using Facebook, a protocol deals with the software that sends the personal information from your social profile to that external service provider. In this case, Ion handles the decentralized identifiers, which control the ability to prove you own the keys to this data. Christopher Allen, a crypto veteran and the co-founder of the World […]

Blockchain sets its sights on electronic gaming

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Blockchain, already disrupting the finance industry, sets its sights on electronic gaming As gamers increasingly purchase digital avatars and tokens to customize their experience, a growing number of observers think blockchain technology will play a bigger role in the explosive growth of esports. “We see blockchain adding a whole new dimension to the gaming industry on many different levels,” one game publisher says. Annie Pei | @pei_annie However, the digital securities-side of blockchain has also given way to a different avenue for investing in games. Planet Digital Partners essentially funds games through digital offerings of preferred shares that can be […]

Bitcoin technology, blockchain, only halfway through its evolution

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Servers for data storage are seen at Advania’s Thor Data Center in Hafnarfjordur, IcelandThomson Reuters In a wide-ranging report on blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Credit Suisse said blockchain would reach full maturity in 2025. Market watchers can expect 2018 to be a year in which “certain products go viral” and “new providers/models emerge.” The hype around bitcoin, and its underpinning blockchain technology, is real. But we are still a ways off from blockchain reaching full maturity.  Blockchain, which is best explained as a decentralized ledger, is best known for being the technology behind red-hot bitcoin. But its potential use-cases do not […]

How Blockchain Is Creating a New Future for Digital Marketing

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Advertising today is a multi-billion-dollar industry. And, according to market research company Forrester, digital marketing expenditures in the United States are on pace to reach levels near $120 billion by 2021. No wonder: Every day, companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon collect information about consumers nonstrop. However, nearly 50 percent of all ad traffic is being generated by bots. Brands are paying huge amounts of money to reach potential customers. But this doesn’t give them any guarantee that those ads will increase sales. What’s intriguing is that this scenario could well change once businesses have the ability to target individual customers directly. Already, a number […]

President launches initiative to promote Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Cloud education

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Dr. Arif Alvi, President of Pakistan, has launched an initiative to help promote education, research and business opportunities in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Cloud-based computing. According to its description, PIAIC will be an interdisciplinary hub for mass education, research, and business in artificial intelligence (AI), data science, cloud computing, edge computing, blockchain and internet of things (IoT) related fields. As AI and computing reshape our world, PIAIC intends to help make sure that Pakistan plays its part in this fourth industrial revolution. PIAIC aims is to transform education, research, and business in Pakistan. Programs being offered Currently, PIAIC is offering […]

Banking Is Only The Beginning: 55 Big Industries Blockchain Could Transform

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What began as the basis of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain technology — essentially a virtual ledger capable of recording and verifying a high volume of digital transactions — is now spreading across a wave of industries. Blockchain tech has gone far beyond its beginnings in banking and cryptocurrency: In 2019, businesses are expected to spend $2.9B on the technology, up almost 90% from 2018, according to IDC. Industries from insurance to gaming to cannabis are starting to see blockchain applications. Bitcoin’s popularity helped demonstrate blockchain’s application in finance, but entrepreneurs have come to believe blockchain could transform many more industries. Ultimately, the use […]

26-year-old college dropout built a multinational blockchain business

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Maxine Ryan is not your typical blockchain buff. A 26-year-old college dropout, she has virtually zero formal tech training and is skeptical of the string of volatile cryptocurrencies it has spawned. In fact, five years ago Ryan was a self-confessed “newb” – tech speak for total newcomer – to the digital ledger system and, even today, she says she’s no expert. But that hasn’t stopped her from turning the complex technology into a multinational payments business designed to save money for those who most need it. Ryan is co-founder and chief operations officer of Bitspark, a blockchain-based remittance platform that […]

Santiago Stock Exchange Will Be The First In Latin America To Use Blockchain

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International Business Machines announced Wednesday it is partnering with the Santiago Stock Exchange, Chile’s largest stock exchange, to implement Latin America’s first blockchain stock exchange solution. “In our understanding, t will be the first to implement securities lending blockchain technology anywhere in the world,” IBM Chile General Manager Francisco Thiermann told International Business Times. Thiermann said blockchain will do for secure transactions what the internet did for information.   There is some precedent for blockchain solutions in regional stock exchanges. Bloomberg reported last October that Scotland was looking to launch its own stock exchange, Scotex, based on a blockchain system.  According to […]

Malta wants to become ‘Blockchain Island’

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The small European island of Malta is becoming a blockchain hub. Striving to turn the Mediterranean nation into “Blockchain Island,” the government is opening its doors to blockchain and other so-called distributed ledger technologies. These technologies allow transactions to quickly be carried out between people without interference or control by third parties. Blockchain promises to improve security and reduces transaction costs. Malta believes the island can become a haven for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin — the most well-known application of ledger technologies — but it also believes blockchain can help transform the country’s transportation and education systems. On July 4, the […]

Blockchain for Dummies

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Understanding Blockchain – Blockchain for Dummies  What is Blockchain, if you are reading this, I salute you, blockchain technology is the future and you are doing yourself justice for wanting to learn about it. Hopefully, my article Blockchain for Dummies will help you get the understanding you need. Cryptocurrency is sweeping the world and everyone’s asking questions of what it means for them. Is Bitcoin the currency of the future? Should people invest in it? How exactly does it work and what are the reasons for people wanting to use it? There’s plenty of issues to address with Bitcoin and […]