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Hackers Pounce on Coding Error, Steal Over $400,000 of Zcoin

Category: Altcoins, News, Tech

Hackers Pounce on Coding Error, Steal Over $400,000 of Zcoin

On Friday, February 17, the community manager of the cryptocurrency Zcoin (XZC), Reuben Yap, announced in a blog post the discovery of a bug in the anonymous altcoin’s coding that allowed a hacker to get away with over $400,000 worth of cryptocurrency. According to Zcoin’s statement, “a typographical error on a single additional character in code allowed an attacker to...

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AI Hedge Fund Numerai Issues One Million ‘Numeraire’ Tokens to its 12,000 Data Scientists

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Tech

AI Hedge Fund Numerai Issues One Million ‘Numeraire’ Tokens to its 12,000 Data Scientists

Traditionally, hedge funds have been run by seasoned investment managers who have been strategically picking financial securities and assets to invest in to generate absolute returns for their investors. In the last ten years, many hedge funds moved on from the traditional model to leverage new technologies such as algorithmic trading, high-frequency trading, artificial intelligence, among others. San Francisco-based hedge...

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Data Protection Company Acronis is Using the Blockchain to Backup Data

Category: Business, Ethereum, News, Tech

Data Protection Company Acronis is Using the Blockchain to Backup Data

Acronis hopes to achieve a blockchain-based system to backup data, in effect instilling trust and vastly improving security in products with their solution, known as Notary, which could be augmented for a variety of use cases. The blockchain’s broad range of applications in both commercial and non-commercial industries has become undeniable. Blockchain startups across the globe are developing solutions to...

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Blockchain Startup Everledger Aims to Stop Spread of Conflict Diamonds

Category: Business, News, Tech

Blockchain Startup Everledger Aims to Stop Spread of Conflict Diamonds

The value and utility of the blockchain, the underlying technology of bitcoin, is coming more and more into focus as blockchain solutions are being developed in a wide range of industries to reduce inefficiencies and to improve the secure storage and transfer of data. As the blockchain is also immutable by design, this technology provides an excellent way of proving...

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How the Blockchain Could Help to Save Lives When Disaster Strikes

Category: Ethereum, Finance, News, Tech

How the Blockchain Could Help to Save Lives When Disaster Strikes

It has now become widely accepted that the distributed ledger technology that underlies the cryptocurrency bitcoin will play a significant role in disrupting the majority of commercial and non-commercial industries in the years to come. Blockchain technology allows for the secure storage and transfer of data and digital assets through the use of an immutable decentralized network in a transparent...

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Blockchain Startup Musicoin Aims to Disintermediate the Music Industry

Category: Entertainment, Ethereum, News

Blockchain Startup Musicoin Aims to Disintermediate the Music Industry

The music industry has many gatekeepers and intermediaries in the form of record labels, distributors, magazines and radio stations, which can make it difficult for musicians to get their music heard but also to be adequately remunerated for their work. Several startups are developing solutions involving blockchain technology to give musicians the ability to be directly rewarded for their work...

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Hedge Funds Are Buying Account Holders’ Claims to Speculate on Mt.Gox Payout

Category: Bitcoin, Business, Finance, News

Hedge Funds Are Buying Account Holders’ Claims to Speculate on Mt.Gox Payout

In February 2014, the once biggest bitcoin exchange in the world, Mt. Gox, declared bankruptcy after over $460 million worth of bitcoin were allegedly stolen by hackers. Following the bankruptcy declaration, a class action lawsuits against the exchange was filed by former users who had lost bitcoin because of the exchange’s collapse and two months later Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy proceedings...

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How the Blockchain will Improve the Trust Economy

Category: Business, Commentary, News, Tech

How the Blockchain will Improve the Trust Economy

In a recent Deloitte Tech Trends 2017 report, titled ‘Blockchain: Trust Economy,’ the authors Eric Piscini, Gys Hyman, and Wendy Henry highlight the benefits of implementing blockchain technology in the so-called “trust economy.” The report defines the trust economy as the online identity and reputation of companies and individuals. The Trust Economy In today’s digitalized world, a company’s or an...

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How the Blockchain can Change the Status Quo of Healthcare Records

Category: Business, News, Tech

How the Blockchain can Change the Status Quo of Healthcare Records

Blockchain technology is taking the world by storm. There are few industries left that are not currently being disrupted by the distributed ledger technology that underlies the cryptocurrency bitcoin. One crucial area that would benefit substantially from blockchain implementation is the recording of healthcare records. The recording and sharing of patient health records with other health practitioners in its current...

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Blockchain Startup Tramonex Receives FCA Approval to Issue Cryptocurrency

Category: Finance, News, Regulation, Tech

Blockchain Startup Tramonex Receives FCA Approval to Issue Cryptocurrency

The London-based FinTech startup Tramonex Labs, which focuses on international payments for SMEs has been granted a Small Electronic Money Institution License by the UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tramonex's approval marks the first time that a FinTech startup has obtained permission to issue a digital currency. Tramonex Labs has built a cash management solutions platform for...

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