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Bank of England FinTech Accelerator to Work with AI and Ripple

Category: Altcoins, Finance, News, Tech

Bank of England FinTech Accelerator to Work with AI and Ripple

The Bank of England (BoE) recently posted a press release announcing that its FinTech Accelerator launched a new community which brings together FinTech-related organizations. On March 17 the BoE posted on its official website a press release where it states its Fintech Accelerator was launching a new community to share developments and engage with different fintech firms across the financial...

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How Blockchain Technology Could Make Online Gaming Fairer

Category: Blockchain, Entertainment, News, Tech

How Blockchain Technology Could Make Online Gaming Fairer

Online gaming is booming and has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Video games were originally found in arcades and later on consoles but online gaming has since taken over with PC multiplayer games and a new wave of mobile games for smartphone and tablet users. Today, several blockchain startups are focusing on the gaming space in an effort to...

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BloqLabs is Born, Bridging Enterprises With Open Source

Category: Blockchain, Business, News, Tech

BloqLabs is Born, Bridging Enterprises With Open Source

Jeff Garzik and Matthew Roszak's Bloq continues to evolve into a foundation for professionalism, experimentation, and standard-setting in the blockchain community with its newly baptized BloqLabs. If Blockchain Technology is the new Superman in the Information Technology field, then petty bickering and immaturity amongst developers and entrepreneurs are the kryptonite that has defiled this budding industry. From the beginning, an...

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Bitcoin Hard Fork: What is the Chance of Survival for the Weak Chain?

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

Bitcoin Hard Fork: What is the Chance of Survival for the Weak Chain?

One chain or two chains? The Bitcoin community fears that the Bitcoin blockchain will split into two persisting chains when Bitcoin Unlimited miners initiate a hard fork, even if it is done with a majority of the hash rate. But is this true? How can the majority chain attack - and how can the minority chain resist? The past days...

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Welcome to the World of Blockchain Consensus Protocols

Category: Blockchain, News, Tech

Welcome to the World of Blockchain Consensus Protocols

For cryptocurrency transactions to be conducted successfully, they need to be confirmed by the blockchain. These confirmations are based on what are referred to as consensus mechanisms.  According to KPMG: “In distributed ledgers, a consensus mechanism is the way in which a majority, (or, in some mechanisms, all) of network members agree on the value of a piece of data...

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The Human Value of the Sharing Economy

Category: Blockchain, Commentary, News, Tech

The Human Value of the Sharing Economy

Some people might ask what the endgame for bitcoin/cryptocurrency adoption is, and why is it better than fiat aside from its ease-of-use in a digital environment and it's resistance to government control. In a world where digital currencies are adopted by the mainstream, how can cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology (DLT) improve living conditions and make our world a better...

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Could a User-Activated Soft Fork Solve Bitcoin’s Scalability Challenge?

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

Could a User-Activated Soft Fork Solve Bitcoin’s Scalability Challenge?

How to address Bitcoin’s scalability issue has turned into a heated discussion in the Bitcoin community and no agreement has yet been reached. As it stands, it looks like no agreement will be achieved anytime soon, which is threatening bitcoin’s use as a payment network as the number of unconfirmed transactions is increasing, and micropayments are becoming increasingly difficult to...

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Irish Funds Collaborates with Deloitte To Complete Proof of Concept for ‘RegTech’ Blockchain

Category: Blockchain, News, Regulation, Tech

Irish Funds Collaborates with Deloitte To Complete Proof of Concept for ‘RegTech’ Blockchain

Fund management association Irish Funds announced that, together with financial services consultancy firm Deloitte and several global asset servicing institutions including Deutsche Bank, Metzler, State Street, and Northern Trust, it had completed a proof of concept for a regulatory reporting blockchain called ‘RegChain.’ The proof of concept was built using the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) and tested...

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OpenBazaar Pioneering Open Markets with Tor Integration

Category: Commentary, News, Tech

OpenBazaar Pioneering Open Markets with Tor Integration

OpenBazaar announced during February 2017 that the long-awaited feature to improve anonymity and privacy for vendors and buyers was here, the code which would enable Tor anonymity was ready, and Tor would finally be integrated into the decentralized online marketplace. "Tor has always been the most requested feature by far," OpenBazaar developer Chris Pacia said. OpenBazaar is an online marketplace...

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Hyperledger’s Production-Ready Blockchain Code to Come Within March

Category: Blockchain, Business, News, Tech

Hyperledger’s Production-Ready Blockchain Code to Come Within March

The Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger Project, a blockchain group which includes 120 major corporations and financial institutions including IBM, Intel, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Accenture, will release its first production-ready blockchain codebase by the end of March. The codebase, called Hyperledger Fabric, will be utilized as the base protocol and platform for its member banks and companies looking to use...

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