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The Blockchain Industry Could Reach $7 Billion, Says Bank of America

Category: Blockchain, Commentary, Finance, News, Tech

The Blockchain Industry Could Reach $7 Billion, Says Bank of America

Although the blockchain sector is still an emerging industry, the Bank of America estimated that the addressable market for blockchain will soon reach $7 billion. According to CNBC, while blockchain technology is not standard in a business-to-consumer market, it could help improve existing services in business-to-business markets such as the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry, the real estate sector, the supply chain,…

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AT&T to Launch Suite of Enterprise Blockchain Solutions Using IBM and Microsoft Technology

Category: Adoption, Blockchain, Business, News, Platform

AT&T to Launch Suite of Enterprise Blockchain Solutions Using IBM and Microsoft Technology

U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T has created a suite of blockchain solutions designed to work with tech from IBM and Microsoft, the company announced in a September 26, 2018, press release. AT&T Dives into Blockchain Technology The world’s largest telecommunications company, AT&T, has become the latest corporation to target diverse industries with a launch of a suite of blockchain solutions. According…

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Demand for Blockchain Skills Exceeding Supply, Big Companies Hiring Big Time

Category: Blockchain, Business, Development, News

Demand for Blockchain Skills Exceeding Supply, Big Companies Hiring Big Time

Blockchain developers are now the most sought-after commodity in the job marketplace, with the number of job openings requiring the skill doubling since the beginning of the year. As the demand for experts in the field exceeds the supply, big companies are looking to implement the new transaction technology offer salaries well above $100k per year. Blockchain Developers Most Sought-After…

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ICE Announces Bitcoin Venture with Starbucks and Microsoft

Category: Adoption, Bitcoin, Exchange, News

ICE Announces Bitcoin Venture with Starbucks and Microsoft

Intercontinental Exchange, one of the world’s largest exchanges has teamed up with Starbucks to integrate bitcoin into global commerce. ICE has created a new company “Bakkt” to pursue this new initiative according to an announcement on August 3, 2018. The Beginning of a new era – Bakkt Bakkt aims to “create an open and regulated, global ecosystem for digital assets.”  The underlying…

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Dipping a Toe or Diving in: Big Business and Blockchain

Category: Blockchain, News

Dipping a Toe or Diving in: Big Business and Blockchain

Major corporations are stepping off of the blockchain train, which has some believing that this means the end of the love affair between major corporations and distributed ledger technology. This year will see the end of several blockchain companies, while other projects are walking back their anticipation for blockchain’s power to revolutionize their businesses. Raising the Crypto Flag Previously, Nasdaq…

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Google and Facebook under Fire for “Unethical” Cryptocurrency Ban

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Business, Finance, News, Regulation, Tech

Google and Facebook under Fire for “Unethical” Cryptocurrency Ban

While Google’s famous motto says “Don’t be evil,” industry experts believe that the company’s self-policed decision to ban cryptocurrency adverts on its platforms is “ill-thought-out and potentially even unethical.” Google’s Mixed Signals The policy came into effect in June 2018, after Google announced the ban in March 2018. Additionally, social media giant Facebook and micro-blogging platform Twitter announced similar bans,…

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Bitcoin Developers Unhappy as Microsoft Acquires GitHub

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Business, Finance, News

Bitcoin Developers Unhappy as Microsoft Acquires GitHub

American software giant Microsoft has finalized a deal to acquire GitHub, a code hosting platform, for $7.5 billion in company stock. The official announcement was made June 4, 2018, almost an entire week after rumors surrounding the acquisition spread like wildfire. Since GitHub hosts the underlying code of a wide variety of open source and proprietary software, many developers, including…

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Bing Bins Cryptocurrency Advertising on Its Platform

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Bing Bins Cryptocurrency Advertising on Its Platform

While some companies are investing, adopting, and utilizing cryptocurrencies or its related products, “FANG” stock companies are persistently avoiding the digital asset in all forms. The latest to do so is Microsoft Bing, which joins Google and Facebook in their decision to ban cryptocurrency-related advertisements on their platforms. Move to Avoid Lawsuits Announced via an official blog post on May…

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Microsoft Aims to Solve User Privacy Concern with a Bitcoin Blockchain-Backed User Data Repository

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Business, Ethereum, News, Tech

Microsoft Aims to Solve User Privacy Concern with a Bitcoin Blockchain-Backed User Data Repository

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Microsoft took the stage at Consensus 2018 to showcase its flagship presentation, “Decentralized identity for a decentralized world.” The project aims to enable users to own and control their identity in a decentralized manner on a blockchain. Decentralized Tool to Enhance User Privacy Microsoft’s first notable announcement to create a decentralized digital identity came through…

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Microsoft Announces Developments to Ethereum on Azure

Category: Blockchain, Business, Ethereum, News, Tech

Microsoft Announces Developments to Ethereum on Azure

Microsoft announced on March 19, 2018, significant enhancements to the Ethereum on Azure offering, which will make production-ready consortium Blockchain networks suitable for application in enterprise scenarios. One Click Cloud-Based Business Solutions: Ethereum and Azure The developments will bring improved reliability, analytics, and simplified deployment to Ethereum on Azure. This upgrade includes high availability of blockchain network presence, simplified deployment…

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