Ethereum 

Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople Hard Fork Nears and ETH Hacks Rise

Two days ago, brand new code was released on GitHub that had a Constantinople activation time within it. The post reads that Geth, or ‘Go Ethereum,’ is a special release and a hard fork will take place on the Ethereum (ETH) mainnet at block 7,080,000. This new hard fork is expected to take place around January 16th, 2019. Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople #Ethereum Constantinople mainnet hard fork scheduled for block #7080000, estimated around the 16th of January, 2019! — Péter Szilágyi (@peter_szilagyi) December 7, 2018 Ethereum’s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, re-tweeted the…

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Blockchain 

Orbs Blockchain | Raises $15 Million With Kakao’s Help

South Korean app provider, Kakao, has helped to raise over $15 million in cryptocurrency for Orbs, a hybrid blockchain platform. Orbs Blockchain Raises $15 Million Kakao joined the fundraising venture through its investment arm because it “always seeks to invest and support innovative startups and Orbs is a good example.” It also builds on the pair’s existing partnership; Orb already partners with Kakao’s blockchain subsidiary, Ground X. The two companies develop blockchain applications, along with researching and developing projects. The latest investment will “focus on helping Orbs further the protocol’s development…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Phone | Will Samsung Enter the Ring? Trademarks Say Yes!

The excitement of late in blockchain has centered around a particular blockchain phone. A first of its kind, this phone has crypto nerds alike beaming with joy; the idea of decentralized apps running on your phone is exciting, and that’s before we consider all the crypto possibilities. Blockchain Phone It started with Sirin Labs, whose pioneering phone ‘Finney,’ let people store and use digital currencies without transaction fees. Then HTC came to the party with the world’s second blockchain phone called Exodus 1. This phone boasts a “Social Key Recovery” function that lets…

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Blockchain 

State Farm | Testing Blockchain Technology for Auto Insurance Claims

US automotive and life insurance group State Farm is now testing blockchain technology to potentially speed up auto claims. The company announced the new pilot for its blockchain-based subrogation platform on its website yesterday. State Farm Testing Blockchain Technology According to the company’s website, the company processes just over 38,000 claims per day and has 519,000 accounts in mutual funds. “Today, subrogation is a relatively manual, time-consuming process often requiring physical checks to be mailed on a claim-by-claim basis between insurers,” said Mike Fields, innovation executive of State Farm. “You can imagine…

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Cryptocurrency 

Crypto News | EOS Surges and Ripple Exec Not Phased by Bull Market

In today’s edition of crypto news, we’ll cover why EOS is surging and the details behind why a Ripple executive isn’t phased by the current crypto bear market. EOS Surges as Other Coins Fall EOS is currently leading the top 40 cryptocurrencies for total market gains this weekend. The world’s seventh-largest cryptocurrency project has received a wave of criticism as of late for its lack of decentralization. This weekend, EOS jumped up more than 16%. At this time, it remains unclear why the coin surged so much. Coinbase is exploring the…

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Cryptocurrency 

A Tough December All Around

The cryptocurrency market is taking a tumble again today, marking another crypto downturn for what has been a tough December. BTC has fallen another 11% in the last 24 hours. It had previously fallen 8% only one week ago today. At the time of writing, the world’s largest coin is selling for $3,287 USD. Cryptocurrency Downturn Ripple and Ethereum, the second and third largest cryptocurrencies by market value, have also declined in the last 24 hours. And the losses are great; XRP fell 10.16% and Ethereum an even bigger 15.56%…

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Cryptocurrency 

Crypto Playing Cards | New Cards that Will Help Crypto Adoption

Crypto wants to switch up the financial sector. Why not do so while playing cards!? A Switzerland-based company is now selling Crypto Playing Cards online. Crypto Playing Cards There are no Clubs, Spades, Diamonds, or Hearts in this deck. Rather, the cards are all about cryptocurrency. Players will play their hand with the specially designed crypto suits of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and NEO. According to the company: “Every suit has different dominant colors and each character was specifically designed to proudly represent its cryptocurrency. The playing cards are crafted from premium…

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Blockchain 

The US Department of Homeland Security

The US Government has just released an announcement that it is offering grants up to $800 thousand for the development of a blockchain-based anti-forgery solution. The US Department of Homeland Security is focusing its blockchain efforts on enhancing its capabilities of spotting fake documentation. US Department of Homeland Security and Blockchain The DHS, through its unit Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), will distribute the non-dilutive funds in four phases. The department chose the non-dilutive route so that the entity doesn’t need to sell equity in order to receive the funding.…

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Blockchain 

US Air Force Develops New Blockchain Tool

The grad school for the United States Air Force just developed a tool to help supply chain professionals learn about blockchain. The US Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) released its free tool in hopes of advancing the current infrastructure built around supply chain management. This news was released by the US business journal Modern Materials Handling (MMH) back on December 3rd. US Air Force and Blockchain Technology AFIT has put together a live application that is paired with a set of video tutorials. This application can be accessed from…

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Blockchain 

A Blockchain for Europe | A New Association Sets Out to Educate

It seems that blockchain ventures are popping up almost by the day. In order to promote understanding and regulation of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT), a ‘Blockchain for Europe’ Association has formed. The latest endeavor comes from four already pretty major and renowned blockchain companies that have joined forces to establish the Association. Blockchain for Europe The four members of the association are Ripple, the NEM Foundation, Emurgo, and Fetch.AI. But what’s the point of Blockchain for Europe? The companies want to address the European Union’s “fragmented” policy debate which surrounds and…

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