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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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Blockchain Technology for Healthcare | Healthcare Giants Form Alliance

The US Healthcare system may finally be taking steps in the right direction. Aetna recently announced that it has joined a newly formed blockchain alliance, along with Ascension. Five other healthcare giants in the US are already piloting blockchain technology. Blockchain Technology for Healthcare Humana, Multiplan, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum, Quest Diagnostics, and UnitedHealthcare are all a part of the group. The alliance is trying to figure out how blockchain technology can improve data quality and lower costs. Blockchain tech entered into the mainstream media back in 2017. It’s surprising that these…

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Voting on the Blockchain | South Korea Tests New Technology

South Korea has just become the first East Asian country to legalize medical marijuana. But it may be the second to put voting on the blockchain. Japan is already trialing the technology to allow citizens to cast votes on “social contribution projects.” South Korea has been an advocate of blockchain technology though it has a strict stance towards cryptocurrency. It makes sense that it would follow in Japan’s footsteps. Voting on the Blockchain in South Korea Democratic voting on the blockchain is one of the most controversial applications of blockchain…

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Blockchain Adoption | Sberbank CEO Anticipates 1-2 More Years

The head of Russia’s Sberbank has set tongues wagging after he emerged bullish about the future of blockchain adoption. CEO Herman Gref is forecasting industrial scale adoption in as little as one or two years. Blockchain Adoption Gref believes the technology is on the cusp of entering the industrial development stage of its evolution. Speaking to journalists this week, he said: “The hype around the technology [blockchain] is now over, and the technology is entering the stage of industrial development. It needs a year or two to be implemented at the…

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Public vs Private Blockchain | Ernst & Young’s New Blockchain Prototype

On October 30th, Ernst & Young (EY) announced a world-first for distributed ledgers. Called the Ernst & Young Ops Chain Public Edition, the company created a new blockchain prototype that combines the security of the public ledger model with the privacy of the private ledger model—thus a private blockchain. It does this by using zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) technology on the public Ethereum blockchain. The result, it claims, is a network that will suit the needs of institutions, especially in the financial sector. But why the need to combine the pro’s of both networks,…

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Blockchain Trade Finance Platform | eTrade Connect Officially Launches

A new Hong Kong-based blockchain trade finance platform has just launched this week that was developed by twelve major global banks, Reuters reported this Wednesday. The platform was developed by Canadian-based HSBC, France-based BNP Paribas, Great Britain-based Standard Chartered, and nine other major banks. Blockchain Trade Finance Platform The new platform is called eTrade Connect, and on Wednesday, HSBC said it reduced the time it takes to approve trade loan applications. Usually, these loans would take a day and a half to process, but thanks to eTrade, it has been reduced…

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Blockchain and Shipping | Samsung SDS Signs Deal with European Port

Samsung SDS, the blockchain subsidiary of the tech giant Samsung, has just announced its partnership with Europe’s largest port, the Port of Rotterdam. In addition to this agreement, the Major Dutch bank, ABN AMRO, will also be in on the blockchain and shipping deal. Samsung SDS: Blockchain and Shipping The Samsung subsidiary released the news via a press release this morning. According to Samsung SDS, its trial will focus on shipping containers from an unnamed factory in Asia to the port of Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam is located in…

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Facebook Appoints Director of Engineering Blockchain

Director of engineering blockchain: Facebook has appointed one of its senior engineers Evan Cheng as its first “director of engineering blockchain”.  The new position was confirmed by Facebook on Tuesday and signals the companies seriousness about the technology. Cheng has previously been responsible for heading up Programming Languages & Runtimes at Facebook. Prior to that, he held a 10-year stint at Apple. Describing himself as “an engineer and a technical leader” his social accounts also imply that he is an expert in blockchain and cryptocurrency; “day job – programming languages, runtimes,…

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The Walmart Blockchain Project | Solving Online Delivery Complications

Walmart blockchain: Delivery is one of the most challenging aspects of online retail and Walmart is determined to solve its delivery problems with blockchain. Back on July 5th, the big box retailer headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas was rewarded a blockchain patent that focuses on the scheduling and delivery of packages. The patent was originally filed back on January 3rd, 2017. Delivery Hub The patent talks of delivery hubs, very similar to Amazon’s lockers, which will use a public blockchain to determine available capacity and make reservations for delivery. The information…

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Sirin Labs Blockchain Smartphone | Lionel Messi Endorses the FINNEY

Sirin Labs blockchain smartphone: Sirin Labs, the same company that brought Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy to the London-premier of its ‘world’s most secured phone’ just two years ago, is releasing a more affordable Android phone this November. The company’s latest blockchain-based smartphone endeavor has an even bigger endorsement this time around, the world’s most popular soccer star – Lionel Messi. The company’s original blockchain-based phone, Solarin, was only affordable to the rich and sold for a whopping $16,000 a phone. Now, the company’s latest phone, the FINNEY, will be…

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