Monday, June 18, 2018

Blockchain

DHS awards Factom $192k for blockchain tech

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $192,380 to Factom to begin beta testing of a capability that uses blockchain technology to secure IoT data.

Apple bans cryptocurrency mining on the iPhone and iPad — AppleInsider

New developer guidelines released during WWDC set new rules for cryptocurrency apps distributed through both the iOS and Mac App Stores, writes Stephen Silver...

Akamai and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group working on blockchain-based payment network

Akamai and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) will be offering a hyper-scale blockchain-based online payment network. 

Hyperledger adds Deutsche Bank as premier member

Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry business blockchain technologies, announced Deutsche Bank has joined the project as a premier member, on Wednesday.

Infosys partners with banks to build blockchain-based trade network in India

EdgeVerve Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Infosys, has formed India Trade Connect, a Blockchain-based trade network in India, in partnership with Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, South Indian Bank and Yes Bank.

Dow Jones flirting with blockchain technology for digital publishing

Privacy web browser Brave Software and Dow Jones Media Group have inked a partnership aimed at bringing premium content to audiences and testing blockchain technology for digital publishing.

BitPay raises $40 million

Global blockchain payments provider BitPay has closed a $40 Million extended Series B funding round.

Slync appoints Jim Atwell to board of directors

Slync, an enterprise blockchain platform for the shipping, logistics and supply chain industries, has added Jim Atwell to its board of directors.

Addressing the dark side of the crypto world — IMF Blog

We should take a step back and understand the peril that comes along with the promise of crypto-assets, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, writes in a blog post. Here is the link: https://blogs.imf.org/2018/03/13/addressing-the-dark-side-of-the-crypto-world/

Uber Creator Invents New Cryptocurrency—And Wants Your Help Making It Reality — Fortune

Uber’s cofounder has resolved to invent his own riches. Fortune's Robert Hackett writes about Garrett Camp's plans for a brand new cryptocurrency. Here is the link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/01/bitcoin-uber-cryptocurrency-eco-garrett-camp/

Gambling tycoon builds $100m bitcoin-funded Antiguan resort — The Guardian

Calvin Ayre, a gambling and bitcoin multi-millionaire who was once on the run from the US authorities, is building a $100m five-star resort on Antigua, writes Rupert Neate of The Guardian. Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/18/bitcoin-gambling-tycoon-builds-100m-resort-antigua-calvin-ayre

50 Cent: ‘I forgot’ taking 700 bitcoins for 2014 album; stake is now worth millions — NPR

When 50 Cent agreed to accept bitcoin for purchases of his 2014 album, Animal Ambition, a unit of the cryptocurrency was already worth hundreds of dollars — but the value of those sales has since skyrocketed; NPR's Bill Chappell writes. Here is the link: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/24/580259163/50-cent-i-forgot-taking-700-bitcoins-for-2014-album-stake-is-now-worth-millions 

Beyond the Bitcoin bubble — NYT

The mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth, Steven Johnson writes in The New York Times Magazine. Here is the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/magazine/beyond-the-bitcoin-bubble.html

Buffett on cryptocurrencies: ‘I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad ending’ — CNBC

Warren Buffett tells CNBC the recent craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies won't end well, Berkeley Lovelace Jr. writes. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/10/buffett-says-cyrptocurrencies-will-almost-certainly-end-badly.html

Voatz raises $2.2 million

Voatz, a mobile focused election voting and citizen engagement platform, has raised roughly $2.2 million in seed round funding.