Understanding Initial Coin Offerings

Stellar.org published a white paper with Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT) called Understanding Initial Coin Offerings: Technology, Benefits, Risks, and Regulations. Companies have raised over $1.8 billion through ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) since January 2017. As organizations continue to raise tens, sometimes hundreds, of millions of dollars in each token sale, it grows increasingly …

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ICOs and VC investment in the blockchain

PitchBook has an update for Q3 2017 of ICOs and venture capital investment in the blockchain. * regulatory statements in China and the US have yet to temper market enthusiasm for the red-hot cryptocurrency and ICO market. Regulatory action against secondary exchanges in China may put short-term downward pressure on an overheated market, but will …

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Canada’s guidelines for cryptocurrencies and ICOs

The USA, Singapore and Canada regulators have all issued some warning and guidelines for cryptocurrency and fintech. They are in general regulating tokens similar to securities. On August 24, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), an organization composed of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators, released Staff Notice 46-307 Cryptocurrency Offerings, which addresses how Canadian securities …

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Intel and Tencent cooporating on Blockchain

Tencent also signed a cooperation framework agreement with Intel to develop blockchain technology for Tencent’s TUSI IoT (Internet of Things) laboratory and promote the establishment of security capabilities in Internet of Things applications. Blockchain is a new application mode in distributed data storage, point-to-point transmission and encryption algorithms for computer technology, which can be widely …

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Future Ethereum – Metropolis, Serenity, Raiden

The Metropolis (Ethereum 3.0) hardfork upgrade is scheduled for late September. It will be the first upgrade since Homestead (Ethereum 2.0) from early 2016. Innovations are known for Metropolis: Anonymity – “Zero Knowledge Proofs” (zk-snarks) will allow the Ethereum Blockchain to perform anonymous transactions on a higher level in the future. This is like Zcash. …

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Blockchain Medical Records and other Healthcare Blockchain Use Cases

Blockchain is coming to healthcare and medical fields. There are over a thousand blockchain startups, various open source implementations. There are dozens of blockchain companies targeting healthcare applications. There different use blockchain healthcare use cases. Blockchain for electronic medical records. Blockchain for Medicaid applicants. Blockchain for payments. Blockchain to enhance secure mobile and remote distribution …

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Filecoin raises $257 million and will unlock unused storage in data centers

Blockchain data storage network Filecoin has officially completed its initial coin offering (ICO), raising more than $257 million over a month of activity. The internet is in the middle of a revolution: centralized proprietary services are being replaced with decentralized open ones; trusted parties replaced with verifiable computation; brittle location addresses replaced with resilient content …

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Blockchain provides financial and basic service access to the 1.1 billion globally undocumented

Finland has recently seen a large influx of asylum seekers, is using a cryptographic ledger called blockchain to help them get on their feet faster. For two years the Finnish Immigration Service has been giving asylum seekers who don’t have bank accounts prepaid Mastercards instead of the traditional cash disbursements, and today the program has …

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Oracle Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Project

Oracle joined the Hyperledger consortium because of the consortium’s approach to blockchain using open source collaboration, modular architecture, horizontal/cross-industry technology support, and support for enterprise needs. Oracle looks forward to participating in Hyperledger for the benefit of our global customer base and the market at large. The Hyperledger project is an open source initiative that …

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Quantum bitcoin – qBitcoin – online quantum cash

A decentralized online quantum cash system, called qBitcoin, is given. Researchers designed a system which has great benefits of quantization in the following sense.A Firstly, quantum teleportation technology is used for coin transaction, which prevents an owner of a coin from keeping the original coin data after sending the coin to another. This was a …

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Central banks blockchain trials

The central Bank of Papua New Guinea is running blockchain trials. Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani described the blockchain trials underway at the Bank of PNG and introduced the PNG Digital Commerce and Cryptocurrency Association for the growing number of Papua New Guinea tech entrepreneurs and businesses interested in blockchain technology. Banks and central banks …

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