Decentralizing the Sharing Economy With Blockchain Technology

San Francisco–based startup Origin is creating a set of protocols that allow developers and businesses to build decentralized marketplaces on the blockchain, with a focus on the sharing economy. The Origin Protocol is a set of open-source blockchain protocols for buyers and sellers of services like car-sharing or home-sharing to transact on a decentralized, open web platform.

Making Voting, Elections Both Secure and Accessible with Blockchain Technology

Voatz, a startup based in Boston, MA, promises to dispel some of the biggest challenges associated with voting: access, security, transparency and efficiency. The company plans to achieve this goal by combining internet-based voting with blockchain technology. What is Voatz? Voatz enables voters to make their voices heard conveniently by allowing mobile voting via any smartphone or tablet connected to the internet.

Nationwide Insurance Rolls Out Proof of Insurance on the RiskBlock Blockchain

The Institutes has announced a new blockchain framework called RiskBlock to provide more streamlined and secure proof of insurance.

Telegram’s Privacy-Focused User Base Could Become TON Blockchain’s Killer App

In December 2017, an interesting rumor surfaced: According to “sources familiar with the matter,” the messaging app Telegram, very popular among crypto-enthusiasts for its strong encryption and privacy features, would launch its own blockchain platform and cryptocurrency.

Kodak Gets in on the Blockchain and ICO Picture

Kodak, the iconic photography company first established in in the 1880s, has joined the blockchain and ICO age. Today, January 9, 2018, it announced a new blockchain-based platform with WENN Digital to empower and protect image makers, photographers and artists.

How a Hackathon Birthed the CryptoKitties Origin Story

“CryptoKitties,” the most popular game ever released on the Ethereum blockchain to date, became an instant success in December of 2017.

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Tech Market Could Reach $10 Trillion in 15 Years, Says RBC Analyst

In a report published on January 3, 2018, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets analyst Mitch Steves confidently stated that the cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology applications market could increase thirteenfold in 15 years, reaching $10 trillion.

Vector, Nexus Join the Space Race With Plans for Satellite-Based Blockchain Network

Space company Vector and blockchain developer Nexus announced a partnership to host Nexus’s decentralized cryptocurrency on a satellite orbiting the Earth, using Vector’s GalacticSky platform.
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Tim Swanson: Enterprise Blockchain is in a "Trough of Disillusionment”

There are few people who have worked in the blockchain technology space for so long and maintained such a seemingly disinterested and skeptical perspective on the emerging technology as Tim Swanson. Through numerous books and a blog, Tim has shown a knack for going out of his way to do deep market research within the blockchain space.

UK Government Urged to Look at Blockchain Tech for Identity Services

Blockchain technology could be used to improve the U.
Quant Network Launches Overledger for Cross-Blockchain Data Interoperability

Quant Network Launches Overledger for Cross-Blockchain Data Interoperability

Last month, science and technology magazine New Scientist covered the Overledger project in a story titled, “The Blockchain to Fix All Blockchains.” The story emphasizes the need for data interoperability technology across different blockchains that could play a role similar to TCP/IP, which enabled the internet to thrive. “[Overledger] seems to be a straightforward extension of the original atomic swap idea,” said Cornell University cryptocurrency expert Emin Gun Sirer, as reported by New Scientist.

Bitcoin and the Quantity Theory of Money – Why Bitcoin is Undervalued

If you were awake in your college economics class you might recall Milton Friedman’s classic theory: The quantity theory of money.

Bitcoin? Not For Me: Alibaba Founder Jack Ma

Chinese business magnate Jack Ma is confused by bitcoin and is not interested in learning more about the emerging cryptocurrency asset class, even though his company is pouring significant resources into blockchain development.

Local Meetups: Growing Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech at the Grassroot Level

Bitcoin is exploding and interest in the associated blockchain technology is at an all-time high, with Bitcoin being talked about on sitcoms as well as the news. But much of this success has been the result of a vibrant grassroots movement that has been fostered over time by dedicated and devoted communities of crypto enthusiasts around the world.
A Greener Cryptocurrency From Bittorrent Inventor, Bram Cohen

A Greener Cryptocurrency From Bittorrent Inventor, Bram Cohen

The inventor of Bittorrent has now turned his attention to blockchain technology and building a greener Bitcoin called Chia. Bram Cohen released Bittorrent to the world in 2004, but, in early 2017, he stepped away from the company he built to focus on blockchain technology.

Lambda Protocol: Decentralizing Access to Decentralized Applications

The Lambda Protocol has announced a decentralized, open-source solution for unrestricted access to decentralized applications (DApps). Utilizing the Lambda Protocol, DApp developers can leverage existing browsers such as Chrome or Safari to open up their applications to millions of devices currently being used. The Lambda Protocol plans to launch with support for both the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains, adding support for permissioned blockchains such as Hyperledger Fabric in the future.

SophiaTX Integrates Blockchain Technology With SAP

In September, SophiaTX announced the first open-source platform to primarily integrate blockchain technology with SAP software, used by 87 percent of global businesses and 98 percent of the top 100 most-valued brands.
Birdchain, Blockchain App for Real-World Use

Birdchain, Blockchain App for Real-World Use

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Video Streamers Have More Options with These New Blockchain Startups

Innovative technology companies are leveraging blockchain technology to build next-generation business models and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) for video streaming, a multibillion-dollar industry that continues to grow. According to data revealed by Theta Labs, one of the companies covered below, the video content and streaming market accounts for 67 percent of current internet traffic and could reach 82 percent by 2020.

EU Study: Blockchain a Solution to Prevent Odometer Tampering

The European Parliament has issued a report suggesting that the blockchain could be an effective solution to preventing odometer tampering. In a report, Odometer tampering: measures to prevent it [PDF], issued by the Directorate General for Internal Policies, it reads that odometer tampering remains an issue in the European Union, affecting almost all second-hand car markets of its Member States.

Blockchain Coalition Seeks to Make Bitcoin Welcome in Wyoming

A group of people are on a mission to bring Bitcoin back to the state of Wyoming after unfriendly laws made it impossible to transact with cryptocurrencies there more than two years ago. The Wyoming Blockchain Coalition announced its formation this week.

US Treasury Official: More Blockchain Use Cases Needed

An official from the U.S. Treasury has written an optimistic article on the blockchain, calling for more relevant use cases, proofs of concepts and pilot projects with the technology. Craig Fischer, who serves as program manager for the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) within the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, wrote an article in the Journal of Government Financial Management [PDF].

Australian Government Awards Grant to $8 Million Blockchain Energy Project

Australian-based solar startup Power Ledger, among others, is to receive AU$8.25 million in funding from the Australian government for a cutting edge project using the blockchain. According to an announcement from Power Ledger, the Australia government revealed today that it is to provide $2.57 million in funding for a cutting-edge project in the City of Fremantle, in Western Australia.

US Customs and Border Protection Discovers 14 Blockchain Use Cases

An advisory committee to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is looking into the applicability of the blockchain and how it can be used within the agency. According to a published report, the working group was established by the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) in September.

US Customs and Border Protection Discovers 14 Blockchain Use Cases

An advisory committee to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is looking into the applicability of the blockchain and how it can be used within the agency. According to a published report, the working group was established by the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) in September.