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Connecting Ethiopian Agritech to the …

Blockchain technology holds great promise in Ethiopia, the largest coffee producer in Africa, but getting a foothold in the country is a challenge due its constraining bureaucracy. One blockchain company is finding inroads by directly collaborating with the government. IOHK, the company behind the Cardano blockchain, has announced a partnership with the government of Ethiopia to explore how blockchain technology ...

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Blockchain Tech Could Accelerate Graphics Rendering for VR, Visual …

Cloud-based graphics-rendering firm OTOY has introduced RNDR, “a blockchain-based rendering platform that leverages a distributed network of idle GPUs to render graphics more quickly and efficiently,” making the process of rendering and streaming virtual reality (VR) scenes easier for all users. RNDR is now announcing partnerships with blockchain developers zeppelin_os and Decentraland. Senior executives of both companies are joining Hollywood ...

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Vaultoro’s Bitcoin-to-Gold Exchange Implements Lightning Network …

The world’s first crypto-to-physical-gold exchange, ​Vaultoro​ has announced that it is now the first bitcoin exchange with an implementation of the Lightning Network as an instant deposit method. The company allows customers to trade gold with bitcoin directly, all the way down to 0.1 gram in quantity. Customers can hold the asset for seconds or years, with their ownership certificate ...

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Op Ed: Can Solar Power Drive Bitcoin Mining in Africa?

While many in the West often overlook Africa as an emerging blockchain innovation center, a deeper look across the continent tells a very different story. The Blockchain Africa Conference came to a close last month in Johannesburg, South Africa. Around the same time, the Kenyan government set up a task force to study the impact of the technology. There are ...

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A Quantum Blockchain “Time Machine” Could Keep Future Blockchains …

Two researchers from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand have proposed a new quantum blockchain technology that, by exploiting quantum entanglement across time, could greatly increase the security of future blockchain systems operating on quantum networks. Senior author Matt Visser is a renowned mathematician and cosmologist who has authored books with titles like “Artificial Black Holes” and “Lorentzian Wormholes.” ...

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ASK.fm: A Social Networking Platform For Tokenized Q&A

Francis Bacon, the 16th century philosopher and statesman,  is quoted as saying, “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” Bacon’s statement can mean a few different things. One of those is that a wise conversation comes from equal parts question and answer. In earlier times, people were known to gather in town centers to hear conversations among thought leaders revered ...

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Venezuela Offers India Discounted Oil to Boost Petro Confidence

Venezuela has reportedly offered the Indian government a fantastic deal: a 30 percent discount on crude oil imports. The only condition being that the oil must be purchased through the nation’s newly minted cryptocurrency, the Petro. Venezuelan Crisis   The release of the currency comes as Maduro’s government attempts to address a number of pressing financial issues that have pushed ...

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Goldman Sachs Plans to Trade Bitcoin Futures Contracts

Goldman Sachs, one of the most well-known investment banking and financial services providers in the world, announced plans to trade bitcoin futures contracts – a Wall Street first. Goldman’s competitors like JP Morgan have so far shunned the risks and volatility associated with trading bitcoin and have yet to make public forays into the space. What Exactly Is Goldman Trading? ...

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Introducing the 2018 Map of the Blockchain/Crypto Ecosystem

The 2018 edition of BTC Inc’s “Map of the Blockchain/Crypto Ecosystem” has been unveiled. The map provides a visual representation of “the space” in the form of a city skyline with buildings displaying the logos of various entities. While many of the logos were selected by BTC Inc’s editorial staff to reflect the most prominent and successful blockchain and crypto ...

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Can (or Should) Trapped Ether Be …

In November 2017, a pseudonymous actor exploited a vulnerability in Parity’s multi-signature Ethereum wallet library that rendered half a million ether inaccessible to their owners. Ironically, the culprit, Devops199, was trying to patch another vulnerability that allowed hackers to steal $32 million from Parity’s multi-signature wallet accounts back in July of 2017. While tinkering with the popular service’s smart contracts, ...

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