Blockchain

Blockchain technology can be described a digital ledger that consists of a growing list of records – blocks – linked using cryptography. Each block contains information such as a timestamp, transaction data, and more, that can be permanently verified. While data on these blocks isn’t unalterable, blockchains are resistant to modification, especially if decentralized.

Blockchain technology was invented by the person or group behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym, which was behind the creation of the first cryptocurrency: Bitcoin. It allows the cryptocurrency to be decentralized and solves the double-spending problem without the need for a trusted authority. As a result, Bitcoin transactions are peer-to-peer.

This type of technology has over the years been deployed for a number of uses, including tracking the supply chain of supermarkets. Various cryptocurrency naysayers argue blockchain tech has potential.

On this page you'll find news related to this technology.

Waves Enterprise and Microsoft Partner to Launch Russian Corporate Blockchain

Waves Enterprise has announced a partnership with Microsoft Russia to develop corporate blockchain solutions and smart contract auditing services. 

Binance Chain Has a New Feature That Small Projects Are Going to Love

Binance’s native blockchain, Binance Chain, which recently completed the “Nightingale” hardfork upgrade, offers a new feature—the BEP8 format token—that will make it much easier and cheaper for small projects to issue and list their own tokens.

Block.Ones New Social Media Platform Voice Briefly Launched Ahead of Schedule

Block.One’s new social media platform Voice launched briefly ahead of schedule before being made officially available on July 4th. 

OKEx Announces OKChain Hackathon to Boost Development of Decentralized Applications

Popular bitcoin exchange OKEx has announced the launch of an OKChain Hackathon in a bid to promote the creation of decentralization applications in the blockchain network’s community.

Crypto-Powered Social Media Platform Voice Planning Launch for July 4

EOSIO developer Block.one has announced the launch for their new social media platform Voice will be moved up to July 4. 

OKEx to Foster Crypto Talent Via Mentorship Program

Popular cryptocurrency exchange OKEx is launching a mentorship program called Beacon Program in Europe to support those interest in the cryptocurrency space during the lockdown and foster new talent in the space.

Brazil Is for Blockchain but Against Crypto

Brazil, or the Federative Republic of Brazil, is a Portuguese-speaking state in South America with more than 200 million inhabitants. It is in fifth place among all countries of the world in terms of area and sixth in terms of population. The Brazilian economy ranks ninth in the world in terms of nominal GDP and […]

How Decentralized Platforms Could Evolve the Multi-Billion Cloud Computing Industry

Since 1991, the American Dialect Society’s has published a ‘Word of the Year’ as determined by a panel of independent linguists, as well as their pick of words from a variety of categories such as ‘Most Useful’, ‘Most Creative’ and ‘Most Likely to Succeed’. 2011 saw ‘cloud’ emerge as the likeliest word to succeed, capturing the optimism surrounding this new computing trend.   

South Korean Remittance Firm Explains How It Is Benefiting From Ripples Technology

On Wednesday (April 8), South Korean remittance firm Coinine Transfer, a subsidiary of crypto exchange Coinone, explained how it has been using Ripple’s technology to solve problems with cross-border payments and to open new payment corridors.

Opera Expands ’30-Second’ Cryptocurrency Wallet Top-Ups to Europe and Other Countries

Freeware web browser Opera has announced major updates for its built-in crypto wallet across android devices. 

Thailands Largest Bank Explains Benefits of Being Part of RippleNet

In a recent interview, Arthit Sriumporn, the SVP of Commercial Banking at Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), which is Thailand’s largest bank by total assets, talked about the benefits SCB has enjoyed by being part of RippleNet, Ripple’s global payments network.

Winkelvoss Twins Launching Marketplace for Digital Art

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are launching Nifty Gateway, a marketplace for digital art that utilizes blockchain. 

MIT Researchers Discover Counterattacks Prevented Bitcoin Gold Doublespend

MIT researchers discovered that miner “counterattacks” were able to prevent doublespends during the recent 51 percent attacks on bitcoin gold’s blockchain. 

Crypto Wallet Provider Blockchain.com Launches Retail Lending Service ‘Borrow’

Blockchain.com is officially launching its retail lending service called ‘Borrow,’ which allows clients to borrow the platform’s native stablecoin against bitcoin held in their wallet. 

HTC Launching Home Blockchain Router Capable of Running Bitcoin Nodes

Consumer electronics company HTC is launching a 5G blockchain router that is capable of running full bitcoin nodes. 

Tezos Developer Creates XTZ Prize Pool for Coronavirus Research

A tezos developer has created a prize pool to incentivize users to contribute to research combating the coronavirus. 

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Delaying Chinas Digital Currency Research

China’s research into the launch of its own digital currency has reportedly been delayed over the coronavirus outbreak, which according to recent data has infected over 81,000 people worldwide and claimed the lives of 2,765.

Block.one CEO Responds to Coinbases Complaints About EOS Networks Performance

On Tuesday (February 25), Brendan Blumer, Co-Founder and CEO of Block.one, responded to Coinbase’s concerns about EOS network’s “degraded performance levels.”

JP Morgan Report: Mainstream Adoption for Blockchain Still Years Away

A recent Prospectives report by JPMorgan claims that blockchain is still years away from mainstream adoption despite making large strides in certain sectors. 

Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales Calls Crypto Integration ‘Insane’

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales said that integrating cryptocurrency onto the encyclopedia platform would be “insane” and potentially harmful to the project’s vision. 

The Big Bang Theorys Jim Parsons Explains Blockchain and Crypto on the Simpsons

In a recent episode (titled “Frinkcoin”) of the American animated sitcom “The Simpsons”, Jim Parsons, who plays theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper on the American sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, explained how blockchain and cryptocurrencies work.

Crypto-Backed Virtual World Decentraland Goes Live

Cryptocurrency-backed virtual world Decentraland has made its official launch, generating more than $1 million in traded assets over the last ten days.

Sweden’s Central Bank Starts Testing Its Central Bank Digital Currency E-Krona

Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, is reportedly starting to test its own central bank digital currency, the e-krona, in a bid to determine its potential use.

Bank-Backed Cryptocurrencies Are a Decade Away, Says Central Banker

Former vice president of the European central bank (ECB), Christian Noyer, has affirmed that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are unlikely to be rolled out for another decade.

Will 2020 Be the Year of Enterprise Blockchain?

Amid the extreme hype of the ICO boom, many corners of the blockchain sector seemed convinced that enterprises would rush to embrace the technology. Blockchain was touted as the solution to any and all business problems, finding use cases across almost every industry sector. 

Cambodia’s Central Bank Launching Blockchain-Powered Payment Network

Cambodia’s central bank, the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), is launching a blockchain-based, peer-to-peer payment network, according to its chairwoman Chea Serey.

Blockchain Programmer Runs Full Bitcoin Node on a Tesla

A blockchain programmer was able to get a Tesla’s onboard operating system to run a full bitcoin node. 

Blockchain Is Well-Positioned to Help the Unbanked, OKEx Executive Says

Lennix Lai, OKEx’s Financial Markets Director, has recently made two presentations in Davos, where the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting is taking place, to spread the word about blockchain technology.

CoinShares’ Executive Chairman on What Makes Gold-Backed Token DGLD Special

DGLD is a gold tokenization project that was launched a couple of months ago by a European consortium. In this article, we provide an overview of this project, and with the help of Daniel Masters, the Executive Chairman of CoinShares, try to get a better understanding of DGLD and what makes it special.

Blockchain Tops LinkedIns List of Most In-Demand Hard Skills for 2020

In a post for LinkedIn’s Talent Blog, Bruce Anderson says that blockchain tops “LinkedIn’s global list of the most in-demand hard skills.” 

Bithumb Mulls Investing $8.6 Million Into ‘Regulation-Free’ Blockchain Zone

Leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is reportedly considering investing 10 billion won, around $8.6 million, in Busan city’s “regulation-free” blockchain zone.

Telegrams TON Wallet Wont Integrate Its Messaging App at Launch, Firm Says

Telegram has issued a notice clarifying that when its TON Wallet launches, it won’t be integrated into its privacy-centric messaging app.

Baidu Launches Its Own Cryptocurrency Xuperchain

Chinese internet giant Baidu has officially launched its own cryptocurrency, called Xuperchain. 

5 Costly Tech Mistakes Crypto Beginners Make

Admittedly, mining or trading cryptocurrency can be a volatile endeavour, but it can also be profitable and rewarding if you know what you’re doing.

Some Parity Ethereum Nodes Not Syncing, Parity Suspects an Attack

Various users have been reporting Ethereum nodes running on Parity Technologies’ ETH Client have been “randomly falling out of sync.” After investigation the issue, Parity issued an emergency fix warning an attack may be underway.

UN Secretary-General Says Organization Needs to Embrace Blockchain

The United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres says the intergovernmental organization must embrace blockchain technology.

Ethereum Foundation Schedules Next Upgrade on New Years Day

The Ethereum Foundation has scheduled the Muir Glacier update, which will delay the network’s mining difficulty increase, for New Year’s Day–much to the ire of node operators and miners. 

Job Searches for Blockchain Down Following Bitcoins Bear Market, Despite Growing Demand

Blockchain job seekers are on the decline according to two reports by LinkedIn and Indeed.com.

Coinbase and DustAid Partner to Facilitate Charitable Cryptocurrency Donations

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced a partnership with DustAid, an organization that facilitates cryptocurrency donations to support charities as Christmas approaches.

Why Its so Difficult to Launder Money on the Blockchain

There is still a common misconception about cryptocurrencies amongst the public. They often regard it as a method for shady deals and illegitimate companies. This stems partially from the fact that one of the first real-world use cases of Bitcoin was its use for payments on the infamous dark web marketplace Silk Road, where anonymous users could buy almost any banned product, ranging from illegal drugs to weapons. 

AMD and Ultra Announce Partnership for Blockchain-Fueled Gaming

AMD and Ultra have announced a new partnership to deliver blockchain-based gaming for next-generation development. 

VC Firm Andreessen Horowitz Unveils Who’ll Teach at Its Free Crypto Startup School

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has unveiled who’ll be teaching at its free Crypto Startup School, and instructors include Coinbase’s CEO Brian Armstrong, Calibra’s head of strategy, and some of its own general partners.

Crypto-Powered Social Media Platform Voice Announces Beta

Block.One has announced the beta launch for their EOS and blockchain-based social media platform Voice, which is set to occur in February 2020.

Parity Issues Urgent Update Ahead of Ethereums Hardfork

Ethereum client Parity has issued an urgent warning for users to update their software just days ahead of Ethereum’s highly anticipated Istanbul hardfork. 

Former Dash Core Group Senior Advisor Disappears Without Returning Investors Dash

A seemingly former Senior Advisor for Dash Core Group, an organization working on the Dash network, has disappeared without a trace with funds investors sent to his previously trusted masternode management service.

Vitalik Buterin Supports Freeing Ethereum Dev Arrested for Visit to N. Korea

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin took to Twitter to argue his support for Virgil Griffith after the latter was arrested for attending a conference in North Korea. 

VeChain (VET) Price Rises 13.5% on Announcement Microsoft Will Use Its Blockchain

The price of VeChain (VET) has risen more than 13% in the last 24-hour period shortly after it was announced tech giant Microsoft, major game developer Eidos, and gamebook firm Fabled Lands were set to use its blockchain for a card game.

Bitcoin Core Update Makes Bech32 the Default Address Format

The latest update to Bitcoin Core, the “open-source software that serves as a Bitcoin node”, includes improvements to network and transaction efficiency while making the “bech32” format the new default. 

ECB Should Use DLT for Euro Payments, Says Deputy Governor of French Central Bank

The First Deputy Governor of Banque de France has recommended using distributed ledger technology (DLT) for settlements within the Eurozone.

Ontology Partners With Chainlink to Allow Externally Connected Smart Contracts

On Monday (November 25), Ontology announced a collaboration with Chainlink in order to allow externally connected smart contracts on the Ontology platform.

Algorand 2.0 Introduces Support for Tokenization and Smart Contracts

The Algorand Foundation has announced that the latest version (2.0) of the Algorand protocol supports “standardized asset creation, atomic transfers, and smart contracts directly in Layer-1.”

JPMorgan Using Its Etherum-Based Blockchain for Handling Loans Taken by Car Dealers

Wall street financial institution JPMorgan has filed a patent for a DLT-based system for floorplan financing.

Lamborghini Digitizing Its Authentication Process Using Salesforce Blockchain

CRM solution provider Salesforce announced on Tuesday (November 19) that Italian luxury supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini is using Saleforce Blockchain for authenticating some Lamborghini models.

Official Chinese Military Newspaper Recommends Blockchain and Token Rewards

The official Chinse army newspaper PLA Daily has recommended the use of blockchain for tracking soldier data and performance and issuing rewards in the form of tokens. 

Unknown Fund Investing $75 Million in Bitcoin for the Development of Anonymity

Unknown Fund has announced its intention to invest $75 million in bitcoin into projects that promote crypto, blockchain and anonymity.

Crypto Exchange Bithumb Global Officially Announces ‘Bithumb Coin’ (BT)

On Tuesday (November 12), crypto exchange Bithumb Global officially announced “Bithumb Coin” (BT), the native token of “Bithumb Chain”, the custom blockchain being built by its parent, Bithumb Korea (which is one of South Korea’s largest exchanges).

HTC Aiming to Release a Blockchain Phone With Binance DEX Support

On Tuesday (November 12), Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC announced that it is planning to release a special edition of its EXODUS “blockchain phone” (aka “cryptophone”) that will offer support for Binance DEX and its native coin BNB. 

Where Is the Beef? UPS Says the Blockchain Knows

On Monday (November 11), the American package delivery company UPS announced the first “blockchain-verified” shipment of beef from the  U.S. to Japan.

Andreessen Horowitz Has a Free Course That Shows How to Build a Crypto Startup

California-based venture capital (VC) firm Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”) has announced a free seven-week course for those started in building a blockchain/crypto startup.

Interest in Crypto-Related Jobs Dropped 53%, Despite Growing Employer Demand

The cryptocurrency space has been growing at a rapid pace, with the share of cryptocurrency jobs per million rising 1,457% in the last four years. Interest in these jobs, however, dropped.