Month: March 2016

Longtime Cypherpunk Zooko Warns Bitcoin Community About Overconfidence

Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn is a longtime cypherpunk and current CEO of Zcash, where his team is developing a truly anonymous alternative to Bitcoin. Recently, Zooko was interviewed on Epicenter Bitcoin, where he shared some of his thoughts on the possibly-overconfident Bitcoin community. This part of the discussion was sparked by Epicenter Bitcoin Co-Host Meher Roy, who …

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BNP Paribas Selects Smart Contract Startup CommonAccord for its Fintech Accelerator Program

BNP Paribas, a leading multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in Paris, has named the eight startups it had picked to join its fintech accelerator program run by L’Atelier BNP Paribas. The bank has selected blockchain startup CommonAccord in a hope to help grow the team’s solution into a “Center for Collaborative Law.” CommonAccord …

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Blockstream’s Jonas Nick with 7 Tips for Better Bitcoin User Privacy

Blockstream Testing Engineer Jonas Nick recently gave a presentation on Bitcoin privacy at Blockchain Meetup Zurich. After first providing an overview of the in-depth, technical realities of privacy in Bitcoin, Nick shared a list of seven tips users can follow in order to protect their own activities on the blockchain from various onlookers. Keep Your …

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Fluent Announces Bank Pilot of Enterprise Software Platform the Fluent Network

ST. LOUIS, MO. March 11th, 2016 – Fluent, the financial operating network for global commerce built on blockchain technology, introduces their enterprise software platform, the Fluent Network, currently in a pilot program with a Forbes Top-10 ‘best’ bank. At its core, the Fluent Network is a secure distributed ledger purpose-built for banks, financial institutions, and …

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Ethereum Alternative Lisk Raises US$1.9M, Announces Partnership with Microsoft

Lisk, a decentralized applications and sidechain platform, has raised over 4,600 BTC (~US$1.9 million) in its initial coin offering (ICO) so far and announced its addition into Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain as a Service program. Introduced earlier this year, Lisk is building a platform that allows for the development and distribution of JavaScript-based decentralized applications. The platform, set …

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Energy And Commerce Committee Hears From Bitcoin Industry

The Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee for Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade heard from members of the cryptocurrency industry today. The hearing was a part of their Disrupter Series that previously held talks on the Internet of Things, Drones and other emergent technologies. Twenty congresspeople are members of the subcommittee. Representing the Bitcoin industry was Jerry …

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Is the Bitcoin Blockchain a Court for Smart Contracts and Not a Payment System?

The first response to Satoshi Nakamoto’s announcement of the Bitcoin white paper on a cryptography mailing list in 2008 was that the system does not seem to scale. More than seven years later, solutions for scaling Bitcoin to a worldwide audience are finally becoming a bit clearer. The main issue with Bitcoin pointed out by …

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DC Blockchain Summit Debated Regulation, But Ignored The Future

Members of the Bitcoin community and law enforcement came together at the DC Blockchain Summit to discuss the regulation of cryptocurrencies. The discussion was cordial and productive, but lacked the diversity of opinions present in the bitcoin community at large. The DC Blockchain Summit was the public coming out party for the Blockchain Alliance. The …

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MIT’s Cory Fields: Contentiousness in Bitcoin is Sign of Good Health

Although recent media reports have claimed Bitcoin is in a crisis that could lead to the eventual demise of the technology, MIT Digital Currency Initiative member and Bitcoin Core contributor Cory Fields thinks the theoretically-immutable ledger system has never been healthier. In a recent presentation at the 2016 MIT Bitcoin Expo, Fields explained his view …

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Deloitte Report: ‘State-Sponsored Cryptocurrencies’ Will Become Reality in 5 Years Time

While many of the cryptocurrencies that exist today will vanish for lack of any real demand, state-sponsored cryptocurrencies will become reality in five years time, according to Deloitte. In a new report, entitled ‘Banking reimagined: How disruptive forces will radically transform the industry in the decade ahead,’ Big Four consulting firm Deloitte details how it …

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Ubitquity Llc Releases Highly Anticipated Blockchain-powered Real Estate Platform

UBITQUITY LLC RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BLOCKCHAIN-POWERED REAL ESTATE PLATFORM A centuries old industry steps into the Blockchain era with Ubitquity FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dover, Delaware, USA – March 4, 2016 – Ubitquity LLC, a leading Blockchain developer for advanced applications in real estate has successfully completed the development of its platform prototype that is set …

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Vitalik Buterin on Misconceptions in the Private vs Public Blockchain Debate

Although Bitcoin enthusiasts often mock the concept of private blockchains, a lot of the money now coming into the blockchain ecosystem is focused on providing permission-based solutions for some of the largest financial institutions around the world. Although private blockchains, permissioned ledgers, or whatever else people want to call them may not equate to a …

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