Blockchain Energizer – Volume 7: June 29, 2017 - The National Law Review   

Blockchain Energizer – Volume 7: June 29, 2017
The National Law Review
There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4 billion was invested in blockchain ...

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          Presentation: Blockchain: The Oracle Problems   

Paul Sztorc talks about why the oracle problem is so hard (specifically, the historical evolution of failures, from API, to clearnet website, to darknet website, to multisig escrow, to judicial "competition", to Ethereum/Augur, and why they fail), and the basics of blockchain ("blockchain as immortal software", ledger "rents", revenge of "the idea guy").

By Paul Sztorc
          Decent Launches Global Media Distribution Platform   
Decent Launch

Free and open communication has long been an essential component of a successful democracy. Unfortunately, money, power and influence over time have stifled today’s media environment adversely impacting both content producers and consumers alike.

In an effort to democratize creative content, DECENT has officially launched its blockchain-based, global media distribution platform. The name is an acronym for Decentralized Network; Encrypted & Secure; Content Distribution System; Elimination of 3rd Parties; New Way of Online Publishing; Timestamped Data Records.

Designed to bring more transparency and fairness to the media industry, DECENT allows artists to seamlessly distribute digital content for immediate payment and without hefty fees. Peer-to-peer in its orientation, consumers decide the merits of a certain piece of content posted through a Yelp-like community rating system. The content, however, cannot be censored or removed.

This blockchain initiative endeavors to disrupt the legacy world of media distribution by allowing artists more freedom and control over the ownership and distribution of their content, all without compromising on security. It represents a potential gamechanger for the massive global media and content distribution industry — one that’s estimated to grow from $1.7 trillion in 2016 to over $2 trillion in 2019.

DECENT was founded in 2016 by two friends, Matej Michalko and Matej Boda, from Slovakia. It sprouted from a shared vision that blockchain technology could fuel a coordinated system of digital content publishing and sharing throughout the world.

Funding for DECENT was fueled by an ICO campaign last summer, which raised more than 5,881 BTC, at that time valued at $4.2 million USD. There were 4,300 ICO participants in total and no other key funding partners.

Michalko recounted the journey leading up to his own personal discovery of blockchain technology and its potential uses for the content distribution space. “I’ve been extensively involved in Bitcoin since 2011, even mining it from my own laptop at the beginning. I quickly realized that the innovative technology behind Bitcoin had the potential to change the modern world.”

When Michalko started to delve further into blockchain technology, he found a seemingly endless list of use cases the new technology could support. “I became determined to use blockchain technology to create something revolutionary that would be beneficial for people on a global scale. A short time later ongoing discussions between myself and our future co-founder Matej Boda quickly led to DECENT being born.”

He says that DECENT Network is a reaction to the issues that the majority of content producers face nowadays in the entertainment and media industry. “There is too much artificial complexity and too many barriers in the industry affecting both the access to market and income of the content owners.”

DECENT’S digital model allows artists to distribute any form of content, including written, music, videos, ebooks and pictures. These distribution channels are free of third-party influence, meaning that artists can also manage their intellectual property rights and set their own pricing.

One of the innovative adaptations that distinguishes DECENT from other blockchain platforms is the network’s reputation management system. This allows content creators who share their digital work on the platform to build a lifetime reputation, based on ratings from those who purchase content on the platform. DECENT Network also allows content creators to instantly receive payment when someone downloads their content, without any middleman interference.

Michalko believes that DECENT can break the trajectory in which a majority of power is concentrated in the hands of a few players controlling the industry. “Artists, filmmakers and writers lose control over their work and depend on the mercy of the ‘big guys.’ We designed DECENT Network to do away with all that and bring more transparency and fairness to the digital content industry.”

DECENT estimates that writers, for example, lose a healthy 30–75 percent chunk of their earnings when publishing with Amazon. Similarly, musicians, through licensing agreements, lose around 30 percent when selling a track on iTunes. Blockchain technology therefore serves as a mechanism that helps writers and musicians keep more money, while connecting with their audiences directly.

Michalko says that artists will be paid for their downloaded content through DECENT’s own cryptocurrency called “DCT,” which will be launched together with DECENT Network. Other payment options, he says, will be available in the future. “Artists will no longer have to wait months before seeing a penny from their work. And at the time of launch, DECENT Network will be a completely free-of-charge service for artists.”

Michalko hopes that by  2020, DECENT Network will have become the number one worldwide media sharing platform. “We hope to bring more transparency and fairness to the digital content industry for both creators and consumers. I hope that with our launch people will realize the advantage of DECENT Network over other content distribution platforms.”

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          Blockchain Energizer Vol. 7 - JD Supra (press release)   

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 7
JD Supra (press release)
There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4 billion was invested in blockchain ...


          Технология Blockchain   
Техническая литература. Технология blockchain, это (система) цепочка блоков последовательных операций с распределенной (публичной) базой данных и широкомасштабным тиражированием транзакций была реализована в криптовалюте Bitcoin. Она показала, как можно использовать криптографически сохраненные записи, модель с ограниченными ресурсами, открытый исходный код и пиринговые сети для создания нового типа публичного и безопасного взаимодействия (криптографической регистрацией сделок), какими можно считать децентрализованные приложения. Основной сферой использования которых есть коммерческая направленность (где надежность и безопасность являются основополагающими). Эта технология гибче, прозрачнее и надежнее, чем современное программное обеспечение, созданное с применением традиционных моделей. Она является перспективной и быстроразвивающейся. Представленная книга познакомит с основами, методами и принципами работы таких реализаций на примере нескольких доходных приложений. Причина их коммерческого уклона объясняется тем, что прибыль (выгода) является основой успешного, надежного и перспективного децентрализованного приложения. Книга поможет вам понять, что такое технологии Blockchain в действии. ISBN 978-5-496-02988-9
          Integrating the Ethereum Blockchain into Java Apps    

How to access a distributed ledger technology blockchain from a Java application using web3j. The Ethereum blockchain is a decentralized platform that is the backbone of a secure, decentralized internet and is driven by the eponymous cryptocurrency Ether. Conor Svensson authored web3j, a lightweight Java library for building Java applications on the Ethereum blockchain. 

In a first article, which appeared in the Java Magazine, Conor Svensson gives the background of the Ethereum blockchain technology and explains how to create a blockchain that is connected to a Java application.  Web3j, a wrapper of client remote procedure calls using JSON, manages the transaction interactions with Ethereum clients. 

In a second article, he details how to use web3j to query the Ethereum blockchain via its reactive-functional API. He explains how to use RxJava’s Observables to add reactive functionality to the blockchain. 

An Ethereum client like Geth or Parity is the first step to getting you started. Clients will synchronize the Ethereum blockchain with one another and provide a gateway to interact with the blockchain. Ethereum takes care of Ether cryptocurrency payment transactions via the network. With just a few lines of code, you can hook up to the Ethereum blockchain and be notified of new blocks being added to the blockchain and start pulling information out of the blockchain in real time.

For code and step by step examples, read the full article here 

for more information, please visit: web3j project and Conor's blog 

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          M2Banking & Fintech Latam   

M2Banking & Fintech Latam

July 18, 2017 to July 20, 2017

In its 8th year, and 2nd year in San Francisco, the event brings together the key players of Latin America’s fintech ecosystem for 3 intensive days focusing on mobile money, payments and financial innovation in the region. The forum aims to connect Latin American decision makers with innovators from the Bay Area, US and international mobile community.

The conference will follow a case study approach, with the region’s innovators exploring the complex and fascinating dynamics of financial institutions as they navigate towards complete integration with the mobile world.

Topics of Discussion

  • Fintech ecosystem and mobile financial services in Latin America
  • Digital Wallet and innovative services for the unbanked, microfinance and microcredits;
  • Mobile money, payments and remittances in Latin America
  • Venture Capital and investing
  • Regulatory intelligence, benchmarks
  • Bitcoin &blockchain;
  • big data, location-based services and chatbots
  • and much more!

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          AMB :- Pantera Capital to launch $100m Initial Coin Offering (ICO) hedge fund   
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Blockchain technology and digital currency-focused investment firm Pantera Capital is planning to launch a $100m hedge fund that is focused in tokens that supports blockchain protocols. Ac...
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          Blockchain: Daimler setzt auf Bitcoin-Technologie und startet 100-Millionen-Euro-Projekt   
Die Blockchain-Technologie taugt nicht nur beim Handel von Bitcoins. Auch der Autokonzern Daimler will 100 Millionen Euro via Blockchain von Anlegern einsammeln.
          Full Stack Software Developer - (Boston)   
Advance your Career at Solaria Labs, a Liberty Mutual Endeavor The insurance industry is being transformed: self-driving cars, the Internet of Things, the Sharing Economy, and an ever-changing set of start-up competitors are all major contributors to the disruption of current business models. In response, Liberty Mutual has established Solaria Labs, an innovation center dedicated to testing new ideas, turning those ideas into products, and launching new companies. The Labs is also exploring emerging technologies like blockchain and machine learning: evaluating their current state and building products for the insurance industry and beyond.
          SmartPool: Practical Decentralized Pooled Mining, by Loi Luu and Yaron Velner and Jason Teutsch and Prateek Saxena   
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are operated by a handful of mining pools. Nearly $95\%$ of Bitcoin's and $80\%$ of Ethereum's mining power resides with less than ten and six mining pools respectively. Although miners benefit from low payout variance in pooled mining, centralized mining pools require members to trust that pool operators will remunerate them fairly. Furthermore, centralized pools pose the risk of transaction censorship from pool operators, and open up possibilities for collusion between pools for perpetrating severe attacks. In this work, we propose SmartPool, a novel protocol design for a decentralized mining pool. Our protocol shows how one can leverage {\em smart contracts}, autonomous blockchain programs, to decentralize cryptocurrency mining. SmartPool gives transaction selection control back to miners while yielding low-variance payouts. SmartPool incurs mining fees lower than centralized mining pools and is designed to scale to a large number of miners. We implemented and deployed a robust SmartPool implementation on the Ethereum and Ethereum Classic networks. To date, our deployed pools have handled a peak hashrate of 30 GHs from Ethereum miners, resulting in $105$ blocks, costing miners a mere $0.6\%$ of block rewards in transaction fees.
          Federal Rezerv Blockchain ile ilgili döküman yayınladı   

FED dağıtık sistemleri incelemeye almış (haliyle). Ekteki linkten okuyabilir veya indirebilirsiniz.


          Paul Snow explains Factom   
Paul Snow of the Texas Bitcoin Alliance and Factom explains the power of blockchain technology for deed registries and numerous other uses. Website: http://www.factom.org
          A Million Killer Apps – Part 2 – Blockchains, The WWL & A Global Shared History   
History has always been written by the victors. But beginning in 2009, this limitation has been disrupted. Designed to be electronic cash, Bitcoin has proved to […]
          Commentaires sur Blockchain, Fintech et cryptomonnaies : nouvel horizon du monde de la finance ? par h16   
On se demande de quoi vivent Kraken, Bitstamp, Poloniex, ou tant d'autres (exemples rapides, on en trouvera plein d'autres facilement).
          iMerge invests in blockchain cloud provider Ledgable   
Download this post in PDF format iMerge takes a share in Blockchain-As-A-Service (BaaS) provider Ledgable. Ledgable has developed a unique blockchain service: “we offer a platform where clients can create their own blockchain in less than half an hour. They define the data structure and autorisations, we do the rest. With this cloud solutions, companies … Continue reading iMerge invests in blockchain cloud provider Ledgable
          Mastering Bitcoin Programming the Open Blockchain ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executives   
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          TechnoTalk: What is Bitcoin and Blockchain?   
The Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. It provides a way to record and transfer data that is transparent, safe, auditable, and resistant to outages. The blockchain has the ability to make the organizations that use it transparent, democratic, decentralized, efficient, and secure. It’s a technology that holds a lot […]
          India Smart Cities Mission shows IoT potential for improving quality of life at vast scale   
The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer Internet-of-Things (IoT) transformation discussion examines the potential impact and improvement of low-power edge computing benefits on rapidly modernizing cities.

These so-called smart city initiatives are exploiting open, wide area networking (WAN) technologies to make urban life richer in services, safer, and far more responsive to residences’ needs. We will now learn how such pervasively connected and data-driven IoT architectures are helping cities in India vastly improve the quality of life there.

Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or download a copy.

Here to share how communication service providers have become agents of digital urban transformation are VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head of the Internet-of-Things Business Unit at Tata Communications in Chennai area, India, and Nigel Upton, General Manager of the Universal IoT Platform and Global Connectivity Platform and Communications Solutions Business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: Tell us about India’s Smart Cities mission. What are you up to and how are these new technologies coming to bear on improving urban quality of life?

Shridhar: The government is clearly focusing on Smart Cities as part of their urbanization plan, as they believe Smart Cities will not only improve the quality of living, but also generate employment, and take the whole country forward in terms of technologically embracing and improving the quality of life.

So with that in mind, the Government of India has launched 100 Smart Cities initiatives. It’s quite interesting because each of the cities that aspire to belong had to make a plan and their own strategy around how they are going to evolve and how they are going to execute it, present it, and get selected. There was a proper selection process.

Many of the cities made it, and of course some of them didn’t make it. Interestingly, some of the cities that didn’t make it are developing their own plans.
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There is lot of excitement and curiosity as well as action in the Smart Cities project. Admittedly, it’s a slow process, it’s not something that you can do at the blink of the eye, and Rome wasn’t built overnight, but I definitely see a lot of progress.

Gardner:Nigel, it seems that the timing for this is auspicious, given that there are some foundational technologies that are now available at very low cost compared to the past, and that have much more of a pervasive opportunity to gather information and make a two-way street, if you will, between the edge and central administration. How is the technology evolution synching up with these Smart Cities initiatives in India?

Upton:I am not sure whether it’s timing or luck, or whatever it happens to be, but adoption of the digitization of city infrastructure and services is to some extent driven by economics. While I like to tease my colleagues in India about their sensitivity to price, the truth of the matter is that the economics of digitization -- and therefore IoT in smart cities -- needs to be at the right price, depending on where it is in the world, and India has some very specific price points to hit. That will drive the rate of adoption.

And so, we're very encouraged that innovation is continuing to drive price points down to the point that mass adoption can then be taken up, and the benefits realized to a much more broad spectrum of the population. Working with Tata Communications has really helped HPE understand this and continue to evolve as technology and be part of the partner ecosystem because it does take a village to raise an IoT smart city. You need a lot of partners to make this happen, and that combination of partnership, willingness to work together and driving the economic price points to the point of adoption has been absolutely critical in getting us to where we are today.

Balanced Bandwidth

Gardner:Shridhar, we have some very important optimization opportunities around things like street lighting, waste removal, public safety, water quality; of course, the pervasive need for traffic and parking, monitoring and improvement.

How do things like a low-power specification Internet and network gateways and low-power WANs (LPWANs) create a new foundation technically to improve these services? How do we connect the services and the technology for an improved outcome?

Shridhar:If you look at human interaction to the Internet, we have a lot of technology coming our way. We used to have 2G, that has moved to 3G and to 4G, and that is a lot of bandwidth coming our way. We would like to have a tremendous amount of access and bandwidth speeds and so on, right?

Shridhar
So the human interaction and experience is improving vastly, given the networks that are growing. On the machine-to-machine (M2M) side, it’s going to be different. They don’t need oodles of bandwidth. About 80 to 90 percent of all machine interactions are going to be very, very low bandwidth – and, of course, low power. I will come to the low power in a moment, but it’s going to be very low bandwidth requirement.

In order to switch off a streetlight, how much bandwidth do you actually require? Or, in order to sense temperature or air quality or water and water quality, how much bandwidth do you actually require?

When you ask these questions, you get an answer that the machines don’t require that much bandwidth. More importantly, when there are millions -- or possibly billions -- of devices to be deployed in the years to come, how are you going to service a piece of equipment that is telling a streetlight to switch on and switch off if the battery runs out?

Machines are different from humans in terms of interactions. When we deploy machines that require low bandwidth and low power consumption, a battery can enable such a machine to communicate for years.

Aside from heavy video streaming applications or constant security monitoring, where low-bandwidth, low-power technology doesn’t work, the majority of the cases are all about low bandwidth and low power. And these machines can communicate with the quality of service that is required.

When it communicates, the network has to be available. You then need to establish a network that is highly available, which consumes very little power and provides the right amount of bandwidth. So studies show that less than 50 kbps connectivity should suffice for the majority of these requirements.

Now the machine interaction also means that you collect all of them into a platform and basically act on them. It's not about just sensing it, it's measuring it, analyzing it, and acting on it.

Low-power to the people

So the whole stack consists not just of connectivity alone. It’s LPWAN technology that is emerging now and is becoming a de facto standard as more-and-more countries start embracing it.

At Tata Communications we have embraced the LPWAN technology from the LoRa Alliance, a consortium of more than 400 partners who have gotten together and are driving standards. We are creating this network over the next 18 to 24 months across India. We have made these networks available right now in four cities. By the end of the year, it will be many more cities -- almost 60 cities across India by March 2018.

Gardner: Nigel, how do you see the opportunity, the market, for a standard architecture around this sort of low-power, low-bandwidth network? This is a proof of concept in India, but what's the potential here for taking this even further? Is this something that has global potential?
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Upton: The global potential is undoubtedly there, and there is an additional element that we didn't talk about which is that not all devices require the same amount of bandwidth. So we have talked about video surveillance requiring higher bandwidth, we have talked about devices that have low-power bandwidth and will essentially be created once and forgotten when expected to last 5 or 10 years.

Upton
We also need to add in the aspect of security, and that really gave HPE and Tata the common ground of understanding that the world is made up of a variety of network requirements, some of which will be met by LPWAN, some of which will require more bandwidth, maybe as high as 5G.

The real advantage of being able to use a common architecture to be able to take the data from these devices is the idea of having things like a common management, common security, and a common data model so that you really have the power of being able to take information, take data from all of these different types of devices and pull it into a common platform that is based on a standard.

In our case, we selected the oneM2M standard, it’s the best standard available to be able to build that common data model and that's the reason why we deployed the oneM2M model within the universal IoT platform to get that consistency no matter what type of device over no matter what type of network.

Gardner: It certainly sounds like this is an unprecedented opportunity to gather insight and analysis into areas that you just really couldn't have measured before. So going back to the economics of this, Shridhar, have you had any opportunity through these pilot projects in such cities as Jamshedpur to demonstrate a return on investment, perhaps on street lighting, perhaps on quality of utilization and efficiency? Is there a strong financial incentive to do this once the initial hurdle of upfront costs is met?

Data-driven cost reduction lights up India

Unless the customer sees that there is a scope for either reducing the cost or increasing the customer experience, they are not going to buy these kinds of solutions.
Shridhar: Unless the customer sees that there is a scope for either reducing the cost or increasing the customer experience, they are not going to buy these kinds of solutions. So if you look at how things have been progressing, I will give you a few examples of how the costs have started constructing and playing out. One of course is to have devices, meeting at certain price point, we talked about how in India -- we talked that Nigel was remarking how constant still this Indian market is, but it’s important, once we delivered to a certain cost, we believe we can now deliver globally to scale. That’s very important, so if we build something in India it would deliver to the global market as well.

The streetlight example, let’s take that specifically and see what kind of benefits it would give. When a streetlight operates for about 12 hours a day, it costs about Rs.12, which is about $0.15, but when you start optimizing it and say, okay, this is a streetlight that is supported currently on halogen and you move it to LED, it brings a little bit of cost saving, in some cases significant as well. India is going through an LED revolution as you may have read in the newspapers, those streetlights are being converted, and that’s one distinct cost advantage.

Now they are looking and driving, let’s say, the usage and the electricity bills even lower by optimizing it. Let’s say you sync it with the astronomical clock, that 6:30 in the evening it comes up and let’s say 6:30 in the morning it shuts down linking to the astronomical clock because now you are connecting this controller to the Internet.

The second thing that you would do is during busy hours keep it at the brightest, let’s say between 7:00 and 10:00, you keep it at the brightest and after that you start minimizing it. You can control it down in 10 percent increments.

The point I am making is, you basically deliver intensity of light to the kind of requirement that you have. If it is busy, or if there is nobody on the street, or if there is a safety requirement -- a sensor will trigger up a series of lights, and so on.

So your ability to play around with just having streetlight being delivered to the requirement is so high that it brings down total cost. While I was telling you about $0.15 that you would spend per streetlight, that could be brought down to $0.05. So that’s the kind of advantage by better controlling the streetlights. The business case builds up, and a customer can save 60 to 70 percent just by doing this. Obviously, then the business case stands out.

The question that you are asking is an interesting one because each of the applications has its own way of returning the investment back, while the optimization of resources is being done. There is also a collateral positive benefit by saving the environment. So not only do I gain a business savings and business optimization, but I also pass on a general, bigger message of a green environment. Environment and safety are the two biggest benefits of implementing this and it would really appeal to our customers.

Gardner:It’s always great to put hard economic metrics on these things, but Shridhar just mentioned safety. Even when you can't measure in direct economics, it's invaluable when you can bring a higher degree of safety to an urban environment.

It opens up for more foot traffic, which can lead to greater economic development, which can then provide more tax revenue. It seems to me that there is a multiplier effect when you have this sort of intelligent urban landscape that creates a cascading set of benefits: the more data, the more efficiency; the more efficiency, the more economic development; the more revenue, the more data and so on. So tell us a little bit about this ongoing multiplier and virtuous adoption benefit when you go to intelligent urban environments?

Quality of life, under control

Upton:Yes, also it’s important to note that it differs almost by country to country and almost within region to region within countries. The interesting challenge with smart cities is that often you're dealing with elected officials rather than hard-nosed businessman who are only interested in the financial return. And it's because you're dealing with politicians and they are therefore representing the citizens in their area, either their city or their town or their region, their priorities are not always the same.

There is quite a variation of one of the particular challenges, particular social challenges as well as the particular quality of life challenges in each of the areas that they work in. So things like personal safety are a very big deal in some regions. I am currently in Tokyo and here there is much more concern around quality of life and mobility with a rapidly aging population and their challenges are somewhat different.
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But in India, the set of opportunities and challenges that are set out, they are in that combination of economic as well as social, and if you solve them and you essentially give citizens more peace of mind, more ability to be able to move freely, to be able to take part in the economic interaction within that area, then undoubtedly that leads to greater growth, but it is worth bearing in mind that it does vary almost city by city and region by region.

Gardner:Shridhar, do you have any other input into a cascading ongoing set of benefits when you get more data, more network opportunity. I guess I am trying to understand for a longer-term objective that being intelligent and data-driven has an ongoing set of benefits, what might those be? How can this be a long-term data and analytics treasure trove when you think about it in terms of how to provide better urban experiences?

Home/work help

Shridhar:From our perspective, when we looked at the customer benefits there is a huge amount of focus around the smart cities and how smart cities are benefiting from a network. If you look at the enterprise customers, they are also looking at safety, which is an overlapping application that a smart city would have.

So the enterprise wants to provide safety to its workers, for example, in mines or in difficult terrains, environments where they are focusing on helping them. Or women’s safety, which is as you know in India is a big thing as well -- how do you provide a device which is not very obvious and it gives the women all the safety that is there.

So all this in some form is providing data. One of the things that comes to my mind when you ask about how data-driven resources can be and what kind of quality it would give is if you action your mind to some of the customer services devices, there could be applications or let’s say a housewife could have a multiple button kind of a device where she can order a service.

Depending on the service she presses and an aggregate of households across India, you would know the trends and direction of a certain service, and mind you, it could be as simple as a three-button device which says Service A, Service B, Service C, and it could be a consumer service that gets extended to a particular household that we sell it as a service.

So you could get lots of trends and patterns that are emerging from that, and we believe that the customer experience is going to change, because no longer is a customer going to retain in his mind what kind of phone numbers or your, let's say, apps and all to order, you give them the convenience of just a button-press service. That immediately comes to my mind.

Feedback fosters change

The second one is in terms of feedback. You use the same three-button service to say, how well have you used utility -- or rather how -- what kind of quality of service that you rate multiple utilities that you are using, and there is toilet revolution in India. For example, you put these buttons out there, they will tell you at any given point of time what’s the user satisfaction and so on.

So these are all data that is getting gathered and I believe that while it is early days for us to go on and put out analytics and give you distinct kind of benefits that are there, but some of the things that customers are already looking at is which geographies, which segment, who are my biggest -- profile of the customers using this and so on. That kind of information is going to come out very, very distinctly.

The Smart Cities is all about experience. The enterprises are now looking at the data that is coming out and seeing how they can use it to better segment, and provide better customer experience which would obviously mean both adding to their top line as well as helping them manage their bottom line. So it's beyond safety, it's getting into the customer experience – the realm of managing customer experience.

Gardner:From a go-to-market perspective, or a go-to-city’s perspective, these are very complex undertakings, lots of moving parts, lots of different technologies and standards. How are Tata and HPE are coming together -- along with other service providers, Pointnextfor example? How do you put this into a package that can then actually be managed and put in place? How do we make this appealing not only in terms of its potential but being actionable as well when it comes to different cities and regions?

Upton:The concept of Smart Cities has been around for a while and various governments around the world have pumped money into their cities over an extended period of time.
We now have the infrastructure in place, we have the price points and we have IoT becoming mainstream.

As usual, these things always take more time than you think, and I do not believe today that we have a technology challenge on our hands. We have much more of a business model challenge. Being able to deploy technology to be able to bring benefits to citizens, I think that is finally getting to the point where it is much better understood where innovation of the device level, whether it's streetlights, whether it's the ability to measure water quality, sound quality, humidity, all of these metrics that we have available to us now. There has been very rapid innovation at that device level and at the economics of how to produce them, at a price that will enable widespread deployment.

All that has been happening rapidly over the last few years getting us to the point where we now have the infrastructure in place, we have the price points in place, and we have IoT becoming mainstream enough that it is entering into the manufacturing process of all sorts of different devices, as I said, ranging from streetlights to personal security devices through to track and trace devices that are built into the manufacturing process of goods.
That is now reaching mainstream and we are now able to take advantage of this massive data that’s now being produced to be able to produce even more efficient and smarter cities, and make them safer places for our citizens.

Gardner:Last word to you, Shridhar. If people wanted to learn more about the pilot proof of concept (PoC) that you are doing there at Jamshedpur and other cities, through the Smart Cities Mission, where might they go, are there any resources, how would you provide more information to those interested in pursuing more of these technologies?

Pilot projects take flight

Shridhar:I would be very happy to help them look at the PoCs that we are doing. I would classify the PoCs that we are doing is as far as safety is concerned, we talked of energy management in one big bucket that is there, then the customer service I spoke about, the fourth one I would say is more on the utility side. Gas and water are two big applications where customers are looking at these PoCs very seriously.

And there is very one interesting application in that one customer wanted for pest control, where he wanted his mouse traps to have sensors so that they will at any point of time know if there is a rat trap at all, which I thought was a very interesting thing.
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There are multiple streams that we have, we have done multiple PoCs, we will be very happy as Tata Communications team [to provide more information], and the HPE folks are in touch with us.

You could write to us, to me in particular for some period of time. We are also putting information on our website. We have marketing collateral, which describes this. We will do some of the joint workshops with HPE as well.

So there are multiple ways to reach us, and one of the best ways obviously is through our website. We are always there to provide more important help, and we believe that we can’t do it all alone; it’s about the ecosystem getting to know and getting to work on it.

While we have partners like HPE on the platform level, we also have partners such as Semtech, who established Center of Excellence in Mumbai along with us. So the access to the ecosystem from HPE side as well as our other partners is available, and we are happy to work and co-create the solutions going forward.


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The next BriefingsDirect customer experience insights discussion explores how Contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) capabilities are becoming more powerful as a result of leveraging cloud computing, multi-mode communications channels, and the ability to provide optimized and contextual user experiences.

More than ever, businesses have to make difficult and complex decisions about how to best source their customer-facing services. Which apps and services, what data and resources should be in the cloud or on-premises -- or in some combination -- are among the most consequential choices business leaders now face. As the confluence of cloud and unified communications (UC) -- along with data-driven analytics -- gain traction, the contact center function stands out.

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We’ll now hear why traditional contact center technology has become outdated, inflexible and cumbersome, and why CCaaS is becoming more popular in meeting the heightened user experience requirements of today.
Here to share more on the next chapter of contact center and customer service enhancements, is Vasili Triant, CEO of Serenovain Austin, Texas. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: What are the new trends reshaping the contact center function?

Triant:What’s changed in the world of contact center and customer service is that we’re seeing a generational spread -- everything from baby boomers all the way now to Gen Z.

With the proliferation of smartphones through the early 2000s, and new technologies and new channels -- things like WeChat and Viber -- all these customers are now potential inbound discussions with brands. And they all have different mediums that they want to communicate on. It’s no longer just phone or e-mail: It’s phone, e-mail, web chat, SMS, WeChat, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and there are other channels coming around the corner that we don't even know about yet.

Triant
When you take all of these folks -- customers or brands -- and you take all of these technologies that consumers want to engage with across all of these different channels – it’s simple, they want to be heard. It's now the responsibility of brands to determine what is the best way to respond and it’s not always one-to-one.

So it’s not a phone call for a phone call, it’s maybe an SMS to a phone call, or a phone call to a web chat -- whatever those [multi-channels] may be. The complexity of how we communicate with customers has increased. The needs have changed dramatically. And the legacy types of technologies out there, they can't keep up -- that's what's really driven the shift, the paradigm shift, within the contact center space.

Gardner:It’s interesting that the new business channels for marketing and capturing business are growing more complex. They still have to then match on the back end how they support those users, interact with them, and carry them through any sort of process -- whether it's on-boarding and engaging, or it’s supporting and servicing them.

What we’re requiring then is a different architecture to support all of that. It seems very auspicious that we have architectural improvements right along with these new requirements.

Triant:We have two things that have collided at the same time – cloud technologies and the growth of truly global companies.  

Most of the new channels that have rolled out are in the cloud. I mean, think about it -- Facebook is a cloud technology, Twitter is a cloud technology. WeChat, Viber, all these things, they are all cloud technologies. It’s becoming a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based world. The easiest and best way to integrate with these other cloud technologies is via the cloud -- versus on-premises. So what began as the shift of on-premises technology to cloud contact center -- and that really began in 2011-2012 – has rapidly picked up speed with the adoption of multi-channels as a primary method of communication.

The only way to keep up with the pace of development of all these channels is through cloud technologies because you need to develop an agile world, you need to be able to get the upgrades out to customers in a quick fashion, in an easy fashion, and in an inexpensive fashion. That's the core difference between the on-premises world and the cloud world.

At the same time, we are no longer talking about a United States company, an Australia company, or a UK company -- we are talking about everything as global brands, or global businesses. Customer service is global now, and no one cares about borders or countries when it comes to communication with a brand.
Customer service is global now, and no one cares about borders or countries when it comes to communications with a brand.


Gardner:We have been speaking about this through the context of the end-user, the consumer. But this architecture and its ability to leverage cloud also benefits the agent, the person who is responsible for keeping that end-user happy and providing them with the utmost in intelligent services. So how does the new architecture also aid and abet the agent.

Triant: The agent is frankly one of the most important pieces to this entire puzzle. We talk a lot about channels and how to engage with the customer, but that's really what we call listening. But even in just simple day-to-day human interactions, one of the most important things is how you communicate back. There has been a series of time-and-motion studies done within contact centers, within brands -- and you can even look at your personal experiences. You don’t have to read reports to understand this.
The baseline for how an interaction will begin and end and whether that will be a happy or a poor interaction with the brand, is going to be dependent on the agents’ state of mind. If I call up and I speak to “Joe,” and he starts the conversation, he is in a great mood and he is having a great day, then my conversation will most likely end in a positive interaction because it started that way.

But if someone is frustrated, they had a rough day, they can’t find their information, their computers have been crashing or rebooting, then the interaction is guaranteed to end up poor. You hear this all the time, “Oh, can you wait a moment, my systems are loading. Oh, I can’t get you an answer, that screen is not coming up. I can't see your account information.” The agents are frustrated because they can’t do their job, and that frustration then blends into your conversation.

So using the technology to make it easy for the agent to do their job is essential. If they have to go from one screen to another screen to conduct one interaction with the customer -- they are going to be frustrated, and that will lead to a poor experience with the customer.

The cloud technologies like Serenova, which is web-based, are able to bring all those technologies into one screen. The agent can have all the information brought to them easily, all in one click, and then be able to answer all the customer needs. The agent is happy and that adds to the customer satisfaction. The conclusion of the call is a happy customer, which is what we all want. That’s a great scenario and you need cloud technology to do that because the on-premises world does not deliver a great agent experience.

One-stop service

Gardner:Another thing that the older technologies don't provide is the ability to have a flexible spectrum to move across these channels. Many times when I engage with an organization I might start with an SMS or a text chat, but then if that can’t satisfy my needs, I want to get a deeper level of satisfaction. So it might end up going to a phone call or an interaction on the web, or even a shared desktop, if I’m in IT support, for example.

The newer cloud technology allows you to intercept via different types of channels, but you can also escalate and vary between and among them seamlessly. Why is that flexibility both of benefit to the end-user as well as the agent?

Triant: I always tell companies and customers of ours that you don't have to over-think this; all you have to do is look to your personal life. Most common things that we as users deal with -- such as cell phone companies, cable companies, airlines, -- you can get onto any of these websites and begin chatting, but you can find that your interaction isn’t going well. Before I started at Serenova, I had these experiences where I was dealing with the cable company and -- chat, chat, chat, -- trying to solve my problem. But we couldn't get there, and so then we needed to get on the phone. But they said, “Here is our 800 number, call in.” I’d call in, but I’d have to start a whole new interaction.

Basically, I’d have to re-explain my entire situation. Then, I am talking with one person, and they have to turn around and send me an email, but I am not going to get that email for 30 to 45 minutes because they have to get off the phone, and get into another system and send it off. In the meantime, I am frustrated, I am ticked off -- and guess what I have done now? I have left that brand. This happens across the board. I can even have two totally different types of interactions with the company.

You can use a major airline brand as an example. One of our employees called on the phone trying to resolve an issue that was caused by the airline. They basically said, “No, no, no.” It made her very frustrated. She decided she’s going to fly with a different airline now. She then sent a social post [to that effect], and the airline’s VP of Customer Service answered it, and within minutes they had resolved her issue. But they already spent three hours on the phone trying to push her off through yet another channel because it was a totally different group, a totally different experience.

By leveraging technologies where you can pivot from one channel to another, everyone will get answers quicker. I can be chatting with you, Dana, and realize that we need to escalate to a voice conversation, for example, and I as the agent; I can then turn that conversation into a voice call. You don't have to re-explain yourself and you are like, “Wow, that's cool! Now I’m on the phone with a facility,” and we are able to handle our business.

As agent, I can also pivot simultaneously to an email channel to send you something as simple as a user guide or a series of knowledge-based articles that I may have at my fingertips as an agent. But you and I are still on the phone call. Even better yet, after-the-fact, as a business, I have all the analytics and the business intelligence to say that I had one interaction with Dana that started out as a web chat, pivoted to a phone call, and I simultaneously then sent a knowledge-based article of “X” around this issue and I can report on it all at once. Not three separate interactions, not three separate events -- and I have made you a happy customer.

Gardner:We are clearly talking about enabling the agent to be a super-agent, and they can, of course, be anywhere. I think this is really important now because the function of an agent -- we are already seeing the beginnings of this -- but it's going to certainly include and increase having more artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and associated data analytics benefits. The agent then might be a combination of human and AI functions and services.

So we need to be able to integrate at a core communications basis. Without going too far down this futuristic route, isn't it important for that agent to be an assimilation of more assets and more services over time?

Artificial Intelligence plus human support

Triant:I‘m glad you brought up AI and these other technologies. The reality is that we've been through a number of cycles around what this technology is going to do and how it is going to interact with an agent. In my view, and I have been in this world for a while, the agent is the most important piece of customer service and brand engagement. But you have to be able to bring information to them, and you have to be able to give information to your customers so that if there is something simple, get it to them as quick as possible -- but also bring all the relevant information to the agent.

AI has had multiple forms; it has existed for a long time. Sometimes people get confused because of marketing schemes and sales tactics [and view AI] as a way for cost avoidance, to reduce agents and eliminate staff by implementing these technologies. Really the focus is how to create a better customer experience, how to create a better agent experience.

We have had AI in our product for last three years, and we are re-releasing some components that will bring business intelligence to the forefront around the end of the year. What it essentially does is alIow you to see what you're doing as a user out on the Internet and within these technologies. I can see that you have been looking for knowledge-based articles around, for example, “why my refrigerator keeps freezing up and how can I defrost it.” You can see such things on Twitter and you can see these things on Facebook. The amount of information that exists out there is phenomenal and in real-time. I can now gather that information … and I can proactively, as a business, make decisions about what I want to do with you as a potential consumer.

I can even identify you as a consumer within my business, know how many products you have acquired from me, and whether you're a “platinum” customer or even a basic customer, and then make a decision.

For example, I have TVs, refrigerators, washer-dryers and other appliances all from the same manufacturer. So I am a large consumer to that one manufacturer because all of my components are there. But I may be searching a knowledge-based article on why the refrigerator continues to freeze up.

Now I may call in about just the refrigerator, but wouldn't it be great for that agent to know that I own 22 other products from that same company? I'm not just calling about the refrigerator; I am technically calling about the entire brand. My experience around the refrigerator freaking out may change my entire brand decision going forward. That information may prompt me to decide that I want to route that customer to a different pool of agents, based on what their total lifetime value is as a brand-level consumer.

Through AI, by leveraging all this information, I can be a better steward to my customer and to the agent, because I will tell you, an agent will act differently if they understand the importance of that customer or to know that I, Vasili, have spent the last two hours searching online for information, which I posted on Facebook and I posted on Twitter.
Through AI, by leveraging all this information, I can be a better steward to the customer and to the agent.

At that point, the level of my frustration already has reached a certain height on a scale. As an agent, if you knew that, you might treat me differently because you already know that I am frustrated. The agent may be able to realize that you have been looking for some information on this, realize you have been on Facebook and Twitter. They can then say: “I am really sorry, I'm not able to get you answers. Let me see how I can help you, it seems that you are looking online about how to keep the refrigerator from freezing up.”

If I start the conversation that way, I've now diffused a lot of the frustration of the customer. The agent has already started that interaction better. Bringing that information to that person, that’s powerful, that’s business intelligence -- and that’s creating action from all that information.

Keep your cool

Gardner:It’s fascinating that that level of sentiment analysis brings together the best of what AI and machine learning can do, which is to analyze all of these threads of data and information and determine a temperature, if you will, of a person's mood and pass that on to a human agent who can then have the emotional capacity to be ready to help that person get to a lower temperature, be more able to help them overall.

It’s becoming clear to me, Vasili, that this contact center function and CCaaS architectural benefits are far more strategic to an organization than we may have thought, that it is about more than just customer service. This really is the best interface between a company -- and all the resources and assets it has across customer service, marketing, and sales interactions. Do you agree that this has become far more strategic because of these new capabilities?

Triant:Absolutely, and as brands begin to realize the power of what the technology can do for their overall business, it will continue to evolve, and gain pace around global adoption.
As brands begin to realize the power of what the technology can do for their overall businesses, it will continue to evolve and gain global adoption.

We have only scratched the surface on adoption of these cloud technologies within organizations. A majority of brands out there look at these interactions as a cost of doing business. They still seek to reduce that cost versus the lifetime value of both the consumer, as well as the agent experience. This will shift, it is shifting, and there are companies that are thriving by recognizing that entire equation and how to leverage the technologies.

Technology is nothing without action and result. There have been some really cool things that have existed for a while, but they don’t ever produce any result that’s meaningful to the customer so they never get adopted and deployed and ultimately reach some type of a mass proliferation of results.

Gardner:You mentioned cost. Let’s dig into that. For organizations that are attracted to the capabilities and the strategic implications of CCaaS, how do we evaluate it in terms of cost? The old CapEx approach often had a high upfront cost, and then high operating costs, if you have an inefficient call center. Other costs involve losing your customers, losing brand affinity, losing your perception in the market. So when you talk to a prospect or customer, how do you help them tease out the understanding of a pay-as-you-go service as highly efficient? Does the highly empowered agent approach save money, or even make money, and CCaaS becomes not a cost center but a revenue generator?

Cost consciousness

Triant:Interesting point, Dana. When I started at Serenova about five years ago, customers all the time would say, “What’s the cost of owning the technology?” And, “Oh, my, on-premises stuff has already depreciated and I already own it, so it’s cheaper for me to keep it.” That was the conversation pretty much every day. Beginning in 2013, it rapidly started shifting. This shift was mainly driven by the fact that organizations started realizing that consumers want to engage on different channels, and the on-premises guys couldn’t keep up with this demand.

The cost of ownership no longer matters. What matters is that the on-premises guys just literally could not deliver the functionality. And so, whether that's Cisco, Avaya, or Shoretel, they quickly started falling away in consideration for technology companies that were looking to deploy applications for their business to meet these needs.

The cost of ownership quickly disappeared as the main discussion point. Instead it came around to, “What is the solution that you're going to deliver?” Customers that are looking for contact center technologies are beginning to take a cloud-first approach. And once they see the power of CCaaS through demonstration and through some trials of what an agent can do – and it’s all browser-based, there is no client install, there is no equipment on-premises - then it takes on a life of its own. It’s about, “What is the experience going to be? Are these channels all integrated? Can I get it all from one manufacturer?”

Following that, organizations focus on other intricacies around - Can it scale? Can it be redundant? Is it global? But those become architectural concerns for the brands themselves. There is a chunk of the industry that is not looking at these technologies, and they are stuck in brand euphoria or have to stay with on-premises infrastructure, or with a certain vendor because of their name or that they are going to get there someday.

As we have seen, Avaya has declared bankruptcy. Avaya does not have cloud technologies despite their marketing message. So the customers that are in those technologies now realize they have to find a path to keep up with the basic customer service at a global scale. Unfortunately, those customers have to find a path forward and they don’t have one right now.
It's less about cost of ownership and it’s more about the high cost of not doing anything. If I don't do anything, what’s going to be the cost? That cost ultimately becomes - I’m not going to be able to have engagement with my customers because the consumers are changing.
It's less about cost of ownership and it's more about the high cost of not doing anything.

Gardner:What about this idea of considering your contact center function not just as a cost center, but also as a business development function? Am I being too optimistic.

It seems to me that as AI and the best of what human interactions can do combine across multichannels, that this becomes no longer just a cost center for support, a check-off box, but a strategic must-do for any business.

Multi-channel customer interaction

Triant:When an organization reaches the pinnacle of happiness within what these technologies can do, they will realize that no longer do you need to have delineation between a marketing department that answers social media posts, an inside sales department that is only taking calls for upgrades and renewals, and a customer service department that’s dealing with complaints or inbound questions. They will see that you can leverage all the applications across a pool of agents with different skills.

I may have a higher skill around social media than over voice, or I may have a higher skill level around a sales activity, or renewal activity, over customer service problems. I should be able to do any interaction. And potentially one day it'll just be customer interaction department and the channels are just a medium of inbound and outbound choice for a brand.

But you can now take information from whatever you see the customer doing. Each of their actions have a leading indicator, everything has a predictive action prior to the inbound touch, everything does. Now that a brand can see that, it will be able to have “consumer interaction departments,” and it will be properly routed to the right person based on that information. You’ll be able to bring information to that agent that will allow them to answer the customer’s questions.

Gardner:I can see how that agent’s job would be very satisfying and fulfilling when you are that important, when you have that sort of a key role in your organization that empowers people. That’s good news for people that are trying to find those skills and fill those positions.

Vasili, we only have a few minutes left, but I’d love to hear about a couple of examples. It’s one thing to tell, it’s another thing to show. Do we have some examples of organizations that have embraced this concept of a strategic contact center, taken advantage of those multi-channels, added perhaps some intelligence and improved the status and capability of the agents -- all to some business benefit? Walk us through a couple of actual use cases where this has all come together.

Cloud communication culture shift

Triant:No one has reached that level of euphoria per se, but there are definitely companies that are moving in that direction.

It is a culture change, so it takes time. I know as well as anybody what it takes to shift a culture, and it doesn't happen overnight. As an example, there is a ride-hailing company that engages in a different way with their consumer, and their consumer might be different than what you think from the way I am describing it. They use voice systems and SMS and often want to pivot between the two. Our technology actually allows the agent to make that decision even if they aren’t even physically in the same country. They are dynamically spread across multiple countries to answer any question they may need to answer based on time and day.

But they can pivot from what’s predominantly an SMS inbound and outbound communication into a voice interaction, and then they can also follow up with an e-mail, and that’s already happened. Now, it initially started with some SMS inbound and outbound, then they added voice – an interesting move as most people think adding voice is what people are getting away from. What everyone has begun to realize is that live communication ultimately is what everybody looks for in the end to solve the more complex problems.
What everyone has begun to realize is that live communication ultimately is what everybody looks for in the end to solve the more complex problems.

That's one example. Another company that provides the latest technology in food order and delivery initially started with voice-only to order and deliver food. Now they've added SMS confirmations automatically, and e-mail as well for confirmation or for more information from the inbound voice call. And now, once they are an existing customer, they can even start an order from an SMS, and pivot back to a voice call for confirmation -- all within one interaction. They are literally one of the fastest growing alternative food delivery companies, growing at a global scale.

They are deploying agents globally across one technology. They would not be able to do this with legacy technologies because of the expense. When you get into these kinds of high-volume, low-margin businesses, cost matters. When you can have an OpEx model that will scale, you are adding better customer service to the applications, and you are able to allow them to build a profitable model because you are not burning them with high CapEx processes.

Gardner:Before we sign off, you had mentioned your pipeline about your products and services, such as engaging more with AI capabilities toward the end of the year. Could give us a level-set on your roadmap? Where are your products and services now? Where do you go next?

A customer journey begins with insight

Triant:We have been building cloud technologies for 16 years in the contact center space. We released our latest CCaaS platform in March 2016 called CxEngage. We then had a major upgrade to the platform in March of this year, where we take that agent experience to the next level. It’s really our leapfrog in the agent interface and making it easier, bringing in more information to them.

Where we are going next is around the customer journey -- predictive interactions. Some people call it AI, but I will call it “customer journey mapping with predictive action insights.” That’s going to be a big cornerstone in our product, including business analytics. It’s focused around looking at a combination of speech, data and text -- all simultaneously creating predictive actions. This is another core area we are going in an and continue to expand the reach of our platform from a global scale.

At this point, we are a global company. We have the only global cloud platform built on a single software stack with one data pipeline. We now have more users on a pure cloud platform than any of our competitors globally. I know that’s a big statement, but when you look at a pure cloud infrastructure, you're talking in a whole different realm of what services you are able to offer to customers. Our ability to provide a broad reach including to Europe, South Africa, Australia, India, and Singapore -- and still deliver good cloud quality at a reasonable cost and redundant fashion –  we are second to none in that space.

Gardner:I’m afraid we will have to leave it there. We have been listening to a sponsored BriefingsDirect discussion on how CCaaS capabilities are becoming more powerful as a result of cloud computing, multimode communications channels, and the ability to provide optimized and contextual user experiences.

And we’ve learned how new levels of insight and intelligence are now making CCaaS approaches able to meet the highest user experience requirements of today and tomorrow. So please join me now in thanking our guest, Vasili Triant, CEO of Serenova in Austin, Texas.

Triant:Thank you very much, Dana. I appreciate you having me today.

Gardner:This is Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, your host and moderator for this ongoing series of BriefingsDirect discussions. A big thank you to our sponsor, Serenova, as well as to you, our audience. Do come back next time and thanks for listening.

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Опубликованная Концепция создания нового рынка электроэнергии на основе «интернета энергии» в рамках «дорожной карты» национальной технологической инициативы EnergyNet наконец стала обретать очертания чего-то готового к обсуждению. Все, что было на этот счёт до этого представляло из себя набор модных слов о цифровизации и интеллектуализации всего и вся и благих пожеланий в стиле «за все хорошее и против всего плохого». Уже казалось, что это так всё и умрет в нынешних унылых условиях стагнирующей экономики и затяжного кризиса. Но нет, на недавнем тематическом совещании в Севастополе появилась очередная красивая презентация, внутри которой был обнародован состав расширенной рабочей группы (не путать с рабочей группой Energy.net) , а также примерная стоимость и график продвижения или, опять же, «дорожная карта» реализации проекта «дорожной карты», извините за слэнг. Эта информация и стала, по нашему мнению, самым ценным содержанием всей презентации.

Среди участников этой большой рабочей группы обнаружилось много уважаемых и авторитетных экспертов. Однако часть этих самых экспертов, наиболее известных, замеченных в рыночном реформировании электроэнергетики еще времён РАО ЕЭС и А.Б.Чубайса&сотоварищи, на деле оказываются апологетами совсем других идей и постулатов, на которых, собственно, и зиждется наш уродливый рынок – местами бессмысленный, а чаще беспощадный к тем, кому он, собственно и призван служить – потребителям. При этом эти же люди в течение многих и многих вскрывают его многочисленные проблемы, обсуждают необходимость их решения и одну за другой строят «дорожные карты». Но дальше-то дело не двигается. Да, в общем и целом все, правда с разных позиций, согласны, что рынок в России, мягко говоря, нормально не работает. Относительно низкие цены на электроэнергию по сравнению с другими странами (а это то, что часто преподносится как великое достижение реформ) всего лишь результат искусственно заниженных цен на газ, а также широкого использования давно самортизированной советской инфраструктуры при том, что самих амортизационных средств на реконструкцию у её сегодняшних хозяев давно уж нет.

Авторы  
  Алексей Преснов, управляющий партнер, Агентство Энергетического Анализа (АЭА), г. Москва,  www.aeapresnow.com
  Татьяна Иванова, к.э.н., эксперт АЭА

В этом смысле авторы не изменили традициям - они вновь указали на глобальные и вопиющие недостатки того, что у нас есть сегодня, местами прямо назвав вещи своими именами - российская электроэнергетика находится в глубокой стагнации, а конкурентные рыночные механизмы функционируют лишь в очень ограниченном виде в оптовом сегменте, где "сохраняется высокая концентрация активов". Мы бы сказали - не только сохраняется, но и растёт.

Но не суть. Речь о другом. О том, что в эту бочку дегтя авторы Концепции хотят добавить несколько ложек с медом – некие структуры, называемые АЭК (активные энергокомплексы) в которых все будет по новому: цифровизация, автоматизация, demand response и агрегация спроса и производства, отсутствие жесткого регулирования взамен на рыночную ответственность и т.д. Этакие «новые» ячейки рынка, которые свяжутся со старым миром ЕЭС через УИСы - управляемые интеллектуальные соединения по стандартизированным протоколам, которые, по сути, и будут основными элементами архитектуры интернета энергии и в последующем - блокчейна. Именно их посредством ячейки «нового» будут в автоматическом интеллектуальном режиме взаимодействовать и с инфраструктурой ЕЭС – «старым миром», и между собой, и, возможно, внутри себя – между участниками АЭК. АЭК – это в представлении авторов документа некие «коммуны» нового энергорынка, в котором все будет прекрасно, где платежи, технологические процессы, торговые и информационные сервисы будут осуществляться в автоматическом режиме, а впоследствии и вовсе без участия человека, где не будет перекрестки, неплатежей, статусов, ДПМ, надбавок за Калининград и Дальний Восток, мусоросжигательных заводов, не будет 16-го – регламента договора о присоединении и вообще ничего нерыночного. Всё это останется там – в старом порочном мире ЕЭС и как-то продолжит жить, но уже без них, без реформаторов. Другими словами, реформаторы нашли себе новое поле для деятельности (и даже с воображаемой «рыночной ответственностью»), а уродливый стагнирующий рынок пусть загибается без каких-либо изменений в ядре рынка. Только откуда возьмутся эти АЭК? И возможно ли функционирование искусственно созданных ячеек, которые, по сути, инородны для экономической системы и того, что мы называем сейчас рынком электроэнергии в стране. Система не принимает инородных тел – она их либо перестраивает под себя, либо выдавливает – это азы функционирования любых систем, в том числе экономических.

Есть ли аналоги АЭК в мире? На этот вопрос авторы Концепции отвечают уклончиво, приводя какие-то не очень имеющие отношение к делу данные по проектам интернета энергии Китая и Японии, более подробно останавливаются на США, в частности, штате Нью-Йорк, где идут активные процессы эволюции классической модели в полностью дерегулированный рынок, интегрирующий в себя значимые объемы распределенной генерации и стирающий границы между оптом и розницей. Только вот все это примеры проектов, функционирующих в экономических системах и на рынках электроэнергии, построенных на соответствующих принципах, которых у нас как раз и нет.

Вообще штат Нью-Йорк и город Нью-Йорк в силу определенных причин, наверное, субъективного характера, в плане продвижения идей развития распределенной генерации и ресурсов стал у нас в некотором роде тем, чем в свое время для РАО ЕЭС и энергетики страны в период начала реформ были американские рыночные юрисдикции PJM и ISO – New England. По тамошним лекалам делался наш нынешний рынок, правда, со значительными упрощениями, местами исказившими одни из самых эффективных моделей рынка электроэнергии до степени неузнаваемости. Понятно, что эти упрощения были результатом различных компромиссов, прежде всего, социально-политического характера, но не только. Рынок по образцу и подобию ведущих американских юрисдикций предполагал наличие мощных технологических и информационных инструментов, глубоких рыночных и биржевых традиций - всего того, чего у нас не было тогда, нет и сейчас. И пока не предвидится в силу существующего инвестиционного климата.  В PJM торги ведутся каждые 5 мин (при этом диспетчерский график формируется по заявкам с учётом заданной надёжности, а не по надёжности, с учётом уточняющих заявок как у нас), в то время как у нас ещё до недавнего времени индексы БР рассчитывались несколько раз в день.

Аналогичным образом работает рынок и в Нью-Йорке, и именно на таком рынке с реальным балансом спроса и предложения и неискаженными ценовыми сигналами все больше и больше востребованы распределённые энергоресурсы - будь то генерация, включая ВИЭ, когенерация, агрегированный demand response, просьюмеры и различные смарт-технологии в сетевом сегменте, позволяющие гибко интегрировать новые устройства и новых участников в один общий эволюционирующий рынок. Который, заметим, как и другие – PJM, ISO NE, ERCOT и прочие - не очень велики территориально, но сопоставимы по объёмам с нашими ценовыми зонами. Распределённый рынок, основанный на новых технологиях, в первую очередь возникает в городах и жилых зонах - там, где они оказываются востребованными на фоне волатильного спроса и ценовых колебаний, где для хеджирования рисков возникает нужда в агрегаторах спроса, и наряду с традиционной конкуренцией на розничном рынке между поставщиками появляются новые субъекты - энергосервисные компании, на базе которых и формируются агрегаторы. Этот процесс углубляется с проникновением в отрасль новшеств информационных технологий, которая в свою очередь сама становится источником спроса для их совершенствования и развития. В авангарде идут университетские кампусы и разнообразные «долины», где сосредоточены инновационные ресурсы, прежде всего, людские, затем следуют жилые комплексы и только потом уже традиционные индустриальные зоны (которых в Америке осталось не так уж много).

А что у нас? Авторы Концепции говорят о так называемых территориально-производственных комплексах (вообще говоря – о понятиях родом из СССР) как о прототипах тех самых ячеек новой жизни – АЭК и вскользь упоминают о каких-то кампусах. Что касается первых - это не что иное, как собственная генерация и сети крупных промышленных объектов, в основном сырьевых, блок-станции и внутренние сети, к которым часто присоединены и иные потребители, и даже население в их зоне расположения. Как они родились? Это и старые, ещё советские блок-станции, как правило, ТЭЦ, которые промпредприятиям удалось сохранить во время реформы, а потом не дать их вывести на опт. Это и новые объекты, построенные в нулевые и начале десятых, когда резкий рост цен и тарифов в ЕЭС вынудил ряд энергоемких предприятий, в первую очередь металлургов, заняться самообеспечением энергией. Наконец, это удалённые объекты, в силу своего территориального расположения не имеющие подключения к ЕЭС, при том, что экономически такое подключение в принципе нецелесообразно. Есть ещё и средние, и даже относительно небольшие предприятия, например, торгово-развлекательные комплексы, которые на фоне требуемых с них огромных сумм за технологическое присоединение к сетям по индивидуальным проектам занимаются строительством собственных источников электроэнергии, а также тепла и холода на базе газопоршневых двигателей. Основной эффект для потребителей во всех случаях связан с отсутствием сетевой составляющей в конечной цене на объемы внутреннего производства и потребления. ЕЭС и регуляторы не первый год думают над тем, как заставить таких субъектов платить за подключение к общей сети на всю присоединенную мощность, а потребители, имея мощное лобби во властных структурах, пока отбиваются. Но это отдельная история, хотя и тесно связанная с темой развития распределенной генерации и её корректной тарификацией.

Имеет ли это отношение к тому, о чем говорится в Концепции? К неким АЭК, которые будут созданы на их базе? Мы сильно сомневаемся. Это собственная генерация потребителей и именно так они её и рассматривают. Большие - исходя из принципа "все своё ношу с собой", поменьше - просто потому, что считают, что платить за техприсоединение огромные деньги и потом почему-то отдать построенные на эти деньги объекты другому юрлицу и всю оставшуюся экономическую жизнь платить ему за передачу, неправильно в принципе. Не по фэн-шую. Это примерно – 7-9 ГВт и около 60-80 млрд. кВт ч в год в объемах. Иногда эту генерацию называют розничной, и некоторые даже пытаются найти ей покупателей из числа розничных потребителей. Насколько успешно, не знаем, но, похоже, не очень.

Кампусы? Не слышали. Возможно, Сколково? Но это вопреки, а не потому. Например, в МЭИ с 1950 года существует собственная опытно-промышленная ТЭЦ, модернизированная в 60-х, которая участвовала и в учебном процессе, и обогревала и снабжала электроэнергией район, включая общежития - то есть «кампус» МЭИ, занимающий несколько кварталов в Лефортово. Что ни на есть распределённая генерация - ТЭЦ была розничной, около 16 МВт. Один из нас бывал там ещё студентом. Но несколько лет назад она была закрыта на реконструкцию и модернизацию - там строят небольшую ПГУ на японском оборудовании, надеемся, что скоро закончат. Но пока станция выведена из эксплуатации, и подозреваем, что не только потому, что устарела. В реалиях нашей модели розничная ТЭЦ не нужна рынку – у нее нет покупателей электроэнергии, потому что для гарантирующего поставщика это лишние хлопоты – ее совокупная цена вряд ли может быть ниже оптовой на РСВ, а мощность, запланированную к продаже на опте, потребители ГП все равно обязаны так или иначе купить. Не те, так эти – по зоне свободного перетока, по ценовой зоне в целом или в регионе в случае наличия вынужденных генераторов по теплу. Собственных прямых потребителей для такой ТЭЦ найти также сложно - она не может следовать за волатильной нагрузкой в теплофикационном режиме, а потребителей с ровным графиком и ночной загрузкой в Москве и стране осталось немного. Потенциальная выгода для потребителей ТЭЦ опять связана с тарифом на передачу: если ее потребители - студенческие общежития и близлежащие жилые кварталы плюс СИЗО «Лефортово» (а возможно, и авиамоторный завод – когда-то он работал по ночам, испытывал моторы), то зачем им платить полный тариф на передачу, включая плату ФСК?

Но это не всё. Как правильно отмечено в одной из сносок Концепции при наличии перекрестки, пусть и незначительной по объемам в Москве, прочно «зашитой» в модели рынка и в механизмах формирования сетевых тарифов, и общежития, и жители Лефортово, и тюрьма демотивированы что-либо предпринимать. Им никакой «интеллектуальный активизм» не нужен. Как и ТЭЦ МЭИ. Возможно ли создать АЭК, описанный в Концепции, на базе «кампуса» МЭИ вокруг его ТЭЦ? Отделившись от энергосистемы в центре Москвы и общаясь с ней через УИС? Теоретически да, но вряд ли овчинка стоит выделки, прежде всего, для потребителей – то есть того же МЭИ. Потому что, помимо множества технических проблем одно только резервирование через УИС потребует, согласно той же Концепции, оплаты тарифа на содержание сети, что нивелирует потенциальные выгоды.

В общем и целом стремление ввести в правовое поле то, что называется авторами концепции АЭК (как и его частный случай ЭССО – энергоснабжающая самобалансирующаяся организация) в наших условиях не что иное, как попытка разрешить все более углубляющийся конфликт между крупными промышленными потребителями с собственными энергокомплексами, а также средними, желающими присоединится к сети, и централизованной ЕЭС во всех ее ипостасях – начиная с Минэнерго и Системного оператора и заканчивая ТСО и гарантирующими поставщиками. Конфликт из-за и в связи с ростом цен и особенно сетевых тарифов в условиях навязывания всё новых платежей монопольного характера, в то время как у потребителей появляется возможность альтернативного энергоснабжения на базе новых технологий. И, пожалуй, всё. Всё остальное – мишура, хотя и модная.

Но данный конфликт имеет другую природу, другие корни, нежели пытаются представить авторы Концепции. Это не конфликт технологий – старой традиционной централизованной и новой – распределенной и интеллектуальной, который можно разрешить через некое соединение, своего рода market coupling. Это конфликт подходов к пониманию того, как должен быть устроен рынок электроэнергии вообще (надо сказать, не только электроэнергии). Кто на нем главный? Потребители с их интересами, или некая абстрактная субстанция – жестко централизованная энергосистема и её надежность в широком смысле, которая лучше знает, что нам всем нужно и которой занимаются у нас все, кому не лень – от регуляторов до депутатов?

Интересно, что в Европе, скажем, на скандинавском рынке, проблемы интеграции распределенной энергетики в традиционный рынок почти не имеется. Потому что существующая там система отношений уже основана на самодиспетчиризации и самобалансировании субъектов, каждый из которых должен иметь на рынке соответствующие balance responsible parties - ВRP, взаимодействующие с системными операторами. Роль системного оператора - управлять рынком при заданных, согласованных с потребителями параметрах надёжности. И распределённая генерация, какой бы она ни была, растёт здесь не потому, что в системе слишком дорого, а потому, что управлять собственными ресурсами, хеджировать риски волатильности цен из-за водности в Норвегии, или атомной политики в Швеции, реагировать на них самостоятельно - экономичнее и эффективнее, и просто удобнее для независимых по характеру скандинавов. C учётом развивающихся технологий - прежде всего ВИЭ, которые из цели, которую поставили себе традиционно живущие согласии с природой североевропейские страны и их балтийские соседи, превращаются в средство повышения эффективности рынка.

Аналогичные процессы происходят и в континентальной Европе, и в Великобритании. В последней генерация оплачивает тариф на передачу, и распределённая генерация в этих условиях оказывается в дополнительном выигрыше - поскольку не платит тариф магистральных сетей - то есть имеет как раз то, чего не хватает нашим ТЭЦ. Так называемая embedded generation, находящаяся непосредственно у потребителей - преимущественно газотурбинные установки и газопоршневые двигатели (а иногда и дизельные), с чрезвычайно низкими капексами и высокими опексами вытесняют с рынка традиционные высокоэффективные, но дорогие в строительстве ПГУ, заменяя их в качестве маневренных мощностей для поддержки ВИЭ. В этом одна из причин стабильно низких цен на введённом несколько лет назад рынке мощности Британии. Такие станции стали своего рода «сланцем» для электроэнергетики страны, и именно они, а не крупные проекты формируют цены. Управление множеством таких станций требует развития и широкого применения инновационных информационных технологий, в том числе распределённых реестров операций, то есть того, что называется Blockchain и IoT. Мы не большие специалисты в это сфере и не будем углубляться в детали, но суть в том, что эти технологии растут преимущественно из рынка, а не наоборот, хотя конечно наблюдается и обратный, часто кумулятивный процесс.

В США немного другая история - в либерализованных юрисдикциях применяются более централизованные модели, хотя и там выход на оптовый рынок и участие в торгах не является обязательным как у нас. Скажем, когенерация, как правило, не участвует в оптовом рынке, а работает в данном локальном районе, обеспечивая теплом/холодом и электроэнергией его потребителей обычно с заданным относительно равномерным графиком нагрузки. Но в США существует множество параллельных основным централизованным площадкам рынков - рынки резервов, финансовых прав на передачу, системных услуг и т.д. Они, в отличие от наших, являются живыми и прозрачными, цены устанавливаются без искажений, на основе баланса спроса и предложения. Все они обеспечиваются мощными программными комплексами и средствами измерений. Поэтому там demand response это действительно response и совсем не то, что у нас уже несколько лет с мира по нитке пытается внедрять Системный оператор. В таких условиях интеграция розничных потребителей в активный рынок, о которой упоминается в Концепции, является органичной и реально востребованной. Рынок эволюционирует именно с учётом новых возможностей, которые стали ответом на вызовы - изменения привычных балансов генерации, цен на ископаемое топливо, климатическую политику и т.д. То есть новое и здесь произрастает из благодатной почвы старого. И никаких специальных "интеллектуальных" или каких-либо других каналов между новым и старым здесь нет. Илоны Маски, Сергеи Брины и Павлы Дуровы не живут по дорожным картам. Им нужны две вещи – подлинная рыночная среда и независимость.

Все эти модели имеют одно существенное отличие от нашей - они в разы меньше. Даже PJM и зона Nord Pool хотя и достаточно крупные и сравнимые по объёмам, все же территориально значимо меньше. И это тот, случай, когда, возможно, размер имеет значение. Все-таки не надо забывать, что наша единая энергосистема была сформирована в других экономических условиях и в другой стране. Часто говорят, да это и прописано в законе, что ЕЭС России - это стратегическое достояние и преимущество страны. Ссылаются и на то, что ЕС строит единый внутренний энергорынок и объединяет между собой разные энергосистемы и рынки. В Америке и Канаде строятся интерконнекторы. Всерьёз обсуждается азиатское суперкольцо. Все так. Но нужно помнить, что единого жёстко централизованного оперативного управления, с одними и теми же стандартами надёжности, приоритетами по миксам генерации, едиными правилами розничных рынков, в объединяемых энергосистемах не существует. Даже в Nord Pool есть существенные страновые различия. Системные операторы независимы и проводят собственную рыночную и техническую политику, хотя и в рамках определенных стандартов и общей координации.

Совершенно очевидно, что интеграция новой распределенной энергетики в относительно небольших системах, изначально менее централизованных, проходит более гладко, чем в больших и вертикально жестких. Это вообще относится ко всему – не только к энергетике. Закономерности функционирования больших систем дают основание сомневаться в реализуемости Концепции (уж тем более в сроки, представленные в Презентации). Жесткие, вертикально интегрированные системы возможно более эффективны для решения краткосрочных задач в периоды стрессов и кризисов, но гораздо менее живучи на длинных дистанциях, слишком инерционны и неповоротливы. В этом контексте недавно сказанная фраза в интервью зампреда правления Совета рынка В.А. Шкатова о том, что возможно нам нужно отказываться от единой энергосистемы приобретает понятный смысл. Это тема отдельной дискуссии, там есть свои за и против – но, вообще говоря, вопрос для обсуждения созрел.

В любом случае, представленная Концепция, поднимающая безусловно важные вопросы, по нашему мнению, существенно промахивается - misses the point - поскольку основана на ложном представлении о том, что внешними инструментами, созданием «резерваций» для субъектов, использующих новые технологии, можно улучшить всю систему, не утруждая себя её внутренней перестройкой и коренной трансформацией. Это не так. Теория малых дел здесь не применима. Рынок электроэнергии – это сложная комплексная система с внутренними уникальными взаимосвязями и перестроить её, сделать способной развиваться и интегрировать новое, можно только изнутри – обновляя ядро этой системы. На этом пути множество терний, но это единственный путь.

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2017/6/29 21:33:40
 Philipp Rösler Photo: Li Qiaoyi/GT

Editor's Note:

In a multi-polar world, China and the US are decidedly two of the most powerful countries that underpin the global economy. But while China has continued broad-based efforts to rebalance its economy and integrate itself more into the world economy, the US has chosen to turn inward. This has inevitably resulted in tremors across the global economic and trade framework. Sharing his input on the complex yet significant bilateral relations between the two countries, Philipp Rösler (PR), head of Regional and Government Engagement and member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and former German vice chancellor, talked with Global Times reporter Li Qiaoyi (GT) in an exclusive interview on Wednesday at the "Summer Davos" forum in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province.

GT: What do you think are the main problems facing China and the US in opening their markets to each other?

PR: I think they should have deep discussions around different topics: foreign trade certainly, and customs, among others. There are always agriculture questions in the pursuit of free trade talks. The most challenging questions are those about food security, food safety and nutrition. But I guess it's first and foremost relevant to see that the two largest economies in the world are coming together.

And it's not only between China and the US. If you see the detailed discussions between the EU and the US, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership also had to work through agriculture questions.

GT: Would you describe the opening-up of bilateral markets as horse-trading?

PR: At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an important speech, which is clearly a strong statement in favor of global trade. It was an excellent beginning and at the opening ceremony of the Summer Davos on Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also mentioned the country will open up even more. I think it's a clear statement and it's underscored by activities such as the vision of the Belt and Road (B&R) and even the sub agreements like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). So there's a lot going on. Certainly China has taken over the leadership role in terms of global trade. At the same time, we see a strong domestic focus in the US. There's really a change and the change is being led by China.

GT: With the US already expressing an interest in participating in the B&R initiative, what areas and what kind of projects do you think will be of greatest interest to the US?

PR: It's not a secret that many other countries are attracted by the B&R initiative. And there's diverse interest, certainly in trade, in the US as well. And even more, it creates the right framework, for example, the right infrastructure that gets financial support from the likes of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which interests more countries.

In the case of the US, however, the initiative matters more in trade relations terms rather than in terms of infrastructure. So far, there's yet to be any indication that the US will participate in any concrete projects along the route such as the CPEC that involve building infrastructure.

GT: What do you think are the primary areas of competition between Chinese firms and their US counterparts?

PR: The main area of competition is a question of speed. As WEF founder Klaus Schwab mentioned in his opening remarks, it is not a case of the big fish eating the small one, but the faster one eating the slower one. That's exactly the area of competition in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. So the fastest country will be the most successful country. New technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and 3D printing already exist, but the question is how fast countries and economies can implement all the new technological developments. China has been adopting new technologies at a very fast pace. Also, the US is not sleeping, with innovation bustling in the country. At the same time, there are also discussions about the traditional industries. The merging of digital and traditional industries in order to improve production is also believed to be an area of competition.

The main message is that both have the same opportunity, which means it's really a level playing field for competition. And the good news is that it will not be a question of whether you have already had development before. So you don't have to run through the three previous versions of industrial revolution to catch up. You can leap forward. That's the message. It's more a question of the leadership internally, and if you have the power and willingness to implement and adopt new technologies.

GT: What do you think is standing in the way of forging closer China-US economic ties?

PR: Admittedly, there are discussions about frictions between the Chinese and US economies. But it shouldn't be overlooked that the same discussions also exist between the EU and the US, concerning subsidies, dumping and airlines. However they still have good relations, good trade relations in particular. What I would like to say is that negotiation is part of the normal relationship in business terms. Maybe sometimes there are tough discussions, but it's still part of normal negotiations. So I would not overstretch some debates. Instead, I would say the entire picture shows strong trade and business relationships and that's for the good.

GT: There are arguments that the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate deal offers a chance for China and India to take the lead in global energy transformation. Do you agree and what's your take on it?

PR: It's indeed very sad because everyone was in favor of the Paris agreement. Nevertheless the world's largest economy is leaving the agreement, which raises some questions.

The consequence, however, is not that others will say it's a defeat and will cancel the agreement. On the contrary, we should put some extra effort into making it a success anyway. China is taking a leadership role in fighting climate change. Certainly, it would be better if everyone could be integrated, but the reality is different as we all know.

GT: China has played a part in promoting inclusive growth, but with US President Donald Trump and his "America first" policy, which seems to be the other way round, is it the case that inclusive growth as a doctrine has yet to be received across the globe?

PR: There are two levels of inclusivity. The first is if countries and regions are included in trade systems and agreements, and the second is if inside the countries and regions everyone can benefit from the wealth created by the economy. The US has decided to focus more on the domestic market. Let's see how this works out. The others are not just waiting. Take the US' withdrawal from the Paris pact for example. The other countries would say if this does not come together, why don't we try something on our own? This motivates others to make extra efforts. Yes, some decided for themselves to go a different way, but the vast majority are going together. 

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Interbank messaging platform Swift has completed a blockchain proof-of-concept in partnership with startup SmartContract. The proof-of-concept, revealed today, is the first project to use SmartContract’s ChainLink v1.0, which lets users connect smart contracts to data feeds, web APIs and a number of payment methods. While few details about the project have been released, SmartContract founder Sergey Nazarov told CoinDesk: […]

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          PR: XinFin.Org Blockchain Releases Business White Paper Showcasing IoT Enabled Real World Connectivity   

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. XinFin.org which opened it’s Pre ICO sale 3 weeks ago is […]

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          Japan to Test Blockchain for Government Contract System   

Japan is reportedly looking to integrate blockchain into its online systems for accepting government contract bids. According to Nikkei Asian Review, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, who oversees the Japanese administrative system and manages local governments, will test a blockchain-based system for processing government tenders in the fiscal year starting from this April through March 2018.  […]

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          Pantera Capital Targets $100M For New ICO-Focused Hedge Fund   
(FINalterntives) Digital currency investment specialist Pantera Capital is launching a new hedge fund that will focus on investments into the initial coin offerings (ICOs) of start-up companies working in the blockchain space. To read this article:
          Jeff Garzik's Bloq Acquires Skry For Machine Learning And AI Blockchain Data Analytics   
Bloq, the blockchain studio led by Jeff Garzik, has acquired Skry, a pioneer in blockchain analytics, to enhance its suite of analysis tools. The move will maximise the value of blockchain data sets through artificial intelligence and machine learning, said a statement. The transaction, which closed on February 24, is Bloq's first acquisition and includes all of Skry's intellectual property and team.
          Japón aplicará la tecnología del bitcoin a servicios administrativos en línea   


El Gobierno japonés aplicará el "blockchain", la tecnología que hay detrás de la moneda digital bitcoin, a los servicios administrativos en línea para ciudadanos y empresas con vistas a mejorar la seguridad y reducir los costes.

La entrada Japón aplicará la tecnología del bitcoin a servicios administrativos en línea aparece primero en EFE futuro.


          German Politicians Join Advisory Panel for Blockchain Advocacy Group   
A new organization focused on public advocacy for blockchain has been launched in Germany.

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          Japan to Test Blockchain for Government Contract System   
Japan is reportedly looking to integrate blockchain into its online systems for accepting government contract bids.

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          Illinois Lawmakers Pass Bill Forming Blockchain Task Force   
Lawmakers in Illinois have passed a bill to create an intergovernmental working group that will study public sector applications of blockchain.

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          Swift Completes Blockchain Smart Contracts Trial   
Interbank messaging platform Swift has completed a blockchain proof-of-concept built using a data oracle from startup SmartContract.

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          Delaware Blockchain Stock Bill Likely to Advance in House Vote Today   
The US state of Delaware is today expected to vote on a bill that would recognize stock recorded on a blockchain.

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          Miners Boost Ethereum's Transaction Capacity With Gas Limit Increase   
Ethereum miners are raising the network’s transaction capacity, a move that comes amid criticism about blockchain congestion.

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          US Government Organizes 'Federal Blockchain Forum' for July   
The US government is set to host an inter-agency blockchain event next month.

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          Russia Wants Regulators to Research Blockchain Security Risks   
The Security Council of Russia plans to research the risks of blockchain, according to a government statement published today.

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          How Blockchain will disrupt banking: 7 key facts bankers should know   
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          SkinCoin: a Blockchain Solution for the Video Game Skin Trade Economy   

The new blockchain project SkinCoin aims to fix the problems plaguing the booming market of...

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          DAO.Casino to Launch Token Sale Today   

DAO.Casino, a project developing a universal blockchain-based protocol for online casinos, will be launching its...

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          IBM Lands Major Blockchain Deal With 7 Big European Banks   

IBM (International Business Machines) has announced that they have been chosen by the Digital Trade...

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          Comment on Blockchains Never Forget by Larry   
Actually, please strike that last remark, it was an attempt at humor in poor taste. Instead... as a jaded middle-aged executive your use of "bad suit" and "business as usual."...
          Comment on Blockchains Never Forget by Larry   
I find as an Asian your use of the term "mechanical Turk" to be unforgivable. (The blood fingerprint from that facelift is definitely showing, on the block chain.)
          Comment on Been There, Done That by Collin   
You know you're too subsumed by the blockchain world when you see the colored triangle and immediately think it is related to the Basic Attention Token.
          Mobile Minutes: Venmo underground; Intel acquires Mobileye; Bitcoin miners revolt; Miscue challenges Amazon   
Today in mobile marketing – Venmo: The secret, hip social network you've never heard of; Intel's $15 billion purchase of Mobileye rewrites driverless landscape; Bitcoin miners signal revolt amid sluggish blockchain; Miscue calls attention to Amazon’s dominance in cloud computing.
          (SGP-Singapore) Blockchain and FinServ Architect   
Blockchain and Financial Services Architect, Applied Innovation Overview The Applied Innovation team’s mission is to incubate and develop highly innovative business and partner opportunities for Microsoft and Microsoft Enterprise Services in key markets. We are accountable for understanding technology and industry trends and how they translate into long term Microsoft business opportunities (consulting, cloud usage, product adoption). We accomplish our mission through strategic incubation projects, developing new partner engagement models, securing executive sales and field support, and showing what is possible. You will be responsible for helping to define, manage, and ultimately deliver on the strategic projects that the Applied Incubation team pursues with the Blockchain PG along with partners and customer around the world. This role will require digging into new technology, running architecture design sessions, strategy workshops, business hackathons, technical hackathons, possibly creating demos in code, and working across the company to integrate expertise. You will work closely with the both the HQ and Field Services teams to coordinate and execute on incubation projects which drive both product and services adoption with partners and customers. Responsibilities Leading incubation: Collaborate with stakeholders across Services and the company (engineering, marketing, sales) on development of incubation strategies and lead execution. Integrate business and technology strategies into solution development, and identify opportunities to grow our business. Prototype development: Lead investigation on how to integrate blockchain and cloud technologies into a cohesive story that highlights the possibilities for how Microsoft platform technology can deliver transformative business value to companies across industrial verticals, with a depth focus on Financial Services. Develop prototypes using those technologies in partnership with customers and our engineering teams to uncover potential solutions that Microsoft Services could repeatedly deliver to customers globally. Work with our chosen partners to understand their technical contribution to a combined platform. IP development: Capture and share guidance from incubation work that saves consultants and architects time when facing similar challenges. Validate guidance with SMEs across the company to verify it is appropriate and viable for customers. Lead Hackathons and Workshops: Engage with customers to deliver technical hackathons and strategy workshops to acquire and validate insight that can advance the goals of the incubation. Delighting Customers: You will manage the complete lifecycle of a wide range of project types and demonstrate passion for customers through professionalism and excellence in all aspects of the customer experience. You must also help the team develop and refine the strategies and business cases related to the incubation work. Basic qualifications Must have a background and deep understanding of the following technologies and how they integrate / relate and could work with Microsoft technologies in a complete solution, which includes existing on premise and cloud. • Depth understanding of at least one of the following blockchain technology stacks – Ethereum, Hyperledger, Chain, or Corda. • Expertise in .NET framework, C/C++, C# or equivalent programming languages • Experience working with Linux operating systems • Experience working with services written in Node.js • Understanding of data related Azure and Cloud technologies and concepts • Deep and intuitive understanding of computer science fundamentals Additional desired qualifications • Experience with analytics techniques and methodologies is highly desirable • Experience with mobile application development • Experience with web application develop with frameworks such as Angular.js • Bonus: Experience developing cross-platform software and/or services • Demonstrated experience capturing your learning in the form of white papers, presentations, and recordings to train others • Demonstrated ability to engage with senior level business and technology decision maker discussions related to the business value of technical solutions • Demonstrated success in working with new partners and customers on transformative deals • Track record of driving projects independently and executing on them successfully The successful candidate will have a degree in computer science or equivalent work experience, combined with a minimum of 10 years relevant working experience designing solutions including 5 years managing projects. The job will require travel (40%) worldwide in support of incubation projects. Ideal candidate should be located anywhere in the Asia Pacific region with proximity to an international airport. [do not include EEOC paragraph, as the recruiting platform inserts it.] [to be inserted at the bottom of jd, so don’t include in job posting info above] One Microsoft, One Services Microsoft Services, with over 21,500 employees worldwide, is dedicated to delivering on Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We are the voice of support services, the trusted advisor of consulting services, and the source of the world’s best enterprise strategies. Simply put, Services helps customers and partners get the most out of their technology investments. For more information, visit www.microsoft.com/Services. Customer service & support
          Synereo Releases Content Monetization Platform WildSpark   

About Richard Kastelein Richard Kastelein is the Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News, partner of token design and ICO architecture company Cryptoassets Design Group and co-founder and director at education company Blockchain Partners. As a prominent keynote presenter, Kastelein has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Beijing, […]

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          Blockchain: 3 big implications for your company   

EnterprisersProject: Three main areas where blockchain makes a huge difference


          The Linux Foundation Announces 18 New Silver Members   
...to becoming one of the industry's leading blockchain technology export service providers. • ChangeHealthcare is one of the largest, independent healthcare technology companies in the United States . • China Standard Software (Beijing) provides Linux OS information security services and customized operating system ...

          MK EXCLUSIVE: The Blockchain is Transforming the ‘Attention Economy’   
“Attention is a resource—a person has only so much of it,” as Matthew Crawford succinctly put the notion that human attention is a scarce commodity. Blockchain applications in this Attention Economy space have put such principles into action: Brave, Steemit
          Aspectos generales de Blockchain en #Avisolegal   
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          Exact acquires Dutch competitor Reeleezee   

Delft, the Netherlands, 29 June 2017 – Exact acquires Reeleezee, a locally operating cloud accounting company in the Netherlands. Reeleezee will be managed as a private label within the Exact group, headed by Wilko Stronks, the current general manager of Reeleezee. All product lines will be developed further independently of each other. The technical teams of Reeleezee and Exact will collaborate on areas such as Machine Learning, blockchain and Standard Business Reporting (SBR). In addition, Exact will start offering Cashr, the cash register solution of Reeleezee, to its customers in combination with Exact’s own cloud portfolio.


          Comprobantes de Pago :: Re: Otro Pago   
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BITCON: necesitas un WALLET (Crea Tu Wallet) para guardar lo que ganas (ojo Blockchain esta cobrando fees muy altos)

Crea una Wallet de XAPO da 25% más si cobras por ella en algunas Faucets


          The Blockchain Buzz and Alberta   
One of the buzzwords in the legal and financial industries in 2016 was "blockchain", and the buzz appears to be going strong in 2017. Blockchain, in simple terms, is a distributed database that maintains a record of transactions between the...
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          Bitcoin Engineer - Kid Koderz City Inc. - Toronto, ON   
KKC is responsible for the exploration of emerging technologies, which includes Blockchain, drones, cognitive computing, AR / VR and other areas of interest....
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          Is Blockchain Disrupting The Way Startups Raise Funds?   
Startups are now exploring blockchain's use in fintech and startup funding. This month alone, there were around 10 blockchain startups that launched their own cryptocurrency presales to fund their ventures. Block.One has joined the likes of Civic, Status, and TenX to use the Ethereum blockchain net

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          The Tatiana Show - Comedian Travis Irvine & Brian Sovryn of Sovryn Tech   

Tatiana interviews comedian Travis Irvine & Brian Sovryn of Sovryn Tech.

TopicsInclude:

--"Comedy and Politics"

--"Libertarians Interacting with the Left"

--"Dark Android"

--"Cryptocurrencies and Privacy"

About the Guests:

-Dr. Brian Sovryn is the proprietor and developer of Zomia Offline Games, as well as the creator and host of the podcast Sovryn Tech. His background in technology comes from years spent with multiple tech companies, the U.S. Army, and from being involved in the cypherpunk community since the late 1990's. Brian also has a Doctorate of Divinity. He was a co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live for two years, as well as a co-host with Dr. Stephanie Murphy on the popular Let's Talk Bitcoin Network show Sex & Science Hour, and has made numerous appearances on other podcasts and radio shows. He's also a public speaker at various liberty, anarchist, Bitcoin, blockchain, and tech events throughout the world. Brian also fancies himself a gamer, historian, and tech journalist (in that order), and is a supporter of the Center for a Stateless Society, the Center for Global Nonkilling, the Albert Einstein Institute, and the Institute of General Semantics. Born in 1981 in New York, Brian Sovryn is ethnically Jewish, and unfortunately converted to Christianity for a time, but is now a freethinker and anarchist. He is presently a denizen of New Hampshire.

-Travis Irvine is a journalist, comedian, independent filmmaker and unsuccessful politician. He has also contributed to VICELAND, the Guardian, Mediaite, Jesse Ventura's "Off the Grid" and .Mic. Travis wrote and directed a feature-length horror/satire film about killer raccoons that is available from cult film company Troma Entertainment, and in 2007 he ran for mayor of his hometown in Ohio and turned the experience into a short documentary that was featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Travis' campaign and comedy videos have been featured on "The Jay Leno Show," PBS's "NewsHour" and Funny Or Die, and he was also once on "The People's Court.

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          State Change #44?'??'"?'?A New Approach to Ending Slavery   

Today, we look at the problem of modern slavery and how it intersects with wildlife conservation. This subject is brought to the fore by growing interest in using blockchain technologies to illuminate the business processes which conceal the presence of slavery. Our guests are Brian Iselin, founder of SlaveFreeTrade.org, and Bubba Cook, Western and Central Pacific Tuna Programme Manager for the World Wildlife Fund.

This episode was co-hosted and edited by Alexis Kenyon. Inevitably, some of this material will be disturbing.

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          Blockchain solution developed for safe container handling   

T-Mining is currently working on a pilot project that will make container handling in the port of Antwerp more efficient and secure. Using blockchain technology, processes that involve several parties – carriers, terminals, forwarders, hauliers, drivers, shippers etc. – are securely digitised without any central middleman being involved.

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          How Bitcoin Is Like Donald Trump   

InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips

Bitcoin is the sizzle in blockchain. The steak is in automating transactions of all kinds without any human intervention needed.

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          Blockchain Stats and Bitcoin Stats   
Blockchain and Bitcoin Stats; Market prices and charts, market stats and data updated live + Claim some free bitcoin every day.and Altcoins rates
          While billionaire Mark Cuban rejects Bitcoin as viable, he is instead investing in new a sports betting cryptocurrency   
Approximately a month ago, billionaire and former Dot Com investor Mark Cuban publicly stated that he believed Bitcoin was in a bubble, and that it eventually would fall in price as its viability for the future was unknown.  However this statement by Cuban appears to not mean he doesn't see great potential for blockchain technology, and also in other cryptocurrencies such as the one he is now investing in.

Unikoin Gold is a cryptocurrency planned to be produced on his Unikrn platform which is based on blockchain technology dedicated for sports betting.  And instead of using an ICO to help fund this operation, Cuban and others are using Crowdfunding as the means to acquire capital.

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who previously helped Bitcoin's value drop after calling it a "bubble," is now interested in another digital currency. And no, it is not Ethereum, but the UnikoinGold
According the Coindesk, Cuban is participating in another fundraising round of one of his portfolio companies, a sports-betting blockchain platform dubbed Unikrn, via an initial coin offering. 
An ICO is a crowdfunding method that has grown in popularity as of late among blockchain startups, with more than 30 ICOs already this year. Companies sell their own digital currencies and use the proceeds to fund their businesses
Unikrn has already raised some $10 million from investors, including Ashton Kutcher. The company allows anyone to place bets with its digital token, the Unikoin, according to Coindesk. - Fortune

          Gold backed cryptocurrency Zengold solidifies ties with Shanghai Gold Exchange for physical gold storage   
When both Zengold and Onegram implemented their ICO's (Initial Coin Offerings) last month, investors flocked in much larger numbers towards the Zengold model, allowing them to sell out their initial offering in just a few hours time.  And perhaps one of the biggest reasons for this was the fact that Zengold catered to an Asian market where millions of investors were already seeking a conduit to get their wealth out of sovereign currencies such as the Yen, the Yuan, and the South Korean Wan currency.

But over in the West there was some trepidation about trusting in a new company that used a cryptocurrency to represent physical gold, and as such there was limited buying of the ICO from investors in Europe and the United States.  However, this caution may have been shortsighted since it has now been revealed that the gold being stored to backstop Zengold tokens will be kept and audited in the world's largest physical gold market.

The term gold standard in the monetary system is long gone, but the new-age cryptocurrencies with no historical connection to physical assets are increasingly working on creating a new gold standard in virtual space. ZenGold is one such cryptocurrency platform that is involved in the creation of gold backed smart assets. 
Built on the recently popularized Metaverse blockchain, ZenGold allows investors to buy, sell and trade gold on the blockchain indirectly. The crypto asset on ZenGold, referred to as ZenGold tokens are backed by actual physical gold, which ensures the store of value of each token. At the same time, the highly divisible nature of crypto tokens makes it possible for the community members to use gold as an efficient payment mechanism for both small and huge transactions, which is otherwise impossible with the yellow metal. 
In addition to acting like an absolute store of value, least affected by volatility as in the case of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, ZenGold presents itself as an attractive investment opportunity for many. Each ZenGold token (ZNG) represents the value of one gram of gold which is physically stored in the secure facilities of the Shanghai Gold Exchange. It also offers freedom to the token holders to burn their ZNG tokens and receive an equivalent value in real gold when required. - News BTC

           DIMCOIN, die Zukunft von Equity auf Blockchain - Stolze Ankündigung des ICOs [Business]   

Pre ICO-Start-Datum am 1. Juli 2017

Bitcoin informiert: Das Blockchain Equity Start-Up DIMCOIN offeriert das DIM Eco (Data Interchange Modul Ecosystem) mit einer Auswahl von Dienstleistungen und kündigt seine ICO-Daten an.
          Group Wants to use the Blockchain to Reinvent Journalism   
This seems like an interesting — and also ambitious — project aimed at developing a kind of crowdsourced journalism infrastructure based on the crypto-currency Ethereum. Instead of a traditional advertising-based model, the group is proposing to monetize the project (known as Civil) using Ethereum “tokens” or virtual currency that could be exchanged in a variety […]
          LXer: Blockchain: 3 big implications for your company   
Three main areas where blockchain makes a huge difference
          IBM: Bankenkonsortium gibt Blockchain-Plattform Auftrag   
Das europäische Konsortium «Digital Trade Chain» hat IBM mit der Entwicklung und dem Hosting einer neuen Blockchain-Plattform beauftragt. Sie soll KMUs dabei helfen, Handelsgeschäfte im In- und Ausland abzuschliessen.
          Delaware House Passes Historic Blockchain Regulation   

The state of Delaware has passed amendments to state law that make explicit the right to trade stocks on a blockchain, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Crammed in at the last minute before the state House went into recess, the measures were part of a broader series of amendments that legally recognized […]

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          First-ever Blockchain Real Estate Project — 3,000 BTC Cap Crowdfunded in 24 Hours on Waves Platform   

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          The Corporate Blockchain   
It looks a lot different than its decentralized predecessors. Can it last?
          Comment on Decentralise or Decentralize this and everything? by 10 years of Thinking Digital, still going strong – Cubicgarden.com…   
[…] instantly started thinking there are so many connections with the work I’m doing around decentralisation (blockchain for music use/rent/buying), object based media (huge amounts of metadata which […]
          AdLedger Consortium To Promote New Data Security Ad Tech   
Blockchain technology can increase advertising transparency and improve data security, as well as streamline the digital advertising supply chain. This is something media agencies and marketers have called for in the last several years.
          Comment on Why is My Bitcoin Transaction Pending for So Long? – Bitcoin Fees for Dummies by mumu   
Please help me check this transaction its been pending for over one month and it yet to be confirmed https://blockchain.info/address/1L8jw2KfNLvE5pyfQy7niQDsqbSUU8KQVx
          آموزش PluralSight Blockchain Fundamentals   

در این مجموعه آموزش پس از آنکه با Blockchain آشنا شدید. برنامه نویسی Blockchain را بخوبی یاد می گیرید. مدرس مجموعه مباحث را به زبانی ساده و در حین انجام پروژه های واقعی به شما عزیزان یاد میدهد.تمامی مباحث به زبانی ساده و...


          Obfuscation in Bitcoin: Techniques and Politics. (arXiv:1706.05432v2 [cs.CY] UPDATED)   

Authors: Arvind Narayanan, Malte Möser

In the cryptographic currency Bitcoin, all transactions are recorded in the blockchain - a public, global, and immutable ledger. Because transactions are public, Bitcoin and its users employ obfuscation to maintain a degree of financial privacy. Critically, and in contrast to typical uses of obfuscation, in Bitcoin obfuscation is not aimed against the system designer but is instead enabled by design. We map sixteen proposed privacy-preserving techniques for Bitcoin on an obfuscation-vs.-cryptography axis, and find that those that are used in practice tend toward obfuscation. We argue that this has led to a balance between privacy and regulatory acceptance.


          Blockchain Application Developer / Software Engineer Raleigh/ Durham   

          Developer Needed To Implement Ethereum Payments - Upwork   
I'm looking to hire a developer to implement Ethereum payments on my website.

The website is currently developed to be able to accept Bitcoin payments, where each order's details are stored in an SQL table. All we need to do is switch from BTC to ETH.

Can either use 3rd party API or node.

If you have experience implement Ethereum payments, you will be perfect.

Thank you!

Budget: $250
Posted On: July 01, 2017 05:51 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum, JavaScript, MySQL Programming, PHP, Website Development
Country: United States
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          FinTech Blogger - Upwork   
We are looking for a seasoned writer to write high-quality blog posts on topics like: Wallets, bitcoin, blockchain, domestic/international remittance, e-payments,  agency/branchless banking management, bitcoin remittance, merchant payments and loans.


Posted On: July 01, 2017 05:51 UTC
Category: Writing > Article & Blog Writing
Skills: Bitcoin, Copywriting, Real Estate Management, SEO Writing, Content Management
Country: United Kingdom
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          Looking for blockchain expert - Upwork   
We are looking for a blockchain expert to help us on building a remittance system based on bitcoin or any other crypto currency.


Posted On: July 01, 2017 05:51 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: Blockchain
Country: France
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          Blockchain ethereum discussion - Upwork   
Looking for experienced blockchain developer. First project is an initial discussion. Should know a lot about cryptocurrency and token sales

This job was posted from a mobile device, so please pardon any typos or any missing details.

Budget: $50
Posted On: July 01, 2017 05:51 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Other - Software Development
Skills: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum
Country: United Kingdom
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          Bitcoin Engineer - Kid Koderz City Inc. - Toronto, ON   
KKC is responsible for the exploration of emerging technologies, which includes Blockchain, drones, cognitive computing, AR / VR and other areas of interest....
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          Comment on Last Chance to Join ICO of Crypviser, The Blockchain Based Encrypted Communication Network by Last Chance to Join ICO of Crypviser, The Blockchain Based Encrypted Communication Network – FinSMEs (blog) – via CryptoCurrency News Headlines Today – Breaking News Headlines from Around the World   
[…] FinSMEs (blog) […]
           Blockchain pilots move the tech closer to adoption   
The Madrid Maersk prepares to come alongside at Deurganckdok in the Port of Antwerp. The distributed ledger technology known as blockchain is being tested in a series of individual pilot projects as various sectors of the supply chain study the viability of digitizing the complex communications trail and improving efficiency and...
          Is it time to transform the Voting System in India?(UPSC CSE MAINS GS 2 POLITY)   
Context Can the Blockchain technology prove as a more cost-effective and technologically superior resolution for exiting voting system in India? Key highlights Blockchain Technology Blockchain technology was first developed in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto. Since its inception, it has been used as the basis for several cryptocurrencies from around Read More ...
          How Microsoft Aims to Tackle Information Overload   
In this week's Computer Weekly, we hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about how the firm wants to use cloud, machine learning and innovative datacentre technologies to open up access to information. Our new buyer's guide looks at network function virtualisation. And we examine the role of blockchain in cloud data security. Read the issue now. Published by: ComputerWeekly.com
          Daimler nutzt die Bitcoin-Technologie und startet ein gigantisches 100-Millionen-Euro-Projekt (710000)   

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Durch den aktuellen Hype um Bitcoins rückt auch die dahinter steckende Technologie vermehrt in den Mittelpunkt: Die Blockchain. Experten sehen darin sogar das noch größere Potenzial als in den Kryptowährungen. Selbst Kritiker der digitalen Zahlungsmitteln sagen: „Bitcoins werden zwar verschwinden, aber die Blockchain wird bleiben.“

Wir haben die Technologie bereits hier etwas ausführlicher erklärt. Bei Blockchain werden Informationen dezentral gelagert und alle Mitglieder können direkt die für sie wichtigen Daten einblicken. Das vereinfacht viele Prozesse massiv — so auch die Schuldverschreibung, die der Fahrzeughersteller  Daimler jetzt zusammen mit der Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) mit Hilfe der Blockchain-Technologie auf den Weg brachte.

So funktioniert eine Schuldverschreibung

Eine Schuldverschreibung ist ein verhältnismäßig einfaches Finanzprodukt, weil die Anzahl der Investoren begrenzt und der Bank namentlich bekannt sind. Ein Unternehmen, wie in diesem Fall Daimler, sagt der Bank, dass es nach Investoren sucht. Die Bank verhandelt daraufhin mit dem Unternehmen die Bedienungen wie Laufzeiten und Zinssätze.

Der nächste Schritt ist die Suche nach Investoren. Dafür spricht die Bank gezielt Anleger an, für die das Angebot interessant sein könnte. Das Finanzinstitut ist also quasi der Mittelpunkt und Komplett-Abwickler solch einer Schuldverschreibung. 

Als dritter Schritt folgt die Unterzeichnung der einzelnen Verträge mit den Investoren, was eine aufwändige Arbeit darstellt. Verträge werden per Post geschickt, unterschrieben, teilweise mit Personalausweis-Kopie der Person, die unterschrieben hat, zurück an die Bank gesendet. Erst dann kann das Geld fließen.

Prozesse durch Blockchain doppelt so schnell

Gerade in diesem dritten Schritt ergibt sich durch die Blockchain-Technologie eine massive Zeit- und Aufwandersparnis. „Wir denken, dass dieser Ablauf jetzt ungefähr doppelt so schnell abläuft als früher“, erklärt ein Sprecher der LBBW gegenüber Business Insider. 

Die Dokumente könnten digital versandt und unterschrieben werden, was auch ordnerweise Papier einspare. Und auch der Geldfluss werde vereinfacht. Denn es gehe schließlich nicht nur um das Geld, was von den Investoren an die Bank und dann an Daimler fließe, sondern auch in der anderen Richtung die Zinsen von Daimler an die Investoren.

Nicht nur die Geschwindigkeit ist ein großer Vorteil, sondern auch die Transparenz der Abläufe. Jede Partei, die in dem Prozess involviert sind kann jederzeit die Informationen, die ihn betreffen in der Blockchain einsehen. Jeder ist also immer auf dem aktuellen Stand des Ablaufs.

Daimler will als „technologie-getriebenes Unternehmen vorangehen“

„Mit diesem Projekt prüfen wir, welche Vorteile sich genau herauskristallisieren. Eventuell nutzen wir die Blockchain-Technologie dann in Zukunft auch in anderen Bereichen“, sagt ein Daimler-Sprecher im Gespräch mit Business Insider. „Daimler ist ein stark technologie-getriebener Konzern, weshalb wir in diesem Bereich vorangehen wollen, um neue Erkenntnisse zu gewinnen.“

Noch muss jedes neben der neuen Technologie auch noch der herkömmliche Weg eingehalten werden, also der herkömmliche Papierkram. Denn noch lassen es die bestehenden Regularien nicht zu, rein per Blockchain eine Schuldverschreibung auf den Weg zu bringen.

Lest auch: Ein Experte warnt: Darum solltet ihr trotz Boom die Finger von Bitcoins lassen

Und doch zeigt dieser Vorstoß der LBBW und Daimlers, dass die Technologie bald zahlreiche Prozesse in der Wirtschaft einnehmen und verändern könnte — zum Einfachen.

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          Crowdfunding the Future, this is Just the Beginning   

Crowdfunding the Future, this is Just the Beginning Blockchain-based crowdfunding is becoming a huge phenomenon, with tens of millions of dollars pouring into different ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) over the course of Y’ 2016, and Y 2017 is set to be an even bigger year as the technology matures. Like all new technologies and movements, […]

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          Friday Wrap #220: Renamed AVEs still suck, trust in newspapers grows, older Americans get social   

Friday Wrap #220I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Voice search advertising is years away—Smart audio is upon us and its adoption is on a rapid pace (see “From the Blog” below). That presents challenges to both SEO and SEM, since rather than presenting a page with multiple results, voice search delivers “one true answer” (even though the answer could be different each time based on algorithms that choose from multiple search results). For SEO experts, the challenge is getting their content into the mix. It’s even harder for SEM, since there is no paid advertising yet in the smart audio ecosystem. Part of the problem is that getting an ad in response to a query is likely to dampen user enthusiasm for the technology. Google isn’t investing much in voice search advertising, opting instead to improve the user experience for now. In the meantime, some marketers are mulling over what voice search ads might sound like. Forrester predicts voice search will end digital advertising “as we know it.” The takeaway: While these are early days and somebody might crack the voice-tech ad code, marketers and communicators should be thinking about great content for interactive smart speakers. NPR is among the organizations thinking about how to make its traditional one-way audio content more interactive, responsive to queries and instructions, while lmany brands have developed “skills” for the Amazon Echo that make life easier for customers (like Tide’s quick advice for removing dozens of different kinds of stains). Don’t waste time learning the ins and outs of smart audio in its current state. Gartner expects 100 million smart speakers will be in American homes by 2020. Read more

We’re not preparing for a post-mobile world—Some argue that it’s a fantasy, that the smartphone is here to stay, but by 2020, 50% of all consumers expect AI and smart audio will be part of their day-to-day lives. A survey of communication professionals find an expectation that the future will be dominated by smart audio, voice search, and the Internet of Things. However, few communicators in-house or in agencies have done anything to prepare themselves. In fact, most marketers are still dealing with the transition from desktop to mobile, with more than a quarter believing mobile is still the next big thing. Only about 34% of marketers are planning to prepare for voice search, and 57% are unlikely to implement any element of AI this year, even though 32% believe it’s the next big thing. The takeaway: Little frustrates me more than our industry’s continued dismissal of technologies that are clearly destined to become core channels we’ll have to use. I have seen it with desktop publishing, email, the Web, and social media. History is repeating itself. If we don’t want PR and organizational communications to be driven into irrelevance (boutiques that get these technologies could be where organizations redirect their budgets), we have to get on top of these technologies now. Read more

Internal communications are also adopt new technologies—Even though employees are using newer channels to communicate and collaborate, internal communicators remain mired in the technologies of yesteryear. A survey found that 62% of respondents “either don’t have access or have a very difficult time accessing their company’s intranet through their mobile device.” Email remains a dominant form of internal communication. The takeaway: My new model for employee communication features the vital element of multiple channels. The intranet is dying and mobile is the go-to tool most employees use for accessing news and information outside the company. Forcing people to a single home page for news and information contradicts consumer behaviors bigly. Read more

Someone thinks renaming AVEs will keep them relevant—There’s a new PR metric in town calling itself Earned Media Value (EMV). It’s not new at all, though. It’s just a new name for the reviled Advertising Value Equivalencies (AVE). EMV “is being promoted by tool vendors, media, and public relations agencies as a simple means to measure and benchmark campaigns,” writes Stephen Waddington. EMV is being applied to influencer campaigns as they become more common. It’s calculated “by multiplying the reach of a piece of earned or social media content by the cost per so-called impression,” Waddington explains. “A further multiplier is added to the calculation based on the likelihood of conversion.” However, EMV as a valid PR metric is a chimera, failing “to provide clients with any measure of whether the campaign is actually working,” according to management consultant Scott Guthrie. Social media thought leader Philip Sheldrake calls EMV “an idiotic response that brings ridicule to the public relations and marketing professions.” The takeaway: Do not, under any circumstances, employ EMV or AVE. The International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) has condemned this kind of measurement, as has the Chartered Institute for Public Relations and most halfway intelligent PR professionals. Yet some clients still insist on them, leading good PR people to capitulate and provide them. That’s not a solution. We must educate ourselves and our employers/clients on why these are meaningful feel-good metrics, and why we need focus instead on the actual outcomes of our communications. Read more

News

Facebook reaches 2 billion user milestone—Facebook has announced that it now serves 2 billion monthly active users. As of March, it also had 1.28 billion daily users, meaning most people who use Facebook use it regularly. Among other data the company shared, 800 million people Like something every day and over 1 billion people use Groups at least once a month. Read more

Did Trump communications study use flawed methodology?—Last week, I reported on a study from the Center for Public Relations at USC’s Annenberg School that found over 80% of PR professionals believe White House spokespeople change their views and distort the truth, resulting in a diminished public perception of public relations. In a Wall Street Journal editorial, self-described moderate conservative Mary Beth West, who runs a PR agency in Tennessee, takes issue with the study. The poll was open to anyone online despite its target of PR professionals; “The online poll required no validation of PRSA affiliation or other professional credentials,” West wrote. “Respondents were merely asked what kind of company they worked for and how long they had been in a PR-related position. That setup yields what is known as a ‘convenience sample’—a survey group not necessarily representative of the population. Read more

Facebook offers cover videos—Instead of a cover photo, brands can now add a cover video to their Facebook pages. Facebook says the cover videos are designed to let brands better tell their story, though the feature will be available to everyone with a page. The move, which should increase engagement, is consistent with Facebook’s shift to video. Read more

Advocacy groups blast lack of influencer disclosure—Influencer marketing is still a gray ethical area, with a lot of the celebrities pitching products on Instagram failing to adequately disclose that they’re being paid for their posts. FTC letters have not been effective, according to a letter to the agency from Public Citizen, Commercial Alert, campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and the Center for Digital Democracy. The letter asserted that most posts lacking disclosures featured beauty products or cosmetic treatments. Read more

$2.7 billion antitrust fine could change Google search—On top of the staggering fine for favoring its own shopping service in search results, the European Union is demanding that Google change the way Google Shopping works in Wurope within 90 days. Google could change back to an earlier version, add links for competing products not included in its ads, or take other action. The company is considering an appeal. Read more

Facebook is getting into the TV programming game—Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and a host of other media outlets are spending big money to produce original TV programming, in the process ushering in a new “golden age of television.” So why not Facebook? The social network is reportedly “in talks with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer.” Read more

Confidence in newspapers is on the rise—Lest you think it’s time to scale back your media relations efforts, Gallup reports those saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers has risen 7% since last year. Twenty-seven percent is still low, but the rise is occurring in the midst of controversies over “fake news” and presidential attacks on the media. It’s also the highest level of confidence in newspapers in 30 years. Not surprisingly, Democrats account for the increase; only 13% of Republicans shared the positive view of newspapers. Twenty-four percent of Americans have high confidence in TV news and only 16% are confident of news credibility on the Internet. Read more

Podcast sponsorship revenue surges—Podcast advertising revenue has grown 85% since last year and is poised to reach more than $220 million this year. A report from the Internet Advertising Bureau and Pricewaterhouse Coopers finds that podcasting is becoming mainstream and thus “podcasting is an important and powerful marketing platform,” according to an IAB executive. Read more

Publicis CEO takes heat for Cannes snub—Publicis Groupe elicited gasps with the announcement it would submit nothing to the 2018 Cannes International Festival of Creativity. President and CEO Arthur Sadoun told a group of top Publicis creative leaders in a closed-door meeting that the group’s companies “have lost their thought leadership in Cannes.” Thus, he paused spending on Cannes and other award programs for a year. “The savings will fund development of an internal, AI-powered professional assistant program called Marcel,” according to one report.

Research

Older Americans have taken to social media—A Nielsen report finds that the total amount of time the 50-plus demographic spends on social media increased by 64%, to 20%. That doesn’t mean they’re using all the same social media channels their grandchildren are, nor do they respond to the same kinds of content. Read more

Facebook is the top news source—Ogilvy’s annual global survey of reporters and editors found that Facebook is the top gatekeeper for news, ahead of legacy traditional media sources and maintaining a huge lead over other social networks and digital platforms (including Twitter and Google). Read more

Influencer videos are most trusted, drive purchases—Ninety percent of social media users make a purchase after seeing a video about the product or service, and 33% say social media influencers are their most trusted resources for products and services they’re interested in. Social media influencers are trusted nearly seven times more than celebrities. Read more

Gen Z likes branded stories—Ninety percent of Gen X, Millennials, and GenZ like custom branded content as a way for brands to engage them, and nearly as many believe branded content helps brands break through online clutter. Gen Z in particular is receptive to deepening their relationships with brands via branded content. Ninety-three percent want brands “to do something new and unique in order to connect with them, and 88% believe custom content is a way for new brands to reach out to them.” Read more

Twitter’s predictive capabilities outpace law enforcement—Analyzing tweets can identify dangerous situations up to an hour faster than reports made to police departments. A Cardiff University study applied machine learning algorithms to 1.6 million tweets from the 2011 London riots, looking at factors like location, frequency, the recurring use of key words, and timing. The result was detection of incidents faster than the police nearly every time.  The report cautions that the approach is focused on large-scale events and that it’s more difficult to detect smaller incidents like fires or car accidents.  Read more

Share Instagram posts on the weekends—Most marketers take weekends off, decreasing the total number of Instagram posts, which means your posts have a better chance of being seen thanks to less competition. As a result, posts on Saturdays and Sundays get the most engagement. Read more

Healthcare PR failing to meet journalists’ needs—A study has found a massive chasm between the information drug companies deliver and what journalists need to craft their content. Eighty-five percent of health journalists view healthcare communications as either “out of shape” or “on life support.” Only 2 % of journalists think the press releases and other information pharmas and healthcare companies release are “trustworthy.” Journalists also complain about the lack of video content, saying they want independent medical expert testimonials, patient testimonials, and B-roll. Only 22% of journalists said pharma and healthcare news and launches include enough relevant visual content. Read more

How to pronounce GIF—Among the weighty issues we face, few are more divisive than whether to use a hard G or a soft one when pronouncing GIF, the acronym for the Graphics Interchange Format. A survey found 65% using the hard G with 26% favoring the soft G. Even when factoring in the fact that some countries don’t use a soft G and others don’t use a hard one by “weighting answers from each country by its population,” the hard-G faction still comes out on top. For what it’s worth, the inventor of the GIF favors the soft G. Read more

The 20 most effective phrases in Facebook headlines—When it comes to articles on Facebook, which trigams (three-word phrases) in generate the most engagement? According to analysis of 100 million headlines, “will make you” is at the top, followed by “this is why,” “can we guess,” “only X in,” “the reason is,” and “are freaking out.” The study also found the worst-performing headline phrases, which start with “control of your, “your own business,” “work for you,” “the introduction of,” and “what’s new in.”  You’ll also find the top phrases starting and ending headlines. Read more

Mobile and Wearables

Millennials prefer vertical videos on their phones—I know you may hate vertical videos, but not only are they not going anywhere, their popularity is growing. Young adults prefer vertical videos and 72% of Millennials don’t rotate their phones to watch a video in landscape mode. Read more

Create Snapchat filters in the app—Users can now create geofilters from directly within the Snapchat app rather than having to visit the website. Snapchat features a number of templates based on occasions and celebrations that you can then customize with text, bitmoji, and stickers. Prices start at $5.99 for a few hours and a minimum coverage of 20,000 square feet. It takes about a day for approval of filters. Read more

Virtual Assistants aren’t gaining traction—Siri, Alexa, Bixby, and Cortana get a lot of ink these days. If only they got corresponding love from smartphone owners. In a survey, only 5% of consumers ranked voice capabilities on their mobile wish lists. Sixty-two percent won’t give up their apps, even in exchange for a perfect voice assistant. Read more

Publishers sharpen focus on Instagram video—Video has become a key publisher focus on Instagram in the 15 months since the platform increased the maximum video length to one minute from 15 seconds. More than half of Time’s monthly Instagram output is now video, up from just 11% last March. ABC News’ output went from 4% to 87%; BBC News’ is now over 90%.” Most publishers contacted by Digiday said they were “pulling resources away from Snapchat or adding more to Instagram.” Read more

Top 15 apps is a stable list—“Over 80% of consumer time on mobile devices is now spent on the apps, websites, and properties” of Facebook, Google, Apple, Yelp, and Bing. The math isn’t hard. If your company has an app, it has to fit into the 20% of time consumers have left. Read more

Artificial Intelligence, Smart Audio, and Chatbots

Amazon partners with coding school to expand Alexa skills—Developers will be able to attend workshops hosted by Coding Dojo, which has six campuses across the U.S.. The 30-plus courses will teach developers how to work with the Alexa smart audio system and, in particular, how to use the Skills Kit and create new commands. Read more

Facebook makes it easier to discover chatbots on Messenger—Discovery has been one of the more problematic aspects of chatbots. To address that, Facebook is rolling out a Discover tab on the Messenger app. If the inclusion of tens of thousands of bots in Messenger makes it the “White Pages” of bots, the Discover tab adds a “Yellow Pages” component. Read more

Google Assistant outperforms Amazon’s Alexa—Amazon’s Alexa products may own 70% of the smart speaker market, but Google Assistant (available on Android phones and the Google Home smart speaker) is six times better at answer a user’s question, according to a Business Intelligence study. Of course, answer questions is just one of dozens of uses to which consumers put smart speakers (including playing music, delivering news, checking traffic, and more). Read more

IBM to use AI to create Wimbledon highlights—Cognitive Highlights is the AI tool IBM will use to produce Wimbledon highlights packages this year. “Using computer vision and other advanced AI technologies, Cognitive Highlights will assess footage and automatically produce highlight packages for individual matches that will be rolled out across digital platforms shortly after play comes to a close. The system works by combining information recorded by an on-court statistician with data from an array of different sensors.” Read more

New expertise required as AI becomes the face of brands—Whether it’s chatbots, smart speakers, actual robots, or some other tool employing AI, as customers interact more and more with it, it will become the face of your brand. Companies “will need to employ people with new types of expertise to ensure the brands continue to reflect the firm’s desired qualities and values,” according to a trio of Accenture experts writing in the Harvard Business Review. Read more

Alexa gets an intercom function—The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot now feature intercom functionality, letting users access one Echo device from another, or from the Alexa app. Each device in the home needs a name so you can say, “Alexa, call the kitchen,” for example. Families can use the feature to call from other rooms or from outside the home using the app. Read more

Three AI tools from Salesforce now available to developers—Three AI tools, part of Salesforce’s new Einstein Platform Services, have been launched for third-party developers to include in applications they are building using the Salesforce platform. The services include sentiment and intent analysis and image recognition analysis tools. The image recognition app could be used, for example, in inventory apps and for identifying products during customer service calls. Read more

Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality

Apple takes the AR lead—They may not have invented Augmented Reality (let’s be honest, Apple doesn’t really invent anything, they just take nascent technologies others have developed and make them gorgeous, easy to use, and practical), but the introduction of AR as a dominant feature in the next iPhone release means “AR will immediately reach millions of people who already have the requisite hardware.” Apple’s AR will find an audience with apps and tools that are genuinely useful, like one developed with its ARKit that adds a ruler to any image on the screen. Need to measure the space for a couch? Just point your iPhone at it and the ruler appears. Read more

Developers shift away from mobile—Virtual and Augmented Reality developers are shifting away from mobile-based platforms to higher-end systems like the HTC Vive and Sony Playstation VR, and Oculus Rift. Gaming is driving the trend. Read more

Blockchain

Blockchain oised to disrupt every industry—Jeremiah Owyang’s Crowd Companies has assembled a report that summarizes how blockchain technology will “upend the way every industry manages its information and data.” The report covers 10 industries: legal, government, energy, retail food, healthcare, travel and hospitality, education, insurance, education, and supply chains. Read more
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Today’s wrap image is courtesy of John Rusk’s Flickr account. Rusk writes about the snake lily that its name ” comes from the twining habit where it wraps stems around itself and other plants.”


          Pure Fake News (PFN) from Investopedia “IMF Urges Banks to Invest In Cryptocurrencies”   

An article from Investopedia recently caught my attention: “IMF Urges Banks to Invest In Cryptocurrencies

The opening sentence of the article states: “A June 2017 staff discussion note from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggests that banks should consider investing in cryptocurrencies more seriously than they have in the past.”

Let’s investigate the claim.
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          Los chats quieren convertirse en la nueva forma de pago (y van camino de lograrlo)   

A día de hoy, compartimos todo tipo de detalles con nuestros allegados gracias a las redes sociales y los chats que han conquistado los ‘smartphones. Fotos de la fiesta del pasado sábado, ‘emojis’ que expresan emociones, imágenes en formato GIF que nos alegran la jornada laboral, enlaces a lugares de la Red que nos informan, divierten o muestran un producto a un precio que no podemos rechazar... cualquier excusa es buena para mandar un mensaje a un grupo o conocido particular.

Ahora bien, si los utilizamos constantemente para comunicar casi cualquier cosa (aunque la aplicación perfecta no exista aún, pero estemos cerca), ¿se convertirán también en nuestro medio favorito para pagar a medias una cena con nuestros amigos o realizar compras de forma mucho más sencilla? Una buena pregunta que intentaremos responder coincidiendo con el #Social Media Day, que hoy se celebra en todo el mundo como una forma de reconocer y celebrar el impacto de los medios sociales en la comunicación global de las personas.

Teniendo en cuenta los últimos movimientos de los chats más populares, ese parece ser su próximo gran objetivo. Sin ir más lejos, WhatsApp lanzará un sistema de pagos en los próximos meses, aunque solo lo hará en la India. No en vano, en el país se concentran 200 de sus 1.200 millones de usuarios. Un buen banco de pruebas, sin duda.

Este nuevo servicio bien podría ser toda una estrategia del famoso chat verde para monetizar su enorme base de usuarios, una meta que también está intentando alcanzar a través del desarrollo de una herramienta con la que las empresas podrían enviarnos información publicitaria a través de mensajes. Además, el nuevo sistema de pagos le permitirá competir con otras ‘apps’ de mensajería instantánea que ya cuentan con herramientas similares para que sus usuarios no tengamos que sacar la cartera.

WeChat y Line, los que llegaron primero

WeChat, la ‘app’ de mensajería instantánea que triunfa en China (cuenta con 889 millones de usuarios activos, ahí es nada) ya estrenó en 2013 su propio sistema de pagos. Y no le ha ido nada mal. Ahora, 600 millones de usuarios usan cada mes WeChat Pay para pagar en un sinfín de establecimientos o realizar transferencias entre amigos. De hecho, es ya el principal competidor en China de Alipay (una de las primeras plataformas de pago móvil), propiedad del gigante Alibaba.

Además, los beneficios netos de la dueña de WeChat, Tencent Holdings, no paran de crecer. En 2016 fueron de 5.900 millones de dólares (5.300 millones de euros), un 43 % más que el año anterior. Tal es su éxito que la famosa ‘app’ de mensajería instantánea china está expandiendo sus actividades en Europa y Estados Unidos en un intento por conquistar también los bolsillos de otras partes del mundo. Aunque que lo consiga en Occidente parece más difícil.

Después de que el chat chino estrenara su servicio, Line también hizo lo propio. El chat que puso de moda en su momento los ‘stickers’ lanzó mundialmente su propio sistema para realizar pagos vinculando la cuenta de los usuarios a una tarjeta de crédito a finales de 2014. Ahora, Line Pay tiene ya 10 millones de usuarios registrados, una cifra bastante más modesta que la de WeChat pero que aún le permite diferenciarse de otras ‘apps’ que todavía no han inaugurado su servicio de pago.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-W3PYINNIc

Facebook Messenger, Telegram o Kik se unen a la fiesta

Y estos no son los únicos casos. Siguiendo la línea de WeChat o Line, Facebook también se ha subido al carro de los pagos móviles. De hecho, la iniciativa de crear un servicio en WhatsApp orientado (en principio) al mercado indio no es la única que viene respaldada por el gigante capitaneado por Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Messenger, que ya cuenta con más de 1.200 millones de usuarios activos al mes, también lanzó hace un año una plataforma de pagos a través de Facebook Messenger en Estados Unidos.

Obviamente, el gigante azul no quiere quedarse ahí. Desde hace unos meses, Facebook también puede operar en nuestro país (figura en el Registro Oficial de entidades del Banco de España) como entidad de dinero electrónico, lo que abre la puerta a que podamos realizar transacciones a través de las características burbujas azules de su chat.

Aunque no ha especificado cuándo activará esta herramienta, con ella será posible distribuir y reembolsar dinero electrónico, emitir y adquirir instrumentos de pago o enviar y recibir dinero a un amigo simplemente abriendo una conversación. Un servicio que competirá con otros que ya han aterrizado en España, como Apple Pay o Samsung Pay.

Otros chats, más allá de allá de ofrecer la opción de realizar transferencias, permiten incluso que los usuarios almacenen criptomonedas. Es el caso de Octopocket, un ‘bot’ multimoneda que promete guardar dinero hasta en ocho divisas diferentes, entre ellas Bitcoin, para pagar y enviar dinero.

Además de no requerir la instalación de ninguna ‘app’ (puede utilizarse a través de Telegram), su principal ventaja es que no precisa el pago de ninguna comisión en la operación. Su sencillo funcionamiento ha seducido al mencionado chat, que ha galardonado recientemente a Octopocket con un premio de 200.000 dólares (180.000 euros).

Por su parte, la aplicación de mensajería instantánea Kik, popular entre los jóvenes estadounidenses, ha anunciado que desarrollará su propia criptomoneda, Kin, para que sus usuarios puedan realizar transacciones con ella a través de su ‘app’. Según ha reconocido el propio fundador de Kik, Ted Livingston, con este nuevo servicio pretenden hacer frente a los productos de Facebook.

Parece claro por tanto que uno de los frentes en la guerra de los chats será el de los pagos móviles, un servicio del que poco a poco los usuarios nos iremos beneficiando. De esta forma, si ya compartíamos todos los detalles de nuestra vida a través de estas ‘apps’, ahora también las utilizaremos como tarjetas de crédito para nuestros gastos personales.

Por eso, Vodafone Chat puede venirte especialmente bien para estos casos: permite usar WhatsApp, Line, Telegram, WeChat, Message+, Call+ o Blackberry IBM desde un mismo lugar y sin gastar datos de tu tarifa. Así que dentro de poco, tal vez puedas pagar la cena que debías a tu amigo o comprar el artículo que te apetezca sin salir de tu chat favorito (y sin preocuparte por los datos). Y es que nuestro ‘smartphone’ vale para todo.

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Con información de CNBC, TechCrunch, Reuters, VentureBeat, Bloomberg, Europea Press, Techniasia. Las fotografías son propiedad de Sam Azgor (Flickr) y Octopocket. 

Otras historias que puedes leer (y compartir por chat): 

-Móviles Wallet como medio de pago

-Las ciudades bajo el agua que planea construir el nieto de Cousteau

-Los Ubers de los aviones: viajar en jet privado ya no es (tan) surrealista

-5 apps imprescindibles para seguir aprendiendo en verano

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          Blockchain remains a work in progress for use in healthcare   
Proponents continue to pursue use cases that take advantage of the technology’s potential, such as helping keep track of a patient histories, says Chrissa McFarlane.
          Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat Last Week!   
Did the scorching weather last week keep you from keeping up with IP news? Not to worry, the 152nd edition of Never Too Late is here to update you on the IP latest!

The week started with Kat Mark reporting on the breaking news: German Constitutional Court stops implementing legislation for Unitary Patent Package. The signing off of the Unitary Patent package has been halted due to complaint considered not wholly without merit by the highest German Court. More to follow.

Kat Mark also reported on the conference "Innovation and Competition in Life Sciences Law" (pt.1 and pt.II), organised by the Center for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (University of Zurich) and the Center for Life Sciences Law (University of Basel). With its mix of academics, practitioners and industry representatives, the conference provided valuable insight in this field.

Bouncing to the tennis courts, former InternKat Nick brought us an insight on Special K and beyond: tennis brands. The tennis player Kokkinakis known as “Special K” and the famous cereal brand are possibly to be contenders on a Down Under trademark face-off. Who will win the tiebreak?

On to more breaking news, CJEU says that site like The Pirate Bay makes acts of communication to the public. The Court stated that the operators of said platform, playing an essential role in making the works available, are to be considered liable of copyright infringement. Kat Eleonora reports.

In a discourse over threats to competition, possible solutions and the applicability of the concept of “non-rivalrous goods” to data, Kat Neil discussed: The challenge of big data: we ignore it at our professional peril, underlining the great importance of this intangible asset.

Continuing on a very techie week, Katfriend Mirko Brüß reports that a German court orders Google to stop linking to Lumen Database. The Database, which collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials, was according to the Higher Regional Court of Munich, misused by Google as it was used to provide access to infringing content.

Event report: Trends in the creative digital economy. InternKat Hayleigh participated to this event which explored “Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme” at the Digital Catapult Centre in London, combining research presentations and discussions with the launch of the Copyright and Innovation Network.

"Kat in a basket" Oil on canvas, 2008 ca. 
Following on Kat Hayleigh's report of the CREATe event, Kat Nicola tells A Tale of Stability - Business Models in the Creative Industries. She goes into detail on the results of her research presented at the conference, showing that in the new copyright digital era, business models are not changing.

A long quest for lost paintings sprinkled with adversities, court rulings and family ties. Guest Kat Mathilde tells us how a Paris Tribunal supports heir's claim to looted painting. After losing works of art as part of one the many seizures during WWII, one painting reappeared as part of a Parisian exhibition. The race that followed not to let the painting leave and to bring it back to the heirs of the owner is filled with strokes of adventure.

Rocking on towards the weekend, Kiss singer seeks trade mark registration for hand gesture. Guest Kat Mathilde analyses Mr. Simmons' application for the “devil's horns” trademark and contextualizes it with the usage of the very same gesture done in the music world in the past and also as a cultural gesture.


Weekly Roundups: Tuesday Wonders, Sunday Surprises


Image credits: Cecilia Sbrolli

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          Blockchain is set to revolutionise international trade   
Blockchain is set to revolutionise international trade
In international trade, the shipping documents that accompany the goods carried can weigh as much as 40kg per vessel and cost up to 10% of the value of the goods. What’s more, paper can be easily forged or mislaid. Now, for the first time, it looks as if a viable electronic alternative to paper Bills [&hellip
          中国で初めてオープンソースブロックチェーンプラットフォームを発展させたAntsharesがNEOに社名変更。新スマートエコノミーを開始[FISCO]   
中国で初めてオープンソースブロックチェーンプラットフォームを発展させたAntsharesがNEOに社名変更。新スマートエコノミーを開始[FISCO]


・中国のイーサリアムと呼ばれることもあるAntsharesがNEOへと社名を変更。
・中国のブロックチェーンの未来についてロードマップを広げる。

・木曜日、マイクロソフトの北京本社に200名の参加者が集まり、中国で初めてオープンソースブロックチェーンプラットフォームを発展させたAntsharesはブロックチェーンへのソリューションのリブランディングを完了させたことを発表するとともに、今後の発展計画の詳細についても発表した。
・公表内容の一つはプラットフォームとブランドの新名称NEOの発表であり、ギリシャで新しさ、珍しさ、若さを意味する。

・彼らの高度なスマートコントラクトコードの強みは商業の分散化、デジタルアイデンティティ、そして数々の異なる資産のデジタル化である。
・Antsharesのリブランディングはこれからの中国のブロックチェーンコミュニティーの新たな方向性を表している。

・現在、ANSの持ち主はAntshareのウォレットの中に、プラットフォームのガソリン的役割を補うAntcoin(ANS)を自動的に生産することが可能である。
・しかし2017年の第三四半期にANS資産のシンボルはNEOとなる。

・同時にNEOは新しいクライアントとNEOブランドの新たなUIに着手している。
・当日はマイクロソフト代表者やNEO独自のプラットフォームの開発者、提携企業のプラットフォームの開発者などの参加者による数々のプレゼンテーションが行われた。

・厳選された参加者の中には将来の投資家や専門家、ブロックチェーンの熱心な支持者、さらに、中国の主要メディアや金融メディアなどがみられた。
・プレゼンテーションの発表者たちは以下のとおりである。

□DaHongfei,NEO創業者NEOの新たなブランドと戦略を発表した後、DaHongfei氏は全ての資産がデジタル化されてスマートコントラクトによってプログラミングが可能になるブロックチェーン技術の将来性について説いた。
・データの透明性と開示を呼びかけ、「スマートエコノミー」という新しいコンセプトと新たなスマートコントラクトシステムを紹介した。

・また、彼は相互運用性のための新たなマルチチェーンのプロトコルに取り組んでいることを発表した。
・会議でのDaHongfeiの発表内容は以下のとおりである。

•NEOは中国の認証局と協力して、スマートコントラクトを利用し現実世界の資産を位置づける
•NEOはクロスチェーン分散相互運用性の特許を取得した
•NEOの新しいパートナーはスタートアップ企業のBancor、Agrello、Coindash、NestFund、Binanceなどを含み、詳細はこのプレゼンの後に発表される。

□ErickZhang,NEO開発者の中心人物ErickZhangはプレゼンの中でスマートコントラクト2.0のこれまでの進歩について発表し、NEOとEthereumの主な違いについて説明した。
・一番の違いはプログラミング言語にある。

・Ethereumの開発者はSolidityのプログラミング方法を学ばなければならないのに対し、NEOはコンパイラーを通すことでほぼすべてのプログラミング言語に対応している。
・Microsoft.netやJava、Kotln、Go、Pythonなどが使用可能であり、スマートコントラクトを書く開発者にとって難易度がとても低い。

・プログラミング言語を包括的にすることで、数多くの開発者を魅了することが望まれている。
・ZhangはNEOバーチャルマシン、実行エンジン、相互運用性の構造についても説明した。
・NEOバーチャルマシーンの資料

□TonyTao氏,NEOのCEOでありNestFundの創設者Etherumのブロックチェーンベースの投資ファンドであるDAOのコンセプトに基づく、似たような事業のホワイトペーパーをTonyTaoは提出する間近であるという。
・NEOのブロックチェーン上に造られたNestFundと呼ばれるファンドはDAOの失敗を改善するものである。
・バグを発見したハッカーに報酬を支払うことによりNestは世界中から監視され、非中央的投資による通貨を発行する。

□SrikanthRaju,中国マイクロソフト、ディベロッパーエクスぺリエンス部門エバンジェリズム部門ジェネラルマネージャーRaju氏によるとブロックチェーン技術は、たくさんの分野にて伝統的なビジネスの体制や仲介者たちを取り除くことにより、私たちをデジタル新時代へと導くことになるという。
・Onchain(NEOを産んだ会社)は中国のスタートアップのトップ50の中で最も優れている会社の一つであり、彼はこれからの事業を支持することを表明した。

□Mr.HanFeng、TsinghuaUniversity,I-Centerイノベーションとアントレプレナーシップを促進する中国のトップ大学の一つであるTsinghuaUniversityのI-Centerは大規模なテクノロジーの統合に力を入れている。
・大学の最近の興味がブロックチェーン技術への支持であることを表明し、Mr.HanFengは現在の商業システムが時代遅れで安全でないことを指摘し、インターネットはブロックチェーンを基にしたオペレーティングシステムにアップグレード可能であると語った。

・ブロックチェーンベースの全自動非中央集権型経済の必要性を訴え、数年のうちにデジタル革命の到来が期待できると語る。
・この革命はデジタル通貨、非中央集権型ストレージ、安全なスマートコントラクトコード、Iot、AIなどのイノベーションを含む。

□ChenChengQiang、Innospace創業者兼CEO上海に位置するInnospaceはオフィス空間、ミーティングスペース、カフェや生活空間を持つインキュベーション事業を取り扱う企業である。
・本日の会議でInnospaceのCEOであるChenChengQiangは2億元(29.3百万ドル)のNEOブロックチェーンチームとの共同事業へのインキュベーション基金を発表した。

・その基金の計画はワーキングスペースを組み合わせた上海の新しいブロックチェーン空間の設立、スタートアップのインキュベーションとその促進サービスを含む。
・Qiang氏によると、彼の会社は中国で最高の起業促進サービスの提供することを計画しているという。

□AlexNorta、Agrello創業者エストニアから参加したAlexNorta。スタートアップ企業であるAgrelloとNEOはスマートコントラクトの自動化、自動実行、正確性と透明性の向上のための提携を発表した。
・AIを活用したAgrelloはプログラマーでない人々がブロックチェーン上のスマートコントラクトを合法的に取得するためのプラットフォームとなる。
・Agrelloの技術の使用法としては、多国籍企業の賃貸や共有、フリーランス契約、生産フローの組織化、管理コストの削減などがある。

□AdamEfrima、Coindash COO上海とイスラエルにオフィスを置くCoindashはデジタル通貨の投資家のためのポートフォリオマネジメントツールを提供する仮想通貨のソーシャルトレーディングプラットフォームになるであろう。
・このプラットフォームの特徴として、ポートフォリオの統計やマネジメントツール、投資の自動化、ICOのダッシュボード、他の投資家たちの投資戦略の洞察が可能である。
・NEOの開発者によるブロックチェーンベースのスマートファンドNestFundの発達に伴い、Nestの投資家たちへのアドバイスや予測を行うツールをCoindashは提供する。

□ZhaoChangPeng、Binance CEOOkCoinの前CTOであるZhaoChangPeng氏はPoloniexのようなプラットフォームとの競合を期待しデジタル資産換金所のBinanceを始める。
・この新たなプラットフォームは、中国の規制を回避するためcoin-to-coinの取引のみを扱う。
・成熟したデジタル資産の水準を保つためBinanceは厳格な独自規定を通過したコインのみを扱うという。

・今年度下半期のローンチの計画に合わせ扱われる通貨はビットコイン、イーサ、NEOを予定している。
・今回のイベントの活発な雰囲気からNEOの将来へ向けた力強い推進力を感じた。

・彼らは中国最高峰のブロックチェーン開発チームと今後必要になるであろう資金を5000万ANS(3億2500万ドル)を所有しているだけでなく、将来性のある数々のパートナーも味方につけている。
・イーサリアムからスポットライトを奪い取るには時間が必要なのは確かだが、数ヶ月中にこのプラットフォームの更なる躍進を目撃することになるだろう。(出典:BitcoinMagazine)

■エムトレの視点Blockchainや仮想通貨(暗号通貨)技術において、注目しなくてはならないのが当然中国だ。
・ITやFintechにおいても世界の潮流であるシリコンバレーを尻目に、独自技術やサービスを展開してきた。
・誰もが知る、いわゆるBAT(Baidu,Alibaba,Tencent)を見ればわかるだろう。

・そのサービスは多くが中国向けではあるものの非常に大きく、技術的にも非常に優れている。
・そのような中で、NEOのようなサービスは有望だろう。

・プログラミング言語についても、コンパイラーの性能にもよるが、多くの言語をサポートしているところは見逃せない。
・NEOを始めとする多くのBlockchainサービス企業が中国で誕生し、世界を席巻する日は遠い未来ではない。【ニュース提供・エムトレ】

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          Podcast 107: Alex Tapscott, Co-Author of Blockchain Revolution   

It is hard to pick up a business publication today and not read a story about blockchain. Every major company is looking at this technology and either trying to figure out how it can help them in their business or more often than not they will already have started a proof of concept or pilot […]

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          6月29日(木)のつぶやき その3   

及川さんのブログ→
「既存通貨vs仮想通貨」&「デイトレvs中長期インカムゲイン投資」 fxism.jp/oikawa/archive…

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 17:59

BTCJPY、4hBM。下に来たっぽい。警戒警報発令。 chart jp.tradingview.com/x/pTxWDRQK/ via tradingview.com

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 19:26

BTCJPY、15分足。垂直ダイブ。 chart jp.tradingview.com/x/mx1jhAEy/ via tradingview.com

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 19:27

BTCJPY、1時間足。下方ブレイク。ヤバイかも。 chart jp.tradingview.com/x/uK0UNRml/ via tradingview.com

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 19:28

BTCUSD、30分足。 pic.twitter.com/af1vy2Mgk6

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 19:35

ETHUSD、30分足。BTCより少し先行している。 pic.twitter.com/KMdxSW4S3k

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 19:37

BTCJPY、1時間足。-2σまで押し返されていて、長い下ヒゲになっている。切り返すのかな? chart jp.tradingview.com/x/POk8sGPJ/ via tradingview.com

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 19:52

まだ規制だらけだからね、これから。 / シェアリングサービス国内市場1.18兆円、将来2.63兆円まで拡大へ
npx.me/qVOT/Xnu1 #NewsPicks

— Katsuaki Sato (佐藤航陽) (@ka2aki86) 2017年6月29日 - 19:41

英とEUの金融規制当局はリテール顧客の被害が深刻なCFDとFXの規制強化に乗り出すに見通し。業者規制強化に加えて、一定水準以上の損失の補償も視野との報道。 ft.com/content/5cac0d…

— Cafe_Forex(テムズ川の流れ) (@UponTheThames) 2017年6月29日 - 19:09

中国も気づいてしまったか…
日本に工場作ってしまえば、労働者を社蓄のように働かせることができ、「made in japan」もつけることができ、さらなる技術吸収もできる。

— P_a_i (@mintpai_1) 2017年6月29日 - 10:48

モナコイン半減期まであと16日!
※イラストは毎日少しずつ変化していきます!
#monacoin #モナコイン #モナーコイン #モナー #モナコインちゃん $mona pic.twitter.com/vEa9wlYrYI

— しーさん (@shiisanshop) 2017年6月29日 - 17:51

主要G7諸国の中銀では、米国に続きユーロ圏・英国・カナダの中銀総裁も出口戦略に言及したことを受け、市場では、当面は円売り圧力が持続しやすいとの見方が少なくない。

— 株式会社アメコム FX (@amecomFX) 2017年6月29日 - 19:57

『35歳以降になって発明されたテクノロジーは自然に反するように感じて受け入れがたくなる』ってダグラスの法則みて、よく考えたら日本の平均年齢46歳なので「あっ」てなった。
新しいサービス出たときのネット上の反応を見ても年代によって階層ができ始めてる気がするな。

— Katsuaki Sato (佐藤航陽) (@ka2aki86) 2017年6月28日 - 21:24

はちゃめちゃ>ここに目をつけたのがロックフェラー系の投資銀行、JPモルガンだ。彼らはマイクロソフトと組み、「契約に使える仮想通貨」という比較的信用を得やすい新たな仮想通貨を開発したのだ。

tocana.jp/2017/06/post_1…

— Tetsu UASF 大石哲之 (@tyk97) 2017年6月29日 - 13:12

#NEM.io財団が豪州のブロックチェーン企業Blockchain Globalと戦略的提携。マレーシアに、研究開発の本部であるNEMブロックチェーンイノベーションラボなどを収容するブロックチェーンセンターを開設。
両者は今年後半… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— トレスト☠テクニカルアオリスト (@TrendStream) 2017年6月28日 - 20:15

なんと美しい人、と思ったら、こじはるなのか・・。 twitter.com/rosebara55/sta…

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 20:27

ETHUSD、15分足。猛烈な買いが入って急反発している。 pic.twitter.com/5PfpiDKo0b

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 21:06

ETHUSD、15分足。センターラインで戻り売りのようだ。 pic.twitter.com/Nxht8qUDSZ

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 21:21

米国債利回りチャートは逆ヘッドアンドショルダーが完成したのではないか 正しければボトムアウトになる ft.com/content/ced0cd…

— Cafe_Forex(テムズ川の流れ) (@UponTheThames) 2017年6月29日 - 21:04

債券相場は半狂乱状態。中央銀行の潮目が変ったとの受け止め。市場が正しいとか誤解しているとか言っても始まらない。この反応が現実なのだから。おおむね3営業日経過するか週末をはさめば市場はこの反応が正当化されるかどうかの冷静な評価を下すもの。正しいとの判断ならば週も継続するだけのこと。

— Cafe_Forex(テムズ川の流れ) (@UponTheThames) 2017年6月29日 - 20:38

そうだとすれば、次はドル円にも出番が回って来るか。 twitter.com/UponTheThames/…

— Cafe_Forex(テムズ川の流れ) (@UponTheThames) 2017年6月29日 - 21:10

ばあちゃんちの近く。。懐かしい( ´∀` )
B’z凱旋ライブ、稲葉さん地元で 原点は高校の文化祭(朝日新聞デジタル) - Yahoo!ニュース headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170629-… @YahooNewsTopics

— MAIKO (@bimajo162) 2017年6月29日 - 20:56

BTCJPY、1時間足。-2σを巡って激しいもみ合い。下抜けるかな? chart jp.tradingview.com/x/Zeic9rqG/ via tradingview.com

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 22:01

あくまで予想だけど、今後ビットコインが好き勝手に分裂して、一つ一つの通貨の価値が下がり、それぞれで互換性がない状態が続くならば、パブリックなDecentralized appは衰退すると思う

— 和田 晃一良 (@wadakooo) 2017年6月29日 - 22:11

今一番面白いのは、なぜビットコインやイーサリアムのように意見が対立して分岐してしまうのかということ。VISAとMaster, SuicaとPASMO、各種電子マネーのように全体で見れば統合した方が効率的、便利なのにどうして複数立ち上がってしまうのか、身をもって体験できて楽しい。

— 和田 晃一良 (@wadakooo) 2017年6月29日 - 21:59

最初から複数立ち上がるパターンは多くあるけど、1つのものが対立して分裂する事例はそう多くない気がする。政党の分離とか。
ビットコインは株式会社や国とは違って大きな権限を持っている主体がいないので、分裂は誰でも自由にできる。今後どれだけ分裂が起こり、その後はたして収束するのか。

— 和田 晃一良 (@wadakooo) 2017年6月29日 - 22:06

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— netgeek (@netgeek_0915) 2017年6月29日 - 14:31

カスペルスキー Petyaウイルス感染後は修復不可能
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— Sputnik 日本 (@sputnik_jp) 2017年6月29日 - 21:48

【ひでぇw】民進党:「東京改革議員団」に名前変更し「民進」を消していた!小池ゆりこ「東京大改革‥」←そりゃ怒るわwwwww moeruasia.net/archives/49580… pic.twitter.com/X7xXVtBbkN

— もえるあじあ(・∀・) (@moeruasia) 2017年6月29日 - 13:02

どいつもこいつも、ちゃんと桁を数えろよ。 twitter.com/uchiyama122/st…

— マタドール (@FXtradenote) 2017年6月29日 - 23:11
          LG comienza a dar los primeros pasos en la tecnología Blockchain.   
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          Disruptive tech like Blockchain is here to stay, law will have to simply catch up   
Blockchain is a distributed ledger that records historical transactions of any asset or currency. Upon joining a blockchain each member obtains a file of the transactions, the ledger, on their computer.
          Launched: Ripple Blockchain Powers Japan-Thailand Bank Transfers in 2 to 5 Seconds – CryptoCoinsNews   
Blockchain News Launched: Ripple Blockchain Powers Japan-Thailand Bank Transfers in 2 to 5 SecondsCryptoCoinsNewsThe first blockchain-enabled instant remittance service between Japan and Thailand is rolling out today. Launched by Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) in collaboration with Japan’s SBI Remit over Ripple’s blockchain, the service will help establish …SBI and Siam Commercial Bank open cross-border
          DAO.Casino Raises $9 Million During the First Day of Its Recurring ICO   
DAO.Casino Elevates$9 Million Throughout the First Day of Its Continuous ICO Bitcoin Press Launch: Blockchain-based gaming protocol introduced its token sale campaign on June 29, 2017, elevates $12 million initially day.June 30, 2017, Singapore– The DAO.Casino token sale campaign has had an extremely successful begin on June 29, 2017 after it raised over $9 million
          The Origin of Wealth and the Power of the Blockchain   
Reggie Middleton in Kingston presenting to the regulators (Financial Services Commission and Bank of Jamaica) and the clients of the Jamaica Stock Exchange the virtues and risks of the Blockchaing as both an intellectually violent disruptor of previous paradigms and a generator of unprecedented, “generational wealth”!
          Blockchain Paradigm Shift Will Cause Unprecedented Generational Wealth   
Reggie Middleton presents to the regulators (Financial Services Commission and Bank of Jamaica) and the clients of the Jamaica Stock Exchange the virtues and risks of the Blockchaing as both an intellectually violent disruptor of previous paradigms and a generator of unprecedented, “generational wealth”!
          Synereo Releases Content Monetization Platform WildSpark   
Tel Aviv, Israel, 30 June, 2017 — Synereo Ltd., a blockchain startup creating an Internet meta-layer for equitable, decentralized content creation and distribution, released today the beta version of its first product, WildSpark. Registration to the Wildspark Beta is now open at https://www.wildspark.me, with Synereo gradually inviting users onto the platform. WildSpark is the first
           Blockchain pilots move the tech closer to adoption   
The Madrid Maersk prepares to come alongside at Deurganckdok in the Port of Antwerp. The distributed ledger technology known as blockchain is being tested in a series of individual pilot projects as various sectors of the supply chain study the viability of digitizing the complex communications trail and improving efficiency and...
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          Beyond Bitcoin: How Blockchain Is Changing Banking   
The digital currency has taken off this year, nearly tripling in price.
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          Empresas usan blockchain para irrumpir en el mercado y no únicamente defenderse   

Empresas usan blockchain para irrumpir en el mercado y no únicamente defenderse

De acuerdo al estudio elaborado por IBM con respecto a blockchain, el 33% de los casi 3,000 ejecutivos encuestados afirma que sus empresas ya están utilizando esta tecnología o se… Leer mas

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          Кто такие биткойны?   


Что такое биткойн

Всё началось в октябре 2008 года, когда на сайте bitcoin.org появился документ, описывающий механизм работы распределённой криптовалюты с открытым исходным кодом, получившей название биткойн.

Основой для транзакций стала технология блокчейн, которая представляет из себя базу данных, хранящую все когда-либо совершённые транзакции в виде публично доступных блоков. Специальный математический алгоритм связывает блоки между собой и сохраняет на устройствах участников системы, не позволяя внести изменения извне, что обеспечивает защиту от хакерских атак и повышает безопасность системы.

Криптовалюты — это лишь первое удачное применение технологии блокчейн, возможности которой гораздо шире, чем создание безопасных средств для обмена между пользователями.
Транзакции необязательно должны быть связаны с финансами. Например, все взаимодействия людей друг с другом можно обличить в юридическую транзакцию. Для такой системы не понадобятся сотрудники, она не будет вызывать спорных ситуаций, не создаст возможностей для мошенничества и сможет происходить практически мгновенно.

Первая рабочая версия биткойна стала доступна в 2009 году и использовалась в сравнительно узком кругу гиков и программистов. Цена одного биткойна на тот момент составляла около 0,001 доллара. К 2011 году цена сравнялась с ценой доллара. Со временем курс продолжал расти. Технология привлекала всё больше новых пользователей, а многие экономисты оценили её перспективы. Год назад один биткойн стоил около 600 долларов, сейчас его цена составляет около 2 500 долларов.

Как добывать биткойны

Важную роль в функционировании системы играют майнеры. Именно они создают и подтверждают новые блоки, состоящие из записей транзакций. Процесс майнинга назван по аналогии с добычей полезных ископаемых и требует решения сложных математических задач, поэтому майнеры используют мощные вычислительные ресурсы на специально оборудованных компьютерах, называемых фермами.

За каждый созданный блок они получают долю от комиссии с каждой транзакции и вознаграждение системы. Сложность майнинга автоматически регулируется каждые две недели в зависимости от общего числа появившихся за это время блоков. Чтобы майнинг приносил доход, требуется мощное оборудование. Обычно для этого используются вычислительные мощности видеокарт, но сейчас из-за повышенного спроса цены на них сильно выросли, что понижает время окупаемости и повышает сложность майнинга.

Поэтому не спешите закупаться видеокартами. Резкие скачки в этой сфере — обычное явление. Если сегодня на волне хайпа кто-то покупает видеокарту за 50 тысяч рублей, не исключено, что завтра он будет спешно продавать её на Avito за 20 тысяч.

Какие есть альтернативы биткойну

Заниматься добычей биткойна актуально только в промышленных масштабах с использованием специального оборудования. Майнеры-любители давно перешли на более простые и молодые криптовалюты, которые массово стали появляться с ростом популярности биткойна.

Все альтернативные криптовалюты, созданные на базе существующих алгоритмов, называются альткойнами. Каждая из них имеет свои уникальные особенности и решает определённые задачи.

Litecoin

Следующей после биткойна цифровой валютой стал лайткойн (Litecoin). Он был придуман, чтобы создать аналог серебра на рынке криптовалют в дополнение к биткойну, который ассоциируется с золотом.

Лайткойн — усовершенствованная копия первой криптовалюты с минимальными косметическими изменениями. Основные особенности: улучшенный алгоритм расчётов, который не предоставляет явных преимуществ владельцам сверхпроизводительного оборудования, ставя их в один ряд с простыми пользователями, а также высокая скорость транзакций. Цена лайткойна на данный момент составляет около 40 долларов.

Ethereum

Эфириум (Ethereum) — платформа для создания децентрализованных онлайн-сервисов на базе блокчейна. В отличие от других криптовалют, авторы не ограничивают его роль платежами, а предлагают в качестве средства для обмена ресурсами или регистрации сделок с активами при помощи умных контрактов.

Умный контракт — электронный алгоритм, описывающий набор условий, выполнение которых влечёт за собой некоторые события в реальном мире или цифровых системах.
Для реализации умных контрактов требуется децентрализованная среда, полностью исключающая человеческий фактор, а для передачи стоимости нужна криптовалюта.

Zcash

Относительно молодая криптовалюта. Её характерная черта — гарантия абсолютной анонимности. Из-за особенностей биткойна вся информация о движении средств между кошельками записывается и доступна всем желающим, что создаёт проблему с анонимностью.

Благодаря алгоритмам Zcash транзакции, проводимые с использованием этой криптовалюты, не оставляют данных о том, с какого кошелька произошло списание, размер перевода и адрес кошелька получателя. Информация полностью скрыта и может быть обнародована только по желанию сторон.

Как завести и пополнить биткойн-кошелёк

Сделать это можно на сайте blockchain.info.

При регистрации лучше указать реальные данные, чтобы у вас всегда была возможность восстановить аккаунт и хранящиеся на нём средства.

Не забудьте позаботиться о безопасности, привязать почту, включить двухфакторную аутентификацию и записать секретную фразу для восстановления.
Существует несколько способов пополнить свой кошелёк. Самый очевидный — купить криптовалюту у своих друзей или знакомых, оплатив напрямую любым удобным способом.

Будьте аккуратны при продаже или покупке биткойнов с рук у незнакомых людей. Отменить платёж нельзя, а законодательного регулирования в этой сфере не существует.
Если вы отправите деньги мошеннику или совершите опечатку в адресе, вернуть средства не получится.

Если же вы пионер биткойн-движения в вашем окружении, вы можете купить валюту на бирже. Одна из самых удобных для покупки в России — btc-e.nz. Она не требует идентификации и позволяет пополнить баланс с помощью привычных электронных кошельков.

Также можно воспользоваться проверенными обменниками, которые работают с криптовалютой:

xchange.is;
exmo.me;
ALFAcashier.com.
Купить или обменять альткойны можно на криптовалютных биржах. Самая известная из них — Poloniex. Проще всего обменять одну валюту на другую через сервис shapeshift.io.

Для хранения существуют также альтернативные кошельки, например BitPay, хотя это не самый безопасный способ хранения большого объёма криптовалюты.

Как надёжно хранить криптовалюту

Наиболее надёжный метод — холодное хранение. Вот несколько его разновидностей:

Бумажные кошельки

Бумажный кошелёк — один из самых простых и наиболее популярных методов холодного хранения. Создание такого кошелька предполагает генерацию биткойн-адреса и секретной фразы в офлайне и их запись на любой носитель, который не связан с Сетью.

Вы можете записать пару ключей на листе бумаги, который затем положите в сейф или банковскую ячейку. Когда вы решите потратить биткойны с вышеупомянутого адреса, вам нужно будет ввести секретную фразу в программу-кошелёк, которой вы пользуетесь.

Мультисигнатурный метод

Данный метод заключается в создании кошелька, который требует более одного ключа для совершения транзакции. Компании могут назначить существующее количество ключей, а также количество, необходимое для совершения транзакции.

Например, компания создаёт пять ключей и раздаёт их разным людям, распределив полномочия, после чего назначает необходимое для свершения транзакции количество ключей — три. В итоге ни один из участников не сможет распоряжаться средствами единолично, а для подтверждения транзакции потребуются ключи как минимум трёх человек.

Аппаратные кошельки

Сейчас этот метод наиболее популярен среди пользователей. Информация помещается на маленькие устройства, стойкие к влаге и вирусам, которые могут поддерживать мультисигнатурный метод хранения. Они удобны для операций с цифровой валютой, имеют функцию резервного копирования и QR-камеру. Пример такого устройства — Ledger Nano S.

Курс биткойна подвержен скачкам. Он формируется из существующего предложения и спроса, а игроки с большими активами могут временно влиять на него. Скачки курса случаются довольно часто и будут происходить в дальнейшем, но в итоге всегда происходит коррекция цены.

За актуальным курсом криптовалют можно следить на сайте coincap.io, а на нашем сайте, кроме главных новостей и актуального курса основных монет, вы также можете отслеживать прогнозы по их цене на ближайшие две недели.
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          TuxMachines: What Motivates Torvalds, What Excites Larabel About Linux, and Latest Linux Foundation Announcements   
  • Video: Linus Torvalds Explains How Linux Still Surprises and Motivates Him

    Linus Torvalds took to the stage in China for the first time Monday at LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen China in Beijing. In front of a crowd of nearly 2,000, Torvalds spoke with VMware Head of Open Source Dirk Hohndel in one of their famous “fireside chats” about what motivates and surprises him and how aspiring open source developers can get started. Here are some highlights of their talk.

  • What Excites Me The Most About The Linux 4.12 Kernel

    If all goes according to plan, the Linux 4.12 kernel will be officially released before the weekend is through. Here's a recap of some of the most exciting changes for this imminent kernel update.

  • The Linux Foundation Announces 18 New Silver Members

    With the support of its members, The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects across technologies including networking, security, cloud, blockchain and more. This collaborative development model is helping technology advance at a rapid pace in a way that benefits individuals and organizations around the world.

  • Diversity Empowerment Summit Facilitates Inclusion and Culture Change

    Check out the session highlights for the new Diversity Empowerment Summit (DES), which will take place Sept. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles as part of Open Source Summit North America.

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          Технология Blockchain   
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Много другой технической литературы.

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          TrueFlip Announces Crowdsale Campaign   

The development team of blockchain-based lottery TrueFlip has announced its crowdsale to distribute 16,800,000 TFL...

The post TrueFlip Announces Crowdsale Campaign appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.


          CORION Announces ICO Details for its Revolutionary Platform & Stable-Rate CryptoCurrency   

CORION (https://www.corion.io) full-service blockchain platform powered by a revolutionary new stable-rate token, today announced final details...

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          Over 500k Early Adopters to Participate in Upcoming Polybius Project ICO   

Estonia-based blockchain startup, Polybius Foundation has projected the participation of over 500,000 of its HashFlare...

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          WeTrust Launches Lending Circles (ROSCA) Platform, Offers Opportunity to Participate in On-Going Crowdsale   

Ethereum blockchain platform WeTrust has announced its very first Trusting Lending Circles product and Trustcoin...

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          Ibm Research: tutte le innovazioni   

Vi proponiamo un cammino di divulgazione verso il futuro dei dati, del modo in cui li useremo e degli spazi, fisici e virtuali, che li conterranno. E vogliamo che questo percorso sappia riguardarci e contraddistinguerci.

Perciò lo compiamo assieme agli scienziati e ricercatori italiani che fanno capo ai centri mondiali di Ibm Research.

Lo facciamo anche con l’intento di dare visibilità a quei “cervelli” che secondo noi non sono andati in fuga: hanno solamente scelto un luogo consono per mettere a frutto il proprio dono, a beneficio di tutti, anche dell’Italia.

Ogni mese una nuova puntata, firmata da un giovane ricercatore italiano.

Buona (in)formazione.

Neuroingegneria in 3D per creare il cervello in vitro

Nel laboratorio di nano-fabbricazione dell’IBM Almaden Research Center Luisa Bozano gestisce  progetti che si collocano nell’ambito della sensoristica e riguardano anche il funzionamento del cervello. Andrea Spanu ci spiega come vengono usate le Bio-nano tecnologie per emulare organi come il cervello dai ricercatori delle Università di Genova e Cagliari presso il sensor-lab dell'Ibm Almaden Reseach Center

L'intelligenza artificiale porta all'ingegneria cellulare

Simone Bianco Ibm

Simone Bianco ci spiega come l’ingegneria cellulare si avvale di strumenti propri di ingegneria, matematica, fisica e informatica per trasformare la biologia in una scienza quantitativa, per ottimizzare il design e la realizzazione di "fabbriche" cellulari.

Come funzionano e a cosa servono i chip neuromorfici

Carmelo di Nolfo, ricercatore Ibm

Carmelo di Nolfo ci spiega perchè sta lavorando alla creazione di un cervello di silicio. Il TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System di Ibm è una nuova generazione di processore neuromorfico sviluppato da un team dell’Ibm Research - Almaden, a San Jose, in California.

 

Debater: decidere sarà più facile

Francesca Pensa Ibm Research

Un progetto di Ibm Research basato sulle debating technologies avvicina l'intelligenza artificiale alla vita quotidiana

 

Blockchain e Bitcoin, come funzionano

Blockchain

Al centro di ricerca Ibm di Zurigo si lavora sulla riservatezza e sulla crittografia.

Veicoli connessi, una piattaforma per servizi intelligenti

Ibm Research Giovanni Russo

Giovanni Russo di Ibm Research di Dublino ci spiega come possiamo istruire le smart car a lavorare per noi anche quando sono inattive.

Perché l’industria vive di modelli, strutture, algoritmi e calcolo

Ottimizzazione del profilo alare di un aereo per la minimizzazione dei vortici d’estremita’ d’ala.

Le simulazioni per le applicazioni industriali stanno guidando il processo di innovazione in campo manufacturing. L'esperienza di Ibm Research raccontata da Teodoro Laino.

Fotonica, comunicare alla velocità della luce

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Antonio La Porta ci spiega come presso Ibm Research a Zurigo la ricerca di soluzioni tecnologiche che prevedono la prospettiva di interconnettere i chip con i fotoni si persegue assemblando e fabbricando, rispettivamente, chip elettro-ottici e strutture che guidino i fotoni (chiamate guide d’onda) sullo stesso supporto, sia essa una board rigida o un substrato flessibile.

 

Oltre il silicio: il futuro dei transistor e dei semiconduttori

Ibm Transistor

Gianluca Signorello ci prepara a un futuro fatto di semiconduttori III-V, utilizzati sia per lo sviluppo di transistor e circuiti integrati ad elevata performance, sia per sistemi di comunicazione ottica integrati su silicio, che permetteranno l’esplosione della banda di comunicazione disponibile tra circuiti integrati.

 

La nuova frontiera del supercalcolo: i Data Centric Systems

IBM BlueGene Q Sequoia

 

Cristiano Malossi ci tratteggia l'identikit dei nuovi sistemi che stanno nascendo per l'analisi dei dati che per la mera computazione

Come si può ridurre il consumo di energia dell'It

Microserver IbmMatteo Cossale ci illustra come con i microserver si possono ottenere prestazioni computazionali senza gravare sul conto energetico. E nascono microdatacenter.

 

Deep Current: come cambia la scienza delle previsioni

Ibm DeepCurrentEmanuele Ragnoli ci spiega la piattaforma di modellistica 2D e 3D e di gestione dati per il monitoraggio e la previsione di condizioni marine e oceanografiche. Emblematica di come la ricerca di Ibm sta guidando l'evoluzione digitale della stocastica.

 

Come dare accesso sicuro ai dati nel cloud

Ibm Secure Enterprise Desktop

Paolo Scotton ci propone la soluzione fatta da un'ancora fisica: una chiave Usb con sistema operativo chiuso che gestisce i collegamenti ai server in cloud. Senza lasciare tracce.

 

La sicurezza dei dati nel cloud: due soluzioni

Ibm cloud sicurezza Sorniotti

Alessandro Sorniotti distingue fra crittografia tradizionale e omomorfica e ci  presenta le potenzialità dell'intercloud.

 

Dal knowledge graph al cognitive computing

 

Vocio da Zurigo IBM Graph ViewMarco Luca Sbodio ci fornisce esempi concreti di applicazione dei sistemi cognitivi, in campo sociale e sanitario.

 

Cognitive computing, il futuro della conoscenza

 

Cognitive Computing Ibm

Alessandro Curioni ci fa scoprire l'essenza dei sistemi cognitivi e ci spiega perché diventeranno una parte dominante della nostra vita.

L'articolo Ibm Research: tutte le innovazioni è un contenuto originale di 01net.


          Il progetto europeo per portare blockchain alle Pmi   
blockchain

Blockchain è una tecnologia che può portare vantaggi in molti settori. Al momento però le sue applicazioni sono essenzialmente in campo finanziario e in pochi altri, a opera poi di grandi aziende che abbiano le capacità di investimento e le competenze necessarie per portare avanti progetti complessi e che vedono presenti vari attori. Il risultato è che le aziende di dimensioni medio-piccole e che non operano in ambito finanziario o fintech sono di fatto escluse dalla potenziale rivoluzione blockchain.

Proprio partendo da questa constatazione la Commissione Europea, per la precisione il suo Joint Research Centre (JRC), ha dato vita a un progetto per esplorare le possibili applicazioni di blockchain fuori dal campo finanziario. Battezzato #Blockchain4EU (con tanto di hashtag), è un progetto a medio termine che durerà fino a febbraio 2018 e comprenderà in generale tutte le tecnologie a ledger distribuiti.

Il progetto punta esplicitamente alle applicazioni industriali e commerciali, spaziando dal monitoraggio degli asset alla gestione della supply chain sino al controllo dei diritti di proprietà intellettuale e ai sistemi di identificazione. Non dovrebbe nelle intenzioni portare allo sviluppo di soluzioni specifiche ma alla definizione di possibili scenari per l’implementazione generica della tecnologia, con un’attenzione speciale alle piccole-medie imprese per la loro competitività.

Più in dettaglio, il JRC si è posto tre obiettivi principali, a partire dalla volontà di mappare e analizzare applicazioni “esistenti, emergenti o potenziali” di blockchain e di altri sistemi a ledger distribuiti nei vari settori di mercato. Gli altri due obiettivi sono l’esplorazione di futuri scenari di produzione, distribuzione e uso di blockchain e l’identificazione di eventuali azioni normative legate alle applicazioni in campo business e manufacturing.

In questo senso il JRC sottolinea che “è cruciale comprendere quali azioni potranno essere o saranno necessarie per prepararsi alle potenziali trasformazioni e i possibili problemi che queste porteranno agli attuali e futuri scenari socio-tecnologici dell’Unione Europea”.

L'articolo Il progetto europeo per portare blockchain alle Pmi è un contenuto originale di 01net.


          MK EXCLUSIVE: The Blockchain is Transforming the ‘Attention Economy’   
“Attention is a resource—a person has only so much of it,” as Matthew Crawford succinctly put the notion that human attention is a scarce commodity. Blockchain applications in this Attention Economy space have put such principles into action: Brave, Steemit
          Pantera Capital Targets $100M For New ICO-Focused Hedge Fund   

Digital currency investment specialist Pantera Capital is launching a new hedge fund that will focus on investments into the initial coin offerings (ICOs) of start-up companies working in the blockchain space.  

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          Banks Don’t Need Their Own ‘Vanity Project’ Blockchains   

Over 50 of the world’s biggest banks are currently studying one of Bitcoin’s key components...

The post Banks Don’t Need Their Own ‘Vanity Project’ Blockchains appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.


          97% of Blockchain Startups are ‘Chainwashing’ – R3’s Tim Swanson   

Chainwashing is the perfect term, coined by R3’s Tim Swanson to describe the current “Blockchain,...

The post 97% of Blockchain Startups are ‘Chainwashing’ – R3’s Tim Swanson appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.


          Andreas Antonopoulos’ Folly On Private Blockchains   

Editor’s Note: The following article is the opinion of the writer. It has started debate...

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          Kogarah Technology Centre Showcases Robotics and Blockchains   

The Australian bank Westpac had showcased its technology centre at Kogarah in Sydney last week....

The post Kogarah Technology Centre Showcases Robotics and Blockchains appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.


          InPay Introduces First Dual Blockchain Project For Ethereum Classic and Waves   
inpay logoIn its bid to create a versatile and user-friendly cryptocurrency, InPay has introduced a dual blockchain which provides stability and flexibility and allows its holders to take advantage of both the Ethereum Classic and Waves platforms. Aside the general advantages it offers such as an immutable blockchain, a large and growing community, and its making transactions fast and cheap, InPay holders will have access to the Ethereum Classic’s completely decentralised infrastructure, smart contracts and dapps allowed to develop many features on the platform and benefit from the security provided by a lot of mining power. On the other hand, the
          Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain Will Change Banking   
The digital currency has taken off this year, nearly tripling in price.
          Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain Will Change Banking   
The digital currency has taken off this year, nearly tripling in price.
          LG Starts Taking Its First Steps in Blockchain Technology   
LG CNS, the IT subsidiary of South Korean multinational electronics giant LG, has switched on a focused effort to develop and offer blockchain services. LG CNS has introduced a Financial Blockchain platform based on...
          Blockchain Exchange Rates   
The Blockchain Market Prices and Exchanges Rates API returns a blockcahin.info JSON object with the currency codes as keys. Blockchain provides tools for open and accessible financial software solutions that help you build Bitcoin apps.
Date Updated: 2017-06-29
Tags: Blockchain, Bitcoin, , Data, , Financial, , Marketplace

          Blockchain WebSocket    
The WebSocket API allows developers to receive Real-Time notifications about new transactions and blocks. it provides Real-Time blockchain data from Blockchain.info. Blockchain provides tools for open and accessible financial software solutions that help you build Bitcoin apps.
Date Updated: 2017-06-29
Tags: Blockchain, Bitcoin, , Data, , Financial, , Marketplace, , Real Time

          Blockchain Query   
This simple plaintext query API allows you to retrieve data from blockchain.info. Blockchain provides tools for open and accessible financial software solutions that help you build Bitcoin apps.
Date Updated: 2017-06-29
Tags: Blockchain, Bitcoin, , Data, , Financial, , Marketplace

          Antwerp Port Tests Blockchain Container Release   
Antwerp Port has started piloting a blockchain solution that will allow truckers, shippers and other parties greater security when co-ordinating a container’s release
          Blockchain Energizer Vol. 7 - JD Supra (press release)   

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 7
JD Supra (press release)
There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4 billion was invested in blockchain ...


          Security Startup Taps Blockchain to Assign Unhackable Digital IDs   

Security Startup Taps Blockchain to Assign Unhackable Digital IDs Block Armour built its security using Hyperledger code.


          Экс-трейдер Алексей Калиниченко будет заниматься развитием технологии блокчейн в России   
Бывший трейдер Алексей Калиниченко возглавил уральское региональное отделение Российской blockchain-ассоциация. Об этом Znak.com рассказал сам Алексей Калиниченко. Он добавил, что о его новой работе было объявлено вчера, 30 июня, на конференции Genesis Blockchain Meetup в Казани во время выступления пионера движения блокчейн в России Сергея Беседина. В рамках своей новой работы Алексей Калиниченко намерен вскоре встретиться с руководителем рабочей группы при Госдуме по разработке законопроекта по регулированию технологии блокчейн в России Элиной Сидоренко, уточнил он. Алексей Калиниченко, который был осужден в 2013 году на семь с половиной лет лишения свободы за мошенничество, 14 июня вышел на свободу. Следствию удалось доказать, что в период с 2002 по август 2006 года умышленно, по принципу финансовой пирамиды, под предлогом привлечения денежных средств граждан для участия в торгах на межбанковском валютном рынке Forex похитил их деньги на общую сумму более 1 млрд рублей. После того как пирамида стала разваливаться, Калиниченко несколько лет скрывался за границей, и только в 2011 году был экстрадирован в Москву. К моменту вынесения приговора в 2013 году Калиниченко уже более трех лет находился под стражей.
          Blockchain Startup Blackpool Announces Solution for 500 million Southeast Asian Unbanked Citizens to Gain Access to Digital Economy – Token Raise   

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          Are cryptocurrencies about to go mainstream? - The Guardian   

The Guardian

Are cryptocurrencies about to go mainstream?
The Guardian
Bitcoin is the world's biggest cryptocurrency but there are now close to 800 digital currencies work around $96bn total. Photograph: Alamy. Cryptocurrencies. Are cryptocurrencies about to go mainstream? Experts call for caution about digital currencies ...
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          Bitcoin Engineer - Kid Koderz City Inc. - Toronto, ON   
KKC is responsible for the exploration of emerging technologies, which includes Blockchain, drones, cognitive computing, AR / VR and other areas of interest....
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          Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain Will Change Banking   
The digital currency has taken off this year, nearly tripling in price.
          The Corporate Blockchain   
It looks a lot different than its decentralized predecessors. Can it last?
          Blockchain Speculators Powering A ‘Quiet Revolution’   
Missed out on the Future of Fintech conference? Sign up to download the presentation and slides. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies passed $100M earlier this month, meaning if you had put $100 into bitcoin in 2010, it would … Continued
          Blockchain Solutions Are Coming But They Will Not Be A ‘Miracle Drug’   
Missed out on the Future of Fintech conference? Sign up to download the presentation and slides. With the market capitalization of cryptocurrencies crossing $100B and a recent boom in corporate interest, blockchain and cryptocurrencies are definitely having their moment. Still … Continued
          Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain Will Change Banking   
The digital currency has taken off this year, nearly tripling in price.
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          Blockchain Energizer Vol. 7   
There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4 billion was invested in...
By: K&L Gates LLP
          How Blockchain Technology Will Change Commercial Contracts   
How Blockchain Technology Will Change Commercial ContractsBy: Kent Bernhard, Contributor Two years ago, when Daniel Nossa first started learning about blockchain technology, which is at the base of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, it all seemed...
By: Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
          Blockchain secures procurement   
Home Automation 23Blockchain as a technology and concept that continues to be hyped in all industries. As a disruptive technology platform, blockchain is impactful, with the potential to redefine the operations and economics of these industries. The technology brings value to various firms with the way it offers transparency, efficiency and security for financial transactions. In our view, blockchain […]
          The Blockchain Fuels Startups—Unlike Any You've Ever Seen - Wired   
@SpirosMargaris, @aleks_kins
          Comment on The Crypto stock that’s better than GBTC by ghostface   
Was there recently some insider purchases on the open market? He supposedly got into mining to learn the crypto currency/blockchain business with plans to use that in circling back to security. So far just his secure phone idea. Not sure if this will all pan out but if we compare blockchain excitment to 1999 dot com bubble where there were new ipos and re-imagined stale companies adding dot com to their name and stocks galore exploding higher every day. Under the current situation there is a a dearth of choices on the securities front with a lot of money still learning and wanting to chase any crpto/blockchain story. The money has yet to rush into the limited stocks offering a home to the demand imo. I had forgotten about this one. Thanks for the heads up.
          Blockchain Startup R3's Recent Funding   
Financial and technology companies led by Bank of America Corp, SBI Holdings Inc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Intel Corp and Temasek Holdings have invested $107 million in R3 CEV, a startup which runs a big bank consortium seeking to develop blockchain technology.
          Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain Will Change Banking   
The digital currency has taken off this year, nearly tripling in price.

          Comment on The CIO’s Starting Block by In Blockchain We Trust   
[…] Part 2 of a 5-part series. Read Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. […]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 24.06. – 30.06.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz, Robotik, Data Analytics Banken und Finanzmärkte Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Management und Praxis Wissenschaft Blickrand [View the story "#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 24.06. – 30.06.2017 @blicklog" on Storify]
          Ist das ein Crash an den Märkten für Kryptowährungen?   
Auf den Märkten für Kryptowährungen tut sich ne ganze Menge. Auffällig sind die großen Wertschwankungen, die mittlerweile längst nicht nur Fachleute gespannt verfolgen. Ich muss ja vorweg zugeben, ich habe mich in den letzten Monaten mehr mit anderen Anwendungen der Blockchaintechnologie befasst als mit den Kryptowährungen. Der jüngste Hype an Kurswertsteigerungen ist also an mir […]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 16.06. – 23.06.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz, Robotik, Data Analytics Zum Tode von Helmut Kohl Nach der Wahl in Frankreich Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Banken und Finanzmärkte Management und Praxis Wissenschaft Blickrand [View the story "#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 16.06. – 23.06.2017 @blicklog" on Storify]
          TEDx Talks: How Blockchain’s Smart Contracts are Revolutionizing trust?   
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          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 10.06. – 16.06.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz, Robotik, Data Analytics Banken und Finanzmärkte Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Parlamentswahlen in Frankreich Management und Praxis Wissenschaft Blickrand [View the story „#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 10.06. – 16.06.2017 @blicklog“ on Storify]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 3.06. – 9.06.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz Banken und Finanzmärkte Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Krise im Nahen Osten US-Politik unter Trump Management und Praxis Blickrand [View the story „#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 3.06. – 9.06.2017 @blicklog“ on Storify]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 27.05. – 2.06.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Banken und Finanzmärkte Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Austritt der USA aus Klimaabkommen Management und Praxis Blickrand [View the story „#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 27.05. – 2.06.2017 @blicklog“ on Storify]
          Mark Pascall presents an Introduction to Smart Contracts, Ethereum, and the Blockchain   
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          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 20.05. – 26.05.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz Banken und Finanzmärkte Anschlag in Manchester Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Management und Praxis Wissenschaft Blickrand [View the story „#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 20.05. – 26.05.2017 @blicklog“ on Storify]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 13.05. – 19.05.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Krypto-Trojaner WannaCry Künstliche Intelligenz Banken und Finanzmärkte Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Trump unter Druck Landtagswahl in Nordrhein-Westfalen Management und Praxis Wissenschaft Blickrand [View the story "#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 13.05. – 19.05.2017 @blicklog" on Storify]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 06.05. – 12.05.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft re publica Künstliche Intelligenz Banken und Finanzmärkte Management und Praxis Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Blickrand [View the story "#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 06.05. – 12.05.2017 @blicklog" on Storify]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 29.04. – 5.05.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz Banken und Finanzmärkte Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Wahl in Frankreich Management und Praxis Wissenschaft Blickrand [View the story "#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 29.04. – 5.05.2017 @blicklog" on Storify]
          Klappt die Renaissance der Vorhersagemärkte mit Blockchaintechnologie?   
Wer meinen Blog in den letzten Jahren verfolgt hat, der weiß, dass mich die Vorhersagemärkte faszinieren. In meiner neuen Kolumne für Capital befasse ich mich mit der Renaissance der Vorhersagemärkte mit Unterstützung der Blockchain-Technologie Vorhersagemärkte 2.0 Ob die Vorhersagemärkte mit Unterstützung der Blockchain-Technologie tatsächlich einen Neuanfang erleben werden, ist derzeit noch vollkommen offen. Ich persönlich […]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 22.04. – 28.04.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz Rekord beim DAX Banken und Finanzmärkte Wahl in Frankreich Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft 100 Tage Trump-Präsidentschaft Management und Praxis Wissenschaft Blickrand [View the story "#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 22.04. – 28.04.2016 @blicklog" on Storify]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 15.04. – 21.04.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz Banken und Finanzmärkte Management und Praxis Weltpolitik Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Blickrand [View the story "#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 15.04. – 21.04.2016 @blicklog" on Storify]
          #FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 8.04. – 14.04.2017 @blicklog   
Fintech, Bankinnovationen, Blockchain und Kryptowährungen Digitale Wirtschaft Künstliche Intelligenz Banken und Finanzmärkte Ökonomie, Politik und Gesellschaft Management und Praxis Wissenschaft Blickrand [View the story "#FinTech, #Finanzen, #Wirtschaft + mehr 8.04. – 14.04.2016 @blicklog" on Storify]
          SAPVoice: Will Blockchain Technology Finally Lead Us To A Fair Payment Model For Content?   
DECENT is applying blockchain technology to build a secured and trusted content distribution platform for authors, artists, and creatives. It is an independent, nonprofit peer-to-peer network that is wholly owned by its users. The community comprises three groups: authors, consumers, and publishers.
          Rivetz Introduces Decentralized Cybersecurity Token to Secure Devices   

Rivetz International (PRNewsfoto/Rivetz International)RICHMOND, Massachusetts, July 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  Rivetz Intl. (https://rivetzintl.com/), a newly formed subsidiary of Rivetz Corp., today announced the RvT cyber security token, created to combine trusted computing with blockchain technology that can offer comprehensive privacy...



          Новый прогноз стоимости биткоина: 500 тыс. долларов к 2030 году   

Джереми Лью, один из первых инвесторов в сервис «Snapchat», и основатель «Blockchain» Питер Смит обнародовали совместный прогноз, согласно которому биткоин имеет огромный потенциал роста и через 13 лет может достичь стоимости в 500 тыс долларов. Эксперты, давшие совместное интервью изданию «Business Insider», считают, что будущая цена единицы самой известной криптовалюты напрямую зависит от ее растущей популярности среди пользователей.

Например, сумма электронных денежных переводов за последние 15 лет удвоилась, об этом свидетельствуют данные Всемирного банка. Питер Смит и Джереми Лью уверены, что в этой сфере биткоин имеет хорошие перспективы.

Также растущая геополитическая нестабильность в Великобритании, США и других странах заставляет многих людей искать способы сохранения сбережений, отличные от традиционных направлений инвестирования и защищенные от связанных с ними рисков. В итоге все больше инвесторов обращают внимание на биткоин.

Первая в мире криптовалюта имеет ряд преимуществ перед своими конкурентами за счет высокой вычислительной мощности сети и намного большего числа пользователей.

Биткоин также рассматривается в качестве альтернативной финансовой системы для людей, имеющих затрудненный доступ к услугам традиционных банков, либо не имеющих его вовсе. В развивающихся странах все большую популярность приобретают услуги мобильной связи, в связи с чем растет доля безналичных транзакций, осуществляемых с помощью сотовых телефонов. По мнению Джереми Лью и Питера Смита, в ближайшие годы до половины подобных транзакций будут совершаться посредством перечисления биткоинов.

Эксперты замечают, что в будущем рост стоимости единицы наиболее популярной криптовалюты будет зависеть от многих факторов. Речь идет о возможностях масштабирования сети и о распространении других криптовалют, которые могут составить биткоину реальную конкуренцию в сфере электронных платежей. Текущий темп роста технических возможностей сети биткоина оставляет желать лучшего.

Тем не менее, Смит и Лью прогнозируют, что через 13 лет количество пользователей сети биткоина возрастет в 61 раз. Ожидание столь масштабного роста неслучайно: за период с 2013 по 2017 годы тот же показатель увеличился в 54 раза со 120 тыс. до 6,5 млн. человек. К 2030 году в обращении будет порядка 20 млн. биткоинов, а спрос на криптовалюты должен вырасти, о чем говорят приведенные аргументы. В этом случае прогноз Лью и Смита относительно цены биткоина в 500 тыс. долларов через 13 лет уже не кажется невероятным.

Перевод: https://100btc.kiev.ua Источник: http://www.newsbtc.com/2017/04/09/bitcoin-price-prediction-500000/
          Can Blockchain Technology Secure Your Vote?   

          Announcing the TEDMED 2017 Editorial Advisory Board   

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          Hashgate Limited - Hashgate.net   
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          Mymatrix - Mymatrix.io   
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Mymatrix is a new site with 2x6 matrix level program where you can earn bitcoins up to 144btc by putting 0.027btc.

If you want to join please click the below image:

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Welcome to MyMatrix.

The steps needed in order to upgrade your account and be an active member, eligible to receive donations from your downline.

• So, the first step is to register an account .
• After registering, login to your account and you will see a user interface.
• Click on “Upgrade Now”.
• On the upgrade page, you see the btc address where you must send the payment (0.027).
*Remember, this payment is made directly from your btc wallet to the given address. You do
not deposit any Money from within your MyMatrix account.

• After sending the payment, you MUST add the Transaction Hash* in order to complete the transaction and one important thing is that you don't want to wait for confirmation.
• After completing this upgrade, it will take a few minutes and you`ll become an active member. You will then have access to your referral link and be eligible to
receive referrals and donations from them.

HOW TO GET THE TRANSACTION HASH

The Transaction Hash is an ID number unique for the payment you just made. It is
necessary for the system to confirm the payment was in fact made after which it will
automatically upgrade you.

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This time you are not sending it to your direct upline (Mike) but to his upline. The
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          4차 산업혁명의 핵심기술로 주목 받는 ‘블록체인’ 사업 추진 활발   




미래창조과학부는 최근 ICT 융합 제품•서비스의 안전한 제공을 위해 필요한 보안 기술을 개발하고, 이를 시범 적용하는 ‘융합보안 시범사업’의 올해 과제로 AI, 블록체인, 홈•가전, 데이터 보안 등 4개 과제를 선정했다.



특히, 블록체인은 ‘미래의 황금시장’으로 불린다. 올해 초부터 비트코인이 화제를 모으면서 비트코인 거래를 가능하게 하는 거래 시스템인 ‘블록체인’의 시장성도 함께 주목 받고 있다.



블록체인은 가상화폐인 비트코인의 핵심 기반기술로, 최근 비트코인이 일본에서 공식화폐로 인정받는 등 세간의 관심이 집중되면서, 기반기술인 블록체인 또한 제4차 산업혁명의 핵심기술로 주목 받고 있다.



디지털 공공장부로 불리는 블록체인은 구축비용이 적게 들고 보안성이 뛰어나 다양한 산업과 접목이 가능하다. 성장 한계에 부딪힌 IT업체들이 새로운 ‘먹거리’을 찾아 블록체인으로 눈을 돌리는 이유다. 이와 함께, 최근 다양한 IT업체들이 블록체인관련 사업을 추진하고 있어 관심을 끌고 있다.



우선 코스닥 상장업체 포스링크(대표 조준영)는 ICT에 기반을 둔 제4차 산업혁명에 대비해 미래가치를 창출할 수 있는 새로운 사업기회를 발굴하기 위해 블록체인 플랫폼 및 생체인증(FIDO)기반 보안인증 업체 ‘써트온’의 지분 100%을 인수하고 신규사업에 진출했다.



‘써트온’은 블록체인과 보안인증 분야의 전문기업으로, FIDO(Fast IDentity Online)기반 생체인증 플랫폼을 구축하고, 보안 및 인증기술 개발에 집중하여 최근에는 전자문서의 무결성을 확보할 수 있는 블록체인 플랫폼을 구축 개발해 왔다. 특히 기존의 블록체인 기술을 고도화하여 전자문서 및 스마트컨트렉트에 최적화된 차세대 블록체인 플랫폼에 대한 핵심특허 10여 개를 확보하고, 기술개발에 집중하고 있다.



또한, 포스링크는 동국대학교 블록체인연구센터(센터장 박성준)와 “차세대 블록체인 플랫폼 공동연구개발”을 위한 업무협약을 체결하고, 차세대블록체인 플랫폼의 공동구축과 기술사업화에 산학협력을 강화하기로 했다. 포스링크는 이번 산학협력을 통해 국내 보안기술 및 블록체인분야의 최대 권위자인 동국대 블록체인연구센터와 함께 “차세대 블록체인 플랫폼”을 공동으로 연구 개발할 계획이다.



동국대학교 블록체인연구센터는 국내 최초로 블록체인 기술발전 및 핀테크, 블록체인 스타트업의 글로벌 허브센터를 목표로 설립되었으며, 4차 산업혁명을 이끌어가는 중심기관 역할을 수행하고 있다.



포스링크는 써트온 인수를 통해 블록체인 및 보안, 인증 기술을 확보하였으며, 하반기에는 “암호화폐거래소”와 “해외송금서비스” 등 블록체인 기반 서비스를 출시할 예정이다.



가상화 기반 클라우드 컴퓨팅 솔루션 개발사 틸론(대표 최백준)은 임베디드 솔루션 개발사 리코시스(대표 김영수)와 기술 협력에 관한 양해각서(MOU)를 체결했다.



이번 MOU는 리코시스가 보유한 차량용 임베디드 솔루션과 틸론이 보유한 블록체인 및 가상화 솔루션을 활용해 가상 멀티OS 플랫폼 기반 디스플레이 및 차량 내 블록체인(In-Vehicle Blockchain) 사업에서 협력하고, 향후 사업 전반에 걸친 협력 및 제휴 내용을 명확히 하기 위해 마련됐다.



양사는 이에 대해 그간 각자의 분야에서 쌓아온 역량을 바탕으로 협력을 통한 시너지를 발휘, 디지털화되고 있는 자동차 디스플레이와 스마트 디바이스에 대한 다양한 요구사항에 효과적으로 대응할 수 있다는 판단에 따른 것이라고 밝혔다.



특히, 리코시스의 자동차 데이터 체계인 ‘올리브(O’lib)’ 기술과 틸론의 기술을 연계해 기존에 차량 내부에서 저장 및 분석하던 데이터를 외부 클라우드 서버와 블록체인을 이용, 데이터양이 많을 경우에도 과부하를 방지하고 빠른 분석이 가능하도록 함으로써 시너지를 극대화할 방침이다.



또한 현재 자동차 디지털 디스플레이 시장이 2020년까지 연평균 11%의 높은 성장률을 유지할 것으로 전망되는 만큼, 틸론은 이번 협업을 계기로 가상화 기반의 차량용 디스플레이 사업에도 본격 진출한다는 계획이다.



이와 함께, 삼성SDS, LG CNS, SK C&C 등 시스템통합(SI) 3사도 블록체인 시장을 선점하기 위해 뛰어 들었다.



삼성SDS는 지난 4월 자체 개발한 기업용 블록체인 플랫폼 '넥스레저(Nexledger)'를 공개하며 발 빠르게 대응하고 있다. 삼성SDS는 넥스레저 기반의 블록체인 신분증과 지급 결제 서비스를 선보이고 있다. 실시간 대량 거래 처리, 자동 안전 거래, 관리 모니터링이 가능하다.



SK C&C는 지난 3월 블록체인을 활용한 디지털 ID 인증 서비스를 개발한 데 이어 최근 블록체인 물류 서비스를 개발했다. SK C&C의 물류 서비스는 선하증권과 신용장 등 각종 거래원장을 블록체인에 등록해 원본이란 것을 보장하고 유통하는 구조다. 컨테이너 화물의 위치와 관리 정보가 자동으로 수집되고 물류 관계자 모두에게 실시간으로 공유된다.



LG CNS는 2015년 블록체인 기반 비상장주식 유통 플랫폼을 개발했다. 최근에는 세계 최대 금융 블록체인 컨소시엄 R3와 업무 협약을 맺고 R3가 만든 금융 특화 플랫폼 코다(CORDA)를 바탕으로 다양한 금융 서비스를 국내에 제공할 계획이다. 4차 산업혁명의 핵심기술로 주목 받는 ‘블록체인’ 사업 추진 활발
          Blockchain ad network AdEx partners with video entertainment publisher Stremio   
AdEx, an online ad exchange, has entered into a partnership with video entertainment publisher Stremio for its decentralized advertising network on the blockchain. Using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, the AdEx platform aims to disrupt and ...
          Legends Room Brings the Blockchain to the Pole   

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. Las Vegas–July 1, 2017–The Legends Room (Bittrex: LGD) is in the […]

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          Comment on Podcast 107: Alex Tapscott, Co-Author of Blockchain Revolution by Sheetal   
Great interview with Alex! Good to note that blockchain educators/ contributors/ evangelists are all in unison about the consciously optimistic future of blockchain. It would be good to hear about the strengths and weaknesses of the technology itself as it relates to bitcoin and ethereum blockchain. It would be insightful to know what is transpiring from the miners, mining equipment manufacturers and developers angle; what is the politics of it all and what's with BIP and segwit2x. Thanks!
          Rivetz Introduces Decentralized Cybersecurity Token to Secure Devices   
RvT Token Technology Can Enable Provable Cybersecurity Controls, Putting Device Security on the Blockchain PR Newswire RICHMOND, Massachusetts, July 1, 2017 RICHMOND, Massachusetts, July 1, 2017 /... Reported by FinanzNachrichten.de 50 minutes ago.
          The Blockchain Future Of Capital Markets    
Blockchain is already shaking up the status quo in global stock markets. Next, it could completely restructure real estate capital markets.
          BAT (Basic Attention Token): an intriguing attempt to use the blockchain to solve media and ads biz's problems   

It's hard to argue with 's points in his excellent longread Thoughts on BAT and ads:
The digital ads landscape in 2017 is broken. I highly recommend reading their paper (their roadmap and some reddit threads on the topic are also fun reads). In essence, they want to go after three things.
    • A combination of ad tech middleware, intrusive ad formats, competing metrics means a world where users have their browsers filled with annoying ads, their phones resources consumed with multiple trackers with no one really knowing who has their data and how it is being used.
    • Advertisers have little control where their ads are delivered or whether a human being actually saw the ad. This talk from Marc Pritchard at P&G earlier this year shook up the industry with his calls for a common definition of a view and for independent third party verification.
    • Publishers are dealing with a world where most digital ad spend is going to a few large internet platforms, multiple third parties take a piece of every dollar from advertisers and they’re getting squeezed more and more on monetizing their content through advertising. It’s no surprise more and more publishers are turning to subscriptions as their primary monetization mechanic.
Enter the Basic Attention Token (https://basicattentiontoken.org/), a blockchain based digital advertising ecosystem": 
In the ecosystem, advertisers will give publishers BATs based on the measured attention of users. Users will also receive some BATs for participating. They can donate them back to publishers or use them on the platform. This transparent system keeps user data private while delivering fewer but more relevant ads. Publishers experience less fraud while increasing their percentage of rewards. And advertisers get better reporting and performance. 
The first part of the solution, the Brave browser, is already operational. 


          Blockchain for Secure Health Data Exchange Being Explored by FDA   
Blockchain for Secure Health Data Exchange Being Explored by FDA

Blockchain technology is being leveraged by IBM and the FDA to improve public health.

ARMONK, N.Y., Jan. 13, 2017 (Block512) — IBM Watson Health (NYSE: IBM) has signed a research initiative with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aimed at defining a secure, efficient and scalable exchange of health data using blockchain technology. IBM and the FDA will explore the exchange of owner mediated data from several sources, such as Electronic Medical Records, clinical trials, genomic data, and health data from mobile devices, wearables and the “Internet of Things.” The initial focus will be on oncology-related data.

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          What is Ethereum? What is Ether?   
What is Ethereum? What is Ether?

Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.

Ethereum applications run on a custom built blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property. Developers are able to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract) and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk.

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          What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin overview in 5 minutes.   
What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin overview in 5 minutes.

Blockchain technology is increasingly taking shape in many industries. Bitcoin is one of the leading crypto currencies and is positioned to impact banking, loyalty, rewards, accountants, notaries and even governments.

This short video overview of Bitcoin and blockchain was released by Bitcoin Properly and is designed to explain the basic functions of a “trusted third party” and the applications it can support.

About the creators

The animated video is a non-profit initiative by designers Patrick Loonstra (www.patrickloonstra.nl) and Sebas van den Brink (sebasvandenbrink.nl) and entrepreneurs Lykle de Vries (ThesisOne.com) and Rutger van Zuidam (Senanga.net, IntoBitcoin.com).

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          Get ready to see more. Clean up of the financial services has just started. #wallstreet #blockchain #smartcontract https://t.co/SLMDc988LZ   

Get ready to see more. Clean up of the financial services has just started. #wallstreet #blockchain #smartcontract https://t.co/SLMDc988LZ

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          Rivetz Introduces Decentralized Cybersecurity Token to Secure Devices   

Rivetz InternationalRICHMOND, Massachusetts, July 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Rivetz Intl. (https://rivetzintl.com/), a newly formed subsidiary of Rivetz Corp., today announced the RvT cyber security token, created to combine trusted computing with blockchain technology that can...



          LXer: Blockchain: 3 big implications for your company   
Published at LXer: Three main areas where blockchain makes a huge difference Read More... (https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2017/6/blockchain-3-big-implications-your-company)
          Bitcoin News 25 June 2017 – Blockchain Technology Rapidly Escalating   

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          Blockchain, The French Election and Kendrick Lamar   


Blockchain vs pirates, French election drama & DAMN soars.
          Tame the Whales? Developer Nick Johnson Thinks He Can Fix ICOs   

Now that initial coin offerings (ICOs) are launching almost daily on the ethereum blockchain, “whales” are becoming a particularly sore subject. By buying up vast amounts of tokens, these large traders are effectively pushing smaller investors out of the picture – and it isn’t just with their sheer buying power either. In some cases, whales […]

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          Ripple’s Blockchain Solution Powers Instant Remittances Between Japan and Thailand   

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          EOS Token Distribution Generates Over US$185 Million in First Five Days   

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, July 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- block.one, the developer of EOS.IO software, a new blockchain operating system designed to support commercial-scale decentralized applications, today has successfully received 651,902 ether ("ETH"), which is approximately US$185...