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Microsoft and KPN team with Dutch Startup Unchain.io to Create an Enterprise Blockchain Platform

Microsoft and KPN, one of the biggest ICT service providers in The Netherlands, have teamed up with the Dutch blockchain startup, Unchain.io to create an enterprise blockchain platform. KPN provide key services to much of The Netherlands infrastructure, from government and healthcare, through to commercial industry. Through this partnership it aims to run a fast-track platform for enterprise-level clients, in order to accelerate the adoption of blockchain in The Netherlands.

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Walmart is Looking to Revolutionise Package Deliveries with Blockchain Technology

On Thursday, a proprietary U.S. patent was released for the world’s largest discount retailer, Walmart. Its ‘Smart Delivery’ patent, aims to give package delivery lockers an immutable node within a blockchain network. Together with a patent for its ‘Smart Package’, a blockchain-based tool that will integrate autonomous vehicles and unmanned drones, Walmart is gearing up to dramatically revolutionise package deliveries, with blockchain bringing the final missing piece of technology to its plan.

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IBM Signs $1 Billion Deal to Develop Blockchain for the Government of Australia

IBM has signed a five year contract to the value of AUD $1 billion (US $740 million), to develop blockchain for the Australian government over the next 5 years. The deal will see blockchain technology utilised to improve data security within federal departments and across different realms of the state’s jurisdiction, including taxation and border control. It is the largest technology contract ever to be negotiated by the government, and is set to save it over $100 million dollars.

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British MP Reveals that Blockchain Technology Can Save the UK Government £8 Billion

On the release of a report entitled ‘Unlocking Blockchain’, British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Eddie Hughes urges government to appoint a Chief Blockchain Officer, stating that blockchain technology can save the UK government £8 Billion. The report suggests that businesses standing to benefit from increased adoption of blockchain technology, could fund a competition to attract talented blockchain developers. British Prime Minister Theresa May has recommended that a digital copy of the report should be sent to every member of British Parliament for their consideration.

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Microsoft and Digital China Partner to Launch Enterprise Blockchain Infrastructure

Microsoft and Digital China, the largest IT service provider in China, partner to launch enterprise blockchain infrastructure to the South East Asia region. Completing the three-party alliance is High Cool, a leading cloud management service provider in Taiwan. Sun Yutao, the founder of Digital China believes blockchain needs to be combined with IoT, biometrics and artificial intelligence (AI) in order to thrive. In January this year, Microsoft launched its AI R&D base in Taipei City, and is investing US$33 million in its offices.

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RBS Leading Banking Industry to Launch Crypto Tokens with R3’s Corda Technology

RBS, one of the world’s 30 largest financial institutions, has confirmed that it has been leading a consortia of banks to develop an enterprise blockchain standard platform entitled Cordite, which will allow the banking industry to launch crypto tokens on one network. Utilising the coding of R3 Corda blockchain technology, the open source CorDApp aims to do what the ERC-20 standard did for Ethereum, ensuring that all tokens adhere to a set of functions, anywhere within the Cordite system.

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World Economic Forum Awards Blockchain Startup Everledger as Technology Pioneer 2018

World Economic Forum awards blockchain provenance platform ‘Everledger’ as Technology Pioneer for 2018. Everledger is best known for tracking diamonds, and currently has over 2 million diamonds cryptographically-certified on the blockchain. By employing its solution to track the provenance of high-value assets and luxury goods, it aims to provide an immutable history of an asset’s authenticity, existence and ownership. Working with insurance and governing bodies, it aims to disrupt fraud, money laundering and the global counterfeit goods market, valued at over US $460 billion a year.

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Microsoft and EY Join Forces to Build World’s Biggest Enterprise Network with Blockchain Content Rights Platform

In a partnership with ‘big four’ consulting firm EY, Microsoft launch a blockchain content rights platform to manage the licensing process, and potentially become the world’s biggest enterprise network. The intellectual property of content generates millions of transactions per month, aggregating to billions of dollars in royalties. With the launch of the blockchain royalties platform, Microsoft and EY aim to majorly transform the value chain, cutting out the ‘middlemen’ and reducing the payment period from 45 days to just one.

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InBev, the World’s Largest Brewer Puts Budweiser on the Blockchain to Track Ad Data

The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev partners with Kiip to launch the world’s first blockchain powered mobile ad campaigns. Using Ethereum, Kiip’s ‘Single Ledger’ mobile marketing product will enable all players in the mobile ad sales chain to view and audit campaign data directly, bringing an end to fraudulent reporting by third parties and ad servers. Beginning with Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Estrella, InBev says it is “disrupting existing paradigms through innovation and putting consumers at the heart of everything.”

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Adblock Plus Identify Fake News using Blockchain Technology

Adblock Plus are launching TrustedNews, identifying fake news using blockchain technology. Partnering with MetaCert, the largest anti-fraud and URL registry, the browser ‘add-on’ marks for trustworthiness and labels media for fake news.

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Crypto Miners ‘Argo’ to be First Blockchain Company Listed on London Stock Exchange

Crypto mining as a service company (MaaS) Argo, is set to be the first blockchain company listed on London Stock Exchange this week. UK-Canadian company Argo Blockchain have built a data centre that runs off cheap, green hydro-power and will sustain mining at scale. With a team of just 20 people and a prolific angel investor, Gil Penchina involved, the company has stated that it expects to be valued at around £40 million, with the aim of raising £20 million in the listing.

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GSK is Fighting Fake Drugs with ConsenSys Startup ‘Viant’ for Blockchain in Pharmaceuticals

One of the world’s biggest pharma companies, GlaxoSmithKline is working with Ethereum-based ConsenSys startup Viant to develop blockchain in pharmaceuticals. With the release of new regulations to protect U.S. consumers from fake, contaminated and stolen medications, the pilot could not have come at a better time. Furthermore, the immutable ledger aims to combat $200 billion in lost sales each year.

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China’s Largest Ride Hailing Founder, Reveals Plans to Build a Blockchain Uber

Chen Weixing, who helped shape China’s $30 billion ride hailing market, reveals plans to build a blockchain Uber equivalent. In 2014, Weixing fought off competition from Alibaba and in a joint merger, they later acquired Uber’s China operation. Today the company accounts for 90% of trips made in China, a ride hailing market that is already worth more than the rest of the world combined. Weixing has said that his decentralised platform will be developed to empower “labourers” and “consumers” describing it as a “great, Nobel Prize-level social experiment” adding that it would not be controlled by “capitalists”.

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500 Companies Unite to Create World’s First Enterprise Blockchain Standard

Uniting 500 companies, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) has released the world’s first enterprise blockchain standard, which promises to streamline transactions, whilst also increasing privacy. Entitled ‘Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification 1.0’ it is set to transform entire industries.

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HTC to Release a Blockchain Phone This Year

HTC announces its new blockchain phone ‘Exodus’, it will serve as both a mobile connecting point to blockchain networks and a storage device for cryptocurrencies. Heading the blockchain initiative is HTC Vive founder, Phil Chen, who said they are looking to integrate protocols like ethereum and DFinity within the blockchain phone. HTC aims to start distributing the device with an unprecedented ‘pre-sale’ exclusively to the crypto community, accepting bitcoin and ethereum as payment. He stated: “We’re looking to ship by the end of this year”.

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Ethereum Founder Launches DAICO ICO Model 2.0

Ethereum Founder, Vitalik Buterin has launched DAICO a new ICO model that merges the concept with DAOs, to increase security. By integrating a Smart Contract, token holders are now able to control the release of funds through a voting system, or indeed vote to close and refund at any time. DAICO could abolish the “pump and dump” ICO epidemic, increasing its potential. The world’s first Daico token offering has launched with ‘The Abyss’, a video game developer.

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Facebook Data breach, sparks discussion on blockchain for social networks

Facebook’s data security breach has sparked discussions on a ‘permission-based’ decentralised blockchain for social networks. The recent data breach by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that inappropriately obtained detailed information of over 50 million facebook profiles, has revealed how data can be exploited in the worst possible way.

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Blockchain Technology Explained

Blockchain Technology:  To this day, we only know that Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the unknown person or people who designed the first blockchain to support the Bitcoin cryptocurrency launched in 2008. OK so what is it? Blockchain is a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). 

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