• Digital asset platform KyberNetwork is teaming up with a University of California, Berkeley, blockchain group to study ways to build better decentralized exchanges.
  • The group, Blockchain at Berkeley, announced the new research partnership yesterday, stating that the two groups would be looking at aspects of trading, such as diversity, strategies and sustainability, specifically within KyberNetwork’s early-stage exchange model.
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  • Australian-based solar startup Power Ledger, among others, is to receive AU$8.25 million in funding from the Australian government for a cutting edge project using the blockchain.
  • The project is testing the blockchain to determine how cities can use the technology and data analytics to integrate distributed energy and water systems.
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  • Tezos aims to replace one of the most acclaimed computing platforms in the world: Ethereum.
  • Tezos takes a fundamentally different approach by creating governing rules for stakeholders to approve for protocol upgrades that are then automatically deployed on the network.
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  • The European Commission is seeking submissions for a new blockchain development contest – and it’s offering a €5 million top prize.
  • The competition seeks entries from those who can propose solutions for public issues, leveraging the technology to provide a mix of greater transparency and decentralization.
  • Any legal person or entity can submit entries to the contest, regardless of whether they are based in the EU or not.
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  • With the shared goal of securing IoT-specific information systems, Sopra Steria and IOTA have pooled their knowledge, skills and visions to create a framework.
  • For its part, Sopra Steria will not only provide access to a portfolio of specific customers within the industry, it will also allow IOTA to leverage its IoT skills and resources.
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  • As entrepreneurs continue to launch mainstream applications of the technology, public perception of blockchain will inevitably change, fostering wider adoption.
  • With greater accessibility to cryptocurrencies, the mainstream market will be able to truly use their money and not simply try to make money off of the technology.
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  • Bitcoin may make headlines when its value crashes or climbs, but the blockchain technology behind the controversial cryptocurrency could help Africa overcome some of its biggest developmental challenges.
  • The potential application of blockchain and other disruptive technologies within the African context was one of the key topics discussed at the 2nd annual Hogan Lovells Africa Forum, recently held in Johannesburg.
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  • Consumers on the lookout for freebies have flocked to these free services and signed away their data rights to access these cool and “indispensable” services.
  • Consumers today have zero control over who can access and sell their data and how they go about doing it.
  • The movement to give consumers control over their own data is rapidly growing, and information sharing agreements are likely to be the means by which consumers can take back control over their data.
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  • OpenMined, which combines artificial intelligence with homomorphic encryption, multi-party computation and blockchain, is one of handful of new projects (see also Numerai and Ocean) working at the technological cutting edge to solve this problem out of a desire to impact the social one.
  • Andrew Trask, founder of the OpenMined project, will be talking about homomorphic encryption and deep learning at Newsweek’s AI and data science conference in New York.
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  • Understandably, the legal community is exploring the issues and implications of smart contracts being the unstoppable force which automatically brings into effect contract law.
  • Will smart contracts quickly take over and erase the traditional contract law considering their efficiency and cost-reducing abilities?
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  • There is at least one startup, Horizon State, developing a blockchain platform for public voting.
  • Meanwhile, an incumbent blockchain technology company is developing a similar voting platform for business initiatives and evaluating ICOs.
  • Now the company’s new “liquid democracy” software will enable crowdsource-style voting across different blockchain platforms.
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  • One might assert that blockchain technology has risen up as society identifies a necessity for progress.
  • Blockchain-based systems can be applied to help benefit numerous other technologies including AI, IoT, and self-sovereign identity, and also fit a myriad of commercial applications.
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  • Colony proposes a new kind of internet based organization, whether it’s a community project, a company, or a non-profit.
  • Every colony has its own token that represents how much of the colony you own, and even let’s you stake the ownership for things you consider important.
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  • With Bitcoin reaching new highs monthly, the dominating headlines often miss the point of cryptocurrency because it was never about the money.
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  • There is an influx of teams building decentralized projects seeking to take advantage of the most valuable property of blockchains — the ability to reach a shared truth that everyone agrees on without intermediaries or a centralized authority.
  • There are many exciting developments coming to market both in terms of improving existing blockchain functionality as well as the consumer’s experience.
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  • Blockchain is a very strange thing — simultaneously the most overhyped, least understood and most disruptive technology of our time.
  • Companies are now discovering that there’s a big difference between saying blockchain and doing something useful with it.
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