‘Expert’ Says Startups Should Go All-In on Blockchain

By CCN: Bernhard Schroeder, an educational director of entrepreneur programs at San Diego State, implores entrepreneurs and investors to focus on the blockchain, rather than Bitcoin. In a new editorial today in Forbes. Schroeder classifies Bitcoin as a speculative investment which may or may not work out long-term, but lauds the merits of blockchain, which he describes as “a serious technology.” The Resurrection of the ‘Blockchain, Not Bitcoin’ Brigade Schroeder believes that “the real potential” for blockchain technology will emerge from the companies who decide to build on it. Hundreds…

Microsoft’s Blockchain Obsession, Including ID Push, Is Good for Bitcoin

By CCN: Does Microsoft consider blockchain to be the strongest technology in the world? Who knows, but they sure seem to recognize its growing mainstream status and view it as a potential moneymaker. The company recently announced that it would be building a decentralized identity (DID) network on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, the oldest and arguably most trusted blockchain within the space. The network will be built in accordance with standards set by the Decentralized Identity Foundation, which Microsoft claims can overpower the “throughput issues” commonly witnessed on the…

HTC’s Blockchain Phone | Native Crypto Wallet Now Available

According to CoinTelegraph, HTC’s blockchain phone, Exodus 1, now allows users to trade cryptocurrency directly from the phone’s native crypto wallet. The Taiwanese technology giant made the announcement early on Tuesday. Exodus 1 Blockchain Phone – Native Wallet Trading HTC’s Zion Vault will now allow swaps between various cryptocurrencies. The new feature is the result of a partnership with Kyber Network—a dedicated platform for cross-token trading solutions. HTC has added Kyber’s liquidity protocol and this allows easy swaps. The swapping pairs include Ethereum-based ERC-20 tokens, including basic attention token (BAT), Kyber…

Chinese Authorities Probably Want to Exploit Blockchain to Monitor Citizens

By CCN.com: In modern times, China has worked to consolidate state power over individuals. Local authorities are trialing systems to control peoples’ social standing, access to jobs, and even where they can go. Until now, one refuge for its citizens has been in the wooliness of time; not even the all-powerful Communist party can always measure where people go, when, and what they do. But, with a state-mandated blockchain, this could begin to change. Those inside China will be aware of the fate that awaits Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies;…

Blockchain Will Revolutionize 300 Years of Stock Trading: London Stock Exchange

By CCN.com: The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is weighing the benefits of using blockchain technology for issuing stock and settling trades. In an interview with CNBC, the LSE chief executive Nikhil Rathi said he was inspired by early blockchain initiatives at other stock exchanges, and sees the benefit of distributed ledger technology: “You can certainly see distributed ledger technology having an application in the issuance process… I can see that technology being used in settlement too.” LSE, the world’s sixth-largest stock exchange, has been surprisingly open to blockchain technology. Earlier…

Blockchain Hype Turns to Mainstream Adoption in Billion-Dollar Corporations

By CCN.com: Forty percent of senior finance executives expect their firms to invest in blockchain technology over the next two years, according to a recent survey by audit firm Grant Thornton LLP. That’s in addition to the 22 percent who report their firms have already implemented the technology. This marks a dramatic change from only a year ago, when blockchain was more talked about than practiced, according to Chris Stephenson, Business Consulting principal at Grant Thornton LLP and author of the report. In its 2019 CFO Survey, Grant Thornton along…

English Soccer Club Launches Blockchain Fan Token

English Premier League soccer team West Ham United turns to blockchain to launch its own token. The “fan token,” powered by Socios.com will allow West Ham’s 40 million supporters to vote on club decisions and gain access to exclusive rewards. The fan token initiative has already been adopted by Juventus and Paris St. Germaine and comes during a wave of mainstream blockchain adoption. Just this week, Jaguar Land Rover inked a deal with cryptocurrency platform IOTA.  West Ham United is proud to announce a partnership with @socios, the blockchain-based fan…

Rakuten Taps Chinese Blockchain Firm for $60 Billion Authenticity Market

By CCN: In 2008, at least 54,000 Chinese babies suffered after ingesting formula that had been contaminated. Demand for safe products has grown year over year, every year, since then. Companies like blockchain-centric Techrock have capitalized on this market by finding unique solutions to the authenticity problem. Techrock uses the blockchain to track every step of a product’s lifecycle and rewards consumers for verifying it through their mobile phones. Chinese Consumers Increasingly Willing to Pay a Premium for Authentic Imported Food In China, it is reportedly difficult to get authentic…

Tobacco Giant Philip Morris Is Building a Different Kind of ‘Public’ Blockchain

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International is working on a “public blockchain,” an executive said, though not quite in the commonly understood sense of the term. “We want to do public blockchains,” Nitin Manoharan, Philip Morris’ global head of architecture and tech innovation, said onstage Thursday at the London Blockchain Expo. Specifically, the New York-based multi-national company would use this technology to track tax stamps on cigarette boxes, Manoharan said. While that may sound prosaic, he said these bits of paper are valuable (worth about $5.50 per packet), manually dealt with and easily counterfeited…

Pro-Bitcoin Ohio Bill Promotes Government Adoption of Blockchain

By CCN.com: A bill introduced this week in the Ohio House of Representatives urges government entities to adopt blockchain, the technology underpinning bitcoin. Republican state representative Rick Carfagna sponsored the bill. The legislation, called House Bill 220, is part of Ohio’s plan to provide a legal framework for distributed ledger technology such as blockchain (see text below). Rep. Carfagna did not return CCN’s calls for comment. The legislation would enable the establishment of a decentralized online record for transactions such as car titles or hunting licenses, according to Cleveland.com. Ohio…