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To keep a record of relevant news for myself in these four categories,
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I am re-posting those here. Scroll down to access the Blockchain posts.

Too many people ask me about technical and business insights to give them all a decent, in-depth answer: this way I can refer them here for a lot of that, giving them at least a start on the topic (and as a freebie). I do not offer these posts as e-Mail subscriptions. Of course, all sources are clearly marked and mentioned.


Berlin Ecosystem Launch Report: the most complete and detailed picture of Berlin’s tech ecosystem -- 05 Jul 2019 - Overview: Overview of Berlin’s startup landscape Update on Berlin’s unicorns and future unicorns Update on investment: is Berlin keeping up with Europe? Local PDF copy: Original web PDF copy:       ... Read More
Bitcoin verbraucht mehr Strom als die Schweiz -- 05 Jul 2019 - [just quoting the statistics ... the power use discussion is more complex] Der Bitcoin verbraucht laut Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index aktuell rund 60 Terrawattstunden Strom pro Jahr. Das ist mehr als beispielsweise die Schweiz oder Irland. Von 219 der im CIA Factbook gelisteten Länder und Gebiete verbrauchen nur 42… ... Read More
Difficulty & Hashrate Records: It’s Now Harder to Mine Bitcoin Than Ever. 70 EH/s is Coming. -- 27 Jun 2019 - Bitcoin mining has become more competitive than ever. Bitcoin mining difficulty – the measure of how hard it is to earn mining rewards in the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap – has reached a new record high above 7.93 trillion. That’s a seven percent jump from the 7.45 trillion… ... Read More
Buried in Facebook’s Libra White Paper, a Digital Identity Bombshell: “I am over 18” credential … and more -- 27 Jun 2019 - The Takeaway Facebook’s Libra white paper includes a brief but potentially seismic nod to digital identity standards. With 2 billion users worldwide, Facebook may be able to succeed where others have failed in jump-starting a globally accepted digital ID. Some identity experts say this is even more important than the… ... Read More
Cortex Launches Deep Learning and AI Network for Decentralized Apps -- 27 Jun 2019 - Cortex claims that this is the first time that artificial intelligence has been introduced to a crypto network at scale. Cortex has launched a network for decentralized apps powered by artificial intelligence (AI,) according to a news release published on June 26. The company claims this is the first time that AI… ... Read More
Founder of Ripple, Co-Founder of Stellar, and Mt Gox Founder Jed McCaleb is being sued for neglecting severe Mount Gox security problems -- 27 Jun 2019 - Mt. Gox founder Jed McCaleb is being sued by two traders who used the doomed exchange, court documents filed on May 19 show. Joseph Jones and Peter Steinmetz have accused the ex-CEO of fraudulently and negligently misrepresenting the exchange. The pair also allege that McCaleb was aware of “serious security… ... Read More
Facebook’s Libra: “It would make the early 20th century Morgans or Rockefellers seem downright competitive.” -- 25 Jun 2019 - Standard Oil depicted as an Octopus in a 1904 political cartoon (image via Wikimedia Commons). Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: Bad for Privacy, Bad for Competition Author Scott A. Shay is co-founder and chairman of Signature Bank of New York and also the author of "In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism"… ... Read More
SWIFT Gives Blockchain Platforms Access to ‘Instant’ GPI Payments Following R3 Trial -- 25 Jun 2019 - [needless to say: while it bears the names "DLT" and "Blockchain", it has little to do with either] The firm said 55 percent of SWIFT cross-border payments are now being made over GPI, a payments flow worth over $40 trillion Jun 24, 2019 at 13:30 UTC Global interbank messaging giant… ... Read More
Der Preis (in $$) der persönlichen Daten in USA -- 20 Jun 2019 - Daten gegen kostenlose Nutzung. Das ist kurz zusammengefasst der Deal auf den sich NutzerInnen sozialer Netzwerke einlassen. Laut einer Umfrage von NBC News/Wall Street Journal aus dem März 2019 finden 74 Prozent der US-Amerikaner, dass das kein fairer Handel ist. Auch in Deutschland dürfte eine entsprechende Umfrage ähnlich ausfallen. Aber… ... Read More
Kodak Reveals New Blockchain-Based Document Management System: 40% Cost Savings -- 20 Jun 2019 - Kodak Services for Business unveiled a blockchain-based document management platform during a two-day conference in New York, according to a news release published on June 5. The company says the technology enables businesses and governments to better manage sensitive documents and keep them secure — automating workflows and archiving to… ... Read More
The real risk of Facebook’s Libra coin is crooked developers -- 20 Jun 2019 - They'll steal your money, not just your data. Everyone’s worried about Mark Zuckerberg controlling the next currency, but I’m more concerned about a crypto Cambridge Analytica. Today Facebook announced Libra, its forthcoming stablecoin designed to let you shop and send money overseas with almost zero transaction fees. Immediately, critics started… ... Read More
Österreich bringt erste Blockchain-Briefmarke der Welt heraus -- 20 Jun 2019 - So sieht eine Papierbriefmarke aus. Links die normal verwendbare Briefmarke, rechts der verdeckte Teil mit Zugangsdaten zu einer Ethereum-Wallet. (Screenshot: t3n) Die erste Blockchain-Briefmarke der Welt gibt’s im Onchain-Shop der Österreichischen Post 20.06.2019, 03:28 Uhr Die Österreichische Post hat die erste Blockchain-Briefmarke der Welt auf den Markt gebracht. Unser Gastautor… ... Read More
Aufwärtstrend bei Kryptowährungen im 1. Halbjahr 2019 -- 19 Jun 2019 - Derzeit gibt es laut 2.238 unterschiedliche Kryptowährungen mit einem Gesamtwert von über 280 Milliarden US-Dollar, von denen mehr als die Hälfte auf den Bitcoin entfallen. Nun hat Facebook seine eigene Digitalwährung, den"Libra", vorgestellt. Da das größte soziale Netzwerk der Welt mit seinen 2,3 Milliarden aktiven Accounts jede Menge potentielle… ... Read More
Massive Panne bei der Commerzbank am 3. Juni: totale Transaktions-Amnesie -- 06 Jun 2019 - Exklusiv IT-Panne bei der Commerzbank behoben? Von wegen! von Christian Kirchner 5. Juni 2019   Fallen wir gleich mal mit der Tür ins Haus: Nein, die Mega-Panne in der Commerzbank-IT ist nicht behoben. Auch wenn die Coba das im offenbar für diese Zwecke präferierten Kommunikationsweg Social Media bereits am Montag… ... Read More
There is no cloud – it’s just someone else’s computer. -- 30 May 2019 - P.S. you can get the sticker here: 2,67 € for small 7,43 € for medium 11,13 € for large size (prices include Euro VAT -- I am not associated with sticker sales, just saving you the search)   People often argue "you get the elasticity" and the "extra bandwidth at spikes", and… ... Read More
“” – EU Authorities Shut Down Bitcoin Transaction Mixer -- 23 May 2019 - 22 MAY 2019 The Dutch Financial Criminal Investigative Service has seized the website of a bitcoin transaction mixer in a crackdown involving Europol and other authorities. Calling it the the “first law enforcement action of its kind against such a cryptocurrency mixer service,” Europol said in a statement Wednesday that… ... Read More
Multicurrency Crypto Wallet Integrates Apple Pay, With Google Pay to Follow Within Weeks -- 23 May 2019 - [ NOTE: THIS IS LIKE A PAID PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COMPANY, NOT "NEWS" PER SE ]   A multicurrency digital wallet that enables consumers to store crypto and spend their funds at more than 40 million outlets worldwide has fully integrated Apple Pay. Spend says the latest version of… ... Read More
Chinese E-Commerce Giant Applied for 200+ Blockchain Patents, Alibaba: 262, Tencent: 80 – China Total: 4,435 -- 23 May 2019 - Chinese e-commerce giant has applied for over 200 blockchain patents, according to a report by Securities Daily News on May 20. The report also notes that major e-commerce competitor Alibaba has applied for 262 blockchain patents, and Chinese internet titans Tencent and Baidu have applied for 80 and 50… ... Read More
Self-Proclaimed Satoshi Craig Wright Files US Copyright Registrations for BTC White Paper -- 21 May 2019 - Craig Wright has filed United States copyright registrations for the Bitcoin (BTC) white paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto. Court documents show that the U.S. Copyright Office has registrations with Wright as the author of the white paper, as well as most of the original code used to build Bitcoin. The Australian entrepreneur… ... Read More
Dependency on Centralized Services: Massive Outage at -- 21 May 2019 - Salesforce Woes Linger as Admins Clean Up After Service Outage An accidental permissions snafu caused a massive outage for all Salesforce customers that continues to affect some businesses. After a massive service outage on Friday, software-as-a-service giant Salesforce restored partial access to its affected customers over the weekend, while admins… ... Read More
Amazon received a patent for Proof-of-Work (PoW) Algorithm’s Merkle trees -- 20 May 2019 - Retail behemoth Amazon has received a patent (US 10,291,408) for generating Merkle trees as a solution to the proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm, a document confirmed on May 14. Amazon, which has taken an increasing interest in blockchain technology in recent times, now appears to be targeting development of a specific variation… ... Read More
Power Point presentations should be forbidden at meetings – tell a story instead -- 17 May 2019 - ethos, logos, and pathos the three key elements to persuade Jeff Bezos is prohibited from using Power Point presentations at meetings, as he considers them a waste of time. However, the alternative method by which he has replaced them is most useful and effective. Do you want to know what… ... Read More
RIF Labs: Bitcoin Is The Real Ethereum Killer -- 15 May 2019 - This is the second major protocol to be implemented on the RIF OS platform. 14 MAY 2019 RIF Labs anticipateS Bitcoin (BTC) will be able to scale to upwards of 60M users within the next few years, as the project launches Lumino Network, a new protocol for off-chain transactions on… ... Read More
Difference Between SideChains and State Channels -- 15 May 2019 - A complete comparison of the two scaling methods June 2018 State Channels and Sidechains are the two terms in Ethereum community that are often used interchangeably, thus causing mass confusion. But today we will get it clear. Go make a cup of coffee first, it’s going to be a long one.… ... Read More
EXODUS 1s: HTC Says Its Next Smartphone Will Run a Full Bitcoin Node -- 13 May 2019 - Mobile phone manufacturer HTC wants to let its smartphone customers plug into the bitcoin blockchain. Speaking on Saturday at the Magical Crypto Conference in New York, HTC’s Phil Chen revealed a new low-cost version of its blockchain phone, the EXODUS 1s, announcing that the device will be capable of acting… ... Read More



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