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Po.et, a blockchain startup that allows content creators to create time-stamped titles for their written, visual and audio work, has announced Jarrod Dicker, who has held positions at the Washington Post, Time Inc. and Huffington Post, as its new CEO. It may be the perfect match. Po.et wants to change the way content creators manage …

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TEND, an ethereum-powered marketplace for sharing “tokenized” luxury goods, has partnered with a Porsche dealer based in Switzerland’s “Crypto Valley” to put a sports car on a blockchain. The startup’s founder, Marco Abele, who previously served as chief digital officer for Credit Suisse, told CoinDesk that TEND is collaborating with Porsche Zentrum Zug in order to offer …

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A house on a blockchain? That’s the future a number of initial coin offering (ICO) issuers envision, one in which tokenized pieces of the property could be tracked and traded via a shared database. In this way, the tokens would allow for what entrepreneurs are calling “fractional ownership,” or the ability for a real estate …

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Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking recently called for a concerted effort to launch humans into space saying: “To leave Earth demands a concerted global approach, everyone should join in. We need to rekindle the excitement of the early days of space travel in the ‘60s.” While NASA and Tesla are already well established in the game, …

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“Crypto is a real thing — it’s not going to go away.” So says Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive of graphics card maker Nvidia, which yesterday posted its fourth-quarter results for 2017. The company said on an earnings call Thursday that demand from cryptocurrency miners for its product beat expectations but that overall, that market segment …

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Regulators are here to stay. That was a common thread in the conversations Wednesday at Yahoo Finance’s cryptocurrency event in New York. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is a matter of opinion. But even for those wary of government oversight, it’s perhaps a less unpleasant thought in light of the previous day’s hearing before the …

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Blockchain startup Templum has acquired Liquid Markets Group’s broker-dealer and alternative trading system Liquid M Capital LLC. The regulated “tokenized asset” trading platform hopes to enable users to trade cryptocurrencies in compliance with U.S. securities regulations, notably treating digital assets as securities, the company announced in a press release today. Prior to the acquisition, Liquid …

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Silicon Valley startup Lino is preparing to take on YouTube with a decentralized, collectively-owned video content distribution system that purports to cut out the middleman to more fairly compensate content creators. The company, which faces competition from Streamspace, Flixxo, Viuly and Stream, all of which are developing similar concepts, received a $20 million vote of …

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One of the first and most influential lawyers to represent blockchain and cryptocurrency businesses is joining one of the industry’s oldest startups in an executive role. Announced today, Marco Santori is leaving Cooley LLP, where he’s been a partner since November 2016, to become the president and chief legal officer of Blockchain, a longtime client and …

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Sharing the latest pictures of avocado toasts and latte hearts with the world might become a part of the crypto economy. A startup called Selfllery wants to create a new take on that of social media influencers on Instagram, Snapchat and other well-known picture sharing platforms- just with a crypto twist. “From the rock art …

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It turns out, last year’s mantra “make blockchain real” was little more than wishful thinking. Instead of the increased efficiency, enterprises have encountered impractically slow transaction volumes; instead of a transparent world with ultimate accountability, companies holding sensitive customer data faced regulatory concerns. Still, there’s reason to believe the same rosy-colored forecast just might come …

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Symptomatic of a broader shift internationally, the crypto landscape in Dublin has changed rapidly, and with an enthusiasm perhaps disproportionate to the city’s scale. Suddenly perforated with meetups, ICO startups, crypto cafes, bitcoin merchandise and trading chatter in pubs, cryptocurrencies have seemingly taken the city by storm – and Reuben Godfrey, co-founder of local incubator …

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Online hair and beauty bookings system JOLYY plans to build a Blockchain-powered platform, in a bid to increase its efficiency and lower costs for salons and clients alike. The company believes that the beauty industry is one of the noticeable few markets yet to tap into the enormous potential of digital technologies. Many professionals still …

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Technology has liberated and, at the same time, enslaved us. We can now work from the comfort of our homes but intermediaries- centralized freelance websites- are getting huge commissions. How do we cut out middlemen? Everybody wants more flexibility these days, both businesses and employees. The gig economy is on the rise: in the US …

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Hyperledger is a collaborative cross-industry effort to advance blockchain technology that is hosted by The Linux Foundation. Today, January 30, 2018, sees the release of Sawtooth 1.0, the second active Hyperledger project to reach 1.0, following Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 in July 2017. Sawtooth is a modular platform for building, deploying and running distributed ledgers using …

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SBI Ripple Asia is forming a consortium that will research the use of distributed ledger technology in securities products. According to an announcement, the company – a joint venture between Japanese investment firm SBI and San Fransisco-based DLT payment startup Ripple – said the new consortium will see joint efforts from 18 securities firms to …

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Bitcoin startup BTCC has been acquired by a Hong Kong-based blockchain investment fund. While details remain scarce on the deal, BTCC said in a press release that the move will help its efforts to expand internationally following its recent closure in mainland China. Bobby Lee, BTCC’s co-founder, said: “Today’s acquisition is an incredible milestone for …

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Two San Francisco blockchain startups are teaming up, including one that is aiming to create a kind of decentralized Airbnb. Short-term housing rental startup Bee Token and financial services platform WeTrust are partnering to develop a “decentralized insurance layer based on crowdsourced security deposits.” In other words, the deposits would act as a financial buffer …

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Bart Chilton, the former commissioner of the U.S. Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), is doubling down on his stated desire for a regulated market to foster the development of cryptocurrency trading. The former U.S. government regulator announced on Jan. 23 that he will join the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Omega One as an adviser, focusing on regulatory …

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The United Kingdom’s technology development arm, Innovate UK, is doubling down on its support for blockchain-based technologies, it announced on Jan. 22. The nondepartmental public office said it would invest a total of £19 million ($26.6 million) in projects which will result in new products or service in the fields of emerging and enabling technologies, …

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