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Microsoft is moving to turn blockchain-based decentralized identity from a lofty aspiration into a business line. In a white paper posted this week, the software giant says it intends to develop two products designed to give consumers greater control of their personal data – long the Holy Grail of many technologists in the blockchain space and …

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Two newly-published patent applications from Microsoft suggest that the software giant is looking at the use of trusted execution environments, or TEEs, within its blockchain offerings. But what exactly is a TEE? According to information gathered from two filings published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Thursday, a TEE is specified to store “a …

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Microsoft has just rolled out an additional consensus mechanism for clients building ethereum-based apps on Azure that does away with mining. Called “proof-of-authority,” the mechanism notably replaces the proof-of-work mining process that is common in public blockchains. However, it is only applicable in a permissioned network scenario – that is, on private or consortium blockchains where …

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Microsoft announced the Azure Blockchain Workbench Monday, releasing a new set of tools for developers that work with distributed ledger tech. The Workbench provides “the scaffolding for an end-to-end blockchain application,” and can be set up “with just a few simple clicks,” according to the announcement. Put more simply, Microsoft is trying to streamline the …

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Cryptojacking, the practice of using a computer’s processing power to mine for cryptocurrencies without the owner’s permission or knowledge, has recently gained more traction in the crypto sphere as browser-based crypto mining has once again become possible and profitable. As Bitcoin (BTC) became more and more popular worldwide since its inception in 2009, it became …

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Several organizations, including most recently the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), have misleadingly listed both Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) under one payment option, “Bitcoin”. The EFF, an international non-profit digital rights group that had already had BTC as a donation payment option, tweeted yesterday, March 13, that they are now accepting donations in BCH, …

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Microsoft’s Windows Defender Antivirus has blocked an attack of more than 400,000 attempts over a span of 12 hours for trojans to infect users with a cryptocurrency miner, according to a Microsoft blog post on March 7. Windows Defender’s research showed that a little before noon (PST) on March 6, Windows Defender Antivirus began detecting …

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Bill Gates, principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation, has caused a furor among Reddit users, stating that cryptocurrencies are “a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way”, during an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit on Feb. 27. “The main feature of crypto currencies is their anonymity. I don’t think this …

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Microsoft revealed its plans to integrate Blockchain-based decentralized IDs (DIDs) into its  Microsoft Authenticator app, the company announced in a blog post Monday, Feb. 12. As reported in the post, Microsoft is looking to provide new a model of digital identity that would not be controlled by any centralized institution and would guarantee fully private …

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Software giant Microsoft has said it sees potential for public blockchains in supporting decentralized identities and will explore the possibilities within its Microsoft Authenticator app. In a blog post released on Feb. 12, Microsoft’s Identity Division doubled down on its belief that blockchain technology is the right solution to store, maintain, protect and distribute users’ identification …

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Regardless of where your allegiances lie in the crypto community, homage should be paid to the original Blockchain solution – Bitcoin. However, it has been 10 long years now since Bitcoin came into being (an eternity in the cryptocurrency space) and things are starting to get away from the King. Bitcoin’s path was forever changed …

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Tech giant Microsoft and blockchain alliance Hyperledger have joined blockchain-based digital identity initiative, the ID2020 Alliance. Announced during the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland yesterday, the alliance – which aid agency Mercy Corps and the U.N. International Computing Center have also just joined – aims to improve people’s lives through provision of digital …

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Two years ago, in January 2016, Cointelegraph published an interview with David Sonstebo, the CEO of IOTA, who listed out his vision for a Blockchain-less cryptocurrency and explained about the technology behind IOTA. From its humble beginnings, IOTA is now ranked in top-10 world’s cryptocurrencies. Cointelegraph caught up with David again for a conversation about the …

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About six months ago the news was littered with companies that were looking to integrate Bitcoin as a payment system. However, in the fast-paced cryptocurrency ecosystem, things have changed dramatically. Now, there is a host of companies either turning away from Bitcoin or doing a full U-turn. Microsoft recently announced that after almost three years …

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Tech giant Microsoft is once more accepting bitcoin payments on its online store. According to Bleeping Computer, Microsoft temporarily suspended bitcoin transactions last week, with company sources citing the “unstable” state of the cryptocurrency. The reason was likely due to bitcoin’s current high volatility and fees, the tech news source added. An unnamed spokeswoman from …

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In a blow for Bitcoin enthusiasts, Microsoft Corporation has removed the ‘Bitcoin’ payment option from its active payment instruments. The company was an early adopter, and former CEO Bill Gates had expressed his support for the cryptocurrency. Microsoft’s decision has been confirmed through publicly posted chats with customer service representatives. The main cause of the cessation appears to be …

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From the white paperback in 2008, Bitcoin was heralded as the revolution and cryptocurrencies, as well as Blockchain technology, the basis on which this financial freedom would be borne upon. Now, some 10 years later, and the market is full to bursting, along with a lot of people’s pockets, but has cryptocurrency changed the world? …

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The price of cryptocurrency IOTA has retreated to below  $4.20 per token as of press time, after breaching the $5 level to an intraday high of $5.03 during yesterday’s trading session. The drop follows the recent clarification that IOTA’s collaboration with Microsoft is not an official partnership. The so-called ‘IOT cryptocurrency’ failed to sustain its …

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Get Trading Recommendations and Read Analysis on Hacked.com for just $39 per month. Amidst controversy surrounding the nature of the partnership between Microsoft and IOTA, the IOTA Foundation has clarified that it does not have a strategic partnership with Microsoft. In an interview with TNW, IOTA co-founder Dominik Schiener stated: “We have never mentioned that …

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The IOTA team clarified this week that it has no formal partnership with Microsoft, following the wide misinterpretation of a quote from Microsoft on IOTA’s official blog included in an announcement about IOTA’s Data Marketplace. The quote from Microsoft seemed to indicate an official partnership between the two companies and investors reacted to the news …

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