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Researchers have uncovered a huge botnet that mimics legitimate accounts on Twitter to spread a cryptocurrency “giveaway” scam. As reported by ITPro, the discovery was made during a research effort by Duo Security that looked at 88 million Twitter accounts from May to July and used machine learning to identify bots, malicious or otherwise, on the social …

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Investment bank UBS thinks bitcoin is neither money nor a viable asset class – not yet at least. The Switzerland-based company’s assessment was featured in a research report on the world’s largest crypto by market capitalization, which was circulated to clients and released on Thursday. Published by UBS strategists, the report concludes that bitcoin “falls …

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The New York-based medical school founded by Mount Sinai Hospital has launched a new research center focused on blockchain applications in healthcare. On Tuesday, The Icahn School of Medicine said the Center for Biomedical Blockchain Research would be created inside the school’s Institute for Next Generation Healthcare, which researches the application of artificial intelligence, robotics, …

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Central bank-issued cryptocurrency can potentially bring economic welfare gains for Canada and the U.S., according to a central bank researcher. In a working paper published Thursday, the Bank of Canada’s S. Mohammad R. Davoodalhosseini states that introducing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) “can lead to an increase of up to 0.64 percent in consumption for Canada …

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A Hubble Space Telescope (HST) researcher is testing a blockchain network for processing the vast amounts of data produced. Josh Peek, an associate astronomer with the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), told CoinDesk that the HST, like other space telescopes, requires “millions upon millions” of hours of computing power to process data, which can become …

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Technology giant IBM has launched a new research center through a partnership with Columbia University in a move aimed to boost blockchain application development and education initiatives. Opening Tuesday, the center is located in the Manhattan campus of Columbia University in New York City and will, among other things, incubate blockchain applications through a combination …

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About half of the existing crypto-asset market today – numbering some 1,500 – functions on top of an existing blockchain like ethereum, according to a new report. The study from Satis Group, which forms part of a five-entry series analyzing the state of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, explores the state of what it calls “platform networks,” …

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Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), one of the world’s largest securities trading venues by market capitalization, is eyeing the use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the securities market. The SSE published a research paper on Tuesday, which analyzed the use of DLT in various stages of a security transaction, such as the pre-trading customer registration, …

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New research suggests that prices for high-end graphics cards – coveted by both cryptocurrency miners and gamers alike – are falling. The research was conducted by John Peddie Research, a tech marketing and consulting firm based in California. As tech publication Computerworld reported on Tuesday, the report shows higher-priced products from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) …

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Price declines, hacks, regulatory clarity – Q2 held no shortage of surprise for the crypto market. Exchanges faced hacks and several smaller blockchains were hit with attacks resulting in millions of lost funds. Further, prominent industry critics Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Nouriel Roubini all launched new rounds of criticism in the media, with Buffet even …

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A research group linked to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its latest evaluation of blockchain networks – with perhaps surprising results. The China Electronic Information Industry Development (CCID) Blockchain Research Institute – which aims to provide an independent rating system for the blockchain space – has placed the just-launched EOS network in the …

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A group of crypto startups and organizations are sponsoring a new blockchain research center headquartered at Stanford University. The Center for Blockchain Research is being led by Dan Boneh and David Mazières, two professors who have specialties in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The research outfit plans to “develop best practices” for blockchain by bringing the university scientists …

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A financial institution operated by the world’s central banks is taking aim at cryptocurrencies, questioning their ability to deliver on their promise in a new report published Sunday morning. The document, titled “Cryptocurrencies: looking beyond the hype” and released by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), explains the history behind the technology and analyzes whether …

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The University of Texas at Austin is among one of the first academic institutions to receive funding from Ripple, the San Francisco-based distributed ledger technology startup. The company pledged to invest $2 million over the next five years in the university’s McCombs School of Business to support its Blockchain Research Initiative, according to The Daily …

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The global financial services industry spent a combined $1.7 billion on blockchain development in 2017, with institutions having increased their individual budgets for the technology by 67 percent in the same year. According to research published by U.S.-based market intelligence firm Greenwich Associates on Tuesday, amid the general increase, 10 percent of the surveyed banking …

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In 2017, Japanese consumers filed over three times the number of enquiries about cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings than in the previous year, according to data released by Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA). The numbers were disclosed at the second cryptocurrency exchange study group meeting hosted by Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) on April …

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After a historic 2017, the cryptocurrency markets took a decided downturn in Q1. Bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin – and most major cryptocurrencies – saw declines in a variety of metrics: exchange volumes, transaction counts, and, of course, price. With it, too, public sentiment on the technology appears to have become more mixed. Some naysayers, like Nobel …

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Blockchain developer Protocol Labs has launched a multi-million dollar research grant program. The startup, which is behind projects such as Filecoin, IPFS and Coinlist, on Tuesday announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) program that will see an initial $5 million put towards research efforts. Successful bids will receive grants between $5,000 and $200,000, the company …

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Japanese multinational Fujitsu, one of the world’s largest IT services companies, has launched a Brussels-based Blockchain Innovation Center. The company announced the initiative on Wednesday, noting that its primary objective would be to facilitate research on blockchain technology and to develop projects in collaboration with private and public sector organizations. “The center underscores Fujitsu’s commitment to …

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A new report argues that switching to a distributed, blockchain-based infrastructure could bring significant financial benefits to the asset management industry. The release from Calastone, a transaction network for the mutual funds industry, predicts that such a move could slash costs for the global mutual funds market by over $2.5 billion a year. According to an FT …

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