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A new patent application from IBM outlines a way for developers to catalog coding updates and milestones on a blockchain. The application – entitled “Blockchain For Program Code Credit and Programmer Contribution in a Collective” – was published on July 5 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It envisions utilizing the technology to …

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Even if blockchain fatigue may have set in among bankers, there’s at least one use case they’re still clearly excited about: trade finance. At least, that was the impression given at the Blockchain Summit in London this week, where a range of bankers talked enthusiastically about the digital trade finance platforms they are building and …

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IBM iX – Big Blue’s digital strategy arm – and ad software provider Mediaocean are teaming up to form a blockchain consortium aimed to solve some of the biggest issues in the advertising world. The consortium, which has already signed up major brands such as Kelloggs, Kimberly-Clark, Pfizer and Unilever, will be using blockchain technology to ultimately …

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IBM and Global Citizen are issuing a challenge to the world’s developers: use blockchain to revolutionize how donations are made to humanitarian causes. The tech giant and the anti-poverty campaign movement are partnering on “Challenge Accepted,” inspired by the United Nations’ Envision 2030 initiative, which aims to improve the lives of impoverished and at-risk people. …

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Dubai’s government is using blockchain technology to make it easier for companies to operate in the country. According to an announcement on Tuesday, the country’s Department of Economic Development (DED) has teamed up with the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), as well as the Smart Dubai initiative and IBM, to developed a commercial business registry built …

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The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) has announced a blockchain solution aimed to improve efficiency in the insurance industry. Working with tech giant IBM and financial services firm Suncorp New Zealand, ANZ is building a blockchain-based platform that will ease the transfer of data and premium payments between brokers and insurers, ultimately making …

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IBM is seeking to patent a method for ensuring that a network of connected devices can securely execute blockchain-based smart contracts. As the tech giant explains in a patent application published Thursday, “one example method of operation may include determining a proof-of-work via a device and using a predefined set of nonce values when determining …

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IBM is collaborating with jewelry industry leaders to create a cross-industry supply chain tracking platform, the tech giant announced on Thursday. Powered by a permissioned blockchain built on Hyperledger Fabric, the TrustChain initiative will facilitate the tracking of diamonds and precious metals as they advance from mine to market. The consortium comprises a variety of …

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Batavia, a blockchain-based trade finance platform founded by banking giant UBS in partnership with IBM, has conducted its first live cross-border transactions involving corporate clients. According to an announcement released Thursday, the pilot effort saw the platform carry out the full cycle of trades, automatically forming agreements and closing payments, in a process powered by …

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Online advertising has long seemed a ripe target for blockchain transformation. Going back to the early days of bitcoin, technologists imagined that cryptocurrency tips would fund content creators so they wouldn’t have to rely on display ads to pay the bills. More recently, marketers have experimented with smart contracts on ethereum to prevent bots from …

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International insurance broker Marsh is working with companies like IBM to develop a blockchain-based insurance verification platform. Also involved in the project are insurance non-profit ACORD Corporation and ISN Software Corp., according to Monday’s announcement. Together, the companies are developing the platform – which will help streamline the process by which companies can verify that a …

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IBM may one day be testing software applications on a blockchain system, public filings show. In a patent application released Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the company describes a “blockchain test configuration” that could provide a “simple and secure infrastructure for testing applications” by allocating testing tasks to miners who could …

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It wasn’t long ago that your average enterprise wouldn’t even mention bitcoin, ethereum, or any number of cryptocurrencies in public. Instead of using the cryptographically secure tokens to streamline workflows – or even talking about doing so – some of the most recognizable enterprises in blockchain have largely confined themselves to uses of blockchain as …

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American multinational tech company IBM has announced the launch of their new IBM Blockchain Starter Plan (in Beta) as a way facilitate more Blockchain use in businesses of any scale, according to an IBM blog post from March 16 and the 72 hour live stream from conference Think 2018 today, March 21. The IBM Blockchain …

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IBM announced today, March 19 that the world’s smallest computer – its dimensions less than a grain of salt – will use Blockchain technology and soon be “embedded into everyday devices”. In a summary of its annual 5 in 5 report, in which IBM details what technological innovations could occur within the next five years, …

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New York-based Blockchain startup Blockdaemon has just closed a venture capital (VC) seed round led by telecommunications conglomerate Comcast, according to Blockdaemon CEO Konstantin Richter’s Medium post today, March 7. Richter wrote that $3.275 mln was raised in the VC round, which Blockdaemon will use to “enhance infrastructure options, and to help customers run multi-tenant …

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The Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is implementing Blockchain to track the supply chain of its meat sales, Business Insider reports on March 3. JD said that customers will be able to monitor their meat from the farm in Australia where it was raised, all the way to their doorstep. When the system becomes operational later …

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The application of US retail giant Walmart to patent its “Smart Package” system has been released by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday, March 1, Fintech Finance reports. Walmart’s “Smart Package” patent employs a Blockchain-based tool to track package contents, environmental conditions, location, and other details. The device described in the application …

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced plans to launch a Blockchain-based vehicle lifecycle management system in 2020 that would provide customers which a history of their vehicle from “the manufacturer all the way to the scrap yard,” local news outlet Arabian Business reported yesterday, Feb. 27. The Blockchain project, formed in connection with …

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As enterprise blockchains inch closer to live launches, a group of cybersecurity experts within IBM is out to make sure clients take every step to keep their new investments secure. Adewale Omoniyi, a senior managing consultant in the biometrics and cybersecurity for IBM Global Business Services, is one such professional, and on Wednesday, he sought …

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