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Google bets on blockchain technology with two new Google Cloud partnerships

Google will support distributed ledger technology, aka blockchain, on the Google Cloud Platform. The reveal arrives by way of the company’s announcement regarding the Google Cloud Next ’18 conference in San Francisco. Google will have a 50-minute session talking about developing blockchain apps.
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Sirin Labs’ crypto-phone could change the way we pay

If blockchain technology, tokens, hot and cold wallets, and all the other cryptocurrency buzzwords have put you off learning about and using this fascinating technology, Sirin Labs is making the phone for you. It’s called the Finney, and it wants to make cryptocurrency as easy as Apple Pay.
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What is Bitcoin?

What is Bitcoin? It's a question that many recent investors might struggle to answer effectively because cryptocurrencies are a whole world unto themselves. Getting your head around the basics is important if you want to know what you're getting into before buying buying into the latest crypto-craze.
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Why Mastercard is ripping a page from Bitcoin’s book

Mastercard wants to use the inherent security of blockchain to make money more intuitive and less hackable. Its new blockchain patents seeks to put an end to credit card skimmers. Regardless of what you think about cryptocurrency, the largest financial institutions are transforming real money to be more like it every day.
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Hackers prove how powerful computers can cheat Bitcoin and blockchain

A 51 percent attack on the ZenCash cryptocurrency shows that proof-of-work blockchains like Bitcoin are vulnerable to large-scale computing power. As just one of several recent attacks, it's possible that those behind it are growing bolder and more ambitious with their targets.
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This website lets you earn cryptocurrency by picking World Cup winners

With the 2018 World Cup tournament looming, a new website called Cryptocup allows users to earn cryptocurrency by predicting the winners of the 64-team tournament, earning tokens for each game they select, with those tokens being thrown into a pot that will be awarded to the winner. Tokens can be sold on the crypto market as well.
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A German bank is using Bitcoin to handle international loans

A German bank, Bitbond, is using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to facilitate international loans. The bank's founder believes that Bitcoin can make for quicker and more affordable loans while lowering the risk of falling victim to cryptocurrency volatility.
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KodakOne uses blockchain and web crawlers to spot stolen images

Kodak licensee Wenn Digital is using blockchain to create a registry of images called KodakOne and cryptocurrency to pay photographers for images. While KodakOne is slated to arrive late this year, the cryptocurrency KodakCoin will launch on May 21 with SEC-registered broker-dealers.
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Facebook confirms it’s making a big move with many of its executives

Facebook's leadership structure looks a bit different now -- but even users that don't care about the who's who of Facebook could see the effects as the company creates teams for privacy tools and blockchain technology. The change creates three divisions for Facebook, each with a number of different teams.
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Volition is a blockchain-powered collectible card game that you print at home

Developed by veterans of The Spoils, Volition is a collectible card game from Cryptogogue that uses blockchain technology. It lets players customize their play with upgrades, augments, and customized fan art. It will even have its own cryptocurrency, using miners to discover new cards and booster packs.
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Games from Space lets you loan your GPU to earn free games

Games from Space is a new PC gaming service that allows users to loan the power of their GPU to earn free digital games. The selection of titles includes newer releases like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and the time it takes you to earn a new game will vary depending on the power of your GPU.
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What is Sweatcoin and how does it work?

A lot of fitness buffs are curious about Sweatcoin but many people don't fully understand how to use the app. In fact, a lot of folks don't even know what it is at all. So what is Sweatcoin? Here, we've explained all about the exercise-based cryptocurrency and how to use it.
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Miner One takes Bitcoin mining to new heights with space mission

Miner One launched a new initial coin offering (ICO) campaign that sent the Space Miner One cryptocurrency mining rig to space to mine for bitcoin. Miner One expects to raise $10 million as part of its ICO to build a cryptocurrency mining center in Sweden and share the benefits with investors.
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Blockchain-based GLN hopes to challenge Steam and Apple gaming platforms

Over the years, there have been many challenges seeking to take Steam's throne as the leader in PC gaming distribution. Now, a blockchain-based startup is hoping it can use the new technology to provide an alternative to Steam.
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IBM’s blockchain for jewelry will steer consumers clear of blood diamonds

Outside of cryptocurrency, IBM's use of blockchain in jewelry manufacturing will give greater transparency to this business and help consumers choose ethically sourced gems. Consumers will soon be able to scan a QR code using their smartphone to see the origins and manufacturing of their jewelry.
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Quantum mechanics could save the blockchain from quantum computers

A new type of 'quantum blockchain' that effectively acts like a time machine could make it possible to avoid the problem faced by developers when quantum computers can easily break traditional encryption systems. Such a system could, in theory, protect blockchain platforms like Bitcoin in the future.
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Cambridge Analytica designed cryptocurrency to sell back your personal data

Two wrongs don't make a right, and that's especially true for Cambridge Analytica, which had collected information from more than 87 million Facebook users. Now, a former employee reveals that the company has been working on its own cryptocurrency designed to sell your own personal data back to you.
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DT Daily: Tesla pauses Model 3 production to untangle robot assembly lines

Tesla hits the brakes on Model 3 production just when it needs to ramp it up, Apple eyes a broader news focus (and business), we explain that ever-mysterious 'blockchain' thingie.
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The PlayTable blockchain console brings digital board games back to the tabletop

The PlayTable blockchain console is more than just a tablet, it’s a distributed digital toybox for you and your kids.
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What are smart contracts?

What are smart contracts? They're like traditional contracts, but instead of being backed by lawyers at either end, they're backed by computing algorithms and they could change the way many industries operate.
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From gold to greatswords, blockchain lets gamers truly own their loot

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Blockchain may power future elections, but it’s no silver bullet for fraud

It seems likely that blockchain technology will be introduced to voting systems in the US in the next couple of years. Here’s what it will look like.
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With this browser, ads can’t steal your attention — they have to pay you for it

The creator of Javascript and founder of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, thinks he has a blockchain-based solution. It’s secure, private, technologically advanced and, best of all, ensures everyone involved in online ads receives payment – including you.
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The tech behind cryptocurrency could save lives by fixing medical records

There’s a research group at MIT aiming to bring order to the chaotic world of medical records, with a little help from the blockchain.
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Is there horse in your hamburger? How blockchain could fight food fraud

In the global economy, people often don’t know where the products they consume come from. One company thinks blockchain can change that
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Before crypto nirvana, blockchain needs to solve these basic problems

Blockchain technology is far from perfect. We interviewed some of the world's premier developers to talk about the blockchain problems we face today.
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From the doctor to the DMV, blockchain can make governments swift and secure

With a growing interest in blockchain technology, could governments be one of the best use cases for the distributed ledger system of data protection?
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Beyond Bitcoin: How blockchain will reshape the future

Don’t be fooled by the hype – blockchain isn’t a passing fad that’ll fade out in a year or two. It truly has the potential to reshape the world we live in
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City of Austin is hoping the blockchain can help protect the homeless

Austin is seeking to use the tech behind Bitcoin to help solve some of the issues that its homeless population faces.
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IoT Group revives a power plant to fuel a blockchain applications complex

IoT Group teamed up with Australia's Hunter Energy to revive an old coal-fueled power station located in Hunter Valley. Inside the facility will be a Blockchain Application Complex serving up power at wholesale cost. This will be a cheap alternative to running blockchains on Australia's power grids.
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Robot Cache’s blockchain-based service could change how you buy games

Robot Cache, an upcoming game distribution platform based on blockchain, has partnered with game publishers including THQ Nordic.
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The Bank of England is testing blockchain tech to support domestic payments

The Bank of England is now testing a Proof of Concept designed to advance its real-time gross settlement service in England.
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Best Bitcoin miners

Mining Bitcoin needs cheap electricity, good cooling, and a decent wad of up-front cash. If you have all of that though, you need to know where to spend it. You need the best Bitcoin miner.
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Google is working on blockchain technology for the cloud

Google is currently working on a new adaption of blockchain technology for its line of cloud services, though it isn't making any announcements just yet.