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US Centers for Disease Control to Launch First Blockchain Test on Disaster Relief

For public health practitioners, the ability to quickly collect, analyze and take action on data is paramount to containing the spread of a deadly new virus or disease. But despite the advent of big data technologies, collecting this information today remains a highly cumbersome...

Japan’s Bitcoin Exchanges Under Regulator Surveillance From October

Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) will begin more closely monitoring cryptocurrency exchanges from next month. According to the Japan Times, the increased scrutiny is aimed to ensure that the companies comply to the revised payment services law, passed in April this year, which set out...

FICO Patent Filing Hints at Plans for Bitcoin Exchange Monitoring

The company behind the FICO credit scoring system is looking at how to collect information from bitcoin exchanges as part of a new anti-money laundering product, new public documents show. A patent application from FICO, published September 21, details a programmable system for detecting potentially...

Hitachi and Mizuho Strike Deal for Blockchain Supply Chain

Mizuho Financial Group is partnering with tech conglomerate Hitachi to develop a blockchain platform for supply chain management. Announced Thursday, the two companies have reportedly agreed to test a system built on technology from the open-source Hyperledger blockchain consortium to determine whether they can use an immutable...

Ofo in talks to raise new financing of more than $1 billion

Chinese bike rental company ofo is in talks to raise new financing of more than $1 billion, Reuters is reporting. Ofo’s co-founder Yang Pinjie, now based in the Moscow, told Reuters that the amount of financing may exceed $1 billion, but refused to disclose that what banks were involved in the talks. September 22nd was World Car Free Day, encouraging people to...

Can Social Intelligence Help Save the Impulse Purchase?

As retail space melts steadily but surely into cyberspace, the age of the cash register is wearing thin. While the cynic bemoans digital transformation for eliminating every remaining vestige of human connection from everyday life, contemporary parents may never experience...

Payment or Asset? Bitcoin’s Limbo Is Leaving Merchants in the Middle

Word that South Africa's second-largest supermarket might accept bitcoin sent twitters of excitement through the cryptocurrency community last week – that is, until it emerged that, actually, they weren't going to. At least not yet, and probably not for a while, if ever. In a...

JD founder Richard Liu invests RMB 400 million into AI

Artificial intelligence is the new hot trend in China and JD.com seems to be on its way to join BAT in the AI game. JD believes that AI technology will determine its success or failure in future retail competition, according to a report from Caijing (in Chinese). The new direction is illustrated by the latest...

Copywriting Quotes

Sometime just hearing a quote can make you completely change the way you’re viewing something. Years ago I first heard the quote “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I pondered on that concept, and realized it was quite true. That same day I organized a small event for some friends that are …...

Vivid History: ‘How Money Got Free’ Is the Untold Story of Bitcoin

An early bitcoin developer and entrepreneur, Alex Waters served as COO and CIO for bitcoin exchange startup BitInstant. Later going on to start several bitcoin ventures, he was also at the forefront of efforts to boost its regulatory compliance. In this opinion piece, Waters...

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