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IBM Official Elected Chair of Hyperledger Blockchain Tech Board

The Hyperledger technical steering committee (TSC) has elected another IBM official as its chair amid controversy over the tech giant’s increased representation on the panel. Arnaud Le Hors, a senior technical staff member for blockchain and web open technologies at IBM, succeeds Dan Middelton, a principal engineer with Intel, according to an email sent to …

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Ethereum Co-Founder Joe Lubin Joins Hyperledger Board

Joseph Lubin, co-founder of ethereum, is to join the governing board of the Linux Foundation-led blockchain consortium Hyperledger. The move comes as ConsenSys, the ethereum development startup founded by Lubin, becomes the latest Hyperledger premier member, ConsenSys announced on Wednesday. ConsenSys said it will work as part of the group to explore interoperability between blockchains, …

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PundiX’s Blockchain Phone Is Now Called BOB and Its Coming Soon

The blockchain phone from PundiX, in the works for a year now, is almost ready for launch. The company put the latest iteration on show at the IFA 2019 event in Berlin this week and has revealed to CoinDesk that the device is planned to go on pre-order in Q4 2019 at a price of $599 via …

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Bitmain Ramps Up Power and Efficiency With New Bitcoin Mining Machine

Crypto mining giant Bitmain is launching two new models for its Antminer range, one of which is its most powerful yet. Announced Friday, the Antminer S17e has a hash rate (mining power) of 64 terahertz per second and a power efficiency of 45 joules per TH. The numbers compare favorably with the current most powerful …

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NSA Reportedly Developing Quantum-Resistant Crypto

Until now the National Security Agency (NSA) has restricted its activities in the crypto space (as far as we know) to tracking bitcoin users, but now the agency may be working to develop its own. According to a tweet from Bloomberg cybersecurity reporter William Turton, the director of the NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate, Anne Neuberger, said at the 10th …

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In Berlin, A ‘DAO Renaissance’ Begins

“It feels like a DAO renaissance.” That’s how Anastasia Andrianova, founder and CEO of blockchain-based financial protocol Akropolis, described her experience from both the Dappcon and ETHBerlin conferences this week. Hosted as parallel conferences for three days at the Technical University of Berlin, roughly 800 ethereum developers from all over the world gathered to discuss, …

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CommBank Develops Blockchain Marketplace to Boost Sustainable Development, Biodiversity

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) has co-developed a blockchain marketplace that it says could support sustainable development and reward landowners for protecting the environment. Created in partnership with BioDiversity Solutions Australia (BDS), the prototype platform uses digital tokens, dubbed BioTokens, to facilitate trading of biodiversity credits for the New South Wales Government’s Biodiversity Offsets Scheme. The scheme …

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Ethereum Coders Approve 6 Changes for Upcoming Istanbul Hard Fork

Ethereum core developers finalized late Thursday a list of six different code changes to be activated for ethereum’s next system-wide upgrade, Istanbul. As agreed in prior meetings, Istanbul will be executed in two parts. The first, which will feature all six code changes, or ethereum improvement proposals (EIPs), is tentatively expected to execute on ethereum …

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Moscow to Develop a Blockchain System for Transparent City Services

Russia’s capital is looking for a contractor to build a blockchain system to host the city’s administrative services. Open Media reports that Moscow’s Information Technologies Department has announced an auction to build an ethereum-based system that will host the electronic services now offered to Muscovites. The estimated cost of development is stated as 57 million Russian …

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Bitcoin’s Surging Dominance – Is This Time Really Different?

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free weekly newsletter focused on crypto assets. Sign up here. Everything flourishes with a bit of attention – even attention itself. You may have …

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