Spanish Renewable Energy Operator to Trace Electricity Generation With Blockchain

Spanish renewable energy company ACCIONA Energía is going to deploy blockchain to trace electricity generation, according to an announcement published Dec. 17. ACCIONA Energía is an international global renewable energy operator, that reportedly produces emission-free energy for over 6 million homes. The company is recognized as one of the largest renewable energy developers, with more…

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Russian Region Conducts Blockchain Election With 40K Participants

Saratov Oblast, a region in Southern Russia, has conducted a reportedly successful blockchain election with 40,000 participants, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Dec. 18. On Dec. 12, participants voted to elect members of the local Youth Parliament via the blockchain-driven electronic polling system Polys, developed by Kaspersky Lab in 2017. According to…

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Korean Gov’t Pilots Blockchain for Logistics Innovation in Country’s Largest Port

Two South Korean government ministries have launched a blockchain pilot for port logistics innovation, according to a press release from the country’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIT), published Dec. 18. MSIT, together with the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, are reportedly testing whether the technology can make Korea’s container shipping industry more…

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Overstock Subsidiary tZERO to Develop Smart Contract Token for Rare Metals Sale – Cointelegraph

Private equity firm GSR Capital has contracted Overstock.com Inc.’s subsidiary tZERO Group Inc. to develop a smart contract token for a sale of cobalt, according to a press release published Dec. 17. tZERO and Hong Kong-based GRS Capital’s partnership is focused on developing an ecosystem in Asia for tokenized commodity purchase contracts that would purportedly…

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Owned: How video games could be crypto’s first game changer – Decrypt Media

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By Guillermo JimenezBlockchain•12 min read•Dec 17, 2018 There’s an expression in gaming when a player is so thoroughly and utterly bested by another that there’s only one word equipped to describe the carnage that just took place—and yet, ironically, it’s as close as gamers ever get to truly “owning” anything in the digital world. After…

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Advisory Council of UAE Banks Federation Considers Adoption of Blockchain in Banks

The Advisory Council of the United Arab Emirates Banks Federation (UBF) discussed applying blockchain in its member banks, according to the Dubai-based English language newspaper Gulf News on Dec. 17. The Advisory Council of UBF, a non-profit organization representing 50 member banks in the country, considered using blockchain to improve Know Your Customer (KYC) processes…

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Could Cryptocurrency Fund Trump’s Wall, Other Public Projects? – Crypto.IQ | Bitcoin and Investment News from Inside Experts You Can Trust – CryptoIQ

“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.” Mexico said no, now what? One Congressman thinks that cryptocurrency is the answer President Donald Trump has been looking for. Rep. Warren Davidson, an ardent cryptocurrency proponent, recently drafted a bill called “Buy a Brick, Build…

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Report Claims Over 80 Percent of Top 25 BTC Trading Pair Volumes on CMC Are Wash Traded

A new report from data researchers at the Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) claims that the majority of the top 25 Bitcoin (BTC) trading pairs listed on CoinMarketCap (CMC) are based upon “grossly” inflated false volumes. The researchers’ findings for December were published in BTI’s “Exchange Volumes Report” on Dec. 13. BTI presents its report as…

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The White House’s Incoming Chief of Staff Supports Bitcoin

Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration’s replacement for outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, is a Bitcoin proponent who has previously praised the democratic nature of the digital currency. Mulvaney will join the administration in 2019 and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has also served in the House…

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Iran: Science and Tech Department Official Says Blockchain Can Improve National Economy

An official at the Iranian government’s vice presidency for science and technology has said blockchain can help improve the country’s national economy. His statements were reported by English-language daily newspaper The Tehran Times on Dec. 16. Alireza Daliri, deputy for management development and resources at the vice presidency for science and technology, is quoted as…

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Romanian Bitcoin Exchange CEO Helped Launder Stolen Funds: Report

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Advertisement According to a Cluj, Romania-based newspaper, the case of bitcoin exchange executive Vlad Nistor is much deeper than the simple illegal operation of a cryptocurrency firm. Their most recent report on the case speaks to some much more serious allegations as to the behavior of Vlad Nistor. More Details Emerge in Bitcoin Exchange CoinFlux…

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