Blockchain Boom in Ireland, but Brexit Looms

Strong growth has returned to Ireland one decade after the banking crisis and international bailout. But, financiers and investors fear a “no deal” Brexit — in which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a trade agreement at the end of the month — could again destabilize Ireland’s boom-and-bust economy. The U.K. received 11…

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Local Media: Qatar Telecommunications Giant Ooredoo Launches Blockchain Initiative

Qatar-based telecommunications giant Ooredoo Group has launched a blockchain initiative, English-language local media The Peninsular Qatar reports on March 18. Per the report, the company already collaborates with entities in the private, public and academic spaces to develop blockchain solutions. Ooredoo Group CEO Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani is quoted in the article as…

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US Payment Giant Visa Seeks Crypto and Blockchain Talent for Tech Product Manager

American payment services firm Visa has published a crypto and blockchain-related job opening on San Francisco-based recruiting software firm SmartRecruiters on March 6. Global financial services corporation Visa is seeking blockchain talent for the position of Technical Product Manager at Visa Fintech in their Palo Alto office. The person will be responsible for the execution…

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Colorado: Bipartisan Bill Proposes Study of Blockchain in Agriculture

The official Colorado legislation portal reveals that a bipartisan bill proposing a study of blockchain use in agriculture has been introduced on March 15. The bill, jointly filed by four Colorado representative and senators, proposes that the commissioner of the department of agriculture should assemble an advisory group to study blockchain application in the industry.…

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Blockchain and Crypto Business Reps Protest Nevada Bill

Representatives from the blockchain and cryptocurrency industries voiced their concerns about a bill in the Nevada State Senate in a Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, March 12. The bill, SB 195, would introduce several uniform standards to the virtual currency industry, and would require crypto-related business like exchanges to register with the state’s Department of…

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House GOP Leader McCarthy Says US Govt Must Go All-In on Blockchain

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is sounding a lot like a tech entrepreneur these days. In a plea before a select committee on March 12 introducing ideas for Congress to prioritize in the 21st century, the GOP leader made his case for integrating blockchain technology into the government’s day-to-day operations. Kevin McCarthy: U.S.…

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Enterprise Blockchain on the Rise Despite Criticisms

In the announcement for the launch of its blockchain security testing service, IBM X-Force Red highlighted the rise of enterprise blockchains and said that “organizations are seeing real efficiencies and cost savings from its use.” IBM also highlighted the IDC’s 2018 Spending Guide, which forecasts worldwide blockchain spending to grow to $9.7 billion in 2021.…

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Token 2049: Vitalik Buterin Says Non-Financial Blockchain Use Cases Are a ‘Harder Pitch’

Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin says that blockchain applications outside of finance face more difficulty gaining traction, as the primary added value they offer is decentralization. Buterin made his remarks during a speech at crypto event Token 2049 in Hong Kong on March 13. Buterin began by noting that finance is “realistically the first blockchain…

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US CFTC Chair: Blockchain and Crypto Are Two Key Phenomena Transforming Today’s Markets

United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo has said the agency’s fintech innovation hub LabCFTC is the regulator’s internal stakeholder in a landscape of exponential technological change and market evolution. Giancarlo made his remarks during his last appearance as CFTC chairman before the 44th Annual International Futures Industry Conference on March…

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Ethereum Co-Founder Joseph Lubin: Blockchain Can Benefit Artists, Journalists

Ethereum co-founder and ConsenSys creator Joseph Lubin said that blockchain technology and decentralization can benefit content creators and journalists. Lubin spoke about different industries that are benefitting from blockchain technology in a video on March 12. In the video, Lubin said that artists are “set to benefit quite dramatically” from blockchain, as it allows them…

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