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Blockchain marches steadily into global financial transaction networks

SWIFT, which runs the world's largest payments messaging network, announced plans to test blockchain as a method of allowing shareholders of financial services clients to cast votes electronically.

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Global blockchain spending to hit $12.4B by 2022; finance sector leads growth

Blockchain spending is now expected to reach $12.4 billion within three years, according to IDC, with the U.S. spending more on the distributed ledger technology than any other region of the world.

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Blockchain vs. a database: What's the difference?

Blockchain has been accused by detractors as nothing more than a more complicated and expensive database. While both technologies offer data storage and management, blockchain has one unique feature a database will never replicate.

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CIOs, you’re doing blockchain wrong

Companies are keen to try blockchain to address key business needs such as efficient transactions and immutable audit trails. But many aren't taking advantage of the distributed ledger's most innovative features.

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J.P. Morgan to launch a U.S. dollar-backed cryptocurrency

JPM Coin, the first of its kind from a major bank, will initially be used to transfer funds over a blockchain network internally and between internationally between institutional clients.

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What is blockchain? The complete guide

The much-hyped distributed ledger technology (DLT) has the potential to eliminate huge amounts of record-keeping, save money, streamline supply chains and disrupt IT in ways not seen since the internet arrived.

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Sharding: What it is and why many blockchain protocols rely on it

Sharding could be the key to allowing blockchains to scale, while maintaining the privacy and security features that make the distributed ledger technology so hot. But there are hurdles that need to be addressed.

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MIT, Stanford and others to build blockchain payments network to rival VisaNet

Seven universities are collaborating to create a blockchain-based online payment system that will solve issues of scalability, privacy, security and performance, enabling up to 10,000 transactions per second

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How blockchain may kill the password

Blockchain technology is being piloted as the basis for self-sovereign identities, which can eliminate user names and passwords for logging into corporate sites or verify sensitive information such as income for purposes of a loan...

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Blockchain in 2019 and beyond: 5 predictions

After a year where cryptocurrencies lost 80% of their value, and the hype around blockchain as a panacea for business transaction problems has cooled, 2019 will be a year of building real-world solutions.

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Real estate blockchain set to go live in early '19

New York-based ShelterZoom is going live soon with its blockchain-based real estate offer-and-acceptance application; it's one of several ways companies are testing out the distributed ledger technology.

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Blockchain: What’s it good for? Absolutely nothing, report finds

Blockchain has entered Gartner's 'Trough of Disillusionment' as a new report cites dozens of purported success stories that turned out to be failures.

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Sirin to launch its first blockchain-enabled smartphone

The Swiss-based company said the phone will not only act as a cold-storage crypto wallet, but also give users a secure means of communicating with others.

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Ohio becomes the first state to accept bitcoin for tax payments

Ohio businesses can now use the cryptocurrency to pay their taxes and view the transactions in real time online via a transparent blockchain ledger.

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Indeed.com: Blockchain job interest (and postings) dip as bitcoin loses steam

Data from job-search site Indeed shows interest in those with blockchain development skills, including the creation of cryptocurrencies, has waned as bitcoin's value – and the hype around it – has fallen over the past year.

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Coming soon: Public blockchains for private business data

Ernst & Young has created a public blockchain prototype it plans to launch in 2019 that lets companies transact with any number of partners in an open network while protecting the privacy of each participant and their data.

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Apple in the enterprise? It’s nice, but you may need bigger change

No matter how many Macs, iPads, iPhones or even Surface devices you roll out at work, if you’re not prepared to change how you do business you’re probably on borrowed time.

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Blockchain to generate more than $10.6B in revenue by 2023

Blockchain has seen a real uptick in adoption as a number of companies roll out pilot tests in various industries and blockchain-as-a-service gains traction.

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