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Businesses join to create enterprise standard for blockchain networks

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, a group made up of 500 businesses, has published its first standard for a business-centric distributed ledger that promises to speed up transactions while increasing privacy.

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Will blockchain run afoul of GDPR? (Yes and no)

The immutable nature of blockchain networks could break Europe's new GDPR rules. But when implemented properly, the distributed ledger technology could also be part of the solution for compliance.

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BJ's baffling mobile right-swipe machine-learning move

When BJ's Wholesale Club on Thursday (May 3) said that it would leverage machine learning in its mobile app, it joined the crowded club of companies boasting A.I. capabilities while remaining vague on the details.

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Has a U.K. company figured out how to fix the loyalty problem with its mobile banking app?

One of the longest-running retail problems involves loyalty points and gift cards and the fact that shoppers tend to either forget about them or find them too much of a hassle to redeem.

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Blockchain moves into top spot for hottest job skills

Blockchain development is now the hottest skill in the freelance job market, growing more than 6,000% since this time last year and putting it on pace to be the new “cloud” of the 21st Century, according to a new report.

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Why a Walmart VP had a ‘religious conversion’ to blockchain

Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president in charge of food safety, detailed the revolutionary benefits of the electronic ledger technology at MIT's 'Business of Blockchain' conference.

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Is the U.S. headed toward a cashless economy through blockchain?

The Fed and other nations' central banks are exploring the creation of state-backed digital currencies that would allow consumers and businesses to have digital wallets from which they could buy, sell and trade.

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Walmart’s mobile checkout trial is a major advance

In-aisle checkout gets a big push from the world’s largest retailer.

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N.Y. AG's scrutiny of cryptocurrencies unlikely to stymie a thriving industry

The New York Attorney General's office is looking into the practices and policies of cryptocurrency exchanges; experts say any ensuing regulation will likely protect investors while allowing the marketplace to continue growing.

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Private by design: Why Apple’s iOS meets the needs of healthcare IT

For organizations to fully embrace mobile devices in their healthcare IT strategy, security and privacy must be ensured. Apple’s private by design strategy gives it an advantage in this area.

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A tale of two hospitals that adopted Apple’s Health Record app

Apple's Health Record app allows patients to pull in their healthcare info from multiple providers onto a single record they can share with clinicians, regardless of where they work. Here's how that's working for two hospitals.

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How blockchain could solve the internet privacy problem

Blockchain, with its encrypted and immutable record, will eventually be used create universal digital identities, filled with information that only we will control and that will link back to the issuing banks, governments or even...

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Smartphones becoming primary device for physician and patient communications

Once considered a security risk, mobile devices are now becoming a mainstay in clinical settings for communication, the difference being the software and cloud services being used to secure data.

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Bitcoin mining leads to an unexpected GPU gold rush

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency miners have created a dearth of mid-range and high-end GPU cards that are selling for twice as much as suggested retail. The reason: miners are setting up server farms with the cards.

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Blockchain to ‘radically’ transform anti-fraud, anti-money-laundering efforts

With GDPR about to force banks to rethink how they handle and share personally identifiable info, and with fraud-enabling darknet data ballooning, enterprises will need blockchain's immutability and security to thwart bad actors.

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China’s moves against cryptocurrencies could affect blockchain growth

As China clamps down on the use of bitcoin, other nations and businesses are also seeking to more heavily regulate cryptocurencies and, more generally, blockchain-based networks.

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Study: FinTech, other industries should open blockchain sandboxes and work with regulators

New research suggests that sandbox test environments for blockchain could help cement a partnership between governments hammering out new regulations and the businesses hoping to use the distributed ledger technology.

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Feds move to secure mobile devices with machine learning, biometrics

As mobile device use increases among U.S. government workers, IT and security officials are scrambling to better secure devices, leaving behind traditional anti-malware tools in favor of mobile threat detection and role-driven access...

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SEC eyes crackdown on cryptocurrencies

As part of an ongoing regulatory clampdown, the SEC has issued subpoenas and wants info from tech companies issuing cryptocurrencies in the form of ICOs.

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Apple's next big idea: Private healthcare

The focus on health continues as Apple launches a new subsidiary company tasked with providing healthcare clinics to Apple employees, AC Wellness.

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