The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is teaming up with San Francisco, California-based blockchain firm Coil with a view of enhancing financial access for the unbanked and underprivileged communities. Initially announced by the principal technologist and a deputy director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Miller Abel, the development was later confirmed by the blockchain
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Earlier this week, the Monero (XMR) community announced the launch of a new website that aims to educate users on cleaning up crypto-jacking malware and ransomware. Easing Malware Victims’ Confusion and Frustration The ease of mining and privacy of Monero are standout features for the coin. However, the features attract bad actors who use the coin
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ConsenSys Social Impact — a program designed to build blockchain-based solutions for global humanitarian issues — is partnering with MakerDAO and optiMize to launch a new Blockchain for Social Impact Incubator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It is the first university-sponsored program of its kind.
Students taking part in the course will receive mentorship and guidance from blockchain advisors, as well as potential funding, as they work to build blockchain-based ventures for improving social good. Finalists will be named at the end of the year and will be awarded funding to further their designs.
A lot of cryptocurrency traders are sick of hearing about “manipulation”. They just want to buy and sell bitcoin in peace, without Twitter accounts such as Bitfinexed banging on about unnatural market movements. It was thus with some dismay that New York’s Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative was greeted. The report, which dropped yesterday, predictably contains allegations of market manipulation. But it also contains some fascinating ancillary insights.
DAV Foundation, a blockchain start-up building a decentralised global network for autonomous vehicles, has joined the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), a peer-to-peer ecosystem to make transportation more affordable, safer and widely available.
The DAV Foundation joins industry peers including BMW, Groupe Renault, Ford, General Motors and organisations that together account for over 70 per cent of global vehicle production by market share. The MOBI consortium includes automakers, public transportation providers, energy companies, insurance firms and regulatory bodies across the world.
On Tuesday the blockchain firms Nchain and Coingeek announced a ‘Miners Choice’ initiative that aims to promote lowering minimums for mining fees and transaction values. The company’s mining operations plan to lead the effort by adjusting their pool’s settings in order to remove the minimum ‘dust limit’ as well as accept some zero mining fee transactions in their blocks.
Bangkok Bank has joined the Marco Polo trade finance initiative developed by blockchain startup R3 and trade finance technology firm TradeIX.
IBM and a consortium of gold and diamond industry leaders have announced a cross-industry initiative to use blockchain to trace the provenance of finished pieces of jewellery across the supply chain for increased transparency. Asahi Refining (precious metals refiner), Helzberg Diamonds (U.S. jewelry retailer), LeachGarner (precious metals supplier), The Richline Group (global jewellery manufacturer) and UL (independent, third party verification) are launching the TrustChainTM Initiative, powered by the IBM Blockchain Platform, delivered via the IBM Cloud.
TrustChain is initially tracking six styles of diamond and gold engagement rings on the blockchain network. As the program continues to develop, Trustchain™ jewellery is expected to be accessible to consumers in participating retail stores by the end of 2018.
Blockchain research and development company IOHK has announced that it has successfully wrapped up its second programming school, ‘Haskell and Cryptocurrencies’. The eight-week school, held at the University of the West Indies in cryptocurrency-friendly Barbados, saw IOHK train 10 university students free of charge. The school provided the students with theoretical and hands-on experience in Haskell, a rigorous programming language used for mission-critical applications and protocols, including the Cardano blockchain. In a related announcement, IOHK will donate $ 10,000 USD to the department of Computer Science at the University of the West Indies, where the course was taught, as well as $ 5,000 USD to the university’s Housing Services, and $ 4,500 USD to two students in scholarships and living expenses.
Bitcoinist seized a unique chance to talk to Boris Akimov, CEO of BioCoin and an ICO committee chairman of the Russian Association of Cryptocurrency And Blockchain (RACAB), an advisory body for Presidential Administration. Boris helped us take a glimpse at the state of events in Russian crypto-community and updated us on the first legal token sale currently happening in Russia.
BioCoin is apparently the next big thing in Russia and maybe not only in Russia due to its full legal compliance which so far resulted in formidable success in a country which is not exactly very cryptocurrency-friendly.