Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Use Blockchain for Roaming Settlement

Three global industry leaders in telecommunications — Spain’s Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, and British provider Vodafone — have jointly finalized a trial blockchain solution for the settlement of roaming discount agreements.  Developed by blockchain startup Clear, the solution is expected to reduce capital costs for telcos, support faster revenue recognition, and provide more efficient settlement for their inter-company deals and workflows. Both Telefónica Innovation Ventures and the Telekom Innovation Pool of Deutsche Telekom had participated in a $13 million Series A investment for Clear earlier this year to support the startup…

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Top 10 Quotes From the Virtual Blockchain Conference

The five-day Unitize virtual blockchain conference organized by BlockShow and San Francisco Blockchain Week ended with the final session on Friday. The event saw appearances from Heath Tarbert, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Vitalik Buterin, a co-founder of Ethereum; and Tim Draper, a serial blockchain investor, as well as other speakers from a diverse pool of market segments both within and outside the crypto space. Blockchain adoption, decentralized finance, central bank digital currencies and the future of Bitcoin (BTC) dominated the conversation in many of the panels.…

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Performance Art Film Is Now Tokenized on the Ethereum Blockchain

HOW ARE WE, a performance art collaboration consisting of 15 short works filmed in COVID-19 quarantine, has been hashed and minted into a non-fungible token on the Ethereum blockchain. Additionally, a mechanism has been put in place to reward the project’s contributors whenever the asset is sold. Artists benefit from potentially appreciating assets A legally binding contract grants the rights to the film to the holder of the ERC-721 token in which the hash and metadata of the artwork is stored. This means that if, for instance, the Museum of…

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Chainlink Rises 15% Amid China’s Blockchain Network Launch

Chainlink (LINK) reached an all-time high of $5.60, appreciating 15% on the day. This comes amid the news that China’s Blockchain Service Network, or BSN, launched this past weekend. LINK price over the past 12 months. Source: Nomics. The BSN recently integrated Chainlink’s price oracles into its ecosystem. The founding members of the BSN consortium were local tech leviathans like the China Mobile Communication Corporation and China Union Pay. Its stated goal is to advance blockchain technology in China.  135 nodes go live in China A source familiar with BSN’s…

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How Advances in Blockchain Can Improve Our Financial Ecosystem

When blockchain technology began to expand beyond Bitcoin (BTC) and into more general-purpose applications, many within the industry saw an opportunity to remake key financial infrastructure using this technology. They soon came to realize that this novel technology with game-changing potential lacked the reliability and performance that would allow it to compete with industry stalwarts, such as the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT. The potential was there, but it was still a little too early. Fast forward a couple of years, and this larger trend to remake…

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Blockchain Service Bison Trails Announces Support for Ethereum 2.0

Blockchain infrastructure-as-a-service company, Bison Trails, has announced support for Ethereum 2.0 — an upgrade that will move the network from its proof-of-work consensus mechanism to proof-of-stake. Bison Trails offers a suite of enterprise products that allow users to interact with the Beacon Chain, stake Ether (ETH), and automatically manage validators, validator clients, and beacon nodes. Importance of adopting Eth2 Joe Lallouz, CEO of Bison Trails told Cointelegraph about the importance of adopting Eth2 within the crypto industry and which benefits could bring like new scalability options for the protocol: “The…

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UNICEF Crypto Fund to Invest $100K in Humanitarian Blockchain Projects

Over the past four years, the United Nations International Children’s Fund has been investing in startups applying open-source technology, hoping to make the world a better place, but is looking to step up its game even further now. Cecilia Chapiro, an investment advisor at UNICEF Ventures, told Cointelegraph that UNICEF had launched its innovation fund in 2016 with the goal to support emerging technologies being built in developing countries. Since then, UNICEF has invested in over 50 startups across 35 countries. “We invest in technologies that have the potential to…

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Blockchain Australia Seeks to Build Industry Confidence With New CEO

The new head of Blockchain Australia, Steve Vallas, has announced that he will focus on building up confidence in blockchain and improving the image of blockchain technology among businesses and governments. Vallas replaces Nick Giurietto who led the association over the last five years. He has worked as an industry coach and mentor for multiple universities and accelerator programs and is the founder of Australian marketing firm Honey Digital. Vallas has also advised governments on the blockchain sector. A new vision Speaking to Cointelegraph, Vallas said he will focus on…

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Russia’s Blockchain Voting System Let Users Decrypt Results Before Count

Russia’s blockchain-based voting system for the constitutional amendments had a vulnerability that reportedly made it possible to decipher votes before the official count.  Constituents could decipher their own private keys  According to research by Russia-language news outlet Meduza, when the constituents casted their vote via a special website, the results would get encrypted by a JavaScript library called TweetNaCl.js.  This is an implementation of the “Networking and Cryptography,” or NaCi, cryptography library created by the mathematician Daniel J. Bernstein and cryptographers Tanja Lange and Peter Schwabe.  Per Meduza, the voting…

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How Brands Take Blockchain From Niche to Normal – Cointelegraph Magazine

Dapper Labs – the company behind CryptoKitties – has a simple mission. They want to introduce a billion people to blockchain. “The reason we decided to go for entertainment — specifically games — is because we felt that it’s just a much easier way to introduce folks to decentralization,” explains co-founder Mik Naayem. “Gamers are the perfect target market as they already understand virtual currencies and virtual worlds.” In November 2017 CryptoKitties was Dapper Labs’ Trojan Cat, and the game introduced the revolutionary concept of NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) to…

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