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Blockchain nears peak hype: UK politicos to probe crypto-coin

Hot on the heels of Bitcoin’s dramatic rise and fall - and rise, British parliamentarians have decided to launch an inquiry into digital currencies. The Treasury Committee, one of the more influential of the House of Commons’ talking shops, today confirmed it will investigate the impact of cryptocurrencies and how they can be …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Feb 2018

Microsoft working to scale Blockchain for grand distributed ID scheme

Microsoft's wanted a really good federated identity scheme ever since the early 2000s, when it gave the world Project Hailstorm, aka ".Net My Services", to let a web of online services know a little about you and the information you are happy to share with others. Hailstorm passed, swept back years later as Geneva Server and …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2018
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India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain

Updated India has vowed to ban the use of cryptocurrencies within its borders, it appears. News of the clampdown was delivered by finance minister Arun Jaitley in his annual budget speech (PDF) delivered on Thursday. “The government does not consider crypto-currencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate use …
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EU hitches its cart to the blockchain bandwagon

Not wanting to be too late to the blockchain party, the European Commission has launched a forum to keep an eye on developments and pool ideas on governance. The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has the lofty aim of being a centre for discussions about the tech and how it can be used, as well as a link between regulators, …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Feb 2018

The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

As far as database giant Oracle is concerned, the October announcement of its Blockchain Cloud Service (BCS) was timed perfectly. After dabbling with blockchain internally for a year before joining the Hyperledger consortium in August, it had reached the point where its customers – and a market intrigued by what looks like …
John E Dunn, 1 Feb 2018

Blockchain bros' London powwow: Regulation, education, oversaturation

BlockchainWeek The hype around blockchain is just as frustrating for people trying to legitimise the technology as it is for those watching from the sidelines – but behind the fluff, its proponents argue there's real potential. With Bitcoin prices dominating the news and every Tom, Dick and Harry jumping on the blockchain bandwagon, most …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jan 2018

Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital's shares soaring

Another company has discovered the secret of how to send shares soaring overnight: simply add "Blockchain" to your name. Telecoms investor Stapleton Capital changed its name to Blockchain Worldwide, more than doubling the value of its shares since yesterday by 130 per cent. Did someone say bubble? The Brit biz will now switch …
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2018
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Hey American business, here's how to use blockch ... sorry – we've been shut down

Shmoocon The political maneuvering that has shut much of the US government this month has delayed the National Institute of Standards and Technology's planned release of guidance about the risks and rewards of blockchain technology. “We have ... a publication that’s coming out on Monday on the fundamentals of blockchain to help people …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2018

Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

Research outfit 451 has run a survey that should get the pulses of on-premises IT suppliers beating faster. The standout finding was that 60 per cent of the surveyed enterprises say they will run the majority of their IT outside the confines of enterprise data centres by the end of 2019. Their IT is moving off premises to SaaS …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018
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What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

Comment "Don't ruin the moment. Asking to sign a contract to have sex can be awkward." Of course the simple answer here should be, you're right – I won't. I'll have a respectful conversation with my partner, and if at any point they say no, we'll stop. But it's 2018 now, so obviously that's not what happens next. Instead we get …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jan 2018
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Hyperledger 3 years later: That's the sound of the devs... working on the chain ga-a-ang

The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project was announced in December 2015. When Apache Web server daddy Brian Behlendorf took the helm five months later, the Foundation’s blockchain baby was still embryonic. He called it “day zero.” Driving Hyperledger was the notion of a blockchain, a distributed ledger whose roots are in …

Long Island Iced Tea Corp renamed itself to Long Blockchain – and its shares went bananas

Logowatch This special edition of El Reg's Logowatch isn't strictly about logos, rather it's a rebrand, but since today is Friday and this news is – and this is a technical term here – batshit mad, we couldn't pass it up. Non-alcoholic beverage slinger Long Island Iced Tea Corp, which is publicly traded and wasn't performing …
Chris Williams, 22 Dec 2017
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Loose-change payment network Microraiden launches on Ethereum

A new micropayments technology called Microraiden has launched on the Ethereum blockchain's main network. Microraiden is one of the strategies to help solve a teensy-weensy problem with Ethereum – quickly processing a large number of transactions. Every time a transaction is made on the Ethereum network, every node of the …
Andrew Silver, 1 Dec 2017
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Elon Musk says he's not Satoshi Nakamoto and is pretty rubbish at Bitcoin

In fact he's kinda rubbish at cryptocurrency altogether Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI and Boring Company boss Elon Musk has denied inventing the blockchain and bitcoin, or being Satoshi Nakamoto. Musk felt the need to do so after a Medium post by a former SpaceX staffer theorised that Musk's fondness for C++, known skill with …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2017
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$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud

Tezos, the blockchain startup that raised $232m in July, has been served with at least two US class-action lawsuits for allegedly defrauding fundraisers as well as breaking rules for offering securities. According to court documents filed in the Middle District of Florida on Monday, plaintiff Alejandro Gaviria is seeking for …
Andrew Silver, 16 Nov 2017

Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

How do you increase the value of your business by 300 per cent overnight? Simple, add a buzzword to your name. As spotted by the Financial Times, AIM-listed company On-line did exactly that and quadrupled its share value by including blockchain in its name. The spike in value immediately followed this stock market statement …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2017

Mastercard blockchain: Millions. Opening up the API: Priceless

Mastercard is opening up its blockchain API to select partner banks and merchants. For those approved for sign-up, Mastercard boasts that its tech will improve "cross-border, B2B payment flows". There are tons of blockchains out there, and Mastercard isn't the first enterprise actor to work on a B2B distributed payment system …
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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Dev writes Ethereum code for insecure SHA-1 crypto hash function

Using Ethereum's programming language Solidity, a dev has controversially written code for making data authentication signatures with the insecure SHA-1 cryptographic hash function. Nick Johnson, the London-based Ethereum developer who authored the code, told The Register: "SHA1 is still used by a lot of legacy systems, …
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017

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