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EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

The European Commission plans to set up an observatory and forum on blockchain and distributer ledger technology (DLT) to help it understand what role public authorities should play in developing and helping uptake of the technologies. The plans raise concerns over the role that the Commission expects to play, said technology …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Apr 2017
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Evil ISPs could disrupt Bitcoin's blockchain

Attacks on Bitcoin just keep coming: ETH Zurich boffins have worked with Aviv Zohar of The Hebrew University in Israel to show off how to attack the crypto-currency via the Internet's routing infrastructure. That's problematic for Bitcoin's developers, because they don't control the attack vector, the venerable Border Gateway …
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Reg lecture exposes the radicals intent on remaking your society

If you think the last couple of years have been tumultuous you ain't seen nothing yet – there's a tide of tech-enabled secretive and influential movements heading your way that could completely upend and reshape society. If they get their way. That's why on 23 May, Reg Lectures will be welcoming Jamie Bartlett – author of The …
Joe Fay, 6 Apr 2017
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Like a BaaS: IBM offers Blockchain as a Service

IBM's fortunes are set to change, we're sure of it. After 20 straight quarters of sales decline, the business has launched Blockchain-as-a-Service. IBM Blockchain is a public cloud service for the building of "tailor-made blockchain solutions" on the IBM Cloud. According to Big Blue, customers could even trade paper using its …
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Speaking in Tech: WTH! Bitcoin costs more than Visa transaction?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week in our enterprise tech podcast, Greg, Ed and Melissa are joined by Amy Lewis, who has recently been added as a co-host for the show. This week the team discusses Intel’s big move to redefine itself, Bitcoin problems and Uber podcasts. The details… (0:00) Bacon …
Team Register, 15 Mar 2017

How the cloud can kickstart your business

So, you’re a developer with a great tech idea. You have a vision for a world-beating product, perhaps even one that defines a new category. But the journey from idea to execution is long, painful, and often expensive. The cloud can help developers realize their dreams while minimizing capital outlay. Here’s how. In the early …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Mar 2017
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The gospel according to Blockchain, or is it the other way round?

Analysis Startup Gospel Technology is evangelising the use of Blockchain to secure and verify sharable data. Blockchain technology provides a way of doing this, claims Gospel, which says it's found a simpler way than any alternative methods. The early stage firm was founded in December last year by CEO Ian Smith, who was co-founder, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2017
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Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

Startup Storj (pronounced storage oddly enough) has an open source, distributed cloud object storage platform using blockchain technology and end-to-end cryptography across a peer-to-peer network to secure files. The network consists of the internet and a shared community of “farmers”, users who rent out their spare desktop …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017

ITU ponders whether blockchain belongs in its security standards

The International Telecommunication Union has decided the time has come to consider whether Blockchain deserves its attention so it can be considered for future security standards. Study Group 17 of the Union's Standardization Sector (ITU-T), which is dedicated to security, has scheduled a workshop in March to “examine …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2017
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Blockchain: A digital 'golden section' that's the 'gestalt of its pieces'

Logowatch From the world of fintech comes some momentous news. "We're excited to announce the next phase in the evolution of our brand: our new logo," writes Blockchain founder Peter Smith. Who? Blockchain, the company that's "on a mission to build an open, accessible and fair financial future, one piece of software at a time". If you' …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jan 2017
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Balancing miners borks blockchains, say boffins

The financial sector's enthusiasm for blockchain technology might be misplaced, according to a pair of Australian distributed computing experts. The problem: if everyone in a consortium trusts each other, they don't need blockchains to protect themselves; if they don't, current blockchain protocols have a flaw that allows a …

IBM: Hm, medical record security... security... Got it – we need blockchains

IBM says it will partner with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a study of whether blockchain technology could be used to securely transfer medical information. Big Blue says that its Watson Health unit will work with the FDA on a study aimed at pitching a framework for the use of blockchain technologies to make the …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2017
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Building IoT: Forget the vision, just show us how to build it

If you’ve had all the vision you can handle, and just want to know how to actually develop devices, applications and networks to exploit the internet of things, you really need to join us next March for Building IoT London. Between March 27 and 29, we’ll be bringing together an array of experts with extensive real world …
Team Register, 22 Dec 2016

R3 four flew: What's driving banks to flee blockchain consortium?

Analysis The value of distributed ledgers and blockchain tech to the financial sector has again come under the spotlight following the departure of several entities from prominent blockchain consortium R3: namely Goldman Sachs, Santander, Morgan Stanley and the National Australian Bank. All four left the consortium this month, and with …

Data management services have to get proactive – Acronis

Comment Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov thinks data protection services have to stop being reactive and become active managers of data integrity, security and storage. Acronis is a storage software vendor whose original DNA was backup, separate from the storage of data, and which has progressed into collaboration and other data …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016
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Acronis: Yep, we're using blockchain for backup now

Acronis's Storage software product for businesses and service providers uses blockchain technology to prove data has not been altered. Acronis, known for its backup software, uses the Storage product in its own cloud infrastructure, which has 12 data centres around the globe, protecting over 50PB of hot and cold data for more …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

Poll The music industry has been a petri dish for some fairly atrocious digital ideas, but few can be as desperate as Blockchain. Is this the worst Blockchain idea you’ve ever heard? We thought the business had scraped rock bottom with blockchain .bc “format”. This got oodles of press, as Imogen Heap was fronting the publicity for …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2016
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Hyperledger chain gang man explains Penguins' blockchain play

LinuxCon, Berlin Jim Zemlin raises an eyebrow when I say Hyperledger is rather outside Linux Foundation's usual domain, being a bit, er, consumery. “It’s totally enterprise,” the Foundation's executive director tells me. “It’s infrastructure.” Just like Linux, he reckons. Hyperledger is the layer above the operating system, above Linux. Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Oct 2016

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