IBM, Tata Become First Big Techs to Back Hedera Hashgraph Blockchain

IBM and Indian telecom company Tata Communications have joined the governance council of Hedera Hashgraph, a public blockchain network for enterprises. Now, eight of the 39 available spots for governing council members are filled, the network announced Monday. “Our goal is to create the most decentralized governing body of any of the major public platforms,” Mance Harmon, CEO of Hedera, told Coindesk. “We’re covering multiple industries … and we’re wanting global coverage.” Hedera claims its flavor of distributed ledger technology (DLT), which works differently than blockchains, can facilitate micropayments and…

IBM Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Web Browser

A new patent application from IBM describes a blockchain-based web browser. Filed on August 6 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, IBM’s patent is for a web browser backed by a peer-to-peer network. The browser collects pre-specified information from web browsing sessions, according to the patent. The information is then transferred to a network of peer-to-peer nodes for collection and storage. Information collection depends on the type of browsing experience chosen. Browsing on a work computer versus a personal browser would demand different settings, for example.  Types of potentially…

New Jersey Signs Blockchain Task Force Program Into Law

Blockchain implementation research is coming to New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy signed bill S2297, the Blockchain Initiative Task Force, into law Friday. The task force is commissioned with studying potential use-cases for blockchain technology on the state and local level. The bill specifically points out medical records, land records, banking, and property auctions as potential applications. First drafted in March 2018, the bill passed the New Jersey Senate with one nay and the assembly with all onboard. Consisting of 14 appointed members, the task force has 180 days to file…

Reddit Co-Founder to Stream Blockchain Game Skyweaver Face-Off

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian will live stream a face-off match of the latest blockchain collectible card game he’s invested in, SkyWeaver. | Source: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, will be live-streaming a face-off match between himself and the lead developer of the latest collectible card game to hit the blockchain, SkyWeaver. Ohanian, also known as kn0thing to Redditors, has famously invested in numerous successful startups. He is now playing his hand in the crypto space thanks to his latest investment. Horizon Blockchain Games last month received $3.75 million in seed…

African Country Turns to Blockchain to Stem Deadly Fake Drug Epidemic

Uganda, an African country where thousands are dying each year due to counterfeit medicine, wants to put an end to its fake drugs epidemic by utilizing the blockchain. Putting an End to a Deadly Disease Fake drug counterfeiters cause as many as 158,000 people to die in sub-Saharan Africa each year in a $200 billion worldwide market. They produce look-alike medicine that contains little-to-no active ingredients as well as harmful elements, WeeTracker reported. Africa is more exposed to the counterfeit drugs epidemic than other continents as it lacks the technical…

Every Rent Contract to Be Registered on the Blockchain

The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, has announced that the island nation’s upcoming rent law reforms will require all tenancy contracts to be registered on the blockchain. According to Malta Today, Muscat stated: “Every rent contract in Malta will be registered. The system we will be using to register the contracts is blockchain – distributed ledger technology.” Blockchain Technology Will Make Rent Contracts Tamper-Proof According to Muscat, this will protect the tenancy agreements from being tampered with. Muscat also hinted that the island nation of slightly under half a…

Every Rent Contract to Be Registered on the Blockchain – CCN Markets

The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, has announced that the island nation’s upcoming rent law reforms will require all tenancy contracts to be registered on the blockchain. According to Malta Today, Muscat stated: “Every rent contract in Malta will be registered. The system we will be using to register the contracts is blockchain – distributed ledger technology.” Blockchain Technology Will Make Rent Contracts Tamper-Proof According to Muscat, this will protect the tenancy agreements from being tampered with. Muscat also hinted that the island nation of slightly under half a…

Electronics Giant Samsung Prioritizes Blockchain in 10-Year Roadmap

Published: 20/06/2019 06:08 ET. Journalist: By CCN Markets: Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee has revealed a marked focus in future technologies – part of its 10-year strategy – with a focus on blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and 6G. Lee, who is often seen as the face of the Samsung, held meetings last week with some of the company’s executives about the potential collaboration with emerging technology platforms. The technology giant is willing to invest and work with companies building up these nascent technologies. Samsung has already made significant…

Blockchain Experts Slam Facebook’s Crypto Libra

Published: 19/06/2019 08:33 EST. Journalist: By CCN Markets: A lot has already been said about Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency and its ambition to disrupt the finance world. But what about the blockchain technology that powers it? Blockchain experts have poured over the technical documents and played with the Libra protocol testnet. Suffice to say, they’re not convinced about Libra’s claims. Facebook launched the Libra protocol blockchain testnet on Tuesday, but experts aren’t convinced. Source: Libra “A disaster in slow motion” Bitcoin developer Tamas Blummer offered the most damning assessment of the…

Microsoft, Salesforce Join Hyperledger Enterprise Blockchain Consortium

Two of the world’s largest top-10 enterprise software companies by revenue have joined the Hyperledger blockchain consortium. Microsoft and Salesforce are among the eight new members announced by Hyperledger Tuesday. The recruits also include Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel), a Russian metal company; Gloscad, a Polish tech company developing solutions for the agriculture industry; and Milligan Partners, a U.S.-based consulting firm focused on tech solutions for supply-chain management. As members, these companies will pay dues based on their size to Hyperledger, an umbrella project for various business blockchains run by the Linux…