Tech giant Amazon is launching a blockchain service to help clients develop blockchain networks without incurring the costs of creating their own platform. Announced Wednesday at Amazon’s re:Invent conference, the Amazon Managed Blockchain platform “is a fully managed service that makes it easy to create and manage scalable blockchain networks.” Users can build platforms using […]
Since raising $6 million in a 2017 initial coin offering (ICO), porn startup SpankChain has differentiated itself from the token-sale pack by actually delivering a platform with thousands of users. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, SpankChain boasted 6,136 active users as of October, and has paid roughly $72,422 in cryptocurrency to 31 webcam models since the […]
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has completed a proof-of-concept (PoC) of a blockchain-based credentials management system for workers employed at the company’s construction sites. The project ran from May to November, and aimed to improve upon the current manual, paper-based processes in an “agile working environment with a digital, audit-proof solution based on blockchain,” Daniele Pallecchi, the […]
The blockchain-based card game Gods Unchained is giving would-be players a glimpse of what it will actually look like in action. The fantasy-themed trading card game, which draws inspiration from Magic: the Gathering and Hearthstone, uses the ethereum blockchain to house cards in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It has attracted attention from big-name […]
Messenger app maker Kik is quitting ethereum for good as it continues to develop its cryptocurrency, dubbed kin. Launched on ethereum early in the ICO boom, Kik has now announced that it will close kin’s atomic swap with ethereum. Without specifying a date, the Kin Ecosystem Foundation said Wednesday that it would soon release a tool […]
“If you build it strong enough, the law will follow.” That’s how Daniel Nagy, the lead developer behind Swarm – ethereum’s decentralized storage-layer – described his “takeaway lesson” after a seven-year legal battle over his use of an early file-sharing network called Direct Connect (DC). A precursor to peer-to-peer file sharing service Bittorrent, DC is a […]
Developers are eyeing January 16th as the date on which Constantinople, ethereum’s upcoming network hard fork, could launch. The upgrade for the world’s second-largest blockchain was originally targeted for November, bringing with it a host of design changes aimed at streamlining the platform’s code in a bid to boost performance. Yet the November launch window […]
Two principals at a Chinese school got in hot water after stealing power from the institution to mine the ethereum cryptocurrency. According to a report from Hong Kong news outlet HK01 on Wednesday, Puman Middle School in Hunan province had been experiencing higher than normal noise levels from its computers over recent months, even on the […]
Eighty-seven-year-old Canadian actor and producer William Shatner has just made some mysterious tweets supporting ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin. Shatner, a popular figure for his role in the Star Trek TV series, first tweeted a “thumbs up” to Buterin on Wednesday, which was quick to turn into a discussion thread. In a reply to Shatner’s tweet, one […]
The contentious nature of the ecosystem around cryptocurrencies is partly what gives them value – academics call it “belief heterogenity.” But discord and personal sentiment alone isn’t enough to keep prices above zero, according to research from Wang Chun Wei, Ph.D., a finance lecturer at the University of Queensland in Australia. According to Wei, if it […]
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