Nebula Genomics and Longenisis, two leading firms in artificial intelligence and blockchain technology for healthcare, are developing a platform for the storage and exchange of genomic data, according to an announcement May 15. According to the release, they also aim to establish a new research field of “life data...
The Seminole County, Florida, tax collector Joel M. Greenberg announced May 14 that the county will begin accepting cryptocurrency for payment for various services this summer in order to eliminate heavy fees and improve payment accuracy and efficiency. According to a press release, the county will begin accepting Bitcoin (BTC)...
The authors of a study at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway on the adoption of blockchain in Ireland, called on the government to promote the technology more broadly in the country, The Irish Times reported May 11. The study proposes recommendations to increase blockchain awareness and adoption, that...
Global diamond giant De Beers announced Thursday that it tracked 100 high-value diamonds from the mine to the retailer using blockchain technology. According to a May 10 press release, this is the “first time a diamond’s journey has been digitally tracked from mine to retail.” De Beers says that its...
Polls closed in West Virginia's primary election May 8, completing the first government-run, blockchain-supported vote in US history, ETHNews reported May 9. While most voters cast regular ballots, special voters in certain districts voted on a mobile blockchain-based platform. The blockchain-based mobile voting platform, developed by Voatz, was only available...
The Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) has released a report prepared in partnership with one of the 'Big Four' accounting and consulting firms Deloitte, on how blockchain technology is being employed in financial applications, Accounting Today reported May 9. The report entitled “Blockchain for Financial Leaders: Opportunity vs. Reality” analyzes...
WeChat, a Chinese messaging, social media, and payment application developed by Tencent, has suspended a third-party blockchain application that initiates contract agreements by app users, local news outlet Caijing reported May 9. Xiao Xieyi, a mini-program launched on Wednesday, was promoted as a service to allow users on WeChat to...
New research into the current state of global bottom-up adoption of cryptocurrencies was released in a report by Dalia Research on their Medium blog, May 9. The report shows differences in crypto ownership and knowledge along lines of education, gender, and nationality. The analysis attempted to “measure the spread of...
David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s messaging app Messenger, announced that the social media site is exploring possible applications for blockchain technology, CNBC reported May 8. “I'm setting up a small group to explore how to best leverage blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch,” Marcus shared in a post Tuesday...
Oracle Corp., the world’s second largest software company, is launching blockchain products over the next two months, Bloomberg reports May 7. President of software development Thomas Kurian announced today at Oracle headquarters that the company will unveil a platform-as-a-service product this month, and decentralized ledger-based applications next month. The California-based company...