Austria Turns to Public Ethereum Blockchain for €1.15 Billion Bond Auction

Austria Turns to Public Ethereum Blockchain for €1.15 Billion Bond Auction

Austria will raise a total 1.15 billion euros in a federal bond auction on Oct. 2 using blockchain notarization, according to Oesterreichische Kontrollbank (OeKB), which oversees the auctions for issuing federal bonds as a neutral capital market participant for the Austrian Federal Financing Agency (OeBFA). The auction demonstrates Austria’s pioneering role in Europe for deploying blockchain technology for sovereign bond issues, according to the notice posted on the Finance Ministry website.

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US-China trade row: What has happened so far?

US-China trade row: What has happened so far?

Donald Trump campaigned for election on a promise to make trade fairer for the US, and his push to do so has him fighting with some of America’s oldest trading partners.

The US has been embroiled in a tit-for-tat trade battle on several fronts over the past few months.

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A Facebook-designed CPU? Job postings hint at Facebook silicon for AR glasses

A Facebook-designed CPU? Job postings hint at Facebook silicon for AR glasses

It’s been working on AR glasses to complement its Oculus VR headset, but now it looks like it wants to design its own silicon.

That’s according to a report in The Information (paywalled) that found several job listings over the past few days. For example, the listing for a Digital Design Engineer provides more details about Facebook’s direction with the hardware:

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IBM Makes Another Blockchain Identity Play With Health Data App

IBM Makes Another Blockchain Identity Play With Health Data App

IBM’s blockchain division is widening its work in the nascent field of “self-sovereign identity” – technology designed to give individuals greater control over their personal data.

Announced today, the tech giant is working with Hu-manity.co, whose #My31 app just became available on iOS and Android mobile devices. The app’s name alludes to the idea that legal ownership of one’s data should be a “31st human right” in addition to the 30 already ratified by the United Nations.

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Stellar, A Payment Network Similar To Ripple But Non-Profit

Stellar, A Payment Network Similar To Ripple But Non-Profit

Stellar is a payment network allowing for exchange between fiat-based currencies and cryptocurrencies. The network’s token, called Lumens, have extremely low fees to use and is really attractive for the payment processing sector. Another blockchain-based ledger we know of is Ripple with it’s token XRP, they rival for the same market, where Stellar succeeds is in their transaction processing speeds and that they are non-profit, unlike Ripple.

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World’s Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Launches Ethereum Operation

World’s Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Launches Ethereum Operation

The world’s largest bitcoin mining pool is preparing to expand its horizons.

BTC.com, which produced 21 percent of all newly-mined BTC over the past 12 months and currently accounts for more than 16 percent of the bitcoin hashrate, announced on Thursday that it has opened an ethereum mining pool.

The pool will initially support both ethereum and ethereum classic, and users will have the ability to shift between the two Ethash-based cryptocurrencies to enhance profitability.

“Because contracts are charged per line of executed code and miners are rewarded for dedicated hashes using GHOST, Ethereum provides multiple different reward incentives to contribute hash power to the network,” said Zhuang Zhong, director of BTC.com’s mining pool. “We hope to expand Ethereum’s network by relaying those rewards through our FPPS system. By competing to provide the best reward margins along with our product development, we expect mining operations to grow to 12% of ETH total hashrate in the next 12 months.”

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