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How blockchain is helping the coffee industry count beans

Blockchain will enable farmers, bankers, exporters and others to track and trace the shipment of coffee beans from grower to retailer.

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Why Wells Fargo plans to pilot its own cryptocurrency

The world's fourth-largest bank said cryptocurrency will allow near real-time money movement and cut out settlement middlemen, thus reducing costs from fees.

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Why France and Germany fear Facebook’s cryptocurrency – and plan to block it

France and Germany are the latest nations to come out against cryptocurrencies, saying they will block Facebook's Libra as it poses a risk to consumers and “the monetary sovereignty” of European nations.

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Gartner sees blockchain as ‘transformational’ across industries – in 5 to 10 years

CIOs have to continue to educate execs and senior leaders about blockchain opportunities and challenges and continue to develop proofs of concept to test its business worthiness, the research firm says.

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Q&A: What Apple’s embrace of cryptocurrency could mean for the payment industry

Apple has become the latest in a flurry of mega companies exploring the use of cryptocurrency, the implications of which could drastically transform payment processing.

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Apple exec confirms cryptocurrency is on company radar

After indications earlier this year that Apple might be interested in cryptocurrency, a company exec this week confirmed the company is indeed interested in digital money, as it has "interesting long-term potential."

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Hedera Hashgraph launches mainnet, hopes to compete with global business networks

Hedera is a distributed ledger that runs on a new protocol that enables higher transactional throughput than bitcoin or Ethereum and is aimed directly at business use.

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Why blockchain, despite some early success, remains a corporate enigma

While the benefits of blockchain seem straightforward, the nuances around implementing it — including adding business partners to a network, integrating it with legacy systems and navigating uncertain regulatory waters — make its...

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What's a smart contract (and how does it work)?

Smart contracts are potentially one of the most useful tools associated with blockchain, and they can enable the transfer of everything from bitcoin and fiat currency to goods transported around the world. Here's what they do and why...

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Trump’s hostile view of Bitcoin and crypto could chill industry

In a series of tweets, the president said he's not a fan of digital currency that's based on 'thin air,' a stance experts believe could signal government pushback and new regulatory scrutiny.

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Facebook’s cryptocurrency ratchets up pressure on banks, but has big risks

While Facebook's Libra coin has the potential to disrupt traditional commercial banking by removing the middleman between buyers, sellers and money transfers, it also comes with significant risks.

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Facebook is going into the banking business with blockchain

The social media powerhouse plans to launch a blockchain-based financial network and cryptocurrency in 2020 that will allow users to make purchases or transfer funds with just a couple taps on an app.

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Apple may be prepping to turn your iPhone into a crypto wallet

Apple's CryptoKit is likely the first step in enabling the exchange of private and public keys that will unlock the ability to make purchases using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on stored on your iPhone.

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For real estate, blockchain could unshackle investment

A special interest group with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is detailing opportunities and offering examples of how blockchain can create new real estate markets.

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Financial firms bank on A.I. as pilot projects head to production

While AI is a buzzword in financial services, companies must be sure of a business use case even before putting together an AI dev team.

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Enterprise Ethereum upgrades to boost interoperability, performance

New APIs will enable off-chain processing, standardized permissioning processes, and a new consensus algorithm – all aimed at helping programmers build blockchains for business use.

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Microsoft touts its first managed blockchain service: JPMorgan’s Quorum

Microsoft's first fully managed blockchain suite based on JPMorgan's Quorum enterprise ledger will offer automatic software updates and key governance tools, along with the ability to build smart contracts.

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