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The Future of Crypto Payments in the Retail Market

Visual Capitalist, Jeff Desjardins | Apr. 18, 2018
This infographic, created by NetCents, highlights the growing acceptance of cryptocurrency by retailers and consumers’ willingness to consider using it. In addition, the graphic highlights the major hindrances preventing crypto from reaching mass payment adoption, as well as how the future may look significantly different than today.

The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking

Threadreader, @ydemombynes | Apr. 13, 2018
This Twitter thread (@ydemombynes) provides Yorick de Mombynes’ favorite 133 quotes from The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, published by Wiley on March 23, 2018. This Treadreader serves as a CliffNotes summary for The Bitcoin Standard, which is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in Money & Monetary Policy.

An Even-handed Approach to Crypto-Assets

IMF Blog, Christine Lagarde | Apr. 16, 2018
The advance of cryptocurrencies could make the global financial system safer—despite the risk of “inevitable” accidents waiting to happen, according to IMF’s Christine Lagarde. “…[P]olicymakers should keep an open mind and work toward -an even-handed regulatory framework that minimizes risks while allowing the creative process to bear fruit,” wrote Lagarde.

Pathways for Blockchain in Energy Sector

Greentechmedia.com, Stephen Lacey | Apr. 11, 2018
There are hundreds of potential blockchain applications in the electricity sector. Which ones will win out? This GTM podcast examines different pathways for blockchain technology in the sector. In addition, Commonwealth Edison’s Kristen Brown discusses how blockchain technology will impact the utility’s operations.

Santander Rolls Out Blockchain-based Money Transfer Service

Finextra Press Release | Apr. 12, 2018
Santander announced its rollout of its international money transfer service, as ‘Santander One Pay FX’, for retail customers in Spain, the UK, Brazil and Poland. The service will provide full transparency on fees and FX upfront. Santander is one of the first global banks to rollout a blockchain-based payments service for retail customers.

Amazon Plans to Enter the Home Robot Market with Vesta

Bloomberg News, Mark Gurman and Brad Stone | Apr. 23, 2018
Amazon’s next big bet is robots for the home. Amazon’s secret robot project that has been in the works for a couple of years. The company’s robot codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, is expected to be tested by Amazon employees in 2018 and rolled-out to the public as early as 2019.

The U.S. Patent Office Approves Amazon’s Streaming Data Marketplace Patent

Crowdfund Insider, JD Alois | Apr. 19, 2018
Amazon Technologies received approval for a patent for a “streaming data marketplace.” According to Amazon’s application, the streaming data marketplace could be used by law enforcement to track, among other things, crytocurrency transactions globally.

Harvard Kennedy School and Bank of America Announce The Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence

Bloomberg Law Code & Conduit, Dean Garfield | Apr. 10, 2018
It may be too early to regulate the robots. But the U.S. government needs to play a big part in the rollout of artificial intelligence to make sure it benefits society, Dean Garfield, president and CEO of ITI told Bloomberg Law. “Whether you call it collaboration or national strategy, I think some exercise aimed at motivating the country to recognize the importance of AI is critically needed,” Garfield said.

A Cryptocurrency Which Could Change the Internet of Things

The Block, Suren Arustramyanm | Apr. 20, 2018
IOTA is a revolutionary cryptocurrency and platform, created specifically for the concept of the Internet of Things. IOTA is both a cryptocurrency and a system for instant micropayments without any commission. IOTA does not look like Bitcoin or Ether, because it does not actually use blockchain. This platform uses a special Tangle log, based on the DAG-directed acyclic graph.

5G: The Catalyst for Internet of Things Innovation

NetWorkWorld.com, Vikrant Gandhi | Apr. 13, 2018
5G technology will play a role in supporting the next generation of Internet of Things services in the automotive, industrial and healthcare industries. Industry leaders argue that 5G is critical to the efficient deployment of IoT services. A growth-oriented regulatory environment will be essential to the deployment of 5G technology.