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  • China May Soon Have Its First Blockchain Exchange-Traded Fund | CoinDesk

    China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the country's financial watchdog, has recently received an application for listing an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that will track blockchain-related stocks as underlying assets.

  • Best of TechBeacon 2019: DevOps lessons to learn from | TechBeacon.com

    Even so, many companies struggled to get the most out of their DevOps initiatives because of process inefficiencies, infrastructure deficiencies, and a variety of other issues. TechBeacon's list of the 12 best DevOps stories for 2019 examines many of the issues that are top of mind for DevOps practitioners and for organizations that are considering implementing it, or that are trying to figure out ways to improve upon existing processes.

  • New California Law Giving Consumers Control Over Their Data Sets Off a Scramble | Fortune

    In 2020, many Americans will get a powerful tool to protect their online privacy. A sweeping new law will require millions of businesses to tell consumers what data they have collected about them and, if asked, to delete it. The law, known as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), could play havoc with the online economy, since so many companies—from tech giants to ordinary retailers—rely on targeted ads. If people demand that companies delete their data, those ads would be less effective.

  • China to Expand Blockchain Pilot, Study Forex Reforms for Cryptocurrency: Regulator | New York Times

    China will expand the scope of its blockchain cross-border financing pilot platform, a senior official at the country's foreign exchange regulator said on Tuesday. Lu Lei, deputy head of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) make his remarks at a forum in Beijing, where he said the regulator will strengthen the integration of fintech and the foreign exchange market, while maintaining a grip on supervising technology development.

  • The biggest technology failures of 2019 | MIT Tech Review

    From Autopilot run amok, bogus agriculture bots, and genetic gaydar, check out the technology failures of the year curated by MIT Technology Review.

  • 2020 Vision: 7 Trends Bringing Blockchain Into Focus in the Year Ahead | Coindesk

    2020 brings us the start of a new decade, and with it comes the gradual maturation of blockchain technology, bringing it down from the stratosphere to tangible impact on real-world problems. We may be a turning point for the industry. Read these seven trends for 2020, as the industry moves from experimentation to implementation.

  • BigTech companies see Bitcoin Technology as empowering | Bitcoinist

    Since Bitcoin’s inception, many in the financial and technology sectors saw Bitcoin and its blockchain technology as a threat. And, their first reaction was to oppose it vehemently. Inevitably, however, the concept of a decentralized Internet triggered by Satoshi Nakamoto is now increasingly driving technological innovation in all industrial and financial sectors.

  • With Xi’s backing, China looks to become a world leader in blockchain as US policy is absent | CNBC

    China is poised to take the lead in blockchain after it was given strong backing by the country’s leader President Xi Jinping, experts told CNBC. The move could allow the world’s second-largest economy to control the development of the nascent technology in the absence of competition from other regions like Europe and the U.S.

  • HTC to Increase Focus on Blockchain Phones, AI After New Staff Cuts | Coindesk

    HTC, which has around 3,000 employees, has not disclosed the scale of the lay-offs or the departments that will be most affected, according to a report from Taiwan News. This will be the third round of job cuts staff at the phone manufacturer have faced in the past five years. The company let go 2,250 employees in 2015, and cut a further 1,500 in July 2018.

  • Twenty tech trends for 2020 | The Guardian

    From new gaming consoles to activism at Apple, The Guardian Tech predict the things you will – or won’t – see in tech in 2020

  • China reportedly bans foreign technology in its government and public offices | CNN

    China is reportedly planning to ban all government offices and public institutions from using foreign software and computers in a move that could dent sales by US tech companies and increase tensions at a crucial moment in the trade war. Beijing had ordered that all hardware and software be removed within three years, according to a report by the Financial Times. It cited brokerage firm China Securities as estimating that as many 30 million pieces of hardware would need to be replaced as a result.

  • Nike Gets Blockchain Patent To Let Users 'Breed' Own Shoes | Benzinga

    Oregon-based footwear giant Nike Inc has been awarded a blockchain patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to create digital versions of its shoes. In the patent published on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website on Tuesday, Nike said that its customers would be able to register the purchase of their physical shoes with a unique identification number.

  • Next Big Wave of Tech Unicorn Listings Could Be in India | Benzinga

    India’s stock markets are set for a wave of unicorn listings, according to technology venture capitalist and former Infosys Ltd. official Mohandas Pai. Pai, who is also chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India committees on primary markets and financial technology, said 10 to 15 internet and tech companies are looking to list in India over the next three years. These firms are likely to be valued at $300 million to $10 billion, he said in an interview.

  • Microsoft reveals new Windows logo design and 100 modern app icons | The Verge

    Microsoft is tweaking its Windows logo and the icons for many of the operating system’s apps. We’ve known for a year that the software maker has been planning an icon overhaul, and the company’s new Office icons were only the start. Microsoft is now redesigning more than 100 icons across the company with new colors, materials, and finishes.

  • HSBC to Shift $20 Billion Worth of Assets to Blockchain-Based Platform | Insurance Journal

    The blockchain platform developed by HSBC will re-create the existing paper ledgers into fully traceable and real-time auditable on-chain transactions. HSBC, which is the seventh-largest bank in the world, is projecting that the global value of private placements will be at $7.7 trillion by 2022, which is a jump of 60 percent from five years earlier.

  • The Rise, Disappearance and Retirement of Google Co-Founders Larry Page And Sergey Brin | The Verge

    No two tech executives are quite as enigmatic and private as Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The two men, who started Google more than 20 years ago while computer science graduate students at Stanford University, have hardly been seen or heard from in the last half-decade or so, since restructuring the company to create Google parent Alphabet and leaving Sundar Pichai in charge of a newly streamlined Google.

  • Bitfury Launches First Enterprise Blockchain Secured By Bitcoin | Forbes

    Bitcoin mining giant Bitfury has taken another step in its transformation into an enterprise blockchain software developer. After previously releasing open-source software that anyone could use for free to run a permissioned blockchain similar to bitcoin, Bitfury today launched Exonum Enterprise, the first such blockchain built from the ground up to let large corporations streamline their business and increase transparency using the bitcoin blockchain.

  • Instagram Now Requires Users To Provide Their Age | NPR

    Users on Instagram will soon be required to enter their birth date in order to use the social networking app. The Facebook-owned company previously only checked that the new user was at least 13 years old. The changes are being made in the hopes of making the platform safer for younger users, Instagram said in a statement. The birth dates will be used to recommend different privacy settings and features. Birthdays will not be visible to the public.

  • Twitter prepares for huge cull of inactive users | BBC

    Twitter will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, unless they log in before an 11 December deadline. The cull will include users who stopped posting to the site because they died - unless someone with that person's account details is able to log-in.

  • Blockchain to ‘save food industry $31 billion,’ new research says | CNBC

    Blockchain will facilitate $31 billion in “food fraud savings” by the year 2024, according to new data from Juniper Research. According to the research, which was released earlier this week, blockchain, along with “internet of things” trackers and sensors, would help to drive down costs for retailers. This would be achieved through the streamlining of supply chains, efficient food recall processes and “simpler regulatory compliance.” The research is contained within the “Blockchain: Key Vertical Opportunities, Trends & Challenges 2019-2030” report.

  • End of an Era - Jony Ive has left Apple | The Verge

    Famed designer Jony Ive has disappeared from Apple’s Leadership page , signaling an end to his time in Cupertino. Ive joined Apple in 1992 and led the design team from 1996. Jony Ive’s last day at Apple was always a bit of a mystery. The June press release originally announcing his departure only said that it would occur “later this year.” Some would say Ive checked out of Apple product design a long time ago after becoming distracted by the design and construction of the company’s new spaceship headquarters.

  • China throws its weight behind A.I. and blockchain as it aims to be the world’s tech leader | CNBC

    China, once seen as an imitator when it came to technology, is now looking to take the lead in areas from blockchain to artificial intelligence (AI), much-hyped technologies that are seen as critical to the future. Despite the U.S.-China trade war, experts say the world’s second-largest economy will continue pushing its domestic technology sector.

  • BRIC nations propose cryptocurrency for payment settlement system | Decrypt

    BRIC nations this week proposed a cryptocurrency for payment settlements between its member countries—Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa—at an annual summit held in Brazil, BRIC member told reporters Thursday. According to Russian media outlet RosBiznesConsulting (RBC), the director of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, General Kirill Dmitriev, said that payment transactions would go through the system and its associated cryptocurrency.

  • Amazon plans to open a supermarket format that uses its Go technology as soon as 2020 | Business Insider

    Google is experimenting with a badge of shame for websites that load slowly in Chrome. “In the future, Chrome may identify sites that typically load fast or slow for users with clear badging,” explains a blog post from the Chrome team. “This may take a number of forms and we plan to experiment with different options, to determine which provides the most value to our users.”

  • Walmart launches ‘world’s largest’ blockchain-based freight-and-payment network | Computer World

    The Canadian division of Walmart has launched a blockchain-based supply chain that includes freight tracking and payment processing for 70 trucking companies whose goods are transported to more than 400 retail stores. The system is now live and all of Walmart Canada's third-party freight carriers are scheduled to be on the network by Feb. 1, 2020, the company said in a statement . Walmart claims the blockchain network is the largest of its kind in the world, a claim not disputed by industry analysts.

  • More Data and AI in 2020 | US News

    THE UPCOMING YEAR WILL witness yet more change in technology, according to a newly released report, with advancements in data investment and literacy, automation and artificial intelligence, as well as increased regulation around the world. The overriding focus in 2020 will be the connection between energy consumption and values, say analysts from Forrester, a market research company in Cambridge, Mass.

  • Crypto and Blockchain Jobs Have Increased By 26% Since 2018: Research | Coindesk

    The number of bitcoin, blockchain and crypto-related employment ads in shares per million on the popular job listing site rose by 26 percent from 2018–2019, following a four-year trend of 1,457 percent growth in the sector, according to a “Seen by Indeed” study. The top 5 employers listing blockchain jobs are Deloitte, IBM, Accenture, Cisco and Collins Aerospace, coming in 1st through 5th, respectively. “Big Four” firm Ernst & Young joins Deloitte in the top 10.

  • JPMorgan and Singapore’s central bank develop a blockchain system for cross-border payment | The Block Crypto

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the country’s central bank, and investment banking giant JPMorgan have developed a blockchain prototype for cross-border payments. Announcing the news, MAS said that the prototype enables payments to be carried out in different currencies on the same network.

  • JGoogle plans to give slow websites a new badge of shame in Chrome | The Verge

    Google is experimenting with a badge of shame for websites that load slowly in Chrome. “In the future, Chrome may identify sites that typically load fast or slow for users with clear badging,” explains a blog post from the Chrome team. “This may take a number of forms and we plan to experiment with different options, to determine which provides the most value to our users.”