Mobile Game "Fortnite:Battle Royale" Generated $1 Billion in Just Ten Months

Content goes digital, and mobile. As a result the revenues made with popular offerings are rising to new heights, even related to other media such as movies.  This is not directly related to Blockchain research, but a notable indicator:…
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Totem: Baidu Launches Blockchain-based Photo Sharing Website As Part of Xuper-Chain

Baidu, the dominant Chinese search company, has started a blockchain-based photo platform. If a photographer provides pictures, she/he will get tokens based on the number of pictures and their quality. The goal is to provide a motivation to…

Users Lost Access To Bitcoins Worth $20-25 Billion, Says Research Firm Chainalyis

The lost fortune: An estimated 3.7 million bitcoins are "floating in the proverbial ether" , meaning that while valid no one has direct control or access. The current worth of these "lost or probably lost" assets is $20-25 billion. If accurate…

News organizations hope to use Blockchain for sustainable funding

Newspapers and other traditional news media suffer as revenues from advertising and subscriptions are on the way down. This is why blockchain-based funding options are increasingly discussed as a potential way out.  In Germany - and elsewhere…
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Overcoming Limits of Bitcoin: MIT Researchers Aim To Enable Scalability And Smart Contracts

Key goals are faster transmissions and execution of complex rules So far, most approaches to blockchain, tokens and cryptocurrencies had specific up- and downsides in terms of features. In a (highly simplified way) Bitcoin was seen as a form…
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Blockchain interoperability: Ability to perform transactions across platforms

One mark of the first wave of platforms for blockchain usage in corporate environments was this: They seemed to assume that they - and only they - might be the dominating solution for a given use case. Cross platform transfer This seems…
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"Challenge Accepted" - IBM and Global Citizen want to re-organize flow of humanitarian aid

Blockchain technologies, while still a new concept to many industrial markets are increasingly viewed as a solution how to manage humanitarian aid. Now IBM and  Global Citizen, an advocacy group, have teamed up for a challenge to developers:…
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Facebook sets up dedicated team to explore Blockchain

Facebook has appointed a new head of development to explore blockchain. While the team is small the move is watched closely. Why? Blockchain technologies could - potentially - provide new options how the social network interacts. The newly…

Spotify buys Loudr to enhance tracking songs and paying royalties

Via Bloomberg, April 12, 2018: "Spotify is buying rights company Loudr in a move to beef up its ability to track and pay royalties to music publishers. The move comes a day after the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would…
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An Investors View of Blockchain Technology: "At its core, blockchains are about trust."

As of early 2018 the common understanding of blockchain technologies is that they enable cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin or Ether. But this is only part of the story. What other scenarios are possible? We spoke with Marcus Erken from Sunfish…