Weekly Blockchain News 10/5/19-10/11/19

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Weekly Blockchain News 10/5/19-10/11/19

Five articles on blockchain and data security and seven articles on the commercial uses of blockchain have been presented in the attached spreadsheet.

BLOCKCHAIN / DATA SECURITY

  • Blockchain: Global Investment Analysis — Banks and large technology companies are investing heavily in blockchain research and development.
  • Liechtenstein approves new Blockchain Act — Liechtenstein's parliament approved the Blockchain Act, which will go into force on January 1, 2020, making Liechtenstein the first country to provide comprehensive blockchain and cryptoccurency regulations.
  • Blockchain: Why the revolution is still a decade away — Gartner explains that blockchain technology is currently going through a "trough of disillusionment", and predicts a recovery from this fall in 2021.
  • UNICEF Expands Use Of Blockchain To Help Deliver For Children — UNICEF launched the UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund to both receive and distribute donations using the blockchain.
  • Blockchain in Retail Market Expected Growth of More than 65% During the Forecast Period — The market size of blockchain technology in retail is expected to grow at a CAGR of 65% over the next five years.

COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS OF BLOCKCHAIN

  • Abu Dhabi to put land records on blockchain — Abu Dhabi is creating a solution called SmartHub that will put its land records on blockchain to reduce the processing time of real estate transactions.
  • Telegram publicly acknowledges involvement in TON blockchain — The messaging app Telegram has publicly acknowledged for the first time that it is behind the TON blockchain, even though many have suspected it might be the case.
  • Dubai launches company registry blockchain — Dubai announced that it will launch its Unified Business Registry Platform on a blockchain developed by Dubai Pulse.
  • South Korean Telco KT to combat halal food fraud with blockchain — South Korea's largest telecommunications provider, KT, announced that it is developing a blockchain platform to ensure that food tracked in its system is halal, meaning that it is compliant with Islamic Law.
  • IBM launches blockchain-based supply chain service with AI, IoT integration — IBM launched the Sterling Supply Chain Suite, a new blockchain service that leverages AI to track order shipments and provide supply chain optimization recommendations.
  • Animoca Brands unit signs Bayern Munich for blockchain collectibles — Animoca Brands signed a contract with Bayern Munich to create non-fungible tokens representing star players from the German football team.
  • South Korean blockchain startup ICONLOOP raises $8M in Series A round — Blockchain startup ICONLOOP received $8 million to develop its commercial identity authentication blockchain service.

POP CULTURE THIS WEEK (10/5/2019 – 10/11/2019)

  • Yusanmonst6748's tweet, which is in Chinese, but can be found here, was the most retweeted tweet on October 11, 2019.
  • Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin's music video "China" was the most played video this week. It was played a total of 33,438,422 times.
  • The most searched term on Google: "Google" was the most searched term, and "台風 19 号 進路" was the most trending term searched for.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

Twitter does not have an explicit API to track retweet counts. The social media platform does not allow outside entities like statistics and analytics websites to track the retweets and other statistics for any timeframe longer than 24 hours. Therefore, determining the most retweeted tweet for the past week was impossible due to technical limitations. Media outlets and pop culture websites track the most retweeted tweets of all time, but that information is not relevant for the past week. Therefore, we have provided the most retweeted tweet for the end of the week, 10/11/2019, because that information is the only relevant publicly available information.
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