Weekly Blockchain News (8/24/19-8/30/19)

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Weekly Blockchain News (8/24/19-8/30/19)

Seven articles on blockchain and data security and six articles on the commercial uses of blockchain have been presented in the attached spreadsheet. The most retweeted tweet was by @kimetsu_off, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin's music video China was the most watched video this week with 52,810,87 views, while "facebook" was the most searched search term.

BLOCKCHAIN / DATA SECURITY

  • Swiss Regulator Licenses Two New Blockchain Companies as It Shores up Legal Requirements - "Swiss financial authority FINMA issued two broker-dealer licenses to two new blockchain companies. It also provided guidance on anti-money laundering (AML) requirements for blockchain-based companies."
  • Libra launches ‘Bug Bounty’ program to secure its blockchain - "Facebook's blockchain project Libra launched a so-called "Bug Bounty" program that rewards developers for finding bugs in its blockchain code."
  • Andrew Yang Just Made Bitcoin And Blockchain A Big 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Issue - "Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang started promoting bitcoin and blockchain shortly after Donald Trump dismissed the technology."
  • What Crypto Winter? $10B In Blockchain Revenue Expected By 2023 - "ABI Research reported that blockchain technology would generate $10 billion in revenue by 2023; therefore, the current cryptocurrency bear market should not scare investors."
  • Automotive Blockchain Market Size Worth USD 4.5 bn by 2026 - "The global blockchain in the automotive market is expected to at a CAGR of 27% and to reach $4.5 billion by 2026."
  • Telegram’s Blockchain Will Be Compatible With Ethereum: Source - "Telegram's Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain will be compatible with Ethereum, according to sources from a tech startup building tools for the network."
  • Google reveals major iPhone security flaws that let websites hack phones - "Google's team revealed a major security flaw in iPhones that hacked websites have been using to hack any iPhone that visits them."

COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS OF BLOCKCHAIN

  • Australian Securities Exchange Confirms It’ll Go Blockchain in 2021 - "The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is planning to transfer its current exchange platform onto the blockchain by 2021. It will do this in cooperation with FinTech firm Digital Asset and VMWare."
  • BitTorrent to Begin Alpha Testing Blockchain-Based Streaming Platform - "BitTorrent, the file-sharing company, will begin alpha testing its blockchain-based live streaming platform in Q3 2019."
  • US Air Force Partners With Blockchain Firm to Automate Data Management - "The US Air Force announced its partnership with blockchain company Constellation. The partnership will allow the US Air Force to automate its big data management operations."
  • Hedera Hashgraph Blockchain to Launch, Release Coins on Sept. 16 - "Hedera Hashgraph announced that it will launch its beta mainnet on September 16. The blockchain-based company also said that it added financial giant FIS Global to its governing council."
  • Switzerland's Largest Supermarket Chain Follows The Pack With Blockchain Food Tracking - "Migros, Switzerland's largest supermarket chain, created a blockchain food tracking system in cooperation with TE-Foods. Migros said that resorting to blockchain will help the company deliver added value to its customers."
  • IBM-Maersk Logistics Blockchain to Be Used by Thai Customs Agency - "Customs Department of Thailand announced that it will implement TradeLens, a logistics blockchain platform created by IBM and Maersk."

POP CULTURE THIS WEEK (8/23/2019 – 8/30/2019)

  • This tweet was the most retweeted tweet on August 30, 2019, and it was by user @kimetsu_off.
  • The most watched YouTube video: Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin's music video China was the most watched video this week with 52,810,87 views
  • The most searched term on Google: "facebook" was the most searched term, likely because users were accessing Facebook's website through Google.

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, 8/30/2019, because that information is the only relevant publicly available information.
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